Qligent, specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level media monitoring and analysis, is transitioning 1+1 Media Group to a cloud-based monitoring platform for national TV services.
Based on Qligent’s Vision platform, the pure software-as-a-service (SaaS) provides an OPEX solution for monitoring quality of service (QoS) and experience (QoE) across both analog and digital DVB T2 terrestrial, satellite, cable and IPTV systems.
Vision’s cloud-based architecture claims to eliminate the need for expensive and proprietary hardware, allowing 1+1 Media to procure common off-the-shelf servers to support its deployment at the company’s main production and playout center in Kyiv. Operators will monitor all video-related services from production to delivery—including baseband and IP content at its studio playout —and additionally leverage Vision’s built-in transcoding and recording capabilities for compliance monitoring. Vision makes this all possible from its dashboard, providing insight into network-wide performance.
For delivery, the initial deployment covers up to eight Ukrainian TV channels across each platform (analogue and digital DVB-T2 terrestrial, satellite, cable and IPTV), with visibility into program quality and signal performance across 12 cities. Vision’s platform allows the 1+1 Media Group, which will gradually scale the system to cover additional cities around the country, to add new monitoring points to the cloud architecture. Adding a new location requires an operator to load the Vision probe software on locally available hardware, and specify which channels to monitor.
According to Dmytro Orkusha, deputy CTO, New Technology Development for 1+1 Media Group, Qligent’s pure SaaS approach eliminated the need to invest in a hardware-centric system with high import taxes and ongoing technical support requirements. Qligent’s SaaS approach enables off-site hosting and maintenance of the central servers, allowing 1+1 Media Group personnel to remain focused on QoS and QoE monitoring and compliance.
“Through off-site hosting and transitioning our monitoring operations to the cloud, Qligent has delivered a true OPEX solution that reduces short and long-term costs,” said Orkusha. “We also now enjoy a true growth platform to extend these services into new cities without time-intensive labour and support.”
Moving forward, 1+1 Media Group expects to integrate other Qligent cloud services into the central SaaS solution. The media conglomerate is currently testing Qligent’s Scan fingerprint-based platform, which provides automatic content verification and ad delivery control across multiple TV delivery platforms.
“With cloud-based services ranging across real-time monitoring, root-cause analysis, and content verification and compliance, Qligent is uniquely equipped to help enterprise-level media companies like 1+1 Media Group understand the true picture of their media distribution networks – and prescribe specific troubleshooting actions with immediate results,” said Ted Korte, COO, Qligent. “This highly focused, centralised and user-friendly approach allows our customers to maintain the best possible quality of service and experience across any sized deployment, with ongoing system tuning and optimisation to optimise bitrates, quality, and total cost of ownership.”