Symmetricom has unveiled its Q-1200 digital/IP video headend analyzer, a scalable, multichannel video headend monitoring device that will be generally available in September.

Performing audio/video analysis on 400 video streams simultaneously and content analysis for up to 100 channels, the analyzer identifies video impairments from basic service issues to sophisticated video artifacts, such as channel audio and/or video dropout, black/blue screen, major blockiness and more, according to the company. The Q-1200 also measures video/audio with a user-configurable sampling period for I frame/audio data for each channel.

“With its multichannel scalability, deep content analysis and centralized element manager, our Q-1200 replaces the need for expensive ‘golden eye’ operations personnel, enabling operators to accurately and cost-effectively assure video quality at any headend location,” said Symmetricom Principal Technologist Stefan Winkler.

The Q-1200 is part of Symmetricom’s V-Factor Quality of Experience (QoE) platform, which enables telco and cable operators to monitor key sources of potential video and audio impairments by providing a scalable solution that assesses a consumer’s video quality experience. The company says that the video headend analyzer – in conjunction with its network probes, software agents and NOC software – form an end-to-end video QoE solution.

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