Integrated Services Monitoring Capability Launched by Bridge Technologies
Delivers invaluable network performance insights from production, contribution and distribution
OSLO, Norway – 23 March 2020
Bridge Technologies today announced ISM – Integrated Services Monitoring, an all-embracing suite of tools, designed to deliver invaluable insights into the performance of content production, contribution and distribution networks not only for engineers charged with day-to-day operations but for management to assess the overall performance of the operation.
Integrated Services Monitoring is an approach to quality that addresses the multiple layers of the broadcast and media cycle – from production through signal acquisition, contribution streams, OTT/streaming media, traditional broadcast distribution with DTT or Satellite to picture archiving.
“ISM provides exactly the set of data gathering tools broadcasters need throughout the chain – from production to delivery, uncompressed to compressed.” said Simen K. Frostad, Chairman, Bridge Technologies. “No other company in the network monitoring and analysis space can offer such a complete, comprehensive set of automated capabilities that deliver such a high level of understanding throughout any content distribution chain.”
Bridge Technologies’ extensive product offering ranges from embedded systems and software-based probes to software control systems that support all currently commercial available standards and media formats, all designed to deliver in-depth, intuitive understanding of the end-to-end broadcast process.
Integrated Services Monitoring enables a unique, pre-integrated approach to the most complex tasks facing the modern broadcaster, putting automated eyeballs on all acquisition, delivery and production media streams – all from a single vendor, avoiding the need for complex bespoke engineering.
A turnkey, easy-to-install, complete media monitoring system that spans the whole media chain, Integrated Services Monitoring supports SD, HD, UHD and even 8K; it encompasses contribution streams using various encapsulation techniques including TS-encapsulated JPEG2K and SRT in addition to traditional IPTV; it embraces the modern headend with signal acquisition from terrestrial and satellite sources; and it includes pre-demodulation signal analytics, pre- and post-encoding analytics for IPTV, cable delivery and Remote PHY as well as pre- and post-transcoding to origin for OTT distribution, monitored using QoE parameters such as MOS scores. All data is recorded for instant retrieval in an easy to use visual timeline or formatted as PDF reports that are automatically generated and emailed to whoever needs them.
“Integrated Services Monitoring represents the accumulation of our 15+ years of experience in developing, manufacturing and deploying the most advanced solutions to ensure the maximum uptime of content production, contribution and distribution networks around the world,” Frostad continued. “From the network engineer on a remote site to personnel at the master control centre (MCR) who need visibility into everything that’s going on to management who require SLAs and other insightful indicators of overall network performance, Integrated Services Monitoring is there to deliver what they need, when they need it.”
Integrated Services Monitoring is a further instantiation of Bridge Technologies’ innovative approach to leveraging the inherent value of content data passing through the network: once the data has been ‘acquired’ by a probe, it can be put to multiple uses.
Take, for example, the VBC top level system as part of the ISM structure,” added Frostad. “It’s a management system that, by adding a single IP address to a remote probe, immediately starts the collection of massive amounts of data right into the database. That´s very powerful – suddenly all the advanced reporting and analysis comes automatically.”
This has also seen Bridge Technologies introduce its award-winning Widglets™ API for the VB440 probe. Using Widglets, video monitoring can be embedded within any HTML code – making it available to anyone connected via a web browser, wherever they are. The API is already allowing companies to achieve highly efficient functionality in remote production that was previously unimaginable.
More information about Bridge Technologies and its products is available at www.bridgetech.tv or by phone at +47 22 38 51 00.