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MWEdge – shortlisted for the prestigious IABM BaM Awards®

Techex is delighted to announce that MWEdge has been shortlisted for the prestigious IABM BaM Awards® 2019 in category ‘Connect’ for infrastructure, connectivity and bandwidth used to move content within and between facilities in Broadcasting & Media industry.


MWEdge is a highly scalable gateway for cloud transit, primary distribution and contribution. It converts between input and outputs in SRT, RTP, UDP, ZIXI, RTSP, 2022-7, HLS and Techex’s VTTP protocols. Deployed as software On-Prem or In-Cloud, MWEdge has detailed ETR 290 Priority 1, Priority 2 & Priority 3 monitoring – fully written in-house – and network-level stats, plus confidence thumbnails on every stream. VTTP as a proprietary technology which allows unicast HTTP clients to access multicast sources from another network. The optimised SRT implementation is 100% compatible with others whilst supporting over 5Gb/s throughput and RTP header passthrough, allowing redundant SRT paths followed by downstream SMPTE ST 2022-7 seamless protection. When generating ST 2022-7 streams, launch-delay offset is available and, importantly, no matter the output protocol, packet pacing is employed to avoid bursty network traffic. For security, MWEdge supports BISS-2 scrambling and descrambling with seamless odd/even 128-bit key transition.

Running on a lightweight and stable Linux platform, MWEdge is supplied as software (VM, Docker, Linux install files) or as a pre-installed server licenced by total bandwidth (ingress + egress) for the unit. It can also be supported on Windows or Mac OS. MWEdge input and output node connections are easily created between sites. They are represented graphically and can be controlled centrally within sister-product MWCore. When creating streams, threshold-based input redundancy is available with 3 different failover modes. MWEdge can take packet captures and can also tell you the ‘top talkers’ which is a function which shows you the unsolicited incoming traffic sorted by bandwidth use. Along with the detailed stats, this makes MWEdge great for fault-finding and as an engineering tool. Broadcasters and service providers use MWEdge to reliably deliver and receive content leveraging cheaper connectivity than otherwise possible.

MWEdge provides reliable, encrypted streaming at immense scale enabling low-cost contribution over the internet, LAN or WAN whilst providing extreme levels of redundancy, control and monitoring of each stream. As a highly scalable software gateway for cloud transit, primary distribution and contribution, used where there is a requirement to encrypt services on a network, send media streams across the internet/unmanaged networks, MWEdge can be used to provide IPTV inter-site connectivity.

MWEdge both reduces the cost of video transport allowing broadcasters to use better-value connectivity giving them the control and oversight they need. MWEdge can also be used with legacy equipment to add missing features and extend the asset’s life.
MWEdge is in use between Tier-1 broadcasters and broadcast rights-holders delivering high-value sports content in an auditable, secure and reliable manner. Thumbnails on each stream are an often-absent confidence feature. MWEdge is perfect for handoffs and demarcation points, because its detailed statistics expose the health of the IP stream, the transport stream – through in-built ETR 290 monitoring – and network health information such as network loss. MWEdge is quick and easy to deploy in the cloud, on a server or a PC and can be controlled individually using a web interface/API or centrally through Techex’s MWCore control platform for use in MCRs.

The Internet becomes a reliable and cost-effective delivery mechanism with MWEdge. Its optimised implementation of SRT can deliver 5Gbps per server for highly scalable, encrypted transport over imperfect networks. Uniquely, MWEdge maintains RTP integrity when using SRT so SMPTE ST2022-7 seamless switching still works. The result is incredible resilience with packet loss in either path healed by SRT and any packets still missing, being recovered through 2022-7 using path diversity.
MWEdge’s protocol conversion has been harnessed to deliver HLS video to reporters in the field giving them easy-to-use and practical access to the same range of video they would have in the office. MWEdge is the result of unique innovations based on open technologies and Techex’s long experience of Broadcasters’ needs. This combination has had an immediate impact and allows service providers to continue to innovate, harnessing networks around the world to deliver more video, in better ways, at lower cost.

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