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VB120 BROADCAST PROBE

The VB120 BROADCAST PROBE offers cost-effective and powerful monitoring in any broadcast operations involving most commonly available signal formats. In particular the VB120 is capable of monitoring IP unicasts and multicasts, OTT/ABR streams as well as a whole range of RF formats.


Figure - the dual PSU redundant 1RU Enhanced Chassis populated with 3 VB120 blades

Its modular concept provides the flexibility needed for a cost-effective surveillance system tailor-made for each operator. System scalability in terms of monitoring capacity, signal formats handled and functionality ensures a future-proof solution, an invaluable asset in an ever changing world.

The VB120 probe hardware is custom designed and built to telco-grade standards for maximum reliability and minimum maintenance. Each VB120 blade consumes less than 12W of power. This drastically cuts on power consumption and air conditioning needs in installations. The VB220 can be paired with a full set of interface blades to cover signal formats such as DVB-T/T2, DVB-S/S2, DVB-C/C2, QAM-B, 8VSB and ASI.

The ability to continuously measure all your media services makes the VB120 invaluable for confidence monitoring, thus facilitating a more rapid network expansion. In addition the VB120 can do deep analysis of the broadcast signal reducing the need to travel to remote locations when changes in the system is done or to find the reason behind alarms.

The VB120 BROADCAST PROBE comprises a fully fledged ETSI TR 101 290 monitoring engine used to monitor enabled inputs, one monitoring engine per input working in parallel. The basic VB120 monitors DVB ASI, IP monitoring is enabled through the IP Monitoring and Analysis option and RF inputs may be included by adding demodulator blades to the system.

Each Bridgetech ETSI TR 101 290 engine performs Priority 1, 2 and 3 measurements in addition to monitoring vital CA parameters, CA monitoring being of vital importance as CAS errors may lead to equally severe impairments as ETSI TR 101 290 Priority 1 errors. The monitoring engine may also be configured to check signal scrambling. PSI/SI and PSIP tables are analysed and presented as table summary and hex dump, the latter enabling analysis of proprietary descriptors.

Bit-rates are measured at TS, service and PID level, and the ETSI TR 101 290 engine also monitors RF parameters for optional demodulator inputs. Fully configurable round-robin functionality enables sequential monitoring of several transport streams per monitoring engine. More details in the ETR290 pages.

Monitor OTT/ABR streams at master play-out or at CDN origin server in all common streaming formats using the OTT option. Streaming formats supported currently include Microsoft Smoothstream™, Apple HLS™, Adobe HDS™, MPEG-DASH and basic RTMP.

The innovative RDP technology (Return Data Path) that comes as standard on the VB120 enables easy re-routing of remote signals from regional locations into a central location for decryption and advanced signal analysis. RDP reduces the need for truck rolls and otherwise necessary on-site visits by skilled and expensive engineers. The VB120 recording functionality allows alarm triggered or manually initiated recordings from any enabled input.

The VB120 has been designed to support all modern encapsulation standards including ISO/IEC13818-1 Transport Streams and MFRTP. The VB120 continuously measures signal loss, packet loss and packet jitter. These vital parameters are presented through Bridgetech's own patented MediaWindow™ technology. MediaWindow™ allows for current and historical data to be displayed in an intuitive and visual way for easy understanding of the media flows in an IP network.

Alarm handling is one of the main tasks of the VB120 BROADCAST PROBE, and all measurements are checked against user defined thresholds for alarm generation. A sophisticated threshold template system gives the user full alarm handling control at probe, TS, service and PID level, ensuring that only relevant alarms are displayed.

Management and control for the basic VB120 is available through a separate 10/100/1000-T Ethernet interface, the IP-enabled VB120 may alternatively be managed in-band through the 10/100/1000-T video interface or through the SFP video interface. Standalone access is achieved through the use of any standard modern web browser, avoiding the need for a dedicated client application.

With SNMP trapping and the comprehensive Eii™ (External Integration Interface) XML export the VB120 BROADCAST PROBE is easily integrated into existing NMS systems either directly or through the optional VBC Controller Server (VBC).

News TECHNICAL FEATURES
10/100/1000-T RJ45 Management port with Link and Activity LED indicators
10/100/1000-T RJ45 video port with Link and Activity LED indicators
SFP gigE video port with Link and Activity LED indicators
75 ohm HD-BNC ASI input port with TS SYNC LED indicator
75 ohm HD-BNC ASI output port for monitoring purposes
50 ohm SMA female 1PPS input port for GPS synchronisation
USB Type-A connector for initial setup
Expansion blades available for common formats such as DVB-S/S2, DVB-C/C2, DVB-T/T2, QAM-B, 8VSB, ASI
Thumbnail decoding of uni/multicast IP transport streams with audio bars and metadata
Framework called RDP for relaying any IP multicast monitored to a different IP destination for further analysis
Functionality for record 200MB of the whole or parts of any transport stream monitored (RDP framework)
Automatic record trigger based on up to 3 configured alarm criteria with pre fill in order to catch fault
Flexible template based alarming system to allow custom configuration of what parameters result in an alarm being generated on a per-TS level
Alarm forwarding to 3rd party systems via SNMP TRAP via up to 3 unique destinations
NTP client time synchronization support according to RFC2030
DHCP client support on management and video ports according to RFC2131
Easy web-based software and license upgrade
XML-based configuration save and retrieval via web
ETR290 monitoring and analysis on ASI input port
One ETR290 engine automatically activated per interface module present in chassis controlled by VB120 (two engines automatically activated for VB242 ASI input blade)
Full DVB and ATSC table support
PSI/SI/PSIP table display - high and low level including hex dump and table download
Analysis of EIT p/f and EIT Schedule
MIP table analysis according to TR 101 190 and TR 101 191
Unique tests designed by BRIDGE Technologies relevant to Conditional Access systems
ETR290 engine automatically activated per RF/ASI input port present on expansion modules
TS 101 290 analysis functionality on all IP multicasts in either round-robin fashion across all monitored IP multicasts or continuously on all monitored IP multicasts
  - All Priority 1 tests (TS sync, Sync byte, PAT, CC, PMT, Missing PID)
  - All Priority 2 tests except Buffer Fill (Transport, CRC, PCR, PCR acc., PTS, CAT)
  - All Priority 3 tests (NIT, SI rep rate, Unref PID, SDT, EIT, RST, TDT)
  - Custom tests (CA system, PID bitrates, Service bitrates, MIP, Content)
Framework for monitoring and alarming on max/min service bandwidth
Framework for monitoring and alarming on max/min PID bandwidth
Visual tree representation of all PSI/SI tables with drill-down functionality
PID overview
Service overview
PCR Accuracy (PCR-AC) jitter histogram for selectable PIDs
Intuitive bitrate overview - service and PID based
Comparison framework where a visual comparison between two transport streams or two services is possible in terms of ETR290 parameters and table set
Transport stream service status view with visual colour coded indication of problem areas
TR 101 290 alarm trending graph over last 24 hours
Powerful and openly available XML-based External Integration Interface (Eii) for 3rd party integration
Gold TS Protection™
Condensed mosaic thumbnail view of all services monitored
News IP MONITORING AND ANALYSIS OPTION
Real-time monitoring of 10 multicasts/unicasts (upgradable to 50)
Monitors Transport Stream into IP according to ETSI TS 102 034
Microsoft MediaRoom™ X-bit RTP header extension support
IGMPv2 and IGMPv3 SSM support
802.1Q VLAN tagging support, selection and detection
Thumbnail decoding of MPEG2 and MPEG4 streams, SD and HD
Packet jitter and media loss measurements
Configurable alarm handling including severity level definitions
RTP dropped, duplicate and out-of-order measurements
Type of Service (TOS) and Time to Live (TTL) displaying
Time loss distance measurements (RFC3357)
FEC analysis (COP3)
MediaWindow™ visualisation technology
News ADVANCED ETHERNET TOOLS OPTION
FSM™ monitoring of middleware or gateway services
IGMP monitoring, analysis and logging
News ADDITIONAL ETSI TR 101 290 MONITORING ENGINE OPTION
Full real-time ETSI TR 101 290 alarming and analysis (Pri 1, 2, 3) for additional Ethernet transport streams in parallel
News ADDITIONAL IP-STREAMS (UP TO 50)
Real-time monitoring of IP multicasts/unicasts in steps of 10 can be upgraded to support 50 transport streams in parallel
News PRODUCT ORDERING CODES RF INTERFACE
VB242 ASI high-density input blade
VB252 DVB-T/T2 Demodulator interface blade single RF input
VB252-SMA DVB-T/T2 Demodulator interface blade single RF input - 50 ohm SMA connector model
VB262 DVB-C QAM/8VSB/Analogue Demodulator Interface blade single RF input - ITU.T J83 Annex A/B/C
VB266 DVB-C/C2 QAM Demodulator Interface blade single RF input
VB272 DVB-S/S2 Demodulator Interface Blade single RF input
VB272-SMA DVB-S/S2 Demodulator Interface Blade single RF input - 50 ohm SMA connector model
News PRODUCT ORDERING CODES SOFTWARE
VB1G2-OPT Second 1GBit DATA interface Option. License factory ordered - requires sw v5.1 or later
VB1G2-UPGR Second 1GBit DATA interface Option. License upgrade - requires v5.1 sw or later
IP-OPT IP Monitoring and analysis. Licence for VB120 factory ordered
IP-UPGR IP Monitoring and analysis. Upgrade licence for VB120
AET-OPT Advanced Ethernet Tools. Licence for VB12/VB120 factory ordered
AET-UPGR Advanced Ethernet Tools. Upgrade licence for VB12/VB120
ETR290-OPT Full real-time ETSI TR 101 290 alarming and analysis (Pri 1, 2, 3)
for additional Ethernet transport streams in parallel, facgtory ordered
ETR290-UPGR Full real-time ETSI TR 101 290 alarming and analysis (Pri 1, 2, 3)
for additional Ethernet transport streams in parallel, upgrade licence
STRM-OPT Additional 10 streams for VB1 series Probe (up to 50 streams total) factory ordered
STRM-UPGR Additional 10 streams for VB1 series Probe (up to 50 streams total)
T2MI-OPT DVB-T2MI Encapsulation Synchronisation monitoring option, factory ordered
T2MI-UPGR DVB-T2MI Encapsulation Synchronisation monitoring option
OTT-ENG-OPT 1 engine w/active testing of 1 channel or 10 channels round robin (up to 5 engines or
50 channels round robin in total) Factory ordered. Disables TS Recording if HW1 - HW3
OTT-ENG-UPGR 1 engine w/active testing of 1 channel or 10 channels round robin (up to 5 engines or
50 channels round robin in total), upgrade. Disables TS Recording if HW1 - HW3
SCTE35-OPT SCTE35 Signaling Analysis and Logging. Licence for VB12/VB120 factory ordered
- requires v5 SW and ETR Engine
SCTE35-UPGR SCTE35 Signaling Analysis and Logging. Upgrade licence for VB12/VB120
- requires v5 Sw and ETR Engine
FLASH32-OPT Flash Storage 32GB Option. Factory ordered only - requires v5.1 sw

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  OPTIONS INCLUDED
  ETR290
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  SOFTWARE OPTIONS
  IP AET AEO ETR290 BULK-ETR290 STRM T2MI OTT SCTE35 FLASH32 VB1G2
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  HARDWARE OPTIONS
  VB242 VB252 VB252-SMA VB253 VB262 VB266 VB272 VB272-SMA VB273 VB273-SAT
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  CHASSIS OPTION
  ACC DCC EC EC-DC
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  RELATED PRODUCTS
  VBC
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  TECHNOLOGIES
  MEDIAWINDOW FSM MICROETR RDP EII OTT GOLDTS
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  PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIFICATIONS
  Operating temperature: 0℃ to 45℃
  Storage temperature: -20℃ to 70℃
  Operating humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
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  CONNECTOR SPECIFICATIONS
  Input voltage: 100-240 VAC +/- 10% 50/60Hz
  Power consumption: 12W per blade
  10/100/1000-T management RJ-45
  10/100/1000-T Video RJ-45
  SFP Video
  Initial setup: USB Type-A
  HD-BNC 75ohm female ASI input
  HD-BNC 75ohm female ASI output loop through
  SMA female 50ohm 1PPS GPS input
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  MECHANICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  Standard 19" 1RU rack-mount
  W x H x D: 483 x 43 x 400 mm
  Weight: 4,2 kg fully populated
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