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October 22, 2007

Tektronix Intros GeoProbe Video Monitoring Solution for IPTV Networks

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Senior Editor

Network monitoring solutions provider Tektronix (News - Alert) on Monday launched its new GeoProbe video monitoring solution for IPTV. The company claims this is the highest-capacity probe platform available on the market that provider network-wide coverage. It’s designed to determine the quality of video transport services for video-over-IP and IPTV (News - Alert) networks.
GeoProbe video monitors both broadcast and video-on-demand streams simultaneously, empowering operators to proactively resolve problems before they occur by checking, in real-time, the health and performance of IPTV networks.
Doug Dickerson, vice president and general manager at Tektronix’s network management division, noted that video quality is critical to the overall success of any IPTV initiative, and thus operators need network-wide monitoring tools.
“With Tektronix' GeoProbe Video Monitoring solution, operators can quickly identify and resolve network issues that have a direct impact on network QoS and customer QoE. IPTV networks are complex - video content is digitized, encoded, packetized and transported across a network - errors are most likely to occur at the network transition points,” Dickerson explained. “Tektronix' GeoProbe Video Monitoring solution has the capability of examining from 200 to more than 5,000 programs with a single probe.”
GeoProbe Video is not simply a detection solution—it also provides the tools necessary to location the precise location of a problem so it can be fixed and then monitor the network to make sure issues don’t recur. This is possible thanks to 24/7 monitoring of all IP video traffic. If an issue is detected, GeoProbe helps operators isolate the problem spot and figure out the underlying cause. After being fixed, problem locations can be monitored in real-time for feedback.
This latest solution is part of Tektronix’s Unified Assurance suite of network management applications for next-generation, converged infrastructures. To learn more, visit the VoIP Test Solutions channel on TMCnet, brought to you by Tektronix.

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Mae Kowalke is an associate editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. She also blogs for TMCnet here.

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