Broadcast and media


At NAB 2020, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase latest advances in R&S A/V OTT monitoring solution

Rohde & Schwarz’s first fully virtualized system solution – R&S - arrives at NAB with an impressive set of new features and facilities that are tailored for modern broadcast operations.

Fully virtualized system solution R&S with new features tailored for modern broadcast operations
Fully virtualized system solution R&S with new features tailored for modern broadcast operations

On its NAB booth (SL5016), 12 months on from its introduction, Rohde & Schwarz will make a number of strategic enhancements and new function introductions to its R&S monitoring solution. Representing Rohde & Schwarz’s first fully virtualized system solution, R&S has generated significant customer interest in its first year and many of the new facilities are generated by specific user feedback.

R&S now features a Global Sensor Map, where customers can instantly see the quality of service (QoS) status of their datastreams worldwide. In combination with this new facility, Rohde & Schwarz is expanding its reach with new monitoring locations being continually added. Recent additions include countries such as Norway and Switzerland.

The latest version of R&S features a significantly enhanced user interface and a new analytics dashboard. This provides a summary of all streaming data errors and warnings which the operator can see at a glance, enabling fast recognition and analysis of incidents. A new NMS driver integrates monitoring data from R&S within Skyline DataMiner. Meanwhile, the sensor unit has been dramatically enhanced, supporting 16 instead of eight adaptive bit-rate profiles.

“R&S represents a new and radically different approach to A/V monitoring, harnessing the considerable benefits of virtualized system architectures,“ commented Hannes Strobel, Vice President Media Technologies at Rohde & Schwarz. “Now we are bringing system enhancements and new features that address the specific requirements of broadcasters.”

What is

R&S is a cloud-based A/V OTT monitoring solution that broadcasters and content providers can deploy quickly and without dedicated hardware. An intuitive analysis dashboard displays the latest QoS data to respond to errors in real time. A flexible and scalable pricing model allows users to reduce investment costs (CAPEX) by ordering their individual monitoring services based on current requirements.

In today’s digital media landscape, constantly changing consumer behavior means OTT service providers have to adapt to new transmission paths. Permanent error monitoring and the resulting quality assurance, especially of audio and video data, are the key to high customer satisfaction. R&S is designed to enable OTT providers to quickly and easily adapt their monitoring infrastructure: for example, when peak loads during the transmission of large events require extended service. Thanks to the easy-to-use setup wizard, it only takes minutes to add new virtual sensors and connect them to the dashboard at any time. A live multi-view function, automated analysis of A/V data and error detection in real time make it possible to measure Quality of Service (QoS), store it in a cloud and visualize it in a timeline format on a web interface.

In combination with the widely used on-premise R&S PRISMON monitoring solution, analysis data from a combination of physical and virtual sensors can be displayed in a single dashboard creating valuable synergies for our customers. End-to-end analyses quickly and easily reveal errors such as deterioration of video or audio quality or poor CDN performance as a cause of churn.

R&S is offered as a Monitoring-as-a-Service (MaaS) product. This is important since this model allows Rohde & Schwarz’s software engineering team to continuously develop R&S and keep users up to date with regular updates – even on mobile phones and tablets.

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The Rohde & Schwarz technology group is among the trailblazers when it comes to paving the way for a safer and connected world with its leading solutions in test & measurement, technology systems, and networks & cybersecurity. Founded more than 85 years ago, the group is a reliable partner for industry and government customers around the globe. On June 30, 2021, Rohde & Schwarz had around 13,000 employees worldwide. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.28 billion in the 2020/2021 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

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Rohde & Schwarz is a leading technology innovator in broadcast and media for over eight decades. With technology for live studio production, premium post production, playout delivery and distribution Rohde & Schwarz helps creative, operational and technical people make and deliver great programs for great entertainment.

Rohde & Schwarz develops virtualizable, software and hardware solutions for live ingest, transcoding, graphics & branding, master control playout, automation, multiviewing, monitoring, intelligent storage as well as solid state satellite amplifiers and terrestrial transmission for radio, linear television, OTT and VOD. As media people we design for media people and with our engineering prowess and dedication to customer support we know exactly how to make it happen to highest quality. Privately owned and engineering led.

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