The 71st Engineering Emmy Awards have recognized the IEC, ISO and ITU experts behind the standard for JPEG, one of the world’s best-known still-image formats.
IEC and ISO Joint Technical Committee (JTC 1) develops international standards for information technology. The ISO/IEC and ITU Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) is part of JTC 1 subcommittee 29 which covers coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information.
Mr Teruhiko Suzuki, who chairs ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29, said upon accepting the award: “JPEG is used everywhere, all the time. Every day around the world, a huge number of JPEG images are created, uploaded and shared. It’s a great achievement by the JPEG committee.”
Introduced in 1992, JPEG has been universally adopted to preserve high-quality imagery in television production and its tangential yet essential workflows. The Standard ISO/IEC 10918, Information technology – Digital compression and coding of continuous-tone still images, comprises seven parts.
The television industry has benefited greatly from JPEG, which has put users first by providing royalty-free open standards, practical implementation in both hardware and software, and the ability to add in options as required.
Images and video represent huge amounts of data. The initial motivation for the JPEG standard was to find a way to compress this content in order to make it affordably manageable, storable and transferable, while maintaining the image quality in its reduced size.
Given today’s dominant global trend of video and image content usage, the continued work of JPEG remains very important.