Volicon’s Observer System streamlines broadcast and cable network operations

Observer enables logging and monitoring from desktop PCs

Volicon launched Observer, a desktop video, audio and data monitoring system at IBC2005. Observer is designed for multichannel capture, to seamlessly extend video storage efficiency. The client-side component requires only standard PC’s running Windows. The server-side hardware has redundant power supplies, hardware RAID-5 storage, and IPMI remote hardware management.

Broadcasters and cable operators seeking to replace their analog-based monitoring systems can view and log multiple broadcasts and monitor transmissions from numerous stations using only a desktop PC and the Internet with the Observer System. It uses MPEG-4 video streaming and is tailored to the video storage, retrieval and analysis needs of broadcasters and cable networks as well as media monitoring services and government agencies.

Broadcasters and cable operators can use the Observer to log their own broadcasts for government compliance, to monitor competitors’ broadcasts and to retrieve and analyze video clips based on as-run-log data. The Observer’s interface works with a regular web browser. Familiar VCR-style controls are combined with color cues to clearly indicate channels displayed, whether they are live or recorded and which channel is providing the audio feed. Users can add or subtract channels from their display and switch between windowed, split and full-screen display with a simple mouse click.

For more information, visit www.volicon.com.

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