Volicon intros distribution monitoring for Media Intelligence Platform


Michelle Clancy

| 31 July 2015

Volicon has introduced a distribution monitoring solution which uses the company's Media Intelligence Platform (MIP) for end-to-end path monitoring of linear broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) service delivery.

The unified compliance and monitoring interface is for content being distributed in any format, on any platform, to any geographic location.

"More and more content is being distributed on an increasing number of specialty channels and services across a growing array of platforms — linear and Internet-delivered — to an expanding global marketplace, and with this expansion comes a host of new challenges in maintaining the integrity of content and the consumer experience," said Gary Learner, CTO at Volicon .

"Broadcasters need a convenient, flexible and affordable way to make sure that all of these channels and programmes are being delivered properly. With our new distribution monitoring solution, we provide a complete solution that extends monitoring from ingest to the set-top box output and to OTT devices such as smartphones and tablets."

The solution compares signals across key points, aiming to identify anomalies, track faults back up the distribution chain and identify the source of the issue rather than the many resulting errors downstream. Also, in order to prevent engineers from being overwhelmed by information about the many channels being monitored, the platform is said to highlight only those channels experiencing a problem.

The Volicon solution also captures a full recording of content, which in turn gives technical staff the flexibility to target priority problems first and then use stored audio, video and metadata to examine and deal with past or intermittent issues. It also allows users to hit pause or rewind when looking at either live or recorded content. Because the solution captures not just audio and video but also metadata, it can alert users to issues they can't detect with their eyes and ears, such as audio loudness, XDS, AC-3 properties and NAVE.

"Broadcasters have to participate in this new digital media marketplace, and with the new distribution monitoring solution we give them the ability to monitor a record of the real customer experience on any platform and assure it from end to end," Learner concluded.