BEAVERTON, Ore., Aug. 18, 2010 – Tektronix, the leading provider of digital content monitoring solutions, today announced that its Sentry® digital content monitoring solution, part of its Mixed Signals family of products, is one of only 10 products selected as a 2010 IABM Design Awards Candidate in this year’s IABM Awards for Design & Innovation. This esteemed awards program is held annually at the IBC tradeshow to recognize products and solutions that tangibly aid the progression of the broadcast and media technology industries. Sentry was selected as a candidate out of a pool of more than 80 nominated products and winners will be announced at IBC on September 11, 2010.
Sentry was recognized in this year’s IABM Design Awards for its upgraded audio level monitoring capability, which enables video service providers worldwide to identify audio volume issues in programming and commercials. With Sentry’s advanced monitoring capabilities, service providers now have the tools to quickly fix the dramatic volume changes that have annoyed viewers for years and that are now subject to Government regulatory compliance requirements.
Current solutions for measuring volume issues can only monitor one or two channels, making them far too costly to purchase and deploy for multi-channel service providers. Sentry’s unique ability to continually monitor hundreds of channels simultaneously makes it the ideal solution for cable, satellite, telecom and other multi-channel service providers to measure and identify overly loud commercials. The key to Sentry’s upgraded loudness monitoring capabilities is its support for the ITU-R BS.1770 audio specification.
“Being one of only 10 products selected as a candidate for the IABM award reinforces how seriously the broadcast industry takes the loudness issues that have plagued viewers for years,” said Eric Conley, Vice President, Video Network Monitoring, Tektronix. “This recognition for Sentry is the latest in a series of awards honoring its advanced audio level monitoring capabilities. With Sentry, service providers have the tools they need to ensure flawless video delivery, helping to both gain and retain subscribers.”
About the Sentry Monitoring Solution
Sentry is a comprehensive content monitoring solution for cable, telecom, IPTV and other video service providers. Sentry enables the early detection, diagnosis and repair of video and audio errors (i.e., video freeze, macro-blocking, loss of audio, etc.) whenever or wherever they occur in the network, so service providers can deliver services with excellent quality, thus ensuring an optimal quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers. Sentry accomplishes this through its unique combination of unprecedented visibility into network anomalies at the IP and MPEG layers, scalability to monitor every program in the network and its real-time, 24/7 operation. Sentry is proven in deployments with service providers worldwide, including nine of the top 10 U.S. cable operators.
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The International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers is the global voice that represents manufacturers and suppliers of broadcast and media technology products and services worldwide. The association's aim is to identify and promote the interests of its members, and to provide benefits and services which enhance their business performance.
Mixed Signals was acquired by Tektronix in May 2010. As an industry-leading innovator of digital content monitoring solutions, Tektronix enables video service providers to proactively identify, diagnose and repair picture and audio quality errors that degrade the television viewing experience. For more than sixty years, engineers have turned to Tektronix for test, measurement and monitoring solutions to solve design challenges, improve productivity and dramatically reduce time to market. Tektronix is a leading supplier of test instrumentation for engineers focused on electronic design, manufacturing, and advanced technology development. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix serves customers worldwide and offers award-winning service and support. Stay on the leading edge at www.tektronix.com.
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