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Pebble launches Pebble Control to accelerate IP network provision

Thu 08, 04 2021

New IP connection management system leverages power of NMOS protocols for quick and simple establishment of uncompressed IP broadcast networks.

Weybridge, Surrey, UK – 07 April 2021: Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is pleased to announce the launch of Pebble Control, a self-contained, scalable, and easy to configure IP connection management system built specifically to enable broadcasters to make the leap to an all IP facility without the need to deploy a bespoke enterprise solution.

Leveraging full support for the NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications) suite of protocols produced by the Advanced Media Workflow Association to facilitate networked media for professional applications, Pebble Control operates on web-based UIs and has been designed to deliver immediate benefits to even the smallest IP facility. It interfaces with NMOS-enabled devices from multiple vendors on the network and is easily reconfigurable for when interconnections change or when devices are added or removed, essentially providing plug and play capability for IP networks.

“SMPTE ST 2110 has been a game-changer for the rollout of uncompressed IP networks in broadcast and is invaluable for the way that it specifies how to transport and synchronise video, audio, and ancillary data. But it doesn’t cover how devices on a network can be discovered or connected, which is where the NMOS suite comes in,” explains Miroslav Jeras, Pebble’s CTO. “We are seeing an increasing amount of proprietary approaches in the market, but the goal has to be to make interoperability simpler rather than putting barriers in the way, which is why NMOS and Pebble Control make such a compelling argument for broadcasters looking to establish IP native workflows.”

Pebble Control provides the following features:

  • Automatic discovery and resource management

Full support for NMOS IS-04 v1.3 and physical and logical views make organising an IP system simple while allowing broadcasters to squeeze every bit of productivity out of workflows

  • Alarms

Immediate feedback from the NMOS registry means users always know when critical devices go offline

  • Multicast settings management

Provisioning the multicast settings for NMOS senders is easily done through a responsive tabular interface. The ability to export and import configuration data means users can delegate and quickly restore settings

  • Streamlined connection management

Full support for NMOS IS-05 v1.1, alongside the flexibility of defining custom logical views and containers, means connection management is a streamlined and focused experience — as familiar as connecting SDI signals

  • Legacy router emulation

With the ability to emulate legacy index-based matrices or routers, any IO or container can be connected using the well-known SW-P-08 protocol

  • Software and hardware panel integration

Software panels compatible with NMOS IS-07 and third-party NMOS IS-07 hardware panels can be easily integrated to perform actions and display critical information. Pebble Connect’s own software panel provides configurable functionality and quick access to key features

  • Modern access control

Designed for security from the outset with a design approach that has embraced modern access control methodologies. Authentication and granular authorisation through attribute-based workflows means broadcasters have the flexibility to shape user access as required

  • Flexible deployment and host management

Pebble Connect’s ability to run standalone, as a redundant pair, or fully distributed and with a comprehensive UI for configuration means it can scale to the perfect size for any operation

Pebble is additionally making deployment as easy as possible with comprehensive online help and a series of tutorial videos available, meaning that IP routing and switching is within the grasp of any broadcaster looking to transition to IP.

“The transition to IP is gathering pace, but there are still numerous small traps that exist for broadcasters that want to establish all-IP workflows,” says Jeras. “Pebble Control takes one of those traps off the board, and by leveraging the interoperability of the NMOS suite of open standard protocols makes uncompressed IP deployments quicker and simpler than they ever have been.”

About Pebble

At Pebble we understand that efficiency, reliability and sustainability are vital for playout operations, and we know that interoperability with multiple vendors, standards and technologies is key. As a world leader in automation, integrated, IP and virtualised playout technology, with systems installed in more than 70 countries worldwide and over 1500 channels played out under Pebble automation control,  we have the people, the process, and the technology that the broadcast market needs as it changes and adapts to compete with new entrants in the video media space.

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