IP Network Confidence: Lawo smartDASH System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry unveiled @ NAB 2018

19.04.2018 - 08:57

Lawo’s new smartDASH System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry is 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.

Strategically positioned to bridge the gap between IT and video engineering, smartDASH addresses both sides of the operation to provide a comprehensive view of what a network is doing and how the media streams flowing through it are behaving.

Based on a UNIX OS, this software-defined networking solution uses a powerful and robust database to document and rapidly search any aspect of the network’s operation – from a simple cable ID number to the path of a multicast across a transnational multi-hop Wide Area Network (WAN). Additionally, by leveraging a vast library of hardware communication protocols, the system automatically interrogates live and dormant path connections to create the most intuitive and data rich presentation layers of a COTS-hybrid infrastructure.

With its award-winning deep packet inspection microservices, smartDASH supports monitoring and decoding of a wide range of media formats, from low bitrate OTT/ABR streams to uncompressed ST2110 studio production flows, in addition to characterizing the packet pacing off the delivery network. This unique approach provides a deep profile of operational visibility by unifying network telemetry and mixed media flow into a single-glass view. smartDASH users have a zero-footprint installation and a tool that can be deployed on on-premises (on-prem), private or public cloud services, using HTTP accessibility from a browser or mobile device.

A scalable enterprise software solution, smartDASH provides data from every corner of a media network, and is able to effortlessly document all aspects of the network and its supporting infrastructure. It will visualize connectivity and bandwidth usage with precision, discover and trace live media flows from origin to destination, and convert network and media data points into actionable intelligence. Advanced telemetry agents provide both in-service and out-of-service alarm generation and reporting, alongside real-time communication and telemetry from COTS platforms to third-party purpose build equipment.

All parameters, including high-performance deep packet inspection of mixed media flows, are displayed on comprehensive and unified presentation layer dashboards – awareness of speed of data lends itself directly to improved revenue. In addition, smartDASH will keep track of device inventory (including warm and cold) spares, and account for CAPEX and OPEX KPIs to manage total cost of ownership.

This state-of-the-art solution is an essential component in the operation of any IP-based broadcast installation.

smartDASH received its international debut in a press conference at the NAB Show on 9 April (Booth N2813).