Qligent announces that Sinclair Broadcast Group will deploy its Qligent Vision monitoring and analysis software.


John Shoemaker: Vision software helps manage large number of channels, services and platforms

Qligent has announced that Sinclair Broadcast Group has opted to deploy its Qligent Vision monitoring and analysis software, marking the cloud service provider’s largest US broadcast project to date.

The Qligent Vision system was scheduled for roll out during the first quarter of 2020 and is to support quality-of-service (QoS) compliance and transmission monitoring across 191 TV stations in 89 markets, covering more than 600 channels of programming.

Sinclair’s Qligent Vision deployment is a hybrid architecture that brings cloud and on-premise elements together, providing a centralised portal for compliance monitoring and data aggregation in the cloud.

In addition, there is a user interface to manage all associated applications including compliance content storage, access and repurposing. Sinclair is partnering with Wasabi Cloud Storage to accommodate the compliance content storage requirements.

John Shoemaker, director of sales, Qligent, said: “Our hybrid Vision solution offers an ideal platform for broadcast and video service networks tasked with managing a large number of channels, services and delivery platforms.

”This hybrid solution ensures that signal quality and integrity is optimised by maintaining native formats and resolutions through the chain, while also providing the most cost-efficient architecture for a system of this scale.

”Furthermore, our cloud scalability means that adding a new station to the network is as simple as adding a probe to our server environment, without any added hardware expense or complex configuration in the cloud.”

The Qligent team worked closely with Sinclair engineers to customise elements of the Vision architecture to address their requirements – said to be a key factor in Sinclair’s decision. Qligent’s previous deployments at service providers around the world also factored into Sinclair’s choice, as did total cost of ownership.

Mike Kralec, VP technical operations and deputy CTO, Sinclair Broadcast Group, said: Qligent has been a true partner for Sinclair, working diligently to ensure their feature set and system architecture aligned with our goals of minimising on-premise hardware, centralising data aggregation and leveraging cloud-based management, which collectively make Vision a great choice.

”They ensured that our licensing not only matched our deployment model, but also provided a low total cost of ownership, ensured our training and change-management concerns were addressed, and that simple scalability and resiliency goals were accounted for. We see this as a critical tool for enabling data-driven operational decision making well into the future.”