Tektronix targets RF video monitoring

Michelle Clancy | 28-08-2012

Tektronix has unveiled Sentry Edge II, the latest offering in the line of Sentry Video Quality Monitors. Sentry Edge II detects spectral modulation and transport-stream errors generated by equipment failures.

With Sentry Edge II, video service providers now have access to the information needed to proactively monitor RF, before issues affect subscribers.
Sentry Edge II performs post-QAM monitoring in the dynamic video environment, where quick problem isolation and resolution are essential. MER measurements up to 41dB allow providers to detect signal quality degradation before the issue impacts the subscriber's viewing experience.
Providers can choose from two high-density models, four or eight tuners, both designed to minimise rack space and power costs. RF signals up to 1GHz can be monitored, allowing monitoring of the additional services.
"The video and audio errors that can ruin subscribers' QoE can originate anywhere in today's increasingly complex networks, so monitoring networkwide is vital for resolving these errors before they impact subscribers," said Eben Jenkins, GM for the video product line at Tektronix. "The advanced monitoring capabilities of our new Sentry Edge II ideally complement the other members of the Sentry family, enabling video service providers to comprehensively monitor video content from the 'source to the edge' of their networks."