Contribution and distribution of video content requires precise scheduling and ultra-reliable
connections for delivery between locations. Ericsson’s second-generation Cortex-2
Management System is an extremely fast and effective system for scheduling real-time standard
definition (SD) or high definition (HD) video content over IP or ATM connections between sites.
With Cortex-2, you never need to worry about connection conflicts or bandwidth allocation, as
the system tracks all routes through the equipment and calculates bandwidth usage. Cortex-2
manages and monitors Ericsson’s market-leading encoders, receivers and network adaptors
designed for contribution and distribution as well as third-party devices.
Built for mission-critical, real-time content delivery for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint
connections, Cortex-2’s powerful, graphical event scheduler manages allocation of resources for
video content distribution over any IP or ATM network. Cortex-2 is the ideal solution when you
need to deliver video quickly and efficiently between two or more sites for time-sensitive newsgathering
or video production.
Efficient, Cost-effective Way to Link Large Multi-site
The Cortex-2 management system can provide a cost efficient
way to link large-scale multi-site distribution of video content.
Using the system’s control of individual devices and complete
monitoring capabilities, Cortex-2 provides easy and affordable
stream delivery between sites keeping the operator informed
of status at all times.
Simple and Effective Set-up
All Ericsson, Cisco and Leitch/Harris equipment in the network
can be discovered automatically by Cortex-2. It will determine
the capabilities and configuration for faster provisioning. This
allows Cortex-2 to create a powerful inventory report of all the
equipment capabilities, boards, software versions and
licenses. It also enables Cortex-2 to model the system to
enable routing of connections to ensure that resource conflicts
do not occur.
Easy and Fast Configuration
The Cortex-2 management system can be administered from
a single PC console and uses connection and equipment
profiles for rapid configuration. Connections can be simply
activated by selecting source and destination points, or
alternatively pre-define connections can be scheduled or
activated immediately. This allows an administrator to set-up
the details of the connections and allows an operator to pick
them from a list.
Cortex-2 Client GUI
Multiple remote client user interfaces allow each site to
monitor and control the network of equipment.
Range of PC Hardware Platforms
There are a range of HP PC servers available. Each comes
fully configured with Microsoft Windows Server 2003, backup
utilities, and the required level of Cortex-2 software. There is
also an option for a 1+1 redundant solution for maximum
availability called Integrity.
Cortex-2 provides a detailed graphical view of the equipment
health and supports automatic or manual redundancy
switching. It supports a wide range of router manufactures
including Leitch/Harris (IP control), Quartz, Probel, Sandar,
Network, Venus and Cisco.
Once a route or connection has been established an operator
can quickly and easily see the exact route through the all the
equipment end-to-end. Selecting a connection will visually
highlight the equipment and routers used in the connection
from source to destination via the ATM/IP backbone.
All alarms can be sent northbound on the Cortex-2 external
SNMP interface for integration with higher level management
Multi-site, Multi-user Control
Different users can be assigned a set of roles that allow
different privileges within the user interface. This will allow
some users read-only access to certain areas while others
have full control. Each user’s actions are logged to create an
audit trail which can be used for later troubleshooting.
Cortex-2 provides a powerful graphical event scheduler that
enables the user to create one off or recurring events.
Control and monitoring of MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC HD/SD
Support for latest receiver range including, RX8000,
RX1290 and TT1260/80 professional receivers
Management of ATM and IP interfaces inside encoders and
receivers, or alternatively support for external MA5300 and
MA5400 network adapters
Developed as part of nCompass Control, the secondgeneration
Cortex-2 software gives full access to the wide
variety of nCompass features, including auto discovery of all
devices on the network, user and privilege management,
unit health monitoring and fail-over redundancy switching
Physical map of all devices across the entire network
Equipment health monitoring and detailed alarm information
Connection based profiles allow expert users to set-up
routes and device configurations ahead of time, leaving the
operator a simplified scheduling GUI
Graphical timeline scheduler supporting both UTC and local
User management to allow different user privileges
Complete system management from single or multiple
User can pick from an address book of multicast addresses
or from pre-defined ATM PVCs to transfer data from source
device to destinations devices
Point-to-point or point-to-multipoint connections
Optional 1+1 automatic redundant high availability servers