Welcome!

Mobile IoT Authors: Pat Romanski, AppDynamics Blog, Kevin Benedict, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

Tektronix Ensuring Content Quality From "Start to Finish" at NAB 2014

Tektronix Showcases Latest Advancements Addressing OTT and Quality Assurance Challenges for Broadcasters

LAS VEGAS, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tektronix (www.tektronix.com), an industry-leading innovator of video quality monitoring solutions, is demonstrating how its latest solutions address the broadcasters' ongoing challenge of ensuring the picture and sound quality of their programming here at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2014, April 5 – 10, in booth N5223. 

Tektronix Inc. Logo.

With new ways to view content, comes new ways for errors to be introduced into that same content. Broadcasters need to ensure the quality of their content from production, through post production to delivery to the viewer. To help content creators and broadcasters produce great quality content as new technologies, services and viewing platforms emerge, Tektronix is showcasing its solutions under the theme of "ensuring content quality from start to finish" at the show.

Highlights include a technology demonstration supporting a 4K upgrade to the WFM8300 Waveform Monitor, plus the latest solutions for Cloud-based quality control (QC), video quality monitoring of adaptive bit rate (ABR) content, in-depth HEVC / H.265 analysis as well as the latest in portable waveform monitors with physical layer measurement capabilities.  NAB attendees can see demonstrations of these and other Tektronix products as well as discuss their quality needs with the company's experts.

4k Technology Demonstration
Tektronix will showcase a technology demonstration of its 4k-upgraded WFM8300 Waveform Monitor with UHDTV1 (3840x2160) content. The demonstration will illustrate how Tektronix protects investments by giving customers a direct upgrade path without the need to replace existing products.

During the demonstration, attendees will able to see the upgraded WFM8300 performing a broad range of 4K measurements including four tile displays of waveform, picture, vector, gamut and eye diagram.

The WFM8300 Waveform Monitor uses a high-performance architecture designed from the outset to support the throughput requirements of 4K content. As underscored by the NAB demonstration, this means that existing users, as well as those who are in the process of making infrastructure decisions, can avoid the considerable extra expense of having to purchase new waveform monitors when moving to 4K.

Cloud-based QC With QCloud
Tektronix addresses the quality control (QC) needs of organizations running file-based workflows on cloud infrastructures with its QCloud cloud-based QC software subscription platform.  QCloud is the first cloud-based QC solution that meets the needs of the production, post production, broadcast and online video service markets operating file-based workflows on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other cloud platforms.

Processing content through QC software is a standard practice for all companies involved in the production and distribution of programming, but QC processing is computationally intensive requiring costly solutions.  QCloud overcomes this, enabling customers to replace upfront capital expenses with usage-based operating expenses.  Regardless of size, QCloud users can scale the system and their cost of ownership to meet budget and QC needs. 

Ensure Quality of OTT Services With Sentry ABR
Sentry ABR uniquely enables broadcasters and content creators to ensure that their over-the-top (OTT) video assets are intact and available for immediate streaming when requested by viewers. OTT delivery is increasingly being adopted by broadcasters and content creators in order to reach consumers directly with multiscreen TV Everywhere services. The key to OTT delivery is the use of ABR streaming to accommodate the inherent bandwidth fluctuations in the cable and telecom networks consumers use to receive OTT content.

Ensuring the quality of OTT services can be a two-step process in which the first step is to employ a Sentry digital content monitor to identify any quality of experience (QoE) errors in programs in the transcoded H.264 format for ABR.  If source content is in an uncompressed format, Tektronix waveform monitors can be used to ensure the quality of the ingested content. For on-demand content, the Tektronix Cerify file-based QC tool is used to verify that on-demand assets are free of errors and are correctly prepared for packaging. The next step is to utilize Sentry ABR to validate that all the OTT programming assets are properly packaged and that the correct assets are delivered when ordered.  This is critical because delivering the wrong asset can seriously degrade the user experience.  For example, if an asset requiring 1MB of bandwidth is incorrectly sent when network conditions will only support 500KB the program will either fail to play or stop midstream. 

Portable WFM2300 Waveform Monitors Address Install and Maintenance Applications
The portable WFM2300 – a member of the award-winning Tektronix line of waveform monitors – is ideal for installation and maintenance applications thanks to its combination of features, capabilities and exceptional portability.  Its features include enhanced eye pattern and jitter measurement capabilities combined with cable simulator margin tests. The cable simulation and margin test capabilities are unique to Tektronix waveform monitors, helping cable operators determine the coax cable margin of their networks to ensure they do not reach the "digital cliff" where the transmission error rate increases significantly and content quality suffers dramatically.

Users can further tailor the WFM2300 to their specific needs by taking advantage of its multiple optional features and capabilities, including 3G-SDI format support, ANC data analysis, optical interfaces with SFP (Small Form factor Pluggable) module, Dolby E meta data monitoring and loudness meter.

ECO8000 and ECO8020 Ensure Robust Facility Timing and Synchronization Performance
The Tektronix ECO8000 and ECO8020 Automatic Changeover Units work with a pair of SPG8000 Master Sync and Master Clock Reference Generators to form a highly reliable sync generator system for modern broadcast, mobile truck and post-production facilities.

The ECO8000 and ECO8020 hot-swappable, redundant dual power supplies minimize the risk of sync loss due to power supply unit failure. Additionally, the scalability of the ECO8000 and ECO8020 allows customers to configure their sync generator systems to meet specific application needs without paying more for unnecessary ECO channels.

Analyze HEVC (H.265) Streams with MTS4000 MPEG Test and Analysis System
The HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) deep dive Elementary Stream analysis capabilities of the MTS4000 MPEG Test and Analysis System help equipment manufacturers accelerate the time-to-market and optimize the coding efficiency of their next-generation encoders for mobile video, OTT video and 4K / Ultra HD applications. Content providers and distributors can evaluate the performance and interoperability of their HEVC equipment with the MTS4000 to ensure high picture quality.

Several of the MTS4000's key HEVC-related features and capabilities include the decoding and displaying of video from HEVC streams up to 4K resolution and overlays for Coding Unit (CU), Prediction Unit (PU), Transform Unit (TU), macroblock, slice, tile, and motion vector over decoded picture. All these capabilities are also available as a standalone software product (MTS4EAV7 with Option HEVC).

Wonder what else Tektronix is up to? Stay up to date on Twitter and Facebook.

About Tektronix
For more than sixty five years, engineers have turned to Tektronix for test, measurement and monitoring solutions to solve design challenges, improve productivity and dramatically reduce time to market. Tektronix is a leading supplier of test equipment for engineers focused on electronic design, manufacturing, and advanced technology development. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix serves customers worldwide and offers award-winning service and support. Stay on the leading edge at www.tektronix.com.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130103/SF36616LOGO-b

SOURCE Tektronix

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
The IoT has the potential to create a renaissance of manufacturing in the US and elsewhere. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Florent Solt, CTO and chief architect of Netvibes, will discuss how the expected exponential increase in the amount of data that will be processed, transported, stored, and accessed means there will be a huge demand for smart technologies to deliver it. Florent Solt is the CTO and chief architect of Netvibes. Prior to joining Netvibes in 2007, he co-founded Rift Technol...
Join IBM June 8 at 18th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn how to innovate like a startup and scale for the enterprise. You need to deliver quality applications faster and cheaper, attract and retain customers with an engaging experience across devices, and seamlessly integrate your enterprise systems. And you can't take 12 months to do it.
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, will discuss how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to im...
This is not a small hotel event. It is also not a big vendor party where politicians and entertainers are more important than real content. This is Cloud Expo, the world's longest-running conference and exhibition focused on Cloud Computing and all that it entails. If you want serious presentations and valuable insight about Cloud Computing for three straight days, then register now for Cloud Expo.
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, will provide tips on how to be successful in large scale machine lear...
IoT device adoption is growing at staggering rates, and with it comes opportunity for developers to meet consumer demand for an ever more connected world. Wireless communication is the key part of the encompassing components of any IoT device. Wireless connectivity enhances the device utility at the expense of ease of use and deployment challenges. Since connectivity is fundamental for IoT device development, engineers must understand how to overcome the hurdles inherent in incorporating multipl...
The IETF draft standard for M2M certificates is a security solution specifically designed for the demanding needs of IoT/M2M applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Romansky, VP of Strategic Technology at TrustPoint Innovation, will explain how M2M certificates can efficiently enable confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity on highly constrained devices.
The paradigm has shifted. A Gartner survey shows that 43% of organizations are using or plan to implement the Internet of Things in 2016. However, not just a handful of companies are still using the old-style ad-hoc trial-and-error ways, unaware of the critical barriers, paint points, traps, and hidden roadblocks. How can you become a winner? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan will present a methodical approach to guide the holistic adoption and enablement of IoT implementations. This ov...
We’ve worked with dozens of early adopters across numerous industries and will debunk common misperceptions, which starts with understanding that many of the connected products we’ll use over the next 5 years are already products, they’re just not yet connected. With an IoT product, time-in-market provides much more essential feedback than ever before. Innovation comes from what you do with the data that the connected product provides in order to enhance the customer experience and optimize busi...
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to massively disrupt IoT. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, AJ Abdallat, CEO of Beyond AI, will discuss what the five main drivers are in Artificial Intelligence that could shape the future of the Internet of Things. AJ Abdallat is CEO of Beyond AI. He has over 20 years of management experience in the fields of artificial intelligence, sensors, instruments, devices and software for telecommunications, life sciences, environmental monitoring, process...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ericsson has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility. Some 40 percent of global mobile traffic runs through networks we have supplied. More than 1 billion subscribers around the world re...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Stratoscale, the software company developing the next generation data center operating system, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Stratoscale is revolutionizing the data center with a zero-to-cloud-in-minutes solution. With Stratoscale’s hardware-agnostic, Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution to store everything, run anything and scale everywhere...
Angular 2 is a complete re-write of the popular framework AngularJS. Programming in Angular 2 is greatly simplified – now it's a component-based well-performing framework. This immersive one-day workshop at 18th Cloud Expo, led by Yakov Fain, a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay, will provide you with everything you wanted to know about Angular 2.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Men & Mice, the leading global provider of DNS, DHCP and IP address management overlay solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The Men & Mice Suite overlay solution is already known for its powerful application in heterogeneous operating environments, enabling enterprises to scale without fuss. Building on a solid range of diverse platform support,...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio, will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities. One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that – with the help of Siemens – will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run ef...
You deployed your app with the Bluemix PaaS and it's gaining some serious traction, so it's time to make some tweaks. Did you design your application in a way that it can scale in the cloud? Were you even thinking about the cloud when you built the app? If not, chances are your app is going to break. Check out this webcast to learn various techniques for designing applications that will scale successfully in Bluemix, for the confidence you need to take your apps to the next level and beyond.
Manufacturers are embracing the Industrial Internet the same way consumers are leveraging Fitbits – to improve overall health and wellness. Both can provide consistent measurement, visibility, and suggest performance improvements customized to help reach goals. Fitbit users can view real-time data and make adjustments to increase their activity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mark Bernardo Professional Services Leader, Americas, at GE Digital, will discuss how leveraging the Industrial Interne...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Increasing IoT connectivity is forcing enterprises to find elegant solutions to organize and visualize all incoming data from these connected devices with re-configurable dashboard widgets to effectively allow rapid decision-making for everything from immediate actions in tactical situations to strategic analysis and reporting. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Shikhir Singh, Senior Developer Relations Manager at Sencha, will discuss how to create HTML5 dashboards that interact with IoT devic...