Field Report: SES PS Relies on Monitoring from Rohde & Schwarz Subsidiary GMIT

SES Platform Services GmbH operates one of Europe’s most modern broadcasting centres. The company continuously expands and improves its monitoring capabilities with equipment from Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary GMIT.

SES Platform Services (PS) provides a wide range of services for the preparation and transmission of content for TV and radio channels, including content management, playout encryption, multiplexing and satellite uplinks. SES PS uses BMM-810 multiviewers and content monitoring systems from Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary GMIT GmbH to monitor more than 700 TV services including 4K/UHD.

The BMM-810 A&V monitoring platform is used for all of the SES PS distribution channels, from satellite to cable to over-the-top Internet transmissions. It is also supporting the first HEVC-encoded UHD broadcasts over Astra 19.2°. In all, the monitoring platform now monitors over 700 TV services in SD, HD and UltraHD resolutions. The BMM-810 is a one-box monitoring solution for SES PS that eliminates the need for multi-vendor monitoring equipment.

The decision to choose GMIT’s BMM-810 was based on the product’s input flexibility and unique monitoring features. Features include automated content mismatch detection, which allows SES PS to ensure highest service availability. In addition, the service-centric multiviewer visualization concept keeps the monitoring of an ever-growing number of channels efficient, reliable and manageable.

The high flexibility of the BMM-810 A&V monitoring platform and the extensive customization services provided by GMIT GmbH directly benefit SES PS. Based on a maintenance and service contract and utilizing the flexible software approach of BMM-810, GMIT rapidly integrates new technologies and feature requests and provides SES PS with a fully customized monitoring solution.

SES Platform Services also provides test suites in a defined environment for testing compliance and self-certification which are integrated into R&S BTC broadcast test center.

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