Bridge Technologies designs, develops, and manufactures advanced analysis, measurement, and monitoring solutions for the digital broadcast and telecommunications industries. The award-winning VideoBRIDGE series provides an advanced industrial platform for converging digital media services employing stream-based IP packets. Compatible with all major stream-based industrial standards such as MPEG2, H.264/AVC, and ETSI TR 101 290, the VideoBRIDGE system is the most comprehensive monitoring and analysis environment available, with probes for DVB-T/T2, DVB-C, VSB, DVB-S/S2, Analog RF, ASI, all IP streams including OTT services, and unique portable field probes for RF and IP monitoring.
New Products for IBC2011
NEW! Bridge Technologies launches major advances in OTT service analysis, and the world's first DVB-T2 MI solution -- increasing Bridge Technologies' industry lead in truly comprehensive monitoring systems for the world of digital media.
For IBC2011, Bridge Technologies will debut the world's first monitoring solution for DVB-T2-MI. DVB-T2 is the system used in 70 percent of the contribution infrastructure currently under construction, and in many recent deployments in the EMEA region. DVB-T2 is already in use by operators in Europe, chosen for its outstanding characteristics in single frequency networks, and for the 30 percent bandwidth efficiency gain of DVB-T2 over DVB-T. Bridge Technologies has solved the complex monitoring challenge posed by the DVB-T2-MI format, and T2-MI monitoring is now available as an option across the range of VideoBRIDGE probes.
VB252 -- NEW!
The new VB252 is the monitoring probe for DVB-T2 networks, and part of the industry's first complete monitoring solution for DVB-T2 including the T2-MI protocol. The dual-input VB252 provides external GPS lock for accurate drift monitoring for SFN networks, high-quality MER measurement and level readings. For monitoring at transmitter sites and field locations for quality validation, the VB252 is available from Q4 2011.
PROTOCOL TRAFFIC ANALYSIS -- NEW!
The new Traffic Analysis option provides in-depth advanced monitoring and analysis of IP protocols and services across the complete range of VideoBRIDGE probes. With the Traffic Analysis option, operators can combine detailed monitoring and analytics of broadcast/IP streams and all OTT services under a single unified VideoBRIDGE environment with consistent display and reporting features. The Traffic Analysis option provides even more comprehensive capabilities to the end-to-end VideoBRIDGE digital media monitoring ecosystem.
ADVANCED GRAPHICS FOR VBC -- NEW!
Bridge Technologies' new graphical GUI option, GFRX-OPT, extends the VideoBRIDGE system's outstanding clarity of data presentation with a comprehensive new display engine for completely diagrammatic status displays using any design the user creates. Taking graphic objects from vector graphics programs such as Microsoft Visio, the GFRX-OPT allows users to quickly build diagrammatic displays that update with live data from the VideoBRIDGE VBC controller server. Easy to use without specialist graphics skills, GFRX-OPT lets operators design any kind of representation they choose -- such as an overview of physical network devices, or a geographical map of service delivery -- and have the VBC drive real-time color-coded modification of the graphics to indicate status. Live diagrammatic displays driven by GRFX-OPT offer monitoring staff a far more intelligible status view than screens of statistical data.
microVB(TM) Advanced Data Gathering -- NEW!
The breakthrough VideoBRIDGE microVB(TM) -- the first viable solution for deep packet remote analysis at the set top box -- now has complete data-gathering capabilities, allowing operators to capture any packet that passes through the unit and to forward those packets filtered into third party protocol analysis software. The microVB's new advanced data gathering function gives media service providers and telcos unique 24/7 real-time analysis and low-level analytics capability, allowing unprecedented accuracy in fault resolution of any condition at the subscriber premises, and previously unavailable insight into how factors such as packet loss levels affect real-world service quality.
Other Products on Display at IBC2011
VB330 -- Industry's Most Powerful Media Monitoring Probe
Bridge Technologies will display the VideoBRIDGE VB330, the industry's most powerful monitoring and analysis probe to date. The VB330 is the first product to be based on Bridge Technologies' entirely new 10GB architecture and it offers the highest performance-to-form-factor ratio available in the monitoring and analysis sector. With three blades fitting in a single 1-RU chassis and each VB330 probe having two 10GB interfaces, the system can deliver a massive 60GB monitoring capability. Designed for extremely high-density applications at points of maximum data throughput in today's 10GB core networks, the VB330's enormous capacity offers telcos, network operators, and digital media organizations a monitoring solution with the potential for scaling to match almost any level of throughput.
VB12-RF -- Ruggedized, Portable Broadcast-IP Probe for Cable and Terrestrial Diagnostics
The new VB12-RF is the most portable comprehensive monitoring/measurement appliance available. Designed for real-world use by engineers on the road, the VB12-RF packs every required broadcast and IP interface into a ruggedized chassis with a form factor smaller than a laptop computer. It is smaller, lighter, and tougher than any alternative, with the widest range of built-in interfaces for RF, ASI, and IP, full TR 101 290 alarming and analysis, and support for all media transportation codecs. The VB12-RF is far more practical, complete, and robust than traditional larger, heavier, and fragile PC-based alternatives.
VB262 -- DUAL QAM/VSB Input Option With Built-in Spectrum Analytics
The VB262 DUAL QAM/VSB input option card is the solution for complete monitoring in DVB-C or hybrid DVB-C/IP networks, now with added built-in spectrum analytics capability for advanced RF analysis. Up to four independent RF inputs can be analyzed in one 1RU chassis. A very cost-effective multipurpose analysis tool, the VB262 provides a powerful real-time QAM/VSB monitoring and alarm solution ideal for RF, cable, terrestrial, and PBS operators in the U.S. The VB262 in combination with the VB220 or VB120 controllers is perfect for hybrid networks where IP is used as a carrier from head-end to the regional edge-multiplexer/modulator/transmitter. The built-in round-robin functionality allows sequential analysis of multiple QAM or VSB multiplexes, making it possible to monitor the total broadcast content of a cable transmission system using a single VB262. One or two VB262 modules can be specified in a single probe, allowing high-density monitoring of up to 260 MPTS/SPTS multicasts in addition to the RF inputs.
microVB(TM) With Analytics
The microVB(TM) is a breakthrough in miniaturized remote monitoring and analysis for digital media applications. Now with advanced auto-configuration for plug-and-play setup and an enhanced user interface, microVB adds the final link in the VideoBRIDGE monitoring system chain to provide in-depth packet analysis for any media service including OTT technologies from every major vendor, giving operators completely integrated, end-to-end monitoring from satellite to set-top box (STB). Robust and small enough to be delivered to the customer by mail, and with simple, plug-and-play installation, microVB is the first cost-effective and technically viable solution for gathering continuous real-time data about performance at the viewers' STB. Upon installation between the STB and television, microVB automatically locates a server on the operator's VideoBRIDGE network and begins sending data, enabling deep packet inspection without requiring a technician to visit the customer's home to install the device or diagnose problems.
VideoBRIDGE 4.9 Software
The new VideoBRIDGE 4.9 software release adds new and exciting enhancements and upgrades for the complete VideoBRIDGE range of products. At the show, highlights and previews of upcoming versions of the system will be demonstrated including powerful SQL database features, advanced graphic displays, probe auto-discovery, enhanced device control and more.
EC Enhanced Chassis -- Increased Resilience for VideoBRIDGE Probes
Bridge Technologies introduces a new EC (Enhanced Chassis) for VideoBRIDGE probes, further increasing ruggedness and resilience for remote operation in extreme conditions. The new chassis features redundant power supplies, front-to-back airflow, six CPU-controlled high-speed fans, and high-grade cast alloy metalwork. The new chassis has been designed for NEBS-compliance, and has also been engineered to accept future generations of high-power cards.