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Bridge Technologies Sharpens QoE Focus

Bridge Technologies has transformed TV QoE, using exclusively objective criteria and delivering meaningful, actionable information in real time.

Bridge Technologies’ Objective QoE methodology delivers quantifiable video and audio monitoring of MPEG-2, H.264/MPEG-4 and H.265/HEVC streams at the point of transmission. It provides data and error alerts based on the detection of key errors occurring in media delivery, including audio silence, color freezes, black and freeze frames.

Operators are alerted to failures affecting QoE. An alarm based on these criteria means that an actual failure has been detected requiring immediate remedial action. No false positives maximize operator alarm confidence.

Quality of Experience monitoring with Objective QoE can be incorporated into any Bridge Technologies monitoring infrastructure, running in tandem with the system’s sophisticated QoS monitoring capabilities.

The VB288 Content Extractor runs on an off-the-shelf server and provides mosaic view and alarming on any web browser.

The VB288 Content Extractor runs on an off-the-shelf server and provides mosaic view and alarming on any web browser.

A key element within Bridge Technologies’ Objective QoE is the VB288 Content Extractor, a server-based system for confidence verification and monitoring of QoE. It allows engineers to view each channel as transmitted, from any point within the transmission chain. It combines monitoring of real-time streams and OTT services within a browser-based video wall that delivers full, view-anywhere visual status and analysis.

The VB288 provides the same status information as for a real-time broadcast video stream, including thumbnails, audio decoding, and an array of alarms including loudness compliance alarms, and specific alarms for OTT errors such as misalignment of different profiles within the stream. Deployment for a typical system is achievable within only a few hours.

Gold TS Protection makes digital services monitoring quicker to set up, fault-track faster, more accurately and more secure. It includes all the checks specified by the ETR290 standard, and goes further to include testing for critical conditions missed by ETR290 that can seriously affect subscribers. The stream is continually analyzed and compared with the reference. The time taken for error resolution is greatly accelerated, typically by a factor of 10-15, enabling maintenance staff to effectively monitor larger numbers of streams.

The Remote Data Wall (RDW) was a 2016 NAB Show favorite. RDW is a powerful way to customize a multi-monitor screen through an easy-to-use widget toolkit. It can be accessed on the network from any connected location. The company also recently introduced Timeline, a new technology for browsing monitoring data in a live NLE-style interface.

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