End to end digital production over dedicated and secure broadband with on-net services is the logical way to create efficiencies that save time and money for productions and on-going studio work in a region. But establishing a regional remote collaboration platform is more than just integrating technologies. In our case it took a vision and commitment by leading industry associations and companies that by linking themselves together on a single platform, the individual companies and their international partners and clients would realize dramatic benefits.
Leading IT companies and screen industry partners worked together with Sheridan Colleges Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) over four years to get it right. Now owned and operated by a consortium of industry partners, SirtNet is the culmination of this industry vision and commitment. The SirtNet consortium acknowledges the research and development support provided by companies and industry associations over the years and are continuing that collaboration through constant communication with our clients and the participation of an Industry Advisory Board. We also acknowledge the leading role played by Sheridan’s SIRT Centre, both through the continuation of the SirtNet name, but also through SIRT’s on-going involvement in providing research support to SirtNet and its member companies. From preproduction to delivery, SirtNet is the solution for screen companies looking for a secure, high-speed fibre collaboration platform with on-net IT services. To date, industry participation has been unprecedented because of SirtNet's unique combination of values, collaboration services, and support.
Mission & Vision
With the vision of breaking down all technological barriers related to collaboration and connectivity in the screen industries, SirtNet's mission is to facilitate time-saving collaboration within the industry that will drive production efficiencies and enhance the creative process. Whether one or twenty companies working simultaneously on a single production, SirtNet will allow you to work together seamlessly and in real-time as one.
With over 15 years of experience in the industry, SirtNet's management team has the knowledge and expertise to handle all your production and postproduction workflow needs.
History of SirtNet
2010 The IdeaSirtNet initial concept emerges from a strategic study commissioned by the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (CASO), a leading industry association that represents animation and visual effects companies throughout Ontario. The concept included “a virtual co-operative” among companies in the region, connected by broadband fibre and enabling agile development of workflows to meet the needs of any local or international production or studio doing business in the region.
Spring 2013 Beanfield Metroconnect Becomes a PartnerBeanfield Metroconnect, Ontario's leading private supplier of optical fibre, became the first technology partner in SirtNet, providing the key foundation connectivity that enabled collaboration with additional technology contributors and a group of leading international and local screen industry companies based in the Greater Toronto Area.
Spring 2014 Pilot LaunchThe SirtNet pilot launched with eight active, on-net participants from the screen industries, establishing best practices and the viability of end to end digital production from leading sound stages to delivery.
Fall 2014 SirtNet ExpansionBased on success of the pilot, SirtNet transitions to an expanded research and development platform that includes additional studios.
Current StatusBased on overwhelming support from industry users, SirtNet has transitioned from a collaborative industry/academic platform to allow for full-scale expansion of connectivity and services owned and operated by a consortium of industry partners including Beanfield MetroConnect. Consistent with the original vision of industry trade associations and companies, the goal of SirtNet is to provide a remote collaboration platform for the region that will allow for maximum number of participating partners and clients, with an expanding range of services. Within a regional collaboration platform, the more companies on-net, the greater advantage to both local and international partners and clients wishing to establish an end to end fully digital flexible and agile workflow based on their particular needs. SirtNet is dedicated to providing that solution.