Skyline Communications’ flagship next-generation network management platform DataMiner has been deployed by Austrian Broadcast Services ORS to manage its advanced digital transmission headend, supported by Dimension Data, a global services and solutions provider.
ORS operates a DVB-T/DVB-T2 network, with distribution over satellite and cable. The DVB headend infrastructure encodes all incoming feeds and prepares the content for satellite and terrestrial distribution, including content protection via DVB-Simulcrypt. “Our system demands, amongst others, highly dynamic programme switching, seamless bitrate adaptation of video that allows easy adding and removing of channels from the multiplex, PID replacement and synchronised audio component selections,” said Norbert Grill, CEO of ORS. “All changes in the service bouquet need to be executed without breaking any other service within the statistical multiplex, and of course without exceeding transmission bandwidth at any given moment in time. DataMiner guarantees a high quality of service to our customers, by implementing unprecedented consolidated and fully automated control of all equipment, transparently across all vendor boundaries, including sophisticated devices like Cisco’s DCM Digital Content Manager.”
With the deployment of DataMiner, ORS is migrating its legacy NMS platform to the next generation of end-to-end NMS technology that DataMiner embodies. “ORS has selected products from different manufacturers to build the modern full-featured headend. DataMiner is already integrated with more than 4,000 devices from over 450 different vendors, and is therefore unique in providing the freedom to broadcasters like ORS to choose the best-of-breed solution for each processing step in the service chain. By replacing the legacy NMS, they take away any restrictions in adding new technology and new products,” commented Glenn D’Haene, sales director EMEA and APAC.
In this solution, the DataMiner Inventory and Asset Management component provisions the entire DVB headend, including video, audio and metadata. Using off-the-shelf tools like Microsoft Visio for user interface design, and graphical editors for automation tasks, DataMiner allows ORS to configure the system to the needs of the broadcaster, without any custom software development.