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Bridge Technologies: VB288 provides objective video and audio monitoring

A new version of the company’s VB288 Objective QoE Content Extractor is being unveiled by Bridge Technologies at IBC2014. With integrated OTT capability, it allows operators to view and monitor OTT services and realtime streams side-by-side in the same advanced graphical display environment.

The VB288 Objective QoE Content Extractor provides objective video and audio monitoring of MPEG-2, H.264/MPEG-4 and H.265/HEVC streams, and combines monitoring of realtime streams and OTT services within a browser-based remote video-wall that delivers full view-anywhere visual status, alarms (including loudness compliance alarms) and analysis. Operators can inspect very large numbers of content services, with dependable metrics and alarming on verifiable, accurate and objective parameters that affect QoE.

Setting up the VB288 for OTT services is said to simply require entry of the URL for each stream to be monitored: the VB288 then provides the same status information as for a realtime broadcast video stream, including thumbnails, audio decoding, and an array of alarms together with specific alarms for OTT errors such as misalignment of different profiles within the stream. Deployment for a typical system is claimed to be achievable within only a few hours – a key benefit when rolling out these types of hard-to-calibrate services.

“The VB288 is a mould-breaking product that brings clarity and accuracy to QoE monitoring both for linear services and over the top in an incredibly agile and convenient way,” said Bridge Technologies’ chairman Simen Frostad. “Now, any engineer can easily monitor these services from any connected computer, and benefit from a sophisticated configurable virtual video-wall within a standard web browser.”