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In what it says is its largest US broadcast project to date, Qligent has initiated deployment of an enterprise-level Vision compliance monitoring and analysis solution on behalf of Sinclair Broadcast Group.

sinclair broadcasting group logo 25March2020The hybrid cloud and on-premise solution will accommodate quality of service and quality of experience compliance and transmission monitoring across the national footprint of Sinclair, one of the largest and most diversified broadcasting companies in the US. The company’s estate includes 191 TV stations in 89 markets, covering more than 600 channels of programming.

Qligent Vision brings together cloud and on-premise elements, providing a centralised portal for compliance monitoring and data aggregation in the cloud. In addition, there is a user interface to manage all associated applications including compliance content storage, access and repurposing. Sinclair is also partnering with Wasabi Cloud Storage to accommodate the compliance content storage requirements.

On-premise Vision probes will ingest ASI, IP and RF signals, initiate high-resolution recording and transfer content to the cloud for compliance monitoring and recording. The probes will also monitor Sinclair’s transmitters and RF facility management systems via SNMP. The on-premise system uses off-the-shelf servers to house the probes, lowering costs network-wide. Key applications include content repurposing, which allows local TV stations to create clips of previously recorded programming, and natively transfer those clips to playout systems.

As an example, Sinclair operators will be able to create a clip from a morning or afternoon newscast, and create promos for the station’s evening news programs. The compliance monitoring application will cover a range of applications, including closed captioning, audio loudness and SCTE digital program insertion triggers. The latter addresses compliance monitoring for local commercials or short-form clips inserted into national broadcasts.

Qligent has been a true partner for Sinclair, working diligently to ensure their feature set and system architecture aligned with our goals of minimising on-premise hardware, centralising data aggregation and leveraging cloud-based management,” said Mike Kralec, VP technical operations and deputy CTO, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

“It ensured that our licensing not only matched our deployment model, but also provided a low total cost of ownership, ensured our training and change-management concerns were addressed, and that simple scalability and resiliency goals were accounted for. We see this as a critical tool for enabling data-driven operational decision making well into the future.”