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IP Network Confidence: New Features for Lawo SMART IP Network Monitoring Solution

Tue 16, 04 2019

At NAB 2019 Lawo introduced several new features to its smartSCOPE Deep Packet Inspection & Network Analyzer and its smartDASH System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry solution, a vendor-agnostic enterprise software suite designed to provide full network and media visibility across an all-IP, all-SDI or hybrid WAN/LAN broadcast infrastructure.

In addition to existing transmission format support, smartSCOPE now also supports SMPTE ST2110-20/21/30/40 and ST2022-6/7 live production video formats. As a result, smartSCOPE allows integrated monitoring of both compressed and uncompressed streams in high capacity hybrid systems. This new approach to signal and network probing provides full confidence and precision analysis for operations and engineering over managed and unmanaged networks. Scalable to over 100 services in a single instance, it supplies a much-needed solution to broadcasters leveraging COTS server architectures.

smartDASH’s new Auto-Topology Microservice automatically discovers, registers and documents the IP network topology by leveraging OPENCONFIG, a vendor-neutral model-driven communication protocol, to present device status in real time. If it’s on the network, the Auto-Topology’s inter/intra-facility discovery functionality will find it, analyze it and present it in smartDASH’s topology view with clarity.

The new PTP Monitoring Microservice detects, classifies and analyzes PTP at the network layer, and acts as a referenced, locked receiver for essential timing measurements for video, audio and data streams. New features include auto detection of PTP, type modes, histograms, slave ports and lock state.

Furthermore, smartDASH is now Cloud-enabled. It can now run on virtual machines and in the cloud for running network device analysis of cloud-based application, e.g. virtualized playout channels. smartDASH supports solutions based on AWS, Google, VM Networks and others.

The new smartDS is a complementary data storage solution to smartDASH, allowing smartDASH users to log and store months of alarm and data logs for a historical record of everything from network bandwidth to signal loss. smartDASH’s reports feature can access and analyze the smartDS data to create rich data reports for operations, engineering and management tiers within the organization. The smartDS software can run on a dedicated hardware server or in virtualized or cloud-based environments.

Strategically positioned to bridge the gap between IT and Video engineering, smartDASH straddles both sides of the operation to provide a comprehensive view of what the network is doing and how the media streams flowing across the network are behaving.

Based on a UNIX OS, this software defined networking solution incorporates a powerful and robust database to document and rapidly search any aspect of the operation, from a simple cable ID number to seeking the journey of a multicast across a transnational multi-hop WAN. Additionally, by leveraging a vast library of hardware communication protocols, the system automatically interrogates live and dormant path connections to create the most intuitive and data rich presentation layers of a COTS-hybrid infrastructure.

With its award winning deep packet inspection microservices, smartDASH supports monitoring and decoding a wide range of media formats, from low bitrate OTT/ABR streams to uncompressed ST2110 studio production flows, in addition to characterizing the packet pacing off the delivery network. This unique approach brings a deeper dimension of operational visibility by unifying network telemetry and mixed media flow into a single glass view.

smartDASH users have a zero-footprint installation and can be deployed on-prem, private or public cloud with HTTP accessibility from a browser or mobile device. This vendor-agnostic state-of-the-art software solution is an essential component to the conscious operation of any IP-based broadcast installation.

This state-of-the-art solution is an essential component in the operation of any IP-based broadcast installation.

About Lawo

Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering network, control, audio and video technology for broadcast and post production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems. All products are developed in Germany and manufactured according to highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany. For additional information, please visit www.lawo.com.

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