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Optibase Debuts ‘Ocaster’ Reflection System

The system converts multicast video traffic to unicast, and unicast streams back to multicast.

Optibase Technologies—a provider of video Internet protocol (IP) solutions—presents its Optibase Ocaster reflection system, which converts multicast video traffic to unicast, and unicast streams back to multicast thereby creating a bridge to use local area networks (LAN).

The Ocaster system intercepts real-time IP traffic, reflects and redistributes in ultra-low delay without impacting the original stream or interrupting service while retaining critical geo-location and telemetry “cursor-on-target” (COT) and “key length value” (KLV) metadata, the company says.

Transmitting “full motion video” (FMV) between LANs across wide area network (WAN) connections usually involves a wide variety of network connections, from low bandwidth links to fiber and microwave relays to satellite transmission, Optibase says. Those connections can be costly, have limited bandwidth, and, for the most part, have restricted multicast capabilities, the firm adds.

The Optibase Ocaster bridges local area networks by repackaging selected multicast traffic on an enterprise network as unicast and sending them across WAN connections to one or more destinations. As a unicast MPEG stream, it can be encrypted through existing encryption systems, or be transmitted over a “virtual private network” (VPN) to ensure the security of sensitive or proprietary video and data.

The unicast can be played back at its destination or repackaged as a multicast by another Ocaster at the destination LAN and played back by PC players and IP set-top boxes, Optibase says. The Ocaster can also be used to duplicate a single video stream to multiple unicast destinations, to enable private sessions or secure content to be shared with entities around the world, the company says.

Optibase Ocaster uses industry standard MPEG protocols that support playback options on all MPEG-compliant devices. It is fully interoperable with third party MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 H.264 standard definition and high definition IPTV encoders, increasing its desirability as solution for real-time processing of any IP stream, according to the company. An advanced traffic-shaping algorithm ensures quality of service reflecting video payload on any network while maintaining consistent bandwidth utilization, says Optibase, which specializes in video encoding, decoding and streaming for government and law-enforcement agencies, military bases. Ocaster integrates with Optibase EZ TV IPTV System and FITIS full motion video management solution to enable operators, enterprises and military organizations to broadcast and share video between local and remote sites.