Caton Technology is using IBC 2022 to show how its innovative and accessible technologies help users unleash the full benefits of IP connectivity. It will show solutions based around its uniquely powerful transmission protocols and distribution platforms.
Central to the proposition are the Caton Transport Protocols (CTP), a suite of IP transmission technologies developed to guarantee stability, quality and security even in challenging network conditions. CTP includes more than 30 algorithms and deep learning mechanisms to provide extremely high resilience, including a very powerful forward error correction approach.
The CatonNet Video Platform (CVP) wraps CTP up in a fully managed IP network for real-time transport of high-quality video over any distance locally, regionally and globally. The ultra-low-latency, high-security service is equally suited to occasional use and permanent circuits.
One of the most powerful applications of CVP is in conjunction with Caton Publisher, a comprehensive platform for remote production. It supports anything from live streaming from a mobile phone to professional multi-site remote production with switching in the cloud as well as delivery to all platforms.
New in Caton Publisher is the ability to provide talkback to and from the production base to each contribution point, bringing multiple contributors and publishers into a single professional workflow. The realtime audio communication tunnels are fully encrypted for security. Like the rest of CVP, clients are available for iOS and Android.
CTP also powers Caton NDI Gateway, a software application which extends the popular NDI networking format beyond the single-site LAN, allowing it to be used across any distance, over typical internet connections, in remote production workflows.
“Broadcasters and video professionals all recognise the potential and the convenience of using IP over existing communication networks,” said Gerald Wong, senior vice president, global operations, Caton Technology. “But actually implementing IP connectivity can be challenging, involving skills and technology which may be new to them. What we provide, through CTP, CVP and our ecosystem of encoders, decoders and software applications, is simple access.
“Using Caton tools – which are generally software applications – users can simply and quickly establish connections, whether that is to the next building or the other side of the world,” Wong explained. “It replaces the challenges of IP connectivity with certainty and security, really opening up all the potential benefits of sending high resolution, professional quality, files over existing connections like the internet.”
Also on display on the Caton stand will be partner solution ArkHub, a powerful content storage platform in the cloud. This uses the enterprise-class file transfer system from Cydex, in association with CTP, to provide very fast file transfers between production centres and the cloud.