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VB120 IP Distribution Monitoring Blade

VB120 IP Distribution Monitoring Blade

The VB120 modular BROADCAST PROBE is designed for continuous digital TV monitoring. System scalability in terms of monitoring capacity, signal formats handled and functionality ensures a future-proof solution. The ability to continuously measure all your media services makes the VB120 invaluable for confidence monitoring.

The VB120 BROADCAST PROBE comprises 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. The IP monitoring is enabled through the IP Monitoring and Analysis option and RF inputs may be included by adding demodulator blades to the system. COFDM, QAM and QPSK DVB-S/S2 demodulators are available. The VB120 performs Priority 1, 2 and 3 measurements. The monitoring engine may also be configured to check signal scrambling. PSI/SI and PSIP tables are analyzed and presented as table summary and hex dump, the latter enabling analysis of proprietary descriptors. Bitrates are measured at TS, service and PID level, and the ETSI TR 101 290 engine also monitors RF parameters for optional demodulator inputs.

The innovative RDP technology (Return Data Path) is one of the advanced features of the basic VB120, enabling 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 on-site visits by skilled and expensive engineers. The VB120 recording functionality allows alarm triggered recording from any enabled input.

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 a patented MediaWindowTM. MediaWindowTM allows for current and historical data to be displayed in an intuitive and visual way for easy understanding of the media flows in the 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 Mbps Ethernet interface, the IP-enabled VB120 may alternatively be managed in-band through the GigE video interface. Standalone access is achieved through the use of a standard web browser, avoiding the need for a dedicated client application. With SNMP trapping and XML export the VB120 IP-PROBE is easily integrated into existing NMS systems either directly or through the optional VideoBRIDGE Controller (VBC).

The VB120 is hosted in a 1RU 19" chassis, each 1"RU chassis capable of hosting up to 3 x VB120 modules, or any combination of the VB120 with COFDM (VB250), QAM (VB260) and QPSK DVB-S/S2 (VB270) interfaces.

VB220 IP Core Monitoring Blade

VB220 IP Core Monitoring Blade

The VB220 IP-PROBE is a monitoring platform for all applications in any network where digital video is carried across an IP infrastructure. This network service tool is ideal for both pure IPTV networks and hybrid networks with IP transport cores (such as digital cable and terrestrial networks).

The ability to monitor continuously 260 services makes the VB220 blade just as powerful as its portable version, the VB20. 3 x VB220 blades can be placed in one 19" 1RU chassis, giving a total of 780 streams monitored in a small form factor. This is an invaluable tool for any network engineer attempting multicast detection on multiple VLANs or in the process of IGMP tracking.

The monitoring of critical parameters such as loss distance measurements and detailed jitter values will give operators invaluable and precise feedback of network performance. With the patented MediaWindowTM historical data can be easily accessed for meaningful visualization of media flow in IP networks.

The power of confidence monitoring is further enhanced by continuous monitoring and alarming for vital parameters like bandwidth overflow/underflow, RTP errors and signal loss. Based on a threshold template system alarm granularity can be set to reflect actual status, irrelevant alarms being effectively masked. The unique FSMTM framework also allows checking and continuous monitoring of middleware and network services vital to customer QoE.

The VB220 may be used with optional demodulator interfaces, resulting in a very compact monitoring solution particularly suited for systems that use IP distribution to regional nodes. The VB220 monitors IP, ASI and optional demodulator inputs simultaneously, and the transport stream and service compare mechanism makes it easy to validate correct local insertion at regional head-ends.

SNMP trapping and XML export enable the IP-Probes to be implemented in any NMS system with alarm generation; either directly from the probes themselves, or via the VBC server for advanced alarm correlation and filtering. Each VB220 contains the Eii (External Integration Interface) API for seamless and easy integration into any 3rd party system.

Each IP-Probe runs an HTTP server with the client as a web browser, so no need to install custom software on computers needing access to the measurement data. Modern web 2.0 techniques such as AJAX are used to facilitate advanced interface behavior in a standard web browser without the need for any plug-ins.

VB242 ASI Monitoring Blade

VB242 ASI Monitoring Blade

The VB242 ASI input option card allows operators real-time high density ASI monitoring or switched ASI round-robin monitoring for remote or head-end applications. With up to 13 ASI inputs in a 1 RU chassis in combination with the VB220 or VB120 controllers, the VB242 is perfect for existing infrastructures in the head-end and the regional edge-multiplexer/ modulator/ transmitter site. The VB242 complements the already extensive range of input interfaces for the VideoBRIDGE series probes.

The VB242 interface module can operate in two different modes: either two of the inputs are monitored full time with continuous ETSI TR 101 290 analysis, or its six inputs are sequentially monitored in a round-robin fashion.

Using two VB242 interface modules in a 1RU chassis allows full time monitoring of five ASI streams in parallel - two streams from each of the interface modules and one stream from the ASI input of the controlling VB120 or VB220 probe. This high density solution is very useful for monitoring in head-ends where ASI infrastructure is used. It is also possible to combine a VB242 with a different input interface module, for instance one of the demodulators in the VideoBRIDGE interface product range.

VB252 DVB-T/T2 RF Interface

VB252 DVB-T/T2 RF Interface

VB252 is a dual input DVB-T/T2 input interface module that enables monitoring of digital terrestrial transmissions. Two modules may be housed in a 1RU chassis together with a controlling VB120 or VB220 probe, providing high monitoring capacity occupying a minimum of rack space.

In addition to monitoring typical RF parameters, the monitoring solution optionally allows advanced analysis of the complex DVB-T MI protocol; signal integrity is verified layer by layer. This analysis functionality is complemented by the renowned VideoBridge ETSI TR 101 290 monitoring engine to ensure standards conformance at all levels.

DVB-T2 allows signal distribution to transmitter sites via IP in addition to synchronous distribution methods like satellite. The VB120/VB252 combination enables monitoring of up to 50 IP multicasts, thus monitoring IP network distribution together with DVB-T2 transmissions. It is even possible to equip the monitoring chassis with a VB270 satellite interface module, which is valuable if combined IP and satellite distribution to transmitter sites is used.

VB270 DVB-S/S2 Monitoring Blade

VB270 DVB-S/S2 Monitoring Blade

The VB270 input option offers monitoring and analysis of QPSK/8PSK signals found in DVB-S and DVB-S2 satellite transponders. The chassis can be equipped with a single VB120 or VB220 IP-PROBE controller card and up to two VB270 QPSK input cards under its control.

The complete configuration with the fully licensed VB120 provides realtime monitoring and alarming for two QPSK/8PSK RF inputs, 10 IP MPTS/SPTS multicasts and one ASI TS input. ETSI TR 101 290 analysis is performed in parallel for QPSK/8PSK inputs, the ASI input and the IP input. If the VB220 is used as master card the IP monitoring capacity is increased to impressive 180 MPTS/SPTS multicasts.
The combined unit is ideal for hybrid networks where IP is used as a carrier from head-end to the satellite uplink station. The built-in round-robin functionality allows sequential analysis of multiple QPSK/8PSK multiplexes, making it possible to monitor a complete transponder using a single VB270.

VB280 Video Extractor Blade

VB280 Video Extractor Blade

The VB280 CONTENT EXTRACTOR offers thumbnail and metadata extraction for up to 100 TV multicast streams concurrently via GigE interfacing. The VB280 CONTENT EXTRACTOR is ideal for visual at-a-glance monitoring in the NOC, VOC, head-end or remotely via any standard web browser. The VB280 is typically inserted before scrambling insertion in the head-end and the extracted metadata and decoded imagery is fed to the VideoBridge Controller (VBC). Disruption of descrambling services is one of the main causes for service production disruptions in the head-end finally there is a cost-effective monitoring solutions for scrambled content.

Further applications are in middleware scenarios for generating channel mosaics or for extracting channel metadata such as picture resolution, video bandwidth or wide screen signalling information.
The VB280 is equipped with Ethernet data input either as 10/100/1000T electrical or SFP based optical. A separate Ethernet management port is provided for data transfer. Each VB280 runs an HTTP server with the client as a web browser, so no need to install custom software on computers needing access to the measurement data.

The VB280 CONTENT EXTRACTOR card is a blade for the 19"1RU rack-mount chassis. Each chassis can host up to 3 VB280 modules, providing for high density decoding to thumbnails of up to 300 channels in a single 1RU chassis.

VB330 IP 10G Core Monitoring Blade

VB330 IP 10G Core Monitoring Blade

The VB330 Probe is the flagship in Sencore's VideoBRIDGE product line. It can be equipped with up to two 10GB Ethernet inputs providing the capability to monitor thousands of IP streams in central head-ends and network back-bone architecture. The VB330 utilizes a patented easy-to-use visual interface for measuring and monitoring IP signals throughout the entire network.

The EC 1RU chassis can house up to three full VB330 probes, offering the highest performance to form-factor available on the market. The chassis also includes a dual power supply, to minimize the risk of losing monitoring capabilities due to power supply failure. Furthermore, as with all VideoBRIDGE probes, professional telco grade hardware is used throughout, ensuring product longevity and stability needed in all professional operations. All measurement analytics provide easy-to-use, drill-down functionality and the patented MediaWindowTM technology makes monitoring and analysis of complex networks easy to interpret and diagnose.

The VB330 can be controlled directly via HTTP using a standard WEB browser, or it can be part of a VideoBRIDGE Controller system which can include other VideoBRIDGE devices. This makes the 10GB VB330 the logical extension of the Sencore product suite.

Sencore has taken the knowledge and experience gained from working with large monitoring systems worldwide in developing the VB330 10GB probe. The recent advancements in network technology and increased usage of IP technology has made the VB330 an essential tool for quickly identifying issues throughout the network and the monitoring of 10GB media ports.

VBC System Monitoring Server

VBC System Monitoring Server

The Sencore controller (VBC) is a server application, its main purpose being to offer central control and management of all Sencore devices. The VBC gives unprecedented insight into network health and the flow of media streams. Key elements in the VBC are: configuration management, stream status monitoring, service status monitoring, 4-day historical data-display with the MicrotimelineTM technology, SNMP multi-destination trap forwarding, alarm logging and PDF report generation. The users connect to the server by using a standard web browser as the client.

The VBC controller software is deployed in a Linux server environment offering powerful and standardised network access techniques such as SSH, telnet, FTP, XML, HTTP and SNMP. The VBC collects summarized data from probes and presents alarms filtered by user selectable thresholds and aggregation times, thus providing the high-level overview needed in a large system while still allowing drill-down for detailed alarm and measurement information.

At high supervision level in a large system, minor error incidents should be masked to avoid a confusing user interface. There is also the possibility of alarm storming due to a major error being reflected at several stages in the signal chain. In order to cope with these challenges the VBC uses two techniques: windowing functionality and alarm aggregation. The windowing functionality ensures that only persisting errors and errors occurring frequently will result in high level alarms. The total level of errors, summed over a specified time window, must exceed a threshold before a high level alarm is raised. Alarm aggregation merges similar alarms into one, thus making the user interface easier to interpret. Extensive use of links in the GUI ensures that it is easy to arrive at the right device views providing detailed information about a high level alarm. This ability to perform complete drill-down from top level to the individual IP-Probe and Content Extractor is invaluable in a fault-finding tool. The VBC provides multiple views to make it simple to obtain system status overview, and it makes previously unintelligible data meaningful. Error patterns are easily discovered, meaning that an error may be quickly pin-pointed and corrected.

As the VBC can be used for both high level monitoring and detailed signal inspection, it provides a common monitoring GUI for both non-technical staff and system engineers; this facilitates communication within the organization. Multiple browser-based clients can connect to the server through HTTP. Full access control with individual user preferences and setup is available. Only users with administrator rights are allowed to define new equipment sites consisting of one or more Sencore devices. Individual users are allowed to control already registered devices and to view gathered statistical data on a per site basis. Multiple site data views, combined with strict user access control, all add up to provide flexibility and uncompromising security.

The Reports option enables automatic or custom generation of enterprise level reports that visualize system performance trends in addition to presenting vital parameters such as service availability for both management and engineering use. The Reports option gives full SLA and proof-of-delivery functionality to the VBC system. With the TS service view option the VBC can present individual services from all probes for monitoring and comparison. The Service thumbs view displays thumbnail pictures for individual services, including services within an MPTS stream, provided that one or more VB280 Content Extractors are present in the system.

VB12 IP Distribution Monitoring Probe

VB12 IP Distribution Monitoring Probe

The VB12 is the most portable broadcast monitoring and measurement platform available. Featuring both optical and electrical GigE Ethernet inputs, separate management port and both ASI input and output, the VB12 has the widest range of built in interfaces in the industry.

The ability to monitor continuously 10 services with full TR 101290 alarming and analysis makes the portable VB12 invaluable for field use. Its ruggedized exterior and fanless design give engineers the perfect fault-finding tool or for permanent placement in harsh environments. With full TR 101290 alarming and all modern codecs, the VB12 is built for real-world use.

Critical parameters such as RFC4445 - MDI and detailed jitter values give accurate readings of network performance. With the RFC4445 based patented MediaWindowTM, historical data can be easily accessed for meaningful visualization of media flow in an IP network.

The power of confidence monitoring is further enhanced by continuous monitoring of TR 101290 parameters, bandwidth overflow/underflow and signal loss. With advanced threshold settings including error-seconds, alarm granularity can be set to reflect actual status.

SNMP trapping and XML export enables the IP Probes to be implemented in any NMS system (with alarm generation either directly from the probes themselves, or via the VBC server) for advanced alarm correlation and filtering.

Each VB12 runs an integral HTTP server with the client as a web browser, so no need to install custom software on computers needing access to the measurement data. Basic setup is achieved through the built-in USB to RS232 converter, eliminating the need for an external interface and facilitates setting of IP addresses for access to the VB12. The device can also be controlled remotely via TELNET or XML configuration commands.

VB20 IP Core Monitoring Probe

VB20 IP Core Monitoring Probe

The VB20 provides the ability to monitor continuously 260 services for critical measurements makes the portable VB20 invaluable for field use. Its ruggedized exterior and fan-less design make this probe the perfect fault-finding tool for the field engineer. With full support for both the MPEG2 TS and MFRTP encapsulation standards and all current codecs, the VB20 is the tool of choice. The VB20 is invaluable for any network engineer attempting multicast detection on multiple VLANs or in the process of IGMP tracking. Fault finding in complex IP networks just got a lot easier. The power of confidence monitoring is further enhanced by continuous monitoring and alarming of parameters, bandwidth overflow/underflow and signal loss. The unique FSMTM framework also allows checking and continuous monitoring of middleware and network services vital to customer QoE.
SNMP trapping and XML export enable the VB20 to be implemented in any NMS system (with alarm generation either directly from the probes themselves, or via the VBC server for advanced alarm correlation and filtering).
Each VB20 runs an HTTP server with the client as a web browser, so no need to install custom software on computers needing access to the measurement data. Modern web 2.0 techniques such as AJAX are used to facilitate advanced interface behavior in a standard web browser without the need for any plug-ins.

TSM1770 Transport Stream Monitor

TSM1770 Transport Stream Monitor

The TSM 1770 Transport Stream Monitor enables engineers to monitor compressed audio, video, and data services on any terrestrial broadcast, cable head-end, satellite, or telco network. With full support for ASI, SMPTE310M, 8VSB, QAM, and Ethernet physical inputs, it provides detailed transport stream and physical layer monitoring for complete system confidence.

Using a multi-layer approach, the TSM 1770 reports the transport stream status on the physical layer, protocol, and audio/video levels. It also monitors quality of service parameters in an easy-to-understand manner, enabling even non- MPEG experts to make accurate decisions and maximize service availability.

To ease the challenges of relating transport stream errors with actual signal degradations, the TSM 1770 presents information using straight-forward thumbnails, audio and video alarms, closed caption decoding, along with a reconstructed program guide. With these intuitive displays, any user can have the right tool to check and understand the impact of any error. For even greater levels of detail, an MPEG expert can connect to the TSM 1770 and view table syntax, monitor for TR 101 290 and ATSC A/78 errors, access error logs, and make stream recordings.

ISM1760 IP Service Monitor

ISM1760 IP Service Monitor

The ISM 1760 IP Service Monitor enables engineers to monitor compressed audio, video, and data services on any cable headend, satellite, or telco IP network. It provides detailed transport stream and physical layer monitoring for complete system confidence for all MPEG over IP services. Using a multi-layer approach, the ISM 1760 reports the transport stream status on the physical layer, protocol, and audio/video levels. It also monitors quality of service parameters in an easy-to-understand manner, enabling even non-MPEG experts to make accurate decisions and maximize service availability. To ease the challenges of relating transport stream errors with actual signal degradations, the ISM 1760 presents information using straight-forward thumbnails, audio and video alarms, closed caption decoding, along with a reconstructed program guide. With these intuitive displays, any user can have the right tool to check and understand the impact of any error. For even greater levels of detail, an MPEG expert can connect to the ISM 1760 and view table syntax, monitor for TR 101 290 and ATSC A/78 errors, access error logs, and make stream recordings.

MPEG Scan File Based Media Scanner

MPEG Scan File Based Media Scanner

Today, the exchange of media files is becoming the norm. While it is possible to manually verify each media file for each of the large number of file formats available, MPEG Scan software can automatically check and perform quality control (QC) on each media file in real-time. As a part of an active broadcast workflow, the MPEG Scan software performs a number of actions based on its test outcomes. It can be configured to send an e-mail message, move a file, or even create a report. In this way, the software enables a complete and automatic quality-control workflow. Using MPEG Scan software avoids the cost and partial coverage of visually inspecting video content. With a Web-based interface, MPEG Scan can be run from any standard browser. It also comes with a Web services applications programming interface (API) for easy integration into any workflow.

CMA 1820 Compresse Media Analyzer

CMA 1820 Compresse Media Analyzer

The CMA 1820 is the ideal solution for compressed media in-depth analysis and encoding compliance. It enables designers, engineers, system integrators, and network operators to quickly and easily verify standards compliance, identify media interoperability issues, develop products around new CODECs, and troubleshoot transmission issues.
With full support for H.264, MPEG2, and VC-1 video along with AC-3, AAC, and MPEG audio, the CMA 1820 is well-suited for use with all contemporary broadcast equipment. Enhanced options such as closed caption subtitle, SCTE35-DPI and PTS/DTS alignment analysis can provide even more benefit to the demanding user.
Whether it is used in conjunction with other Sencore analysis and monitoring equipment or on the laptop of a mobile professional, the CMA 1820 is the perfect tool for use with all next-generation digital video networks.

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