Operations personnel who run broadcast systems at television stations and networks have an increasingly complex set of responsibilities to juggle, due to the effects of several trends. First, the number of outbound streams has grown substantially over the years in order to accommodate the proliferation of signal formats required by large and small-screen consumer devices. Multiple partner organizations are often employed to distribute signals across a range of delivery platforms, including satellite, cable, over-the-air, and Internet channels. Managing this complex ecosystem without proper support tools can be an exercise in barely controlled chaos, particularly when things go wrong.

 

Preventing information overload for network technical staff members can make decision making both quicker and more effective. Volicon’s Media Intelligence service has a redesigned user interface that has been carefully crafted to simplify system status monitoring while still providing full access to detailed error and status report logs. Volicon’s solutions provide a high-level overview of each major system component in an easy-to-read color code – green for good, yellow for minor issues, and red for major issues that need urgent attention. These summary indicators can be enabled for any point along the path from signal source to destination. More detailed error reports can then be accessed through a sub-menu if further information is required for fault analysis or system restoration.

 

Volicon’s advanced error analysis algorithms can uncover subtle system discrepancies so that the user can review the whole signal flow on a single screen and visually compare video signals that have been captured at different signal processing stages.  Each captured signal is placed onto a common delay-adjusted timeline, so that the effects of transmission or processing delays can be canceled out. Measurements can then be made to determine if distortions or faults have been introduced, and, if so, by which processing subsystem.  Captured video files can also be used to provide proof of performance to third parties, including compliance with rules and regulations.