VB120

HARDWARE PROBE
The VB120 broadcast probe offers a cost-effective and powerful monitoring solution, covering the most commonly available signal formats. In particular, the VB120 is capable of monitoring IP unicasts and multicasts, OTT/ABR streams as well as a whole range of RF formats. The VB120 probe hardware is custom designed and built to telco-grade standards for maximum reliability and minimum maintenance. Each VB120 blade consumes less than 12W of power. This substantially reduces power consumption and air conditioning needs in installations. The VB120 can be paired with a full set of interface blades to cover signal formats such as DVB-T/T2, DVB-S/S2, DVB-C/C2, QAM-B, 8VSB, ISDB-T and ASI. The ability to continuously measure all your media services makes the VB120 invaluable for confidence monitoring, thus facilitating a more rapid network expansion. In addition, the VB120 can perform deep analysis of the broadcast signal, reducing the need to travel to remote locations when changes in the system are made or to find the reason behind alarms.

Technologies

Bridge Technologies options are designed to enhance the overall ability and performance of accurate monitoring in the broadcast environment

Click below to learn more about compatible technology options:

  • Overview


    The VB120 features a fully-fledged ETSI TR 101 290 monitoring engine used to monitor enabled inputs, one monitoring engine per input working in parallel. The basic VB120 monitors DVB, ASI and IP monitoring enabled through the IP Monitoring and Analysis option. Additional RF inputs may be included by adding demodulator blades to the system.

    Each Bridge Technologies ETSI TR 101 290 engine performs Priority 1, 2 and 3 measurements in addition to monitoring vital CA parameters, CA monitoring being of vital importance as CAS errors may lead to equally severe impairments as ETSI TR 101 290 Priority 1 errors. The monitoring engine may also be configured to check signal scrambling. PSI/SI and PSIP tables are analysed and presented as table summary and hex dump, the latter enabling analysis of proprietary descriptors.

    Bit rates are measured at TS, service and PID level, and the ETSI TR 101 290 engine also monitors RF parameters for optional demodulator inputs. Fully configurable round-robin functionality enables sequential monitoring of several transport streams per monitoring engine. More details can be found in the ETR290 pages.

    It is possible to monitor OTT/ABR streams at master play-out or at the CDN origin server in all common streaming formats using the OTT option. Streaming formats supported currently include Microsoft Smoothstream™, Apple HLS™, Adobe HDS™, MPEG-DASH and basic RTMP.

    The innovative RDP technology (Return Data Path) that comes as standard on the VB120 enables easy re-routing of remote signals from regional locations into a central location for decryption and advanced signal analysis. RDP reduces the need for truck rolls and the on-site visits that would otherwise be necessary by skilled and expensive engineers. The VB120 recording functionality allows alarm triggered or manually initiated recordings from any enabled input.

    The VB120 has been designed to support all modern encapsulation standards including ISO/IEC13818-1 Transport Streams and MFRTP. The VB120 continuously measures signal loss, packet loss and packet jitter. These vital parameters are presented through Bridge Technologies’ own patented MediaWindow™ technology. MediaWindow™ allows for current and historical data to be displayed in an intuitive and visual way for easy understanding of the media flows in an IP network.

    Alarm handling is one of the main tasks of the VB120 Broadcast Probe, and all measurements are checked against user-defined thresholds for alarm generation. A sophisticated threshold template system gives the user full alarm handling control at probe, TS, service and PID level, ensuring that only relevant alarms are displayed

    Management and control for the basic VB120 is available through a separate 10/100/1000-T Ethernet interface; the IP-enabled VB120 may alternatively be managed in-band through the 10/100/1000-T video interface or through the SFP video interface. Standalone access is achieved through the use of any standard modern web browser, avoiding the need for a dedicated client application.

    With SNMP trapping and the comprehensive Eii™ (External Integration Interface) XML export the VB120 Broadcast Probe is easily integrated into existing NMS systems either directly or through the optional VBC Controller Server (VBC).

  • Tech Features

    VB120 BROADCAST PROBE

    • 10/100/1000-T RJ45 Management port with Link and Activity LED indicators
    • 10/100/1000-T RJ45 video port with Link and Activity LED indicators
    • SFP gigE video port with Link and Activity LED indicators
    • 75 ohm HD-BNC ASI input port with TS SYNC LED indicator
    • 75 ohm HD-BNC ASI output port for monitoring purposes
    • 50 ohm SMA female 1PPS input port for GPS synchronisation
    • USB Type-A connector for initial setup
    • Expansion blades available for common formats such as DVB-S/S2, DVB-C/C2, DVB-T/T2, QAM-B, 8VSB, ASI
    • Thumbnail decoding of uni/multicast IP transport streams with audio bars and metadata
    • Framework called RDP for relaying any IP multicast monitored to a different IP destination for further analysis
    • Functionality for record 200MB of the whole or parts of any transport stream monitored (RDP framework)
    • Automatic record trigger based on up to 3 configured alarm criteria with pre fill in order to catch fault
    • Flexible template based alarming system to allow custom configuration of what parameters result in an alarm being generated on a per-TS level
    • Alarm forwarding to 3rd party systems via SNMP TRAP via up to 3 unique destinations
    • NTP client time synchronization support according to RFC2030
    • DHCP client support on management and video ports according to RFC2131
    • Easy web-based software and license upgrade
    • XML-based configuration save and retrieval via web
    • ETR290 monitoring and analysis on ASI input port
    • One ETR290 engine automatically activated per interface module present in chassis controlled by VB120 (two engines automatically activated for VB242 ASI input blade)
    • Full DVB and ATSC table support
    • PSI/SI/PSIP table display – high and low level including hex dump and table download
    • Analysis of EIT p/f and EIT Schedule
    • MIP table analysis according to TR 101 190 and TR 101 191
    • Unique tests designed by BRIDGE Technologies relevant to Conditional Access systems
    • ETR290 engine automatically activated per RF/ASI input port present on expansion modules
    • TS 101 290 analysis functionality on all IP multicasts in either round-robin fashion across all monitored IP multicasts or continuously on all monitored IP multicasts
      • All Priority 1 tests (TS sync, Sync byte, PAT, CC, PMT, Missing PID)
      • All Priority 2 tests except Buffer Fill (Transport, CRC, PCR, PCR acc., PTS, CAT)
      • All Priority 3 tests (NIT, SI rep rate, Unref PID, SDT, EIT, RST, TDT)
      • Custom tests (CA system, PID bitrates, Service bitrates, MIP, Content)
    • Framework for monitoring and alarming on max/min service bandwidth
    • Framework for monitoring and alarming on max/min PID bandwidth
    • Visual tree representation of all PSI/SI tables with drill-down functionality
    • PID overview
    • Service overview
    • PCR Accuracy (PCR-AC) jitter histogram for selectable PIDs
    • Intuitive bitrate overview – service and PID based
    • Comparison framework where a visual comparison between two transport streams or two services is possible in terms of ETR290 parameters and table set
    • Transport stream service status view with visual colour coded indication of problem areas
    • TR 101 290 alarm trending graph over last 24 hours
    • Powerful and openly available XML-based External Integration Interface (Eii) for 3rd party integration
    • Gold TS Protection™
    • Condensed mosaic thumbnail view of all services monitored

    IP MONITORING AND ANALYSIS OPTION

    • Real-time monitoring of 10 multicasts/unicasts (upgradable to 50)
    • Monitors Transport Stream into IP according to ETSI TS 102 034
    • Microsoft MediaRoom™ X-bit RTP header extension support
    • IGMPv2 and IGMPv3 SSM support
    • 802.1Q VLAN tagging support, selection and detection
    • Thumbnail decoding of MPEG2 and MPEG4 streams, SD and HD
    • Packet jitter and media loss measurements
    • Configurable alarm handling including severity level definitions
    • RTP dropped, duplicate and out-of-order measurements
    • Type of Service (TOS) and Time to Live (TTL) displaying
    • Time loss distance measurements (RFC3357)
    • FEC analysis (COP3)
    • MediaWindow™ visualisation technology

    CONNECTOR SPECIFICATIONS

    • Input voltage: 100-240 VAC +/- 10% 50/60Hz
    • Power consumption: 12W per blade
    • 10/100/1000-T management RJ-45
    • 10/100/1000-T Video RJ-45
    • SFP Video
    • Initial setup: USB Type-A
    • HD-BNC 75ohm female ASI input
    • HD-BNC 75ohm female ASI output loop through
    • SMA female 50ohm 1PPS GPS input

    MECHANICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    • Standard 19″ 1RU rack-mount
    • W x H x D: 483 x 43 x 400 mm
    • Weight: 4,2 kg fully populated

    PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIFICATIONS

    • Operating temperature: 0℃ to 45℃
    • Storage temperature: -20℃ to 70℃
    • Operating humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Software Options

    IP-OPTION
    The IP Monitoring and Analysis Option activates optical and electrical Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for connection to the video segment.The VB120 has been designed to support all modern encapsulation standards including ISO/IEC13818-1 Transport Streams and MFRTP. The VB120 continuously measures signal loss, packet loss and packet jitter for up to 10 IP multicasts, these vital parameters being presented through Bridgetech’s own patented MediaWindow™.  MediaWindow™ allows for current and historical data to be displayed in an intuitive and visual way for easy understanding of the media flows in an IP network.

    Learn more: IP 

    AEO-ADVANCED ETHERNET-OPTION
    Advanced Ethernet option enables continuous monitoring of streams, whether they be VoD streams or any continuous stream that can be classified by the built-in advanced filters. Complete MicroBursting detection and monitoring capability together with PCAP recording are also included in this option.

    Learn more: AEO

    STREAM-OPTION
    This option increases the number of IP streams continuously monitored in from the built-in 10 IP streams up to 50 IP streams in 10 stream increments.The ability to increase the number of streams in the VB120 gives great investment protection should the need arise for more services to be monitored. Up to 50 streams can be purchased in increments of 10 streams. The streams increase can either be purchased and factory preinstalled or the unit can be upgraded via a simple software upgrade remotely in the field.

    Learn more: STREAM

    T2MI-OPTION
    The T2MI-OPT applies only to the management board (VB120 & VB220).
    The T2MI option is used to enable analysis of inner streams in DVB-T2 distribution systems utilising T2MI functionality. Stream verification is based on the renowned Bridge Technologies ETSI TS 101 290 analysis engine, and the T2MI enabled probe allows a thorough check of outer and inner streams.  The T2MI option makes it possible to design and implement an end-to-end monitoring system for DVB-T2 distribution.  The T2MI option extends ETSI TS 101 290 analysis functionality of a Bridge Technologies probe to include inner streams in DVB-T2 distribution systems where T2MI functionality is used. The T2MI stream-in-stream concept opens for simplified local insertion and is increasingly being used in DVB-T2 distribution. Monitoring of signal integrity is essential, and the T2MI probe option makes it possible to check inner stream parameters, like T2 timestamps and L1 information. Measurements are performed real-time in accordance with DVB document A14-1.

    Learn more: T2MI

    ETR290 (ETSI TR 101 290)-OPTION (Included)
    The ETSI TR 101 290 functionality is included as standard on the VB120. ETR290 also available as an option on the VB20 and VB220. Full analysis is performed on Ethernet, ASI, COFDM, QAM, DVB-S/S2 QPSK and signals according to the industry standard ETSI TR 101 290. Multiple analysis engines are available as an option for Ethernet, allowing real-time ETSI TR 101 290 analysis for up to four Ethernet transport streams in parallel. The Bridge Technologies implementation provides operators with unparalleled input signal visibility. The probes can detect and trigger alarms for many of the common errors that would normally go unnoticed by conventional monitoring systems.

    BULK-ETR290 (ETSI TR 101 290)-OPTION
    The ETSI TR 101 290 functionality is included as standard on the VB120. ETR290 also available as an option on the VB220 and VB330. Full analysis is performed on Ethernet, ASI, COFDM, QAM, DVB-S/S2 QPSK and signals according to the industry standard ETSI TR 101 290. Multiple analysis engines are available as an option for Ethernet, allowing real-time ETSI TR 101 290 analysis for up to four Ethernet transport streams in parallel.

    Learn more: ETR290 and BULK ETR290

    OTT ENGINE-OPTION
    The use of OTT technologies like variable bit rate HLS, SmoothStream and HDS for distribution of media to all kinds of receiving platforms is rapidly expanding, portable devices used in multiscreen applications being particularly important for OTT deployment to be a preferred method for media signal delivery. Content distribution using OTT is complex, and it is necessary for a service provider to perform continuous surveillance of signal availability and integrity of both LIVE multi-profile streams and VOD content.  The OTT Option provides the same paradigms as more traditional media transports enabling easy understanding of complex media transportation where operators have both traditional and new distribution systems. The OTT options, available for all Bridge Technologies probes, enables monitoring and analysis of HLS, SmoothStream, HDS and MPEG-DASH streams. The OTT engine will check that stream and profile manifest files, the «lists of contents», are syntactically correct and updated, that all stream profiles are available and that stream chunks are delivered on time.

    Learn more: OTT and BULK OTT

    EXTRACTOR-OPTION
    The extractor option is for Content extraction that includes; freeze/black/colour frame alarming, audio loss alarming for one service only typically where RF interface cards is used for round-robin checking of multiple frequencies. The Objective QoE Extraction option on the probe offers picture analysis functionality in the form of freeze-frame detection and color-freeze detection. Configured as part of the ETSI TR 101 290 engine and appears as content check underneath other checks. It also allows picture freeze-frame alarms to be detected by probe on all IP and ASI/RF interfaces monitored. Typical performance will vary depending on probe load but 5 minutes for detection delay for 3 multiplex carrying 4 HD H.264 services each is typical.

    SCTE35-OPTION
    SCTE35 is a specification which allows equipment to splice in local content at specific times. SCTE35 is the signalling mechanism the equipment uses to know when to switch from the master transmission to insert local content and when to switch back. SCTE35 is used for two different reasons: In USA it is used to insert local advertising. It’s quite common that local Cable TV companies redistribute satellite channels in their network. They can purchase the right to replace some of the country-wide advertising with local ads. In Europe it is used to insert local TV programs, e.g. local news transmissions. SCTE35 analysis requires a special license for the probes and is connected to the ETR290 engine. All streams where ETR290 monitoring are performed simultaneously can be SCTE35 monitored in parallel, i.e. this is a reason for buying VB330 if many SCTE35 streams are to be monitored in parallel. GUI: From the ETR 290 main tab a list of streams containing SCTE35 signalling are displayed under the SCTE 35 tab.

    Learn more: SCTE35

    FLASH32-OPTION
    The Flash32 feature is used as an added 32GB SD card, to be able to save RDP and PCAP recordings. RDP recordings are automatically moved to the SD card when completed, and PCAP recordings can be manually moved using the interface GUI as shown below. When in the storage tab, file system statistics are shown to the right and files can be downloaded by clicking its name.

    Learn more: FLASH32

  • Ordering Codes

    PRODUCT ORDERING CODES RF INTERFACE

    VB242 – ASI high-density input blade

    VB252 – DVB-T/T2 Demodulator interface blade single RF input

    VB252-SMA – DVB-T/T2 Demodulator interface blade single RF input – 50 ohm SMA connector model

    VB262 – DVB-C QAM/8VSB/Analogue Demodulator Interface blade single RF input – ITU.T J83 Annex A/B/C

    VB266 – DVB-C/C2 QAM Demodulator Interface blade single RF input

    VB272 – DVB-S/S2 Demodulator Interface Blade single RF input

    VB272-SMA – DVB-S/S2 Demodulator Interface Blade single RF input – 50 ohm SMA connector model

    PRODUCT ORDERING CODES SOFTWARE

    VB1G2-OPT – Second 1GBit DATA interface Option. License factory ordered – requires sw v5.1 or later

    VB1G2-UPGR – Second 1GBit DATA interface Option. License upgrade – requires v5.1 sw or later

    IP-OPT – IP Monitoring and analysis. Licence for VB120 factory ordered

    IP-UPGR – IP Monitoring and analysis. Upgrade licence for VB120

    AET-OPT – Advanced Ethernet Tools. Licence for VB120 factory ordered

    AET-UPGR – Advanced Ethernet Tools. Upgrade licence for VB120

    ETR290-OPT – Full real-time ETSI TR 101 290 alarming and analysis (Pri 1, 2, 3)  for additional Ethernet transport streams in parallel, facgtory ordered

    ETR290-UPGR – Full real-time ETSI TR 101 290 alarming and analysis (Pri 1, 2, 3) for additional Ethernet transport streams in parallel, upgrade licence

    STRM-OPT – Additional 10 streams for VB1 series Probe (up to 50 streams total) factory ordered

    STRM-UPGR – Additional 10 streams for VB1 series Probe (up to 50 streams total)

    T2MI-OPT – DVB-T2MI Encapsulation Synchronisation monitoring option, factory ordered

    T2MI-UPGR – DVB-T2MI Encapsulation Synchronisation monitoring option

    OTT-ENG-OPT – 1 engine w/active testing of 1 channel or 10 channels round robin (up to 5 engines or  50 channels round robin in total) Factory ordered. Disables TS Recording if HW1 – HW3

    OTT-ENG-UPGR – 1 engine w/active testing of 1 channel or 10 channels round robin (up to 5 engines or  50 channels round robin in total), upgrade. Disables TS Recording if HW1 – HW3

    EXTRACT-OPT – Content Extraction and Alarming Option – factory ordered – requires v5 sw

    EXTRACT-UPGR – Content Extraction and Alarming Option – requires v5 sw, upgrade

    SCTE35-OPT – SCTE35 Signalling Analysis and Logging. Licence for VB120 factory ordered  – requires v5 SW and ETR Engine

    SCTE35-UPGR – SCTE35 Signalling Analysis and Logging. Upgrade licence for VB120  – requires v5 Sw and ETR Engine

    FLASH32-OPT – Flash Storage 32GB Option. Factory ordered only – requires v5.1 sw

  • Documentation

Environmental

Chassis Options