TAG Video Systems launches new Adaptive Monitoring feature for MCM-9000
TAG Video Systems has announced that its MCM-9000 all-IP, all-software platform has been enhanced with the addition of an Adaptive Monitoring feature. Adaptive Monitoring enables dynamic, automated, on-the-fly allocation of monitoring resources on a per-input-stream basis. TAG’s MCM-9000 provides probing and monitoring for all transmission layers from the SMPTE ST 2110/2022-6 uncompressed to MPEG-TS compressed and OTT streams all the way down to the encoded video content and its quality.
Until now, the MCM-9000 offered two distinct and separate modes of monitoring varying in visualization ability and resource consumption: Full Monitoring Mode, in which the input source is fully decoded in real time for probe analyzation, alarming for errors and live video display on the Multiviewer mosaic output; and Light Mode: the input source is probe analyzed and alarmed, but only partially decoded and therefore not displayed. This monitoring mode requires significantly less resources.
Now, Adaptive Monitoring allows the TAG solution to monitor in any of three operating modes—full, light, and the addition of extra-light monitoring—on a per-input-source basis and in an adaptive manner. Using thresholds set by the operator within the TAG software or triggered by an API command from external devices monitoring the overall ecosystem, the system will automatically adapt between the monitoring modes to provide optimal monitoring of all streams at all times and full visualization of errors.
Whether on-premises or in the cloud, Adaptive Monitoring ensures that if a problem is detected, the channel is automatically switched to full monitoring mode. The dynamic nature of this model makes TAG’s software a solution for efficient high-density probing and monitoring of OTT channels. Adaptive Monitoring also allows operators to mix and match different TAG monitoring modes. Instead of dedicating 100% of CPU power for full monitoring at one point, they can opt for light or extra-light monitoring and use a fraction of the resources.
“The industry is evolving and in turn, so are our customers’ needs. TAG software not only supports efficient monitoring across all channels, but also provides customers with a path forward for ongoing growth. With that in mind, we developed this feature to ensure that the number of channels and points to be monitored are never compromised for financial reasons. Enhanced with Adaptive Monitoring, TAG’s MCM-9000 probing, monitoring, and Multiviewing software has the functionality to be three to five times more efficient as it maximizes existing resources. And as with other updates and enhancements to TAG software, this feature is available at no additional cost to both new and existing TAG customers under support agreement” explained Tomer Schechter, TAG CTO.