Centra Gateway is the core functionality of Sencore’s new Centra software platform; namely, the reception, transmission and conversion of internet protocols for optimized distribution of video. Protocols supported will include RIST, SRT, Zixi, and HLS, along with MPEG over IP. With the aim to take advantage of the benefits associated with RIST and SRT protocols in terms of reliability, low latency, packet-drop compensation and forward error correction.
Far more than a mere tool for protocol translation Centra Gateway is meant for collecting, converting, aggregating, orchestrating and distributing as required. Constant metrics assessing latency across network links will allow for Centra to optimize transport according to resources and need.
Centra Gateway has the capability to monitor and analyze the entire network which provide insight into every mile of video transport, flagging a significant range of potential error types, as well as providing historical analytics for more strategic assessment of network performance over time. Through monitoring by exception Centra will notify and provide users with a streamlined path to rectification, linking to the correct department, site, engineer or solution required.
Thanks to the latest software and API tools, Centra Gateway is fully scalable to the needs of the broadcaster, at a range of bitrates depending on the appliance model or the capacity of the cloud platform selected. Future iterations of the Centra platform will integrate an increasing number of third-party devices, protocols and services through REST API, acting as a single point of coordination through which broadcasters can access all of the components needed for effective, efficient network management.
Centra Gateway aims to achieve this in a way that is accessible, intuitive and highly usable, even to those without a technical or engineering background. The key point of differentiation is the low learning curve associated with its use. Through the creation of an easily-understood GUI, logical and clear workflows, and the deployment of automation, prompts and wizards where required, Centra Gateway allows broadcasters to put eyes – and hands – on all components of their network, quickly and easily.