T-VIPS Unveils Latest ‘Connect5’ Video Management System

Connect5 provides network operators and broadcasters a simple and cost-effective way to set up, monitor and manage the delivery of professional video
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T-VIPS, a producer of professional video contribution and distribution solutions, launched Connect5, the next generation of its video-centric network management solution.

T-VIPS’ Connect5 provides broadcasters and network operators with the ability to monitor and control multiple video network infrastructures, the company says.

“Our Connect5 solution gives network operators and broadcasters a simple and cost-effective way to set up, monitor and manage the delivery of professional video over today’s increasingly complex video transport networks,” says Janne Morstol, T-VIPS’ chief operating officer. “We are seeing a trend towards outsourcing of video network services,” she says. “In this scenario Connect5 offers unrivalled flexibility as a media management system, enabling video transport infrastructures to be modified, monitored and maintained by different customers.

In combination with T-VIPS monitoring solutions, Connect5 enables video quality to be verified at hand-over points to outsourced networks, with real-time alarms and extensive trend reporting ensuring that service level agreement targets are being reached, according to Morstol.

“The ‘video-centric’ features of Connect5 also make it ideal for more traditional TV infrastructures, such as large terrestrial networks, where there is a need to monitor video content from specific services in multiple networks to individual components within a multiplex,” she said.

T-VIPS has utilized its expertise in Internet protocol (IP) and video transport technologies to ensure that Connect5 provides comprehensive monitoring, management and reporting capabilities in an easy to use framework, the company says. Connect5 can be configured with role-based access levels, so that members of a user group cannot exceed their authority, T-VIPS says. In addition, Connect5’s web-based architecture is designed to enable remote access from PCs or mobile devices and flexibly support innovative business models and workflows. Additional features include:

  • Intuitive and simple user interface and workflow – reduces expertise required, simplifies training and minimizes time required for fault correction
  • Connection management with easy set up and teardown of connections
  • Monitoring and supervision of transport streams, video content, connections and equipment
  • Equipment inventory management
  • Scheduling of events, connections and software upgrades
  • Server-side redundancy, providing security and cost-effective operation