Skylogic Drives Earth Station with DataMiner
The solution spans across a wide variety of products from various industry vendors (such as Advent, Andrew / ASC Signal, CPI, Norsat International, Satellite Systems Corporation, Spectracom, Vertex, etc.) and provides fully unified remote monitoring and control of all system components, along with comprehensive fault and performance management.
Skylogic also makes extensive use of the powerful open-architecture automation features available in DataMiner to further enhance this part of its operation. This includes continuous DataMiner software-driven automatic Uplink Power Control (UPC), based on real-time input of the beacon receivers, and open-architecture algorithms implemented in the DataMiner Automation Engine, interacting with all involved third-party components. DataMiner also provides comprehensive redundancy control on all critical system components, including upconverters, HPAs, downconverters, LNAs, etc. resulting in maximum service availability.
As a result, all antenna stations in the earth station are now consolidated in one intuitive overview. This includes easy navigation with bubble-up and drill-down maps, block diagrams of all system components with alarm color coding, real-time display of key metrics, signal path indications, special indicators to show if advanced software features such as UPC are active, and a range of operator controls to manually trigger fail-over and maintenance procedures. The entire UI is designed in DataMiner Visual Overview, which enables operators to create and edit their UIs instantly with Microsoft Visio®, and to apply changes on the fly without affecting the on-going operation.
"We have a long-lasting relationship with Skylogic, which is part of the Eutelsat group. Skylogic has been deploying DataMiner for a wide variety of other applications, including the end-to-end management of their video services, and this project fits in their strategy to further consolidate the management of their operation with this new generation of end-to-end multi-vendor network management software technology," commented Glenn D'Haene, Business Development Manager at Skyline Communications. "And while at first glance this may appear to be a more traditional application, it is far from that, and it effectively brings along very tangible benefits as compared to the disparate legacy and proprietary solutions that were commonly used in the industry. The fully user-definable interactive UIs and the powerful open-architecture automation set the solution apart from any other solution, and bring it to an entirely new level. But in addition to that, there's also the bigger picture, which is the unique ability of DataMiner to go straight across all possible other technology domains, such as video compression platforms, play-outs, SNG fleets, ad-hoc service platforms, IT infrastructure, utility systems, contribution links, terrestrial transport networks and much more. DataMiner is truly the first solution in the industry that really lives up to the expectation of a single consolidated management platform for the entire operation."
Skyline Communications is the global leading supplier of multi-vendor network management solutions for the HFC broadband, satellite, IPTV and broadcast industry. The DataMiner network management platform, which received various prestigious awards, enables end-to-end integration of the most complex technical ecosystems and has been deployed by leading operators around the world. It is integrated with over 3500 devices and systems from more than 400 key industry suppliers, and offers a plethora of functionality including unlimited web access, alarming, e-mail and SMS notification, long-term trending, professional reporting, advanced automation, intelligent correlation and root cause analysis, service management, real-time SLA monitoring, user-definable key performance indicator dashboards, spectrum monitoring, mobile access, powerful CPE management, inventory and asset management, and much more.