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Bridge Technologies delivers 4K over IP analysis

Bridge Technologies is focusing on the unique ability of its VB440 probe to deliver full network and content analytics in a 4K over IP world.

“No other company has achieved this over IP yet,” said Simen K. Frostad, chairman, Bridge Technologies. “In fact, the power of the VB440 is such that we have demonstrated it can deliver that same comprehensive 4K analytics capability to multiple users in a 100 Gigabit environment.”

“The VB440 with the Instrument View GUI are designed to give unparalleled insight into network behaviour, enabling problems to be identified and rectified before they impact services – and they’re fully 4K-capable,” said Frostad. 

“The VB440 is also unique in its ability to support dual 100 Gigabit interfaces, allowing it to provide analysis of redundant networks as described by ST2022-7: it is truly a future-proof solution. The insight into the network provided by Instrument View can easily be accessed – in real time – from pretty much anywhere, allowing a distributed approach to analytics and network management. And, because it features a full https architecture, secure access is guaranteed.”

The VB440 supports uncompressed media flows over IP with both ST2110 and ST2022-6 transports, providing network operators and digital media organisations with an analytics solution for numerous streams and multiple technologies in real-time and in parallel. Instrument View is designed specifically for those in media production who need to have real-time, highly accurate knowledge of the behaviour of networked packets and precise information about the content being carried. ST2059-2, more commonly known as PTP, is also an important part of the VB440’s analytics capability.

“Today, we’re seeing IP becoming mainstream – but there is still much to be determined,” added Frostad. “The industry is rising to the challenges of 4K HDR – but with the Olympics in Japan in 2020, the focus will shift towards 8K. Today, the current industry standard is still 10 Gigabit Ethernet – but 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet are rapidly becoming available, with vendors already demonstrating affordable interface speeds of 200 Gigabits and higher. The industry has yet to fully get to grips with IPv6 – and still has much work to do in terms of network security.”