Bridge Technologies upgrades ASI monitoring with VB246

New blade facilitates continuous parallel monitoring of six inputs

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In line with Bridge Technologies’ philosophy of continuous improvement and refinement, the VB246 represents a significant leap in ASI monitoring capacity from the original VB242, moving from round-robin, sequential monitoring of six channels to continuous monitoring of the same. This means that in a typical 1RU chassis, two VB246 units could be integrated to achieve monitoring over 13 channels in parallel (with the 13th channel constituting an ASI input from either VB120 or VB220 controllers).
The VB246 also represents an expansion of the standards and functionalities of the original VB242 blade; supporting DVB-ASI according to EN 50083-9 Annex B, Burst mode, Spread mode and Legacy M2S, as well as accommodating both 188-byte and 204-byte packet formats.
The net result is significantly increased performance and stream count for broadcasters who work with high-density ASI transports, allowing for more detailed performance metrics to be tracked on a continuous basis, thus delivering more in-depth, insightful and usable data on network performance.
These metrics can be viewed flexibly, either as part of a wider system via the VBC Controller, as a stand-alone unit using a regular web browser (allowing for fully remote monitoring), or even through a third-party management system. In this way, users are able to integrate monitoring in a manner which best suits their operational workflows.