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.

New and unique to Tektronix, the non-reference TekMOS measurement can help you quickly identify content that fails to meet your threshold for acceptable video quality.

Detect & Alert on Critical Customer Impacting Issues

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.

Highlights

  • 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

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Picture Quality Assessment

The TekMOS measurement—unique to Tektronix—is a picture quality scoring system that makes it easy to identify troubled content. TekMOS employs a machine-learning algorithm to create a model from a large set of training images. It then computes scores based on this model without requiring any reference video. The objective TekMOS scores have a very high correlation with the subjective scores gained from visual inspection by human observers.

Highlights

  • Finds both quality issues pervasive throughout the content, and quality issues present for shorter durations within the program
  • Graphical results make it easy to visualize the quality scores and determine the reason for low scores (tiling, blurriness, or noise)
  • Provides an overall assessment of content quality without having to look at a long list of individual defects

Correlate Information Across Multiple Points & Networks

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.

Highlights

  • 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

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Models

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VNM-SABR2

VNM-VFY2

VNM-MED2

Name

Sentry Sentry Verify Medius

Video

Linear ABR Linear Any

Description

Scalable real-time video QoS, QoE, and PVQ monitoring solution. Scalable ABR video streaming QoS, QoE, and PVQ monitoring solution. Scalable real-time video QoS monitoring solution. Management of multiple Sentry and Verify systems with end-to-end views.
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VNM-SEN2

Name

Sentry

Video

Linear

Description

Scalable real-time video QoS, QoE, and PVQ monitoring solution.
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VNM-SABR2

Name

Sentry

Video

ABR

Description

Scalable ABR video streaming QoS, QoE, and PVQ monitoring solution.
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VNM-VFY2

Name

Verify

Video

Linear

Description

Scalable real-time video QoS monitoring solution.
Configure and Quote

VNM-MED2

Name

Medius

Video

Any

Description

Management of multiple Sentry and Verify systems with end-to-end views.
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Workflows

OTT Streaming: See What the Customer Sees

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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Zixi and SRT reliable transport for lossless monitoring of unicast streams

Broadcast & Content Providers

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.

Highlights

  • 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

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.

Highlights

  • 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