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Fortifying Your Media Network With Analysis, IP Telemetry, and Cybersecurity [Workshop Recording]

Last updated Mar 25, 2024 | Published on Mar 10, 2024 | Speaking Event, Webinars, Past Events, Podcast, Featured

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Introduction:

In live production, ensuring the highest quality of media streams is not just important; it’s paramount. Every aspect contributes to the viewer’s experience, from video clarity to audio precision. Yet, maintaining this standard can be challenging, particularly when faced with complex network dynamics and potential disruptions. Enter VidOvation’s upcoming workshop: “Fortifying Your Media Network With Analysis, IP Telemetry, and Cybersecurity.”

Workshop Overview:

This workshop promises to be a game-changer for those involved in live production. Hosted by industry experts, including Rodrick Smith from Providius, it delves deep into the realm of network visibility, telemetry, and cybersecurity – a triad essential for safeguarding media streams.

Tools of the Trade:

The workshop highlights two indispensable tools: Broadcast Media Guard and Network Visualization & Realtime Telemetry. These tools serve as the vigilant guardians of your video service and delivery network, offering real-time insights and analysis to identify and mitigate disruptions preemptively.

Key Benefits:

Participants will discover a plethora of benefits awaiting them in this workshop:
  1. Enhanced Visibility: Gain unprecedented insight into your network’s security, PTP, and connectivity status, empowering you to avert errors and disruptions proactively.
  2. Streamlined Analysis: Simplify the intricate process of packet and timing analysis through intuitive user-selectable applications, boosting efficiency and reducing errors.
  3. Improved Performance: Identify and troubleshoot network issues such as bandwidth shortages, data errors, and IP conflicts, ensuring optimal performance at all times.
  4. Increased Efficiency: Automate tasks ranging from asset management to alarm monitoring, freeing up valuable time and resources for other critical endeavors.
  5. Quality Assurance: Audit network performance to confirm adherence to desired standards and timing, ensuring flawless live production environments.
  6. Enhanced Security: Utilize detailed device profiling and risk assessment to identify and rectify security gaps, bolstering network resilience against potential threats.

Eliminating the Blame Game:

One common challenge in live production is the tendency for finger-pointing between broadcast crews and IT personnel. However, with the insights provided by these tools, such blame games become obsolete. Participants will gain the confidence to address critical questions regarding port bandwidth, multicast routing, PTP system health, and multicast route history, fostering a collaborative and solution-oriented environment.

Conclusion:

Register now for “Fortifying Your Media Network With Analysis, IP Telemetry, and Cybersecurity” and embark on a journey toward elevating your live production endeavors. With Providius’ cutting-edge tools and VidOvation’s expert guidance, you’ll not only fortify your media network but also unlock new levels of efficiency, performance, and security. Don’t miss this opportunity to revolutionize your approach to live production.

Transcript Summary:

Jim Jachetta, CTO and co-founder of VidOvation introduces Providius, a company focused on fortifying media networks with analysis, IP telemetry, and cybersecurity. Roderick Smith, VP of sales, provides an overview of Providius, emphasizing their focus on network performance monitoring for media networks and IP traffic flow analysis. Providius collaborates with major network switch manufacturers to extract real-time telemetry and develop dashboards specific to media networks, addressing common issues and eliminating blind spots. They have an impressive client base across sports production, news media, stadiums, enterprises, and government entities. Beck TV and Game Creek are highlighted as key partners utilizing Providius software for network visibility and signal flow analysis. Technical partnerships with Arista, Cisco, Extreme, Netgear, and Juniper ensure effective collaboration in extracting telemetry data. Jamie Horner, VP of product development and marketing, discusses Providius’ major platforms: MVRT for network visualization and real-time telemetry and BMG for media analysis. These platforms aim to ensure network uptime, stability, and reliability, which is crucial for avoiding critical failures in media transmission.

The partnership between NVRT and BMG offers comprehensive network and media analysis solutions. MDRT focuses on network performance monitoring, ensuring network resiliency by identifying critical elements and potential failures in real-time. It provides continuous surveillance and detailed insights into network characteristics, including bandwidth, packet loss, and timing. Meanwhile, BMG specializes in media analysis, monitoring hundreds of media services simultaneously to detect faults and analyze various properties such as timing, package structure, and transport stream health. BMG’s flexibility allows it to handle different service types and be deployed on various hardware platforms or in the cloud. Dashboards provide real-time monitoring and deep dive analysis of media services, enabling quick identification of faults and detailed examination of performance metrics.

The discussion continues by exploring BMG’s capabilities, including its ability to measure audio loudness, analyze data services, and ensure compliance with captioning requirements. BMG offers versatility in monitoring and studying various media properties and provides notifications, fault detection, and triaging functionalities. A new version, BMG Lite, has been introduced for smaller media networks, offering a more compact and economical solution. The conversation shifts to troubleshooting network issues. NVRT’s real-time telemetry and network analysis capabilities prove valuable in diagnosing and resolving multicast-related problems, providing insights into network routing, bandwidth utilization, interface errors, and historical performance data. The conversation emphasizes the difference between traditional IT tools and specialized media-centric solutions like MDRT and BMG, which focus on the unique requirements of media networks, including synchronization protocols like PTP.

The conversation delves into the challenges and benefits of multicast in IT environments, emphasizing the need for education on its advantages and the intricacies of troubleshooting multicast-related issues. It transitions to an overview of BMG’s capabilities, highlighting its web-based interface, real-time monitoring, fault detection, and analytics functionalities for various media services. The discussion also covers the compatibility of BMG with encrypted transport streams and its deployment options, including permanent installation for ongoing network monitoring. Additionally, the conversation touches upon the security considerations and authentication methods, such as SAML 2 support, to ensure secure access to network monitoring tools like BMG.

The transcript concludes with discussions on authentication methods like CML2, LDAP, and Active Directory for network monitoring tools, emphasizing the transparency and security of session transfers without storing passwords. Both parties express the importance of shedding light on network issues and avoiding finger-pointing, promoting collaboration and proactive problem-solving. They highlight the benefits of network monitoring tools like MVRT and BMG in expediting project delivery, ensuring smooth network operation, and detecting changes that may impact media services. The conversation ends with invitations to visit Providius and Vitovation booths at NAB, emphasizing the availability of recorded webinars for further learning and collaboration opportunities at the event.

Full Transcript:

  • Good morning, everyone. I’m Jim Jaketta, CTO and Co. Founder of innovation. I have 2 very special guests today of on our webinar from Providius. Isn’t that an amazing name? I love that name. It sounds so powerful Greek god or a Roman god. Right? We were talking about that. We’re gonna talk about how to fortify your media networks with analysis. IP telemetry and cyber security.
  • I’m sure we’ve all been in those places where the broadcast engineering team is pointing at it is pointing at the broadcast engineering guys, the the network. And and it guys say, the network work is fine. The broadcast guys say, the signals not getting through. And what do we do from there? Right? So you guys help solve that problem.
  • I have. Roger Smith, Vp. Of sales and Jamie Horner, Vp. Of product development and marketing. So welcome, guys I can’t wait to learn more about Providius.
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Rodrick Smith

00:07:11

Thank you, Jeff. Thanks, Jen, to be here.

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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

00:07:15

Take it away all right.

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Jamie Horner

00:07:18

Yeah. So let’s just jump in. We provided we we’ve produced some slides just to walk us through to make sure we cover all the material. So we’re gonna we’re gonna do that. And we’re also gonna take a look at it.

  • Look at the products live. So we’ve we’ve got them connected up to a a live network so that we can take a look at some of the dashboards just to give some context. But
  • please throw your questions into the chat, I think, Jim and foul are gonna help us triage some of the inbound questions. If there are any. Yeah. And the further ado, we’ll get started. I’m gonna
  • punch up our Powerpoint.
  • here we go.
  • So I’m gonna let Roger get started on the intro and then I’ll do some of the more product specific details as we get get deeper into the slide deck.
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Rodrick Smith

00:08:11

Alright. So Hello, everyone. So just a little bit of bit about the company itself, just to get started. So previous is a Canadian company. We’re actually based just outside of Toronto, about 25 of Us. Majority in R&D and engineering heavily focused on both network engineering and traditional broadcast engineering, which will become apparent as we we get into the products themselves. You know, privately held privately financed and profitable for something next slide, Jamie.

  • So we are focused primarily on network performance monitoring for media networks an IP traffic flow analysis. Right? So we have 2 primary platforms that essentially analyze. And, let’s say, discover the network in real time using open protocols that the network, the network switch manufacturers use themselves.
  • So it’s not to impair the proper functioning of the network. And this was done in partnership with the the major network switch manufacturers themselves. And we extract real time telemetry from those switches and also analyze the media and apply let’s say, a separate risk analysis, the actual network itself. This is, somewhat unique to the industry. I think there’s there’s many different tool sets that you can find either in traditional broadcast or in say, foundational network it engineering that are kind of specific to their their relevant domains.
  • but nothing really that that combines the 2 in a way that is specific to media networks themselves. And and that’s where we come in. So we analyze the network. But we do so in a way that’s specific to the commonalities of media networks. So let’s say, you know, time sensitive multi cast networks, synchronous Ptp networks, etc. We have a number of different dashboards that that get directly to the root of these types
  • of specific characteristics that essentially enable us to rapidly detect and isolate faults on media networks right? And we do this to eliminate the blind spots that Jim mentioned earlier. It. It’s quite common when you have. Let’s say, a mix of disciplines and technologies deploy for media networks such as you know, cots network it switches used with broadcast media that you’ll have kind of disparate, let’s say, disciplines, domains of expertise that have
  • to come together to manage these networks. But up until now there was really, a common tool that was missing in the industry, and that actually kind of was the genesis of our partnership with with the likes of so say Cisco and Arista, for example, that we’ll talk about later was that they they essentially in in close collaboration with them. They came to us and said, Look.
  • we have our tools, but they’re really generic it tools. We don’t have anything that’s really specific to the common issues that are are found in media networks. And that was kind of foundational in the way, not only that we get the telemetry data from the switches, but also the type of dashboards that you find in our products that are really specific to media networks that allow you get to the root of the problem very quickly, right? And this essentially eliminates the finger pointing between the different divisions, because the software is the designed to be shared
  • among operations broadcast media engineering. And it engineering it is read only so there’s no danger with respect to who has access to the system. You know all of the powerful capabilities that you would find in a network. It manufactures tool set, typically Co, closely guarded by those who are trained to use it for for good reason. This allows even operators to have visibility into the network to know what’s happening in real time and to quickly identify identify problems. So
  • when something does occur, they know almost immediately, if it’s just a a broadcast related issue, maybe a vendor compatibility issue or improper configuration, or something specific to the network itself. But when they call for help they know exactly who to call and what the issue is. So it it it gets right to the root of the problem.
  • And then we also provide an enhanced level of security analysis and and and risk evaluation for the networks themselves. And we do this in a way that is, let’s say, sensitive to media networks themselves. So typically cyber security software that you find in the industry either requires an agent to be installed. The devices which is not practical or many times possible in in media devices
  • or when they do a a port enumeration scan, it’s done in a way, that is, let’s say, too aggressive and can provoke problems. Or you know, that causes the devices to crash. So we do this in a way that is sensitive to those devices that allows us to create a score card that allows everybody involved to know how the devices are configured, what ports are open. Commonly associated risks and rep recommendations so that you can arrive at a target involvement.
  • communication guide, and every device that’s installed in the network has a known configuration that has been approved and meets your cyber hygiene or cyber security risk needs. So next slide, Jenny?
  • So who do we work with? You know, over the the past 10 years of our existence we’ve amassed a pretty considerable and impressive install base, and we work with some of the biggest names
  • in the industry I won’t name drop, but certainly feel free to reach out to Jim or myself, and we can certainly, you know, offline, tell you about all the wonderful customers we work with, but that just to kind of put some domain space on them, we work with some of the largest sports production and some very innovative customers doing some very innovative work. Around sports production and how media is consumed.
  • Certainly, you know, live production predominantly. 2110 media networks. Iptv. We have some very large news production customers.
  • We’ve worked with a number of stadium and venue customers, both in the United States as well as overseas large enterprise customers and enterprise networks, you know. We get into large, you know, government entities. Corporate financials.
  • One of our biggest customers is actually streaming media division of a very large, well known company. That has essentially has thousands of flows under analysis under our IP flow traffic flow. Monitoring solution. The trucks and Obans, we’ve have a wide deployment on live production obans globally. I mentioned Game Creek because we have a public
  • press release with them that we also touch in a little later in the presentation they have 9 IP Obans deployed with our our software and use for some of the world’s you know, biggest and most kind of, let’s say, mission critical and demanding life, supporting events 2 of their Obans with our software deployed for the Super Bowl most recently. We also have a software deployed for mission critical contribution networks for 2 large customers, let’s say one in Brazil and one in Germany without naming them specifically. Live events and and government, as I mentioned as well.
  • Next slide, please. So getting specific to some of our partners. Becktv, a very well known integrator in the Us. That does a lot of very important and large projects. Both for some broadcast networks and news production customers as well as quite prominently in the stadiums and venue space.
  • They use our software not only as an advantage to the customer. So that day 2. The customer who maybe, you know, having their first experience with cots, network infrastructure for 2110 and live production in their mission critical environment. But they use it themselves as a deployment tool.
  • So that TV actually uses our software to go in and help make them quicker in terms of getting the network configured correctly, doing a proper inventory, making sure that everything is essentially as it should be, and then they use this as a let’s say, a knowledge transfer tool to help educate the customer and then leave it in their hands so that they, too.
  • the customer has a tool that they can use that gives them visibility into the network, whereas many times certainly staffing in the statement venues is a challenge with respect to having that that mix of like a senior broadcast engineer plus, you know it. Network engineering. So this is something that essentially beck uses to ensure that they themselves are successful in terms of the deployment of their projects, and then mix a happy customer day, too, so that they have all the the the adequate tools that they need to to manage this new system that they’ve been. They’ve been given
  • next slide, please. Game Creek, as I mentioned as well. So Game Creek. You know.
  • synonymous with the world’s most important sporting events. Very innovative in terms of their use of, let’s say, IP, video over IP 2110 they have a like. I said, 9 trucks with our software deployed some of the biggest. Let’s say, tier one production trucks used most recently at the Super Bowl. So they use our software, both for the network visibility but also for the let’s say, the signal flow analysis and Ptp related issues.
  • We speak with them often and and quite complimentary, and saying, Move, the software is something they call a daily driver something that they constantly use, that they’re always using PGA masters tournament. Last year they used it in their first production. 4 k, so you know, a key customer to ours that that really depends on our software to help them, you know, drive innovation forward and manage this complex infrastructure that they have
  • next slide
  • some of our technical partners. So, as I mentioned previously, Arista Cisco really foundational in developing the dashboards and the methods which which we extract the real time telemetry from the switches. They’ve been great partners to us over the years, you know the quite prominent, and in the tier one 2110 space.
  • and really help collaborate with respect to roadmap and and things that we can do to add value to our customers that are, let’s say, gaps in what they offer with respect to kind of traditional network, it tools
  • and over the years, of course, we’ve also developed some additional partnerships so extreme and net gear quite common in the corporate AV over IP space, you know, large corporate financials and corporate enterprise, etc. With neck gear, also making a move into 2110 cost infrastructure as well, and juniper both. You know, commonly known as the same network backbone for land networks, but also with the media fabric for 2110 as well. So you know, great collaborations and partnerships.
  • and the way that we extract the telemetry essentially, by open standards and each manufacturer would say, has their flavor, but we work closely with them to make sure it’s done correctly. We’re not doing this from the outside, looking in. We’re not trying to, you know.
  • Crack the box and see how we can get it. We work hand in hand with the manufacturers to do it in the way that they do it themselves next slide.
  • And so now to get into some more product, specific information, I’ll turn it over to Jane.
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Jamie Horner

00:18:23

Perfect thanks, Roger.

  • As Roger’s pointed out, we have 2 major platforms at Providius. The first mentioned here is our Mvrt software. This is the network visualization and real time telemetry product
  • categorically, this would fit into the network performance. Monitoring category of of solutions for for the monitoring of of networks. Obviously, providers. Secret sauce is a blend of
  • both the network performance metrics as well as collecting
  • data from the different broadcast elements or media elements to blend those 2 together to create a cross section of the network where we look at
  • some of the up principle, it fundamental information. We look at some of the media information. It’s all presented in a single dashboard. So it does really hyper focus in on networking and the transportation of media and timing on those networks.
  • I think the the common question we would normally hear from from sort of the It side is, is, why do we need a unique set of tools, and I think projects touched on this a little bit already. You know, it has been built sort of on a principle of about a 95% rule sort of if everything’s working at 95, if you have about 5% sort of loss of packets throughout the network due to latency and bandwidth, etc.
  • That’s good enough, you know. Retransmission will take care of the rest. Unfortunately, when it comes to media that 5 is, in fact,
  • pretty critical and actually becomes fatal. When it comes to audio and video and timing on a network. So that’s really where Bravidis focuses in on is to ensure the uptime the stability and reliability of the network looking for those critical failures before they spiral into off air or out, you know, incidents or outages, incidents that that could have been avoided. Should you have had some greater insight into the performance of the network ahead of time.
  • So we’re gonna talk about Mvrt, in a couple of slides. We also have the broadcast media guard or Bmg, this is our media analysis platform. And
  • we’re we’re gonna go into some more detail on this product as well. The partnership between the 2, although they are 2, stand alone platforms. They absolutely can be deployed unique separately for different, for different projects. We a lot of times do jointly deploy both products because they complement them complement each other so well. And they do create a full 360 degree view of the environment where Nvrt is focused on the network and network performance.
  • Pmg is focused on the media and looking at the the media specific details, looking for false trying to find any kind of impairments that may. That may be affecting quality of service of a particular media
  • component video audio or data within within a met a media environment. So the 2 platforms, like, I said, can absolutely stand alone, or they can be deployed in a partnership where the information really becomes even richer. You get a much better total view of your of your environment.
  • So starting with Mvrt just to discuss it, just to kind of quickly overview, it’s it’s functionality. And it’s it’s sort of role. So in many environments, we’re under uninterrupted delivery is paramount and Vrt plays a crucial role in ensuring network resiliency by identifying prioritizing critical network elements. And Drt fortifies the network against potential failures and disruptions.
  • So it’s key features of real time issue detection. As I just mentioned. So it’s using information or telemetry data from the network switches. So each network switch within a media environment, the Mbrt is communicing and communications with. And it’s collecting the metrics data from those switches to develop insight into not only the physical properties of the network.
  • but also the the functional or performance details of the network, like the bandwidth on each of the interfaces. Any kind of packet loss present presentation of Ptp, the timing of Ptp, as well as any kind of disconnects in the network, from from the standpoint of of devices or software that are joining or leaving the network at any point
  • it develops insight into the physical layer. We’re gonna look at this, a little more detail. So it builds up network maps. It creates
  • a comprehensive table of all the media services. So it’s able to acquire the different route tables from each of the switches. And it builds a a sort of global view of all of those media resources. So that you understand the where these media where the media is originating from who the consumers are. How many hops and sticking across the network which interfaces is that media touching so that you can, you know.
  • map and trace those those media services in real time.
  • Can be run in a headless mode where it’s evaluating these details. It can generate notifications and alerts that you can customize. So you can create a a sequence and series of of what you want to be notified about and how critical it is to the operation, so you can run in that mode. And then there are the dashboards that you can then log into the product, using a web browser, and you can then do a deeper dive. So
  • we really look at Mbrt sort of having 2 roles. It helps out in operations where it sort of provides that continuous surveillance of the network and feedback to to identify faults or problems. So this kind of brings awareness. And and it kind of brings attention to potential issues that might be going on within the network that could could result eventually in some type of incident with with, you know, with some media on the network.
  • and then the the tools can be used by engineering for them to step in, to then go in and do a deeper dive and a deeper investigation into what exactly is going on. As as the Mbrt. Is logging a lot of information, it’s retaining that information for up to 30 days.
  • so that you can go in and do some triaging look at some specific details, look at some timing characteristics to see when these events occur. So it is quite a powerful platform that can be used by the by different organizations within, within a within a broadcast or media environment
  • so just quickly highlighting some some application notes here.
  • Is actually quite widely deployed. A lot of a lot of projects that we are involved in our 2110 projects, 2110 being, I guess, the the sort of the the latest generation of of sort of large buying, compressed media routing. We also work in 2022 dash
  • and a lot of the 2110 environments are dash 7, or the 2022 dash, 6 is are also dash. 7. So the red and blue style networks where Mvrt is is really powerful, in that it provides clear insight into the the construct, the construct of the red and blue network. Especially we spawn understanding of the connectivity and relationship and then being able to obtain all of the routes in the media that that is on the network.
  • We’re also able to correlate that media, those multicast services with the broadcast control system as well as with nmos registration and with the orchestration layer. So it’s it’s able to collect and bring forward a lot of insight regarding not only the networks performance, but also how that interacts or intersects with the control system and the orchestration layer. So things like setting up Stp files
  • checking to see do bandwidths. You know, match what’s expected based on, but based on the characteristics or registration. And so those are a lot of really intimate details that Nbrt gets into to help spot problems that that may cause congestion or over subscriptions in the network.
  • So it could be really, really powerful in these types of environments. In addition to tracking the presence of Ptp and the boundary clock in the clock chain as well. So understanding and developing what the boundary clocks
  • who the boundary clocks are, and if they’re locked or unlocked to the Grand master. So there’s a lot of
  • There’s a lot of very specific features and functionality built into Mvrt that really really complements a 2110 environment. So there’s quite a bit of capabilities there in the platform.
  • So just some dashboards that we have in the slides just to highlight some of the functions that that it provides. So like I mentioned, it is able to determine in real time the physical properties and layout of the network. So it constructs a real map of, or a topology of, the network.
  • And it is real time. So as things connect and disconnect from the network, the end of your T will automatically add or remove those devices from the network topology and then create an in a a notification as well that those things have occurred so that you can track those types of physical changes.
  • It’s able to acquire route tables from the switches so it can build up a comprehensive view of all of the multicast services. And it can also provide an overview, showing the exact path that a specific multi cast is taking on a network so it can track
  • from the originating point from the transmit point all the way through to the receivers. And you can see and confirm how many receivers are on the network are consuming a particular multicast
  • that also helps you correlate that back to the broadcast control system, where you can check to see if this, if if these 2 things are synchronous or not
  • rent as as Roger mentioned in the opening. We’ve started to build in some functionality into the platform that starts to touch on some of the cyber concerns. So as we are transitioning to IP, we’re utilizing network infrastructure within a media environment that does increase the potential for cyber risk
  • the potential that now that everything is on on the network, including the media itself. That there is potential for for tampering, for, you know, for for disruption from a cyber security point of view. So that we’ve started bringing this functionality into the product. One of the features that we’ve developed is the ability to evaluate the risk of a particular device from a network characteristics point of view. So we’re looking at how many open ports
  • each one of the elements on the network is using for communication. So that’s helping us characterize. Whether this device has a low risk, profile or a high risk profile, and whether or not the devices using
  • network ports that would be considered higher vulnerability. So things that perhaps aren’t encrypted that are in the clear that don’t use passwords, things that would allow someone to easily tamper with the device. The Mvrt is able to help us check for that and spot those types of risk vulnerabilities, and then presents that up in a nice, clear, and concise way, so that we’re, you know, made aware of what’s going on, and
  • part of part of a cyber security deployment or program is really about visibility. It’s just about creating insight and awareness. And that’s really a pretty fundamental piece to to helping solve some of the cyber challenges. So that’s a part of one of the features that Mdrt. Offers that does help it play that role from a security point of view.
  • And I mentioned tracking. Ptp, so we have some dedicated dashboards that allow Mvrt to continuously track not only that the switches are locked to Ptp. But also defined. If it’s on the primary Grand master or the backup as well as tracking the timing in the in the meantime delay, so making sure that the boundary clocks are still remaining accurate. And they’re not drifting in time, which could cause some alignment issues or phasing issues.
  • For any of the devices, using ptp as a reference point
  • and then, like bench like mentioned before Mvrt is used in a lot of different networks. Not just 2110. We, you know, it’s deployed wherever really media is present, so that could be anywhere from large distribution networks to streaming networks to iptv digital signage the list goes on. So there’s a lot of variety of of networks where the Mvrt’s been deployed, and it provides a lot of
  • very useful insight of in performance metrics. But this is also where we start factoring in the Bmg.
  • so the Bmg’s role is to analyze the media services on the on these networks. So in addition to insight into the performance of the network, we’re also able to look at the media itself.
  • and in some in some regards, bmg, may come first in terms of the whole chicken and egg conversation. So perhaps you wanted to use Bmg, to analyze the media services so its role would be to acquire. however, many media services you have on a network and continuously analyze those services, looking for faults, and it looks at a lot of different properties. It looks at timing, it looks at package structure, looks at training.
  • transport stream health. It looks for synchronization. It looks at the essence, it decodes the video, the audio, the ancillary data services. It looks at compliance, the information. So it does a lot of inspection, a lot of studying of the different media services that it’s acquired, and from there it would develop whether or not there’s a fault.
  • and perhaps at that point, if we detect faults in our media service that we would turn to Mbrt. To determine. Is this a network related issue? Or is this some coming from somewhere else? And so, like, I mentioned the 2 products definitely, very complementary.
  • So the features of the of the Bmg, the media analyzer is its ability to monitor hundreds of services through a single instance. So one Bmg installed on, say, one cots server, hardware device can
  • subscribe and retrieve hundreds of services at the same time, and analyze those services concurrently, and it could be a mixture of service types. It could be compressed domain. It could be uncompressed. You know, we we deal with Mpeg, 2 ts, we deal with. Ndi, we can deal with Ipmx. We can deal with obviously 2110 as we talked about
  • Hls streaming services as well. Hgvc, Jpeg, 2,000 Jpeg access. So really, the list goes on, it’s it’s obviously a very flexible platform. And the really nice feature of the product is it’s capability to look at those different services simultaneously. So
  • a single Pmg. Could be requiring some uncompressed content, at the same time acquiring some compressed content, and doing an evaluation on them at the same time. So which makes it quite flexible. And it’s
  • in its use cases.
  • So just some quick application notes here on the Bmg, the the Bmg’s really, it is a software application, and it can be deployed on cots hardware. It can be deployed on vm, it can be deployed in the cloud as well. So we also have a cloud. Instance, that that can be utilized or deployed.
  • in any of those 3 cases. It really is up to the hardware. It’s been deployed on for zoom, for instance, on a cost server hardware platform. You could have multiple network interface cards and the Bmg can utilize each one of those network interface cards to acquire media from different networks. So
  • in this example, we’re looking at a single Bmg acquiring media from both the red side network, the blue side network, and as well as a purple network.
  • And this might be the key Leo, the the example of some uncompressed content from the red and blue, and then some compressed content. Perhaps off the purple. One instance, one deployment of Vmg will be able to handle those 3 different networks at the same time.
  • In terms of network interface we work with some off the shelf
  • cots, network interface cards for uncompressed. And we can deploy those network interface cards with up to 100 gigabits per second per interface. So you can acquire quite a large bandwidth of of media per network interface. And the Bmg can analyze all those for us.
  • So a couple of quick dashboards like I mentioned, we we can definitely jump over the to the live demo as well to see these with some moving elements, but just to highlight them here. So these are the 2 dashboards at the Bmg that common dashboards that you would normally find in the Bmg again. Like Mvrt. It’s running headlessly. It’s acquiring these services. It’s continuously analyzing them.
  • It’s gonna generate notifications whether it’s email help it to slack syslog snmp, so it’ll it’ll send out notifications. If it does detect a problem, it can notify Mvrt, of course.
  • And this is where, perhaps, then, an engineering team an engineering member might log in and they would use them these dashboards to take a closer look at what’s going on. The upper dashboard. This is an overview page. Every service that’s being monitored is pinned up on this page. So this is a quick heads up of all the media services.
  • This will help us identify quickly if there’s any faults occurring in these services, as we’d see a flashing border a warning or a highlight there that that would tell us. Okay, we have a service that’s that’s got a fault with it
  • the dashboard here at the bottom. This is where we’re taking a deep dive into one of the media services. So this is where we chose into open up that media service. And we’re now doing a deep dive. We’re looking at these these these widgets that each one of them is a dedicated measurement which is measuring the media service. And it’s actually recording at the result.
  • And it’s storing those results up to 30 days. So we can go back up to 30 days and look for things like Rtp packet loss or epic to transport stream violations. And also obviously is analyzing the essence. So it’s looking for frozen black missing video. It’s looking at audio levels.
  • You know, audio too high, too low. It’s also able to measure audio loudness so it can even do an Lkfs measurement as well. In addition to looking at the data services so it can be monitoring. Study triggers and logging those it can be looking at your captioning to make sure that’s present if you’re looking for
  • compliance products to to confirm compliance, you know, making sure that you have those elements in place. So it does a lot of versatility. There are a lot of things. It’s it’s measuring and studying. So you have this
  • notifications, capability. You have this false false notifications, and then you also have the ability to to triage. So it’s more than just alarming and and and errors. It’s also about diagnosing, triaging, and eventually figuring out the root cause of the issue. And that’s really where Bmg, is quite powerful.
  • So a couple of more just application notes. This is just sort of Sh show showcasing the blend of different networks that it can operate on, and the different types of services it can operate on. Again, as I already mentioned, uncompressed, compressed, a variety of different services
  • we just recently introduced. In fact, we introduced the bmg light at the beginning of the year. Bmg, lite is the more compact version of the Bmg. Pro. So we found that there are customers who don’t necessarily need 200 plus services of monitoring simultaneously don’t need all that horsepower. So we’ve come out with the Bmg light. The Bmg, light is meant to, you know, be used in smaller
  • media networks where there’s fewer network services that need to be monitored, so that you know to something that more compact would would fit the bill. So this is a more compact, more economical version of our our VR bmg, pro.
  • And we end up using the Bmg light targeted to things like smaller production setups like an Ndi or Ipmx style setup where fewer services, maybe compared to a bigger 2110 style network. We’re also seeing it used in Iptv digital signage networks where clients are looking to, just, you know, beyond just sort of presence of the Iptv elements. They really want to understand
  • all the Channel bouquet. Are there any issues? Are there any faults in the system before those you know those services. Either there’s some quality of service impairment, that’s, you know, causing a visual or audible breakup in this signal.
  • this would allow you to to catch and detect those issues far before someone to text them. Visually within, you know, within, within whatever project it is, whether it’s in a venue or within a corporate, you know, iptv, or within a say airport, etc. This just is a nice centralized way of of monitoring all these. You don’t need a full control room. You can do it all with
  • with with a single, with a single box essentially using the B and G light.
  • Okay, at this point I was going to just do a quick highlight of the products through a live demonstration. I’m just gonna open up some of the similar dashboards just to show them kind of moving, and just to show just to give an idea of what the product looks like. Live. But I thought I take a break just before I do that. If there
  • questions in bound, I’m not really paying attention to the chat. So if there were questions thrown up there. Oh, yeah, the chat. No questions on the chat, but I got like a whole page full, so so similar to to Becktv.
  • Yes, we do. We do a lot of Iptv solutions
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

00:41:19

from a networking standpoint. Relatively simple. These are not simpty 2110 we were. Typically we have, like over the air TV tuners, a bringing in direct TV most of the traffic is if not all, the traffic is multicast udp.

  • mpeg, 2 or h dot 2, 64, and
  • I’ll give you some scenarios now I would I would never let one of my engineers touch a customer’s switch
  • and most most customers would never let
  • a vendor mess with their switch, either. If a customer wants you to play with their switch, I’d be very scared. So I mentioned you guys to some account, some deployments where we’ve had some mysterious networking issues.
  • And it’s a little bit of a finger pointing. You know, the the customer is tired of innovation, and our team saying it’s the network and the customer and their network people, and you know
  • neither side has definitive proof where the problem is.
  • And so so it’s not fair to point fingers at people, unless you have all the all the the smoking gun so I’ll give you a couple of scenarios. So we we one brand of encoder. I won’t mention names.
  • I gmp, it’s enabled it just won’t propagate it. It’ll it’ll reach
  • the first hop. But then, if I’ll give you an example. So so it’s a, it’s a relatively flat network. Only 3 hops to it. To a TV. We plug Vlc, a. A. PC. With Vlc player or Ts reader Wireshark.
  • we, we bring up the TV channel and Vlc player. It plays fine. When we put the set top box in, and it requests that particular encoder’s feed.
  • We we can see in wireshark the Igmp request going. But we’re we’re not sure what’s happening. Why, it’s not working. Could you shed light into what’s what’s happening in that in that scenario? Why, that?
  • Why, that set top box cannot join that particular encoder stream.
  • Am I getting 2 into the weeds? But I mean, so so basically, we obviously, there’s some sort of an Igmp problem, you know. Maybe we’re all not on the, you know. You know, there’s version 1, 2, and 3. Maybe we’re not on the right version, or there’s some switch or some asset. I can’t double check the customer switch to make sure we’re all on on version 2. So, Ca, how would you help?
  • Kind of troubleshoot? Maybe at a higher level, like a multi cast issue? Would you, would you lend visibility? You could see the stream where it’s stopping.
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Jamie Horner

00:44:20

yeah, exactly. So you know what you what you can use Mbrt to do is to confirm what the network switches are

  • routing or or switching right? Depending on on the all you in this case it sounds like routing. So if you don’t see in the Mdr. T’s dashboard the multicast, then you can conclude that the multicast was not carried out by the network switch.
  • So you know, if you have a 3 layer switch or 3 switches. Sorry in a stack. So you have this, you know
  • 3 hops you can. You can definitely check, in fact, why don’t we just take that?
  • Take a look at that while we’re talking?
  • So I’m just gonna open up the dashboard here. So we’re just jumping into Mvrt. Uses a topology dashboard. So this is like I mentioned, it’s studying the the network and determining exactly the the network layout and all the connectivity.
  • if I was to go to one of my switches and look at its route table right? So again.
  • You don’t need to be an expert in it. You don’t need to understand how to use Cli. You don’t need any training here. I’m just using Mbrt. It provides a a, a effectively, a a non, you know, non-vender P specific dashboard. So it doesn’t matter what manufacturer switch. You have. The presentation layer is always gonna look the same.
  • This is showing me my multicast that are inbound into the switch. It’s giving me a label. So this could be a label that I’ve statically assigned, or I can Mbrt can actually source this label from a broadcast control system. It tells me which device is generating the multicast
  • which interface on the switch it’s connected to, and then where that multicast is being routed or forwarded to. So this is a this is a view of in this case the specific switch we’re looking at. But if I was to go back to the table, and I knew exactly either the multicast group address
  • or the static name. I can do a full path trace to see
  • that multicast where the sender is. where it’s connected.
  • How many switches it’s going through. And then who is subsequently is the recipient or receiver of that? So in Jim, in in your scenario, if, for instance, instead of replacing your Dlc session, but putting the set top box, perhaps on another port, both of them making the join request.
  • What I would expect to see is the sender the multiple hops, and then I would expect to see both recipients showing the the the multi cash successfully delivered. If I’m only seeing one of those, but it does successfully make it all the way through the 3, you know. Switch hops. At least. I know that the multicast is being routed by the switch that then I’m I’m looking at. Okay, what’s going on? The set top box.
  • Ver, you know, is there incompatibility? As you mentioned the switch? However, you know it’s telling me where this multicast is forwarded according to the Igmp join request. When that join request comes in. It looks at the multicast
  • route table. It says, Okay, I have this. I’m going to forward that to this interface from the requester. So if you’re seeing, you may even see that it is sending it or forwarding it to the interface. It’s now just a matter of the setup box, not recovering it correctly, and that could be where the breakdown is, but this would absolutely allow you to do a full diagnostics on the network, looking at it from the media point of view.
  • making sure and confirming that the network is carrying out the route requests as you as you suspect or expect that that it should. If you see that only the first switch joins the multicast, and that there’s no multicast. Forward it on from that point. Then, now you’re looking at switch configuration. So perhaps
  • Pim isn’t enabled between the switches. You know, you’re getting into obviously into the weeds. Now, you’re getting into more specific hardware network side, which would then obviously call in your it department to to help with, or sometimes even the manufacturers themselves might not, or at least there’s a smoking gun where to look, you know.
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

00:48:40

Ii don’t like playing the blame game, either. You know I’m always looking, you know. Let’s solve the problem. I don’t care which vendors fault it is, it may be, may be our fault, maybe the networks fault.

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Jamie Horner

00:48:51

So in this case, and I’ll just finish this example. The Mbrt is building us the full. It’s tracing. The route is building us a topology of that route. It also is bringing up a heads up table to show us the interface information for each path, each port or interface that that multicast is crossing. This is also super beneficial, so I can check to see are we over subscribed on this interface?

  • Perhaps the real reasons the multicast isn’t getting forward is that there’s no bandwidth left on that that interface forward to maybe
  • unbeknownst to you. There’s a bunch of multicast already flooding your network. You can’t see that with the human eye, you can, you know. But with Mvt. You can inspect for that type of detail. You can see if there’s any errors also. So perhaps the the switch is dropping packets. Right? It’s just you’re losing like 50% of the packets like we talked about, 5% could be fatal.
  • You you, you know, you might be seeing a disruption in the network itself that’s causing, you know, that multicast not to be joined successfully. If you’re using Sfs, you can check the Sfp values with Mvrt quickly to see on my end. Spec. That my out of spec. Perhaps there’s an issue there.
  • If you really wanna go and look, you can even go back and and break, dig deep into the interface itself. Look at any of the other multicast that are actively on that interface. Check out the timeline. You can look up to 30 days to see what the performance has been with this
  • particular interface. Perhaps you’re thinking yesterday, but today it’s not. Maybe that question comes up a lot like, why, why did this? Why do we? Why, why this anomaly creep up? Things were working just fine for years.
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

00:50:35

When did you know, was it? You know I have no smoking done. What did somebody push a firmware update to all the switches and something? Something got changed.

  • So at least, if we had a date a timestamp of when it at when it first started.
  • That’s a smoking gun. So I mentioned you guys to some of these clients like, Hey, we need a tool like Providius.
  • and they’re like, Well, we have solar winds, or we have other tools.
  • Those are I. Those are good tools. They’re it tools, but they’re they’re not looking. They’re not media centric. Right? Can you make speak to that a little bit like the differences between what you guys do and and the the tools it departments may be using already.
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Jamie Horner

00:51:19

Yeah. And and you know, some cases, it it also comes down to the the mechanisms for data collection. You know, we, we’re getting effectively real time telemetry from a lot of the network switches. So we’re getting extremely accurate information. That’s up up to date. We’re delving deep into the the route tables of the switches. We’re looking, you know, at those media services.

  • Specifically, we’re correlating those with other systems like we’re bringing in the mnemonics for the, for the multi cast groups addresses so that you can relate to something. You know, human relatable. So yeah, there’s there’s the, you know, we’re we’re kind of marrying a bunch of different components and elements together,
  • and and kind of very much concentrating on the media. Specifically, the media services themselves as as it’s presented to the network.
  • Another another big element, too, is. It’s in synchronous networks, in in 2110 and 2022, and as 67 and Dante, you have the you have the presence of Ptp, and and it’s critical. It’s a fundamental element of that media network. And it’s it’s critical in success of that media network, that Ptp, be present, that it’d be coherent
  • and that everyone has access to it, so that, you know the services can remain synchronous. So Mdrt again specifically looks at the performance and data from the switches in regards to Ptp. Ensuring that they’re locked.
  • identifying which interfaces they’re leading on, checking to see what the delay in sync messages are and announcement messages that they’re generating, making sure that the timing is is accurate, that it’s not, you know, wildly changing. That, you know is gonna cause problems as well. So there’s there’s a lot of functionality. And brt, that really.
  • at least, to my knowledge, you won’t find in traditional. It. Software is just because it’s elements and components that aren’t commonplace.
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

00:53:27

Video was not a thing when a lot of these network protocols were were invented. Right?

  •  

Jamie Horner

00:53:37

Yeah. Not only is it not a thing a lot of it. Departments have policies against multicast. It’s rare. But yeah, or or at least at minimum. They’re afraid. And we we.

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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

00:53:48

you know, we have to educate them on on the benefits of multicast. It puts less load on your network, etc., etc. or or it’s like fear of the unknown. I’m not familiar with multicast. So I’m trained to just say, No.

  •  

Jamie Horner

00:54:02

exactly. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean. And and you know, one of one of one property of multi cast, that this could come up also in troubleshooting. One multicast element is the Ttl or the time to live values set.

  • So you know you you, the the switches decrements, the Ttl value each time they forward the multicast on if your Ttl. Values are set to one. Then, you know, in the scenario with 3 switches. Then, yeah, well, that that’s the first thing me and all my guys that that’s our number. If the stream ain’t propagating, go back to the source.
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

00:54:40

Some vendors, the the Ttl. By default, is set to one out of the encoder. I’m like, WW. What you know. Maybe it’s just a safety mechanism like, let’s set it to one. They’ll have to figure it out. Yeah.

  •  

Jamie Horner

00:54:54

yes, absolutely. Okay, so that’s the Mdrt, quick, quick, quick overview. I wanted to also touch on the Bmg, so just opening up another tab on my web browser should have said that from the beginning. So just using a standard web browser to access both

  • Mvrt and Vmg, so which is really nice, it’s a a 0 footprint architecture, meaning there’s only the application. The Mvrt or Bmg, you don’t need any client side software. You just need a web browser. So it is, you know, effectively a modern environment in in that regard. You can bring up these dashboards on your laptop, on a desktop on a tablet
  • so super flexible you can be viewing this, you know, on the go you can be viewing this through Wi-fi in the Bmg’s case, where we’ve logged in. We’re looking at the overview page. So
  • I’ve set this up. We’re in our lab. We’ve just acquired some of the services. Some of them are uncompressed. 2110. Some of them are Mct. Transport stream. We’ve got some some 2110, 30 audio here, or sort of it. Ef 67 variation. Here. Again, it could be a variety of media types, and you could quite literally have hundreds of services being monitored simultaneously
  • now, not hundreds of uncompressed cause. That would be a lot of bandwidth, but certainly a handful of uncompressed and a lot of compressed services at the same time, especially in the audio you could do thousands of channels of audio
  • you can put this up in a control room environment. And and this would be your kind of overview kind of like a a a multi viewer. In this case we’re not showing full frame rate. This is actually showing some thumbnails, but it gives us a nice visual presentation, so that we see what’s going on. And we see what media services are actively being analyzed and monitored. Now, for whatever reason, we’ve got quite a few alarms in our lab right now. So you can see these flashing boxes.
  • I could actually focus on just the ones that are in in fault by going into our penalty box mode. So you can see here. And now we’re seeing the ones that are currently at fault. So those are the ones we’d wanna focus in on at any point I can just jump in. And this brings up the analytics page. And in here I can start to do some deep dives into the functionality, some of the measurements that are being generated by this
  • particular for this particular service, and we can really concentrate on some of the fault. So we’re seeing some faulting information here, and we can dive deep into those details. Whether it’s package telemetry. In this case it’s an Mp. To transport streams. So this would be more of an Iptv type of application. We’re even looking at the structure of the
  • of the of the transport stream itself. You could see we’re even decoding the video up in the right hand corner. So we’re seeing a thumbnail. But we can definitely see this full frame rate if we wanted to, within the web browser just really nice, especially with uncompressed, to be able to get that visual on it.
  • You can listen to the audio through the web browser. Super powerful as well. Again, a lot of cool functionality. And you’re doing it remotely through a web browser. So you don’t need to be chained to a specific location. You could be on the go checking these things out. You could. If with you know the right access to a network, you could be doing it like I am today, remotely through VPN.
  • I could be at a Starbucks, and looking at this information on my on my laptop while having a coffee so super flexible. You know a lot of a lot of really detailed functionality. As you can see, a lot of a lot of measurements are occurring simultaneously for each service
  • with complementary dashboards that are logging and recording all those measurements, so you could do your your deep dives, your, you know. Go back with, you know, for the last 30 days to see what was going on.
  • We also use Bmg, a lot for monitoring. Ptp, so Mvrt is looking at the clock chain and Bmg is is is acquiring Ptp
  • and analyzing it. Analyzing the Ptp itself from a structural point of view. It is dissecting sort of the delay sync and announcement messages. It’s looking at the accuracy of the of the time presentation, again, looking for wild changes in the timing presentation, making sure it’s stable for instance, it’s also tracking who the grand Master is actively. If that changes, if it goes to a back
  •  

Unknown Speaker

00:59:23

backup, grandmaster, it will notify us.

  •  

Jamie Horner

00:59:26

It tells us who it’s parent is so where it’s receiving. It’s clock from in this case, from a boundary clock. So it does a lot of of detailing of of the the Ptp as well. And again.

  • with Bmg and Mvrt. Combined when you were, you know, when you’re comparing it to other products, let’s say for Mit, definitely, you wouldn’t see this level of detail. Obviously. And and you know you wouldn’t probably need to if you didn’t have media on your network. But when you have media, the combined strength of having both Mvrt and Bmg to give you these
  • low level details, this very accurate representation and analysis of the network and the media services, and tying that together to create that 360 degree view
  • so that you can really pinpoint where the problem lies again, you, instead of just finger pointing, you can. You can really find the the root cause and and solve the root cause as opposed to spending, you know, days to weeks
  • triaging a problem through the party line. Sort of passing the passing the proverbial buck around. Just so see if someone will fix it for us.
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:00:38

Wow!

  • We we do a lot of directv mandates that we keep our video encrypted, or we work with studios where they want their stage feeds encrypted on the network. So someone can’t, you know, record?
  • some some classified information, etc. You can still analyze a transport stream. If it’s encrypted with proidium or verimatrix, right? You just may not be able to view it
  • on the multi, you know, in in the thumbnail there, that’s right. But but but you you you can. You can fully. It won’t prohibit you from analyzing
  •  

Jamie Horner

01:01:15

the the transport. The only, the only measurements there that that require the content to be in the clear would be the analysis of the essence. So the video and audio andcili data. If those are encrypted. It’s still able to look at packet timing and structure. It looks for package packet time packet pacing. So there’s a lot of measurements that. Don’t don’t necessarily, you know.

  • need the content to be decrypted for it to to carry out.
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:01:45

So I’m I’m looking like Becktv that maybe I need to have this in my tool kit. We deploy several Iptv projects, a month of various types.

  • Some in government facilities, some in hotels and casinos media companies corporations. So what would can I run it on a a notebook computer? Or what does it run on windows, server, or a bundle? Both applications are Linux based. So constructed for Linux.
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Jamie Horner

01:02:23

we typically deploy them on server hardware platforms.

  • Adele our 4 50, as is, for instance, is a starter platform we can get up into the class which would be your, you know, Dual Xeon, you know, if you’re going for 100 simultaneous services.
  • there are. There are opportunities depending on the project and scale. If we talk with Bmg Lite, that isn’t a problem that’s intended for smaller platform. So that could be something a bit smaller. And yeah, my, my, I mean, we do. Vitivision does simply 2,110. But where? Where? We
  •  

Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:03:04

you know, we went to government facility. We show up on site. They don’t even have it in the building. They they sub it out to a contractor who was physically not present. We couldn’t get anyone on the phone. We were. We were, we were text messaging and emailing, trying to deploy an ipt system.

  • We could have accelerated the process. Help them to figure out what switches weren’t set right.
  • If we had a tool like yours. So it’s not yo. We would put the custom of the customer would buy this server and permanently install. It’s not really a portable
  • solution, for when when you’re on the road. Well, I mean. I mean, I could ship a server. To to the job site to to help me with this analysis and configuration
  • when I’m rolling out it, I mean, is that kind of how Beck uses it.
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Jamie Horner

01:04:02

They bring they bring it out while they’re deploying, and then they they. The intention is to leave it behind.

  • Right? Yeah. yeah. So in in in that, for instance. Yes, and and it is sort of
  • you know, it’s kind of transferred over to the client, and and then they, you know, are able to take advantage of it, as you mentioned, especially for teams that don’t have an it, you know, member on staff, or or you know th there’s there’s a big disconnect there, so this gives them insight into the operation so.
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:04:34

or II just bundle it in, you know, like, like, if II sense that this customer X is going to need extra help.

  •  

Jamie Horner

01:04:41

II need extra eyes on the network. I need better network visibility.

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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:04:47

Here’s another question. Do do you get pushback ever from it, you know, giving you the

  • Api access to all the switch hardware. Is that a challenge? Or do you find? You know you tell them it’s read, only you tell them. It’s secure. you know. Ho! How do we present that to it? So we get them, you know. Obviously, if they say no, then it’s a non-starter. Right?
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Jamie Horner

01:05:12

yeah. So for Mv Rt.

  • you just hit it on the head, and you do require some access to the switch. It is a read, only it’s it, it effectively streaming from the switch side. It’s well documented. And and we worked closely with the switch manufacturers. So they always provide. Yeah, yeah. So you’re certified. You know, most of my customers are using Cisco. That’s the brand of choice. So Cisco certified. And and does the customer log in the credentials, or do we have to get
  •  

Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:05:44

you? You know I’m just thinking chain a command, you know, a security chain, you know. Somebody’s E, you know. Got to give me

  • How do you handle that? That chain of access? What’s what’s that process? Look like?
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Jamie Horner

01:05:59

Yeah. So for Mbrt, do you? When you set up the the the interface to the switch like the create, that telemetry? Typically, there’s a credential, this username and password protect it. So when you’re logged in as the administrator into Nvrt, and you create that first initial connection, you would enter the

  • credentials assigned from the switch side into the software. That creates the unlock any. Any subsequent logins by non, Admin users are never going to see that side of it. So that’s why I’m sure, already set up. They’d be getting the dashboards. They wouldn’t see how Mbrt is. You know what the passwords were that we’re using. So so some senior manager and INFOSEC would be given admin access
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:06:47

to Nvrt. Bmg, then they would. They would. They would do a network discovery. They would put their credentials in, and then they can set up lower level users. They can, in fact, even lock us out if they wanted to right that that, you know they don’t want the vendor having full access. So, okay, that’s perfect. That’s perfect. II could see it buying into that.

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Jamie Horner

01:07:12

And and then the do do do customers usually make you do a trial like in in a lab? First, you know. Before, is that typical? Yeah, yeah, we have a lot of. Yeah, a lot a lot of clients that we work with. We go through a Poc first with them and they qualify it on a lab system before they deploy it in production.

  • I should note, too, in terms of the security login, just as you were mentioning. I thought of it. It’s a new feature that we’ll have in the next release will be sample to support. So you’ll be able to build the same single sign on style logins. So
  • that that that takes us out of the critical path. Right? We’re not storing passwords, logins. You’re using your own authentication prerequisite for some of our clients for sure. Yeah, no, no, that is, that is very common, you know, authenticating single sign on, or dual authentication. And because cell phones can be clone. Now, many organizations don’t allow
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:08:16

authentication via text message anymore. SMS,

  • you know, you need to use my big thing. I’m sure you guys run the same thing. Okay, I need to get into this computer or this website or this asset.
  • which authenticating app goes with this.
  • you you you gotta you know this one uses semantic Vip. This one uses duo. This one uses Octa
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Jamie Horner

01:08:41

but it’s the new normal, right? We gotta deal with all that. So would Active Directory apply, or or that that would be getting too, into the weeds, like, like, you know, if we put this on the enterprise.

  • Could could we tie into active Directory to give those employees those it people access that way. Is that
  • Active Directory? Yeah, the the idea of radio service. So the the idea of authentication entity that you would use instead of us doing self verification. So the the the principle behind it is is that the Mvrt or Bmg.
  • we’re not storing passwords for users. It’s it’s
  • transferring the session to well, that’s perfect, that’s probably. And then there’s no log, you know. It’s transparent we we you’re tying into the company network as any other asset on the network.
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:09:42

No, very cool, very cool. Yeah, III see a few, quite a few people still on the line. Yeah. Webinars. They say, you know the ideal is 30 min, and I’ve never done one less than an hour. But

  •  

Jamie Horner

01:09:57

I think he answered most of my questions. Did. Did I interrupt you? You know you did. You? Did you cover everything you needed to cover as far as the the demo? We did? Yeah, I think so I mean, it’s a lot to go through and like you said a short even though an hour seems like, well, quite a long time is quite short. Yeah, we could. We could go on for days. Right? I have a ton more applications that you know. Networks.

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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:10:23

you know, and it’s a sensitive subject, too, like

  • customers don’t want to hear that their network might have a problem. So you you know, you gotta be politically correct about it. And and you know, deep discussion I had with a customer recently, you know. We both agreed. There, there! There is no real smoking gun on either side. We neither one of us have the clear picture of what is happening, and I can’t wait to deploy a tool like this to try to shed some light on that?
  • so yeah. So you guys are in Central Hall C, 1806.
  • You guys have a full demo running in your booth. You can come to the vitivation booth. We’re in West Hall W. 2230 we’ll we’ll talk about the product we’ll have like a a promo loop. But either case, you know, go go to the Providius Booth or the vitivation booth, be sure to mention you saw the webinar.
  • and we’d we’d love to help
  • stop that finger pointing. Right? We we need to solve the problem.
  • It’s no one’s fault. We just need to figure out, hey? Maybe it is a hardware problem. Maybe it is the the media encoder. I don’t know. Maybe my com 3,000
  • is not set right. And it’s
  •  

Jamie Horner

01:11:48

the Igmp joins are not authenticating properly. Right? Let’s figure that out right? Yeah. I think I think you hit it on the head right? The the both products support a couple of different phases, and the first phase would be initial deployment and building up the network.

  • So just having that capability to to, you know, investigate, interrogate. What’s going on is super powerful. It just speeds up delivery, and everyone wants things installed. Now. They don’t wanna wait. They don’t want that 2, 3, 4 week delay. So this tool just help keep things rolling in the the right direction and get that project completed on time. Second phase is.
  • as I mentioned, you know, the network is a dynamic
  • place, and it’s forever changing and evolving, and it does so almost on, you know, at any second right? So having to the operation of your network will help you detect those changes that may now be impacting your media services. We always say you don’t want the dependent customers right, whether it’s a casino or a a venue and Iptv system.
  • the digital signage. You don’t want them saying, Well, that’s we can’t read this signage or the you know, the video service in this. This suite is not working. You’d rather catch that yourself and then be able to. Yeah, be be proactive. I think you got a cabling problem on on switch 32, you know. you know, to to give them that that smoking gun
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Jim Jachetta – VidOvation

01:13:19

and and and senior management just doesn’t. You know, they just they don’t care how the sausage is made. They just want it to work, and and then if one departments pointing at the other department management’s like, you both stink, get out of here, get out of my office, just make it work. II don’t care. I don’t care.

  • Well, well, thank you so much, guys, this is really great. This is really good stuff. everyone. Be sure to to visit Providius at at Nab visit. Innovation.
  • It takes about a week, ish
  • sometimes less. We’ll take this recording vitervation with fallen help and Cindy’s help we transcribe everything. We we edit the video so it should be up inside of a week and it’s free for everyone to download. So if you want to learn more about Providius, you can visit the V itivation website or go to Providius directly.
  • So so thanks, Roger. Thanks, Jamie. Good luck with the rest of your Nab plans. II need to fill out my Internet form for any of the II was. I was waiting so good luck with everything, and I hope to see you guys there sometimes we’re in different holes, too. So I mean, if a customer comes to our booth and really wants to do a deeper dive, of course we’ll send them
  • over to see you guys. So safe travels have a great show, and I’ll see you in Vegas. Thanks, thanks. Fallon.
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Jamie Horner

01:14:49

Thanks, guys. Yeah, thanks, father. Appreciate it. Everyone.

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Rodrick Smith

01:14:52

Take care.

 

 

 

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