New version of Bridge Technologies’ OTT Engine
Bridge Technologies has launched a new version of its OTT Engine featuring the industry’s first implementation of full MPEG-DASH monitoring. The new OTT Engine makes MPEG-DASH support a core part of of the user’s OTT monitoring capability, is compatible with all Bridge Technologies 1G and 10G probes, and is embedded within the iOS and Android PocketProbe mobile monitoring apps.
Offering important advantages over existing standards for mobile content service delivery, MPEG-DASH is designed to supersede them and to become the dominant format. To ensure the widest possible compatibility with future, current and legacy OTT operations, Bridge Technologies’ new OTT Engine extends its HLS, Smoothstream and MPEG-DASH capability by adding support for RTMP and subtitle tracks.
By using Bridge Technologies’ full range of clear graphical data analysis display technologies, the OTT Engine provides an instantly-familiar set of tools for engineering staff, with the ability to run OTT monitoring side by side with IPTV monitoring operations in the same hardware and software environment. High density displays of large numbers of OTT streams can be achieved through the MicroTimeline display without overwhelming monitoring staff with a mass of difficult-to-read monitoring data.
“MPEG-DASH is an important advance for OTT standardisation, so it’s great to have been first to the market with a full monitoring solution for it,” says Simen Frostad, chairman, Bridge Technologies. “But the standards used by today’s OTT operators will continue to be used for some time yet, and with the Bridge Technologies OTT Engine operators can be reassured they will have the most capable and comprehensive solution available for OTT, whichever way the market evolves.”
Deployed anywhere in the delivery chain the active OTT technology gives accurate continuous evaluation of OTT stream availability and delivery in that part of the chain. Intelligent self-configuration capabilities ensure minimal set up requirements, without requiring specialist knowledge, and operations center staff can start monitoring streams simply by entering the url. Operational staff can monitor OTT services within the familiar graphically-rich advanced monitoring environment, alongside broadcast-IP services. With its completely flexible licensing scheme, the OTT Engine can be configured cost-effectively for small numbers of streams, or through a bulk-licensing package for large deployments of hundreds of channels.