Bridge Technologies micro-VB(TM) system Wins IP and amp;TV Industry Award

Date: 06/04/2011
Bridge Technologies' microVB(TM) system is the winner of the 2011 IP&TV Industry Award in the Best Quality Improvement for IP, Hybrid or Connected TV category. The awards were presented at Madame Tussauds in London by a panel of cable and telecom experts representing a cross-section of leading service providers from around the world.

Introduced in 2010, the microVB system is a breakthrough in miniaturized remote monitoring and analysis for IPTV and digital media applications. The smallest probe in Bridge Technologies' VideoBRIDGE monitoring system, microVB adds the final link in the chain, giving operators completely integrated end-to-end monitoring from satellite to set-top box. Robust and small enough to be delivered to the subscriber by mail, and featuring simple, plug-and-play installation, microVB is the first cost-effective and technically viable solution for gathering continuous real-time time data about digital media performance at the viewers' set-top box (STB). On installation between the STB and television, microVB automatically locates a server on the operator's 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.

"There is no practical and cost-effective rival to the microVB system, so this award does recognize a real advance for the digital media industry," said Simen K. Frostad, Bridge Technologies chairman. "Until the microVB was launched, operators had no easy way to get the detailed, continuous data from the customer network that is required for a complete view of subscriber service quality and for pinpointing intermittent faults."

Bridge Technologies' microVB reduces customer churn arising from poor service, and saves operators the costs of service visits to subscribers. Because it is completely independent of the STB's operation, it also avoids the technical and legal complications of previous software-based attempts to provide monitoring at the subscriber premises.

The VideoBRIDGE system is the first true headend-to-STB monitoring solution available in the industry and includes a full range of IP probes for analysis at any point in the chain from satellite to STB. The award-winning VideoBRIDGE series of probes offers an innovative approach to monitoring and analysis of converging services employing stream-based IP packets. Compatible with all major stream-based industrial standards such as MPEG2, H.264/AVC, and DVB/ATSC - ETSI TR 101 290, the VideoBRIDGE series offers a complete end-to-end system for the continuous quality assurance of a network. With full support of the innovative, patented MediaWindow, the VideoBRIDGE series is at the forefront of digital TV measurement, monitoring, and analysis technologies.

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