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GatesAir: Network monitor safeguards signal transport

12 September 2014

Intraplex LiveLook, software to improve analysis and troubleshooting for IP transport, has launched.

A realtime interactive monitoring solution that works in conjunction with Intraplex IP Link codecs, LiveLook optimises performance for mission-critical audio contribution and distribution networks.
GatesAir explained that LiveLook would provide time-based graphical analysis of network statistics, including burst packets and other performance-related measurements that adversely affect IP signal transport. Built-in data mining algorithms automate packet analysis and report generation, recommending optimal techniques for error reduction.  The company claimed this streamlines the setup, configuration and optimisation of IP networks to reduce complexity and improve overall network performance.

The system also provides analysis of both live and logged data. GatesAir said the graphical nature of LiveLook, in conjunction with log clock association, gives users better insight into performance trends over periods of time.  Additionally, the continuous logging of IP packets can lead  broadcasters to pinpoint and analyse statistics from a specific time window to review and troubleshoot known performance issues.

“Many broadcasters have already transitioned to IP signal transport, as its reliability is well-established, but to date have lacked tools that provide true visibility into network performance,” said GatesAir chief product officer Rich Redmond.  “It’s just as critical to understand how well live streams and recovery techniques are performing, especially in large contribution and distribution networks.”

The company is positioning LiveLook as a complement to reliability techniques already built  into IP Link codecs, including dynamic stream splicing, an application  that provides hitless recovery of dropped  packets via seamless convergence of main and backup streams.  GatesAir said this and other integrated redundancy measures ensure IP Link codecs match the performance reliability of traditional T1/E1 circuits, while significantly lowering total cost of ownership.

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