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iBroadcast – A Decision Support Solution

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For satellite, terrestrial, cable and IPTV broadcasters and operators wanting to improve their operational efficiency, the iBroadcast network and operation management system may be the innovation they are looking for.

Chris Barlow, Technical Director of Astec Solutions, discusses four critical areas of decision support iBroadcast provides: rapid problem identification, on-demand support, error prevention and intelligent warnings.

Rapid Problem Identification: Fault finding is a key factor in operations efficiency, and iBroadcast provides support teams with an end-to-end real-time status through a consolidation of information. The system alerts, diagnoses and presents the problem as a root cause, rather than a series of alarms.

On-Demand Support: Minimising the impact of abnormal broadcasting events is also a crucial concern for operational teams. iBroadcast provides decision support through accurate and timely information along with providing steps for operators to take to rectify the issue. Automated responses can significantly increase uptime by allowing the system to act prior to human intervention.

Error Prevention: iBroadcast's advanced analytics remove the variable nature of operator perception and interpretation of raw data by automatically assessing abnormal events in real-time to present valuable insight and immediately actionable root-cause analysis.

Intelligent Warnings: iBroadcast monitoring covers all aspects of underlying systems, equipment and applications to provide comprehensive coverage and constant automated assessment. Through this method, iBroadcast will automatically analyse the impact of an issue, check for conditional automated actions and only then raise an alarm when operator intervention is required.

For further information on iBroadcast, visit

This article is also available to read at BFV online here, page 20.

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