Can you afford not to monitor? Video broadcast and monitoring tools from Suitcase TV.

Date: 19/07/2010
Can you afford not to monitor? Video broadcast and monitoring tools from Suitcase TV.

Gone are the days where television was only broadcast between certain hours and only 4 channels. Now with hundreds of channel choices all playing hours of contents through 24 hours, +1 services and interactive information, there is a great deal to continuously monitor.

Tied in with this, the file-based playout workflow that possibly every broadcast station exploits, requires equal observation to system status, disk space and much more behind the scenes monitoring.

 Purple Monitoring, from Suitcase TV is a designated, flexible system for monitoring broadcasts, or off-air. It is suitable for most signal formats, in either real time or sampling modes, to detect errors such as video-freeze and video black, video sync (analogue), audio silence and audio loudness. 

Having a logical system that can identify such errors can alleviate some of the duties of the channel controller, and focus their attention elsewhere, knowing its being automatically recognised.  The Purple Monitoring application can be displayed on standard PC monitors and/or video walls; these can be fully customised by the NOC engineer to display channel and alarm information.

 System process & workflow monitoring tool, Aqua DashBoard, will be soon available from Suitcase TVs software range, as a customisable viewing portal of the systems status through statistics.  Data statistics can be viewed as information through a variety of attractively styled bar/line graphs, traffic light indicators, and gauge statuses.

The bar/line graph is ideal for showing a changing variant over time, such as playout server disk space over e.g. a fortnightly period. Both the traffic light style indicators and the gauge statues show live information, the traffic lights for more Boolean type data, and the gauges for more accurate readings where traffic lights cannot display this level of detail, such as data transfer rates.

The first development version of Aqua DashBoard will be launched at IBC 2010 and will solely monitor the Suitcase TV MediaStor, but later versions will take on 3rd party monitoring.

www.suitcasetv.com



Tags: monitoring | system workflow monitoring | NOC | video alarms
Submitted by Sarah Deas (Suitcase TV)
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