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microVB™ and MDC

The microVB™ is a breakthrough in both form-factor and functionality for real-time analysis of access network and customer home network performance. This unobtrusive device provides deep packet inspection and end-to-end visibility in broadcast quality media delivery over any IP based infrastructure including OTT media in unmanaged networks.


Combined with the Bridge Technologies microVB Device Controller (MDC) server software, Operators can now maintain 24/7 confidence monitoring from head end to customer home.

Forget those expensive truck-rolls and keep your Opex under control. Just pop a microVB™ into an envelope and mail to the subscriber directly. No setup knowledge is required because the microVB™ is literally plug and play.

Upon installation the microVB™ is auto discoverable and your operations centre will be ready to go. Once plugged in you need never touch the microVB™ again; just let it go on running. The microVB™, as its name implies is small, even down to its price tag. The microVB™ will give you instant performance feedback on video quality, packet delivery analysis and set-top-box performance and communications.
Figure - the microVB has a mini-USB port for power
and two 10/100-T RJ45 ports for network connectivity
either daisy-chained or standalone. The microVB is
modest in size measuring about the same size as
a deck of playing cards.

Home networking environments are becoming more complex. This complexity makes it semi-impossible to identify whether the problems experienced are due to the home infrastructure or to the network.

The introduction of new devices and new services (broadband data, voice, video) compound the whole complexity and error identification process even further. The microVB™ is a revolution in thinking. Now, 24/7 monitoring at the customer site as a part of a network-wide monitoring process is an affordable proposition.



Figure - Typical usage scenarios for the microVB in the home, in the access networ or at the office
Putting an engineer on-site assumes the problem will manifest itself during the customer call which is all too often not the case. The microVB™ sidesteps all of the legal, commercial and maintenance risks of hosting software, because it comes on its own hardware which is secure, low cost and non-service affecting.

The microVB™ forwards alarm states to its own microVB™ server system. The whole process is automated and fits into the overall architecture of the total system.

Not only will the Operator be able to look at the end-points in a network but by using the industrial strength VideoBridge IP-Probes will also enjoy a system-wide overview. Pinpointing potential and actual problems before they become service affecting is the only way to lower service costs and hinder subscriber churn.

The microVB™ can operate passively or acquire its own IP address via DHCP. The microVB™ can further be deployed right at the edge of the network at the DLSAM or Access Switch layer for cost effective and powerful monitoring of network issues. Packaged as a complete turnkey system, a microVB™ kit consists of microVB™ devices and the MDC server software itself.

The system can be expanded to an unlimited number of microVB™ devices. Each microVB™ system can be pre- or retro-fitted to any installation, irrespective of set-top box and network architecture.

Figure - The MDC showing user zapping between TV channels carried as multicasts. Colours indicate issues in this case with the distribution of CNBC Europe.

Figure - The MDC displaying traffic through a microVB connected at the customer premises. This view is particularly useful for pin pointing issues due to unknown traffic influencing the television technical quality such as torrent downloads from other computers in the household


DEFAULT FEATURES

The microVB's are sold in batches of 50 units. The first unit is bundled with the server software called MDC (microVB Device Controller). The MDC is capable of managing 100 microVB units in its basic state.

The following lists the key features of a starter kit consisting of an MDC licensed for 100 microVB devices
+ 50 actual microVB devices supplied.

News TECHNICAL FEATURES
Saves you a fortune in truck rolls and has paid for itself on the first call
So small you can mail it to subscribers in an envelope
Dedicated hardware so you don’t mess with the STB
Runs off the STB power supply (or optionally its own) via mini-USB
No setup required, customer installed
STB independent
24/7 operation and instant performance feedback
microVB devices automatically report to the Micro Device Controller (MDC)
  microVB configured centrally via unicast and DHCP or via multicast beacon
MDC can be integrated with the VideoBridge Controller GUI
24-hour MediaWindow™ display of TS packet loss (MLR), IAT (packet jitter) and RTP packet loss
24-hour MediaWindowTM display of bandwidth and TCP retransmits
Per stream timeline view of alarms over last 3 days
User specified list of multicast addresses to be monitored
Minimum/maximum bitrate check
Grouping of microVB devices for easy viewing of regional status and history
Merged stream status and history for groups of microVB devices
Remote automatic software upgrade
Alarm propagation up to VideoBRIDGE Controller
    - Max bitrate exceeded alarm
    - Min bitrate exceeded alarm
    - IAT exceeded alarm
    - RTP drops alarm
    - MLR exceeded alarm
Propagation of measurement data into VBC Reports
    - Ideal for automatic Service Level Agreement documentation
    - Automatically generated PDF Reports from 1 day up to 2 years
    - Trend analysis with key performance indicators
    - Automatic email distribution at regular intervals
Extensive set of monitored parameters
    - Stream duration - time since multicast first detected
    - IGMPv2/3 Join latency - time from detecting the IGMP message to first video packet arriving
    - Average transport stream bandwidth
    - Time to Live (TTL)
    - TOS/DSCP
    - Stream source IP address
    - Stream destination IP address
    - Stream destination UDP port

News PRODUCT ORDERING CODES
MDC IP-Probe Blade w/1 active 10GigE SFP. NB: Requires EC
BASE-SYSTEM 50 x microVB™ devices + MDC Server + 100 microVB™ Licences for MDC
MICROVB-50 50 Pack additional microVB™ devices, requires BASE-SYSTEM
MDC-L100 For additional 100 microVB™ Licences for MDC, requires BASE-SYSTEM
MDC-L500 For additional 500 microVB™ Licences for MDC, requires BASE-SYSTEM
MDC-PFF-100 PFF - PCAP Filtered Forwarding 100 microVB™ Licences for MDC, requires BASE-SYSTEM
MDC-PFF-500 PFF - PCAP Filtered Forwarding 500 microVB™ Licences for MDC, requires BASE-SYSTEM
MDC-TMO-OPT Traffic Module for BASE-SYSTEM MDC
MDC-OTT-OPT OTT Monitoring and analysis for BASE-SYSTEM MDC
MDC-PFF-OPT PFF - PCAP Filtered Forwarding


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