Centralized Monitoring for Broadcasters Goes Far Beyond Logging

As today’s broadcast plants become increasingly more complex, monitoring systems must become at least as advanced, if not one step ahead, in their sophistication. It’s no longer necessary to maintain separate systems tracking different broadcast parameters with multiple operators running between disparate computers. Nor is that model the most financially sound way to run a broadcast facility.Quality control is too important to an organization’s bottom line to be relegated to a system that operators must ‘make-do’ with. The ability to cross reference all on-site and off-site systems within an enterprise, harvest metadata, drill down and take action on any issue – all from one central user interface – is what’s to be expected from a monitoring system today. Our flagship broadcast monitoring system, MonitorIQ™, has a significantly advanced architecture built for both stability and scalability. Based upon Web Services (REST) API, the system integrates easily with other systems in a broadcast plant. It integrates with storage systems, multi-viewers and network managers from SAN Solutions, Evertz, Miranda, and others. Because it’s based on open web services, the software can scale from one to multiple servers and from one to hundreds of channels.  It is web enabled, so users can access the software through any standard web browser without ActiveX component. Broadcasters today have a complex set of monitoring requirements. As they deliver an increasing number of channels, seek to implement a cohesive and revenue-generating mobile and online platform, provide signals that comply with closed captioning and loudness regulations, this rapidly changing and expanding environment requires a monitoring platform that is flexible and scalable. A one size fits all approach no longer works. MonitorIQ can tailor itself to meet the particular needs of one broadcaster – as opposed to having a hard set of features that are not designed for your unique environment. A monitoring system for today and tomorrow must be built to scale, able to adapt to an evolving broadcast environment. And it should enable a simpler, improved workflow with fewer systems to track – not more. One system monitoring an entire plant from one central user interface means one server, one operator, less technology to buy and maintain, less space needed for equipment and less power consumption. The end result is an operator who’s able to view and take action on all monitoring issues within an entire broadcast environment. For example, because of the Advanced Metadata Harvester™ featured within MonitorIQ, one operator looking at one screen can: search any data and map results quickly to the video; create broadcast discrepancy reports that hyperlink straight to a specific issue; map problems to the channel and time associated with the discrepancy; and work remotely using an iPad, iPhone or Android interface to review discrepancy reports. With all metadata coming to one location instead of disparate computers, diagnostics occur much faster. There’s no longer the need to jump from one system to another to determine which part of the signal path is experiencing an issue. Among the tasks MonitorIQ addresses are: loudness monitoring, compliance monitoring, in-depth diagnostics and quality control; AsRun and traffic log ingest, watermark NAVE decoding, and automatic ad detection. MonitorIQ can also serve as the central hub from which to manage multiple stations. It includes software that works with a centralized management server. Broadcasters today need much more than a logging system. Their needs dictate an elegant and sophisticated system that provides an in-depth view of the entire environment and gives them the ability to take action from one, central location. MonitorIQ provides an efficient broadcast monitoring architecture that reduces operation costs and lowers the total cost of ownership. It’s what works in today’s digital broadcast environment.

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