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The VBC Timeline technology introduced this year by Bridge Technologies allows engineering teams to sit down after the dust has settled in the aftermath of an ‘acute’ event such as a service failure, and play through a timeline of all the data gathered by the entire monitoring system over the days, weeks and months before the event, as if playing through all the tracks in a non-linear editing system for movies or music. All the monitoring parameters are visible on individual tracks, and users can scrub through the data at any point in the recorded archive, opening and collapsing data tracks, and zooming in to observe fi ne detail on all the visible tracks. The timeline shows content thumbnails, alarm markers and all the metrics and status displays familiar from the monitoring system’s real-time graphical displays, making visual navigation through the data simple and intuitive. The ability to observe and play through data recorded over a period of several months or years allows users to see recurring patterns that may be invisible over a shorter timescale. By zooming out of the timeline to view longer periods of time, unsuspected correlations can be identifi ed and examined in progressively greater detail by zooming in to a short timeframe. The data recording is provided by a specially- developed Archive Server in a simple connect- and-forget form, with each Archive Server module retaining two years’ recorded data for up to 25 services. When connected to the Bridge Technologies VBC controller and confi gured through a minimal setup routine, the Archive Server automatically activates the VBC Timeline and its historical analysis capability. Engineers can search through the chain of events that led up to service failures, and generate reports for remedial action or the fulfi lment of regulatory SLA obligations. The Archive Server and Timeline capability also simplifi es detailed and comprehensive reporting for regulatory verifi cation of closed caption conformance, loudness, SCTE35 signalling, RF trending and other parameters. In the heat of the moment, an emergency medical team’s limited objectives make it relatively simple for the medics to act. But in the longer term, a more holistic approach is required to address the patient rather than the illness, and the complexities of person’s whole life and health are more diffi cult to unpick and deal with. Likewise, it would not be much help to an engineering team to have access to a huge amount of recorded digital media monitoring data if the tools for interpreting it were inadequate. This is why the ability to play through the timeline of recorded events is such a powerful aid to diagnosis of underlying causes, which can be observed and understood at any time after the event in a completely transparent and graphical way, to gain unprecedented insight into service errors and the reasons why they happen. 10 years of serving the broadcast industry Smart Marketing Services to help you stand out from the crowd impactful programs | compelling content | real engagement mjocommunications.co.uk KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 107 NOVEMBER 2015 | 59