Get Smart – stop flying blind

As IP technology permeates the broadcast production workflow worldwide, a new challenge emerged: Do we really understand what is happening in the IP network blackbox and how do we ensure reliable operation?

In an interview with Andreas Hilmer, Lawo’s director of marketing and communication, he noted that as broadcasters incorporate IP into their workflows “they realise that they are flying blind”! Will real-time telemetry and monitoring solutions make IP operation more transparent and further increase the number of real-world deployments as more products are ST2110-compliant?

Hilmer said: “To overcome the challenge, Lawo is introducing several new features to its smartSCOPE Deep Packet Inspection & Network Analyzer as well as 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.

He added that Lawo 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 more than 100 services in a single instance, it supplies a much-needed solution to broadcasters leveraging commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server architectures.”

Lawo maintains that its  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; and, if it is on the network, the Auto-Topology’s inter/intra-facility discovery functionality will find it, analyse it and present it in smartDASH’s topology view with clarity.

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

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.

So, get smartDash … and stop flying blind.


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