A New Monitoring and Multiviewer Option Arrives


Looking for a new monitoring and multiviewer solution for your broadcast media operation?

Germany’s Rohde & Schwarz may have something of interest to you.

The company recently launched its R&S PRISMON monitoring and multiviewer solution for broadcast and streaming media with enhanced functionality.

R&S PRISMON is fully software-based and takes a multistandard, multiprotocol approach, offering a single-device solution for automatic, convergent monitoring of broadcast and streaming media content transported in networks.

It supports, among other features, the SDI, SMPTE 2022-1/2, SMPTE 2022-6, AIMS/SMPTE 2110, ASPEN, HLS and DASH transport standards as well as media formats such as MPEG 2/4, HEVC and TICO.

Future new standards and media formats can be added via software upgrades efficiently and flexibly.

Additionally, R&S PRISMON automatically detects and signals dropouts and content errors in realtime, using sophisticated monitoring functions such as Video freeze with whitelisting and Video content compare. A large number of channels – including those in UHD quality – can be monitored in parallel with R&S PRISMON and visualized in a straightforward manner on a multiviewer video wall.

Also in the spotlight at Rohde & Schwarz is VirtuWall, a cloud-based supplementary service to R&S PRISMON. Using a mobile app, the optional VirtuWall service transmits monitoring data collected from geographically distributed R&S PRISMON probes via a secure connection to mobile user equipment and displays it in condensed form. As a result, offsite technicians can identify and assess the sources and effects of errors via remote access, eliminating the need for on-site visits to the place of installation of monitoring and multiviewer probes, as would be required with conventional solutions.