PRISM media monitoring and analysis technology from Tektronix Video provides a full-IP solution for the transport of audio, video, and metadata streams within IP-based, real-time video content production.
TPC Switzerland AG (TPC), the company responsible for the production and technical operations of television, radio and multimedia programs at Swiss Radio and Television (SRG), is embarking on an ambitious and innovative approach toward the construction of a new technology center that will be one of the world’s first full-IP, SMPTE 2110 compliant broadcast facilities.
The facility — located in the Leutschenbach district of Zurich - is being built specifically to leverage an IP workflow for significantly streamlined and simplified operational processes.
"With the new construction, we are making the most of the opportunity to explore new horizons with regard to technology, creation, editorial work, and operation," said Andreas Lattmann, CTO at TPC. "We are putting old patterns of thought and existing structures to the test and are therefore creating a breeding ground for new solutions."
But with this shift to an IP infrastructure come new challenges for broadcasters — especially in terms of monitoring and analyzing the quality of video streams.
With High Dynamic Range (HDR) becoming increasingly more in-demand by consumers, the need for technology that works both with HDR and traditional SDR technologies is now mission-critical for broadcasters.
Further, a real-time, IP-based video content monitoring and analysis solution must meet the specifications of broadcast technicians and IT network technicians alike to ensure effective monitoring. This is critical in today’s broadcast environment as consumers now expect crystal-clear quality — and can swiftly switch providers if their expectations are not being met.
Additionally, the analysis platform needs to be built upon a fully updateable, software-based architecture that evolves alongside the ever-improving standards of IP-based workflows.
“When we looked at the challenges of monitoring video on an all-IP infrastructure, along with the demand for HDR video we see from customers, we knew we needed a partner that truly understood what our goals were in developing a cutting-edge facility,” Lattmann said. “The decision to go with Tektronix Video and the company’s PRISM solution quickly became the obvious choice.”
PRISM Media Monitoring and Analysis
Designed to address the current and future state of broadcast — including complete IP-based infrastructures — PRISM is engineered around a comprehensive set of measurements and displays that provide detailed visibility of content dynamics for reduced time to fault isolation and remedy. Discovery, registration, and control of the IP workflow is all made available with NMOS IS-04/05 across the entire media network.
PRISM presents complex information through easy-to-understand graphical and data-driven screens that are familiar to broadcast technicians and engineers. Within the system, instrument functionality can be expanded and configured to address multiple applications across operations and engineering. PRISM’s easy-to-use touchscreen display also brings a next level of interactivity to the instrument.
Further, being built on a flexible and upgradable software architecture, PRISM advances concurrently with the evolution of IP and HDR standards to ensure workflows are always ready to implement cutting edge technology.
“Moving to IP infrastructure provides a number of benefits for broadcasters, but it’s not without its unique challenges,” said Charlie Dunn, General Manager of Tektronix's Video Business. “Tektronix Video is providing solutions that eliminate those challenges by ensuring our monitoring and analysis tools work perfectly in the all-IP workflow. We understand that quality is a brand-critical issue for video providers in today’s world. We provide the solutions necessary to maintain the highest quality possible.”
By using the PRISM solution, TPC has ensured its monitoring and analysis will function effectively across its new IP infrastructure on day one of operation — and into the future as standards evolve. Any potential faults in the feed will be quickly identified and repaired, helping keep TPC viewers engaged and happy with the content.
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