Sentry

Sentry

A superior Brand is defined in terms of the quality of the content delivered whether it be streamed or broadcast.

Sentry is a software-based quality monitoring solution deployed worldwide by Cable, Broadcast, and OTT Streaming service providers in a range of operational, engineering, and business environments. Years of experience has honed the technology to deliver accurate, repeatable, and reliable measurements to instill confidence that the viewer is experiencing only the highest level of quality.

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Detect & Alert on Critical Customer Impacting Issues

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Sentry measures and reports on the issues that affects customers the most. The single QoE score, produced by proprietary Tektronix algorithms, is a true reflection of the customer experience. It is only confidence in the quality of delivery that reduces churn while increasing operational efficiencies.

  • Ensures regulatory compliance with comprehensive audio loudness and caption monitoring
  • Reacts before the customer reacts to avoid costly viewer dissatisfaction
  • QoE scoring correlates directly to the quality of the viewing experience
  • Actionable alerts with reason codes facilitate fast troubleshooting

Easily Scale as your Network Evolves

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Whether monitoring one channel or over a thousand, Sentry monitoring capability can expand to match capacity and geographic footprint growth, and the evolution of functionality requirements. Sentry's software-based solution protects investment and future-proofs the monitoring system as standards and technologies change.

  • Future-proof your monitoring network to encompass new technologies and services
  • Easily configure measurements and alerts for every service at every point in the workflow
  • Scalable monitoring of a few services to over a thousand

Correlate Information Across Multiple Points & Networks

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Whether the distribution and delivery network is linear, OTT, or cloud-based, Sentry provides a single tool for monitoring network performance and identifying issues. Aggregate key data and analytics provide a comprehensive network overview with a common and consistent set of measurements to simplify diagnosis, and reduce the time to remedy complex issues.

  • QoE and QoS measurements and connectivity solutions for linear broadcast, OTT, and RF
  • Monitor using an appliance, virtual instance, or in the cloud
  • Unified monitoring for mixed linear and OTT networks
  • Easy integration into 3rd party NMS through a RESTful API

All in One Monitoring & Analysis Solution

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Sentry's alarms warn network operations teams of potential problems before they impact customers. Engineering personnel are supplied with a range of in-depth measurements and analysis easing fault diagnosis on reported issues. An accessible database compiling the previous 90 days of detailed operational data produces highly informative, tailored reports for easy trending and business analysis.

  • 90-day historical reporting to support compliance and service level agreements
  • Comprehensive QoS, QoE and Picture Quality (PQ) measurements
  • Configurable program alert dashboards for use in operations
Model Name Video Description Price
VNM-SEN2 Sentry Linear Scalable real-time video QoS, QoE, and PVQ monitoring solution. Configure & Quote
VNM-SABR2 Sentry ABR Scalable ABR video streaming QoS, QoE, and PVQ monitoring solution. Configure & Quote
VNM-VFY2 Verify Linear Scalable real-time video QoS monitoring solution. Configure & Quote
VNM-MED2 Medius Any Management of multiple Sentry and Verify systems with end-to-end views. Configure & Quote
Model Name Video Description Price
VNM-SEN2 Sentry Linear Scalable real-time video QoS, QoE, and PVQ monitoring solution. Configure & Quote
VNM-SABR2 Sentry ABR Scalable ABR video streaming QoS, QoE, and PVQ monitoring solution. Configure & Quote
VNM-VFY2 Verify Linear Scalable real-time video QoS monitoring solution. Configure & Quote
VNM-MED2 Medius Any Management of multiple Sentry and Verify systems with end-to-end views. Configure & Quote

OTT Streaming: See What the Customer Sees

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Sentry's OTT streaming solutions provide real-time visibility and quality of experience measurements to ensure excellence in content delivery. This software solution provides monitoring and diagnostics for live streaming at key locations, including AWS Services, virtual private networks, and CDNs.

  • Monitor the network from ingest, through encode, after the packager, and CDN
  • Deploy Sentry where needed with cloud, virtual private network, and datacenter options
  • Ensure seamless profile switching with IDR/EBP validation
  • Support for various DRM and encryption systems

Broadcast & Content Providers

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Sentry provides visibility to operational performance across the hierarchy of a broadcast station giving you an opportunity for standard work and tools. This will maximize your investment and minimize inefficiencies associated with multiple processes and methodologies at different levels in the broadcast group organization.

  • Contribution link monitoring ensures that all content, sent or received, is problem-free
  • Gain visibility into the entire network at the local, regional, or national level
  • 90-day historical reporting to prove your compliance and service level agreements
  • Full ingest and playout monitoring: verify compliance and transmission

Cable, Telco, & Next Generation Service Providers

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Deployed by service providers worldwide, Sentry's quality of experience and perceptual quality measurements are based on years of experience in real environments. Sentry is designed for large-scale network deployments with repeatable and accurate measurements, giving operators confidence in the quality of delivery to subscribers.

  • Ensures regulatory compliance with comprehensive audio loudness and caption monitoring
  • Reacts before the customer reacts, to avoid costly viewer dissatisfaction
  • QoE scoring correlates directly to the quality of the viewing experience
  • Fast troubleshooting through actionable alerts with readily understandable reason codes

 

10 things you need to know about monitoring Video & Audio Quality of Experience

Literature number: 2KW-28174-0
Fact Sheet 10 Nov 2018
Video Quality Monitors
Consul System Monitor • VNM-CON2 Datasheet Consul™ is typically located at a Network Operation Center (NOC) and provides an ideal solution for correlating and managing data from Medius units located throughout the network.
Literature number: 2CW-61219-0
Datasheet
Sentry Series
This document provides installation instructions and provides safety, compliance, and environmental information for the Sentry Series Video Quality Monitors with serial numbers B020101 and above.
Part number: 071352602
Primary User
Video Quality Monitors
Sentry ABR • VNM-SABR2 Datasheet Monitor your entire network with rich graphs and an easy-to-use web-based interface.
Literature number: 2CW-61220-1
Datasheet
Closed Caption Monitoring & Analysis
Quick Start GuideLet Tektronix guide you through the ABC’s of closed caption monitoring and analysis. We’ll provide a background on the FCC rules and the requirements for establishing best practices. In addition, we will provide some troubleshooting tips and real world…
Literature number: 25W-60148-0
Reference Guide 09 Nov 2018
Video and Audio Quality Assurance For Next-generation Video Networks

Literature number: 28W-28245-0
Whitepaper 09 Nov 2018
The Storm Before the CALM: Quieting Loud Commercials in the Cable Environment
The burden of complying with the CALM Act will fall most heavily on the shoulders of cable operators and is a daunting task.  Download this application note to find out how Sentry Video Content Monitors can help ease this task.<?xml:namespace prefix =…
Literature number: 21W-28130-0
Application Note 09 Nov 2018
A Guide to Ensuring Digital Video Service Quality
A Guide to Ensuring Digital Video Service Quality
Primer 09 Nov 2018
Maintaining High Quality of Experience in an Adaptive Bitrate System
Broadcast TV has set a very high bar for viewer expectations and delivering a great quality of experience (QoE). As the trend and demand for multiscreen viewing and TV Everywhere or Over-The-Top (OTT) continues to grow, so does the demand for a high…
Literature number: 2CW-60871-0
Whitepaper 09 Nov 2018
Delivering Digital Video Services: Ensuring Quality and Compliance

Literature number: 25W-30672-0
Technical Brief 09 Nov 2018
Sentry Verify Video Quality Monitors Datasheet
Sentry Verify™ Standard Datasheet: VNM-VFY2Sentry Verify™ monitors and validates MPEG Transport Stream quality at hub sites as an integral part of the source-to-edge monitoring solution.
Literature number: 2CW-61155-1
Datasheet
Video Quality Monitors
Medius Application Manager • VNM-MED2 Datasheet Medius offers an advanced reporting package that is particularly helpful in capturing detailed QoE information that quickly highlights the top offending programs and/or locations. The reporting capabilities allow each user to generate customized reports t…
Literature number: 2CW-61218-0
Datasheet
Sentry Series
This document provides declassification and security instructions for the Sentry Series Video Quality Monitors serial numbers B020101 and above with the Premium chassis.
Part number: 077133100
Declassification
Video Quality Monitors
Sentry Verify™ Premium Datasheet: VNM-VFY2 Sentry Verify™ monitors and validates MPEG Transport Stream quality at hub sites as an integral part of the source-to-edge monitoring solution.
Literature number: 2CW-60879-2
Datasheet
Medius Application Manager v10.1
Supports software version 10.0. This document describes how to operate the Medius Application Manager.
Part number: 077300903
Primary User
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