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2wcom’s SIRC Improves Regionalized Remote Management

GPS integration provides precise area targeting

2wcom, SIRC, broadcast remote controlThe 2wcom Satellite Inband Remote Control server’s new Google Maps feature offers opportunities for regionalization of commands and of reports. Using the SIRC web interface, any number of locations and associated regions — so-called shapes — can be defined for a country based on Google Maps.

The Google Maps feature enables operators to generate commands (like TA Traffic Announcements) and address them exactly to the encoders of the affected region. If a command like a TA has to be carried out, the operator feeds SIRC’s Google Maps web interface with the GPS coordinates and e.g. a radius of 50 kilometers/30 miles to detect the affected encoder locations. Subsequently a switch PID command is generated, the addressed MPEG encoder receives the TA for further distribution to all receivers of the defined area.

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This new function completes SIRC server’s overall technical mission for remote management of all encoders and satellite receivers of a DVB-S/S2 network. By using SIRC, technicians have access to all devices of a system via a web interface from any computer within the network. As a result, centralized management is possible for switching relays and presets or for uploading files such as firmware updates, audio or RDS, reports and configuration. Moreover, files can be scheduled for immediate use or be stored on internal memory for usage at a later point of time. All contents stored on internal memory of remote devices are not only mirrored locally but also within the SIRC. Therefore, the network operators can always keep track of the state of each devices internal memory, without the need of a physical connection to the device.

Storage of each device is accessible via web interface and via FTP.