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April 23, 2009

Harmonic introduces IRIS video quality monitoring and optimization software

IRIS claims to give operators the tools to maximize video quality in real-time

By CBR Staff Writer

Harmonic, a provider of video solutions, has introduced IRIS video quality monitoring and optimization software, a new suite intended to help video service providers increase the quality of service, reliability and availability of their broadcast services.

According to the company, IRIS gives operators the tools to maximize video quality in real-time for the entire program lineup, offering end users a better viewing experience. The information provided by IRIS allows service providers to optimize bandwidth utilization by more effectively balancing the distribution of channels across their multiplexes, said Harmonic.

IRIS is available in foundation, standard and enterprise editions. The foundation edition supports 100 programs, while the standard edition supports 250 programs and offers advanced functionality. The enterprise edition supports up to 500 programs and offers the most comprehensive set of tools and reports available, claims Harmonic.

Harmonic said that IRIS delivers a variety of real-time quality of service (QoS) measurements or scheduled reports for hundreds of programs. It is reported that IRIS can be utilized in conjunction with Harmonic’s DiviCom Electra encoders, ProStream 1000 stream processing platform and NMX Digital Service Manager to provide a cost-effective and centrally managed solution for QoS monitoring.

Marios Stylianou, product marketing manager at Harmonic, said: Our IRIS software suite delivers the tools necessary to help produce the best video quality. Headend managers can receive a pre-scheduled report giving them a full view of their system’s QoS, helping to ensure high availability. With IRIS, service providers gain a range of benefits including lower churn and increased revenue per user.

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