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API options are available for telemetry and analytics with Zixi ZEN Master.

The new Zixi Edge Compute (ZEC) is edge video streaming software made for installation on-premises as a Zixi endpoint, replacing the earlier Zixi Feeder and Zixi Receiver software and enhancing connectivity to the network edge. Developed to meet the evolving demands of live video distribution, ZEC helps users access more features from Zixi’s Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP) to support diverse delivery workflows.

ZEC is installed on infrastructure at the network edge, facilitating a high-performance connection to Zixi Broadcaster, managing connections in and out. It can be deployed on supported hardware at no charge, enabling high connection performance when sending and receiving live video.

All sources and target destinations are connected with the Zixi Protocol, continuously and dynamically optimizing video delivery to keep latency very low and increase reliability and security, applying content aware dynamic forward error correction. The goal is greater compute efficiency and a reduction in transport stream egress costs. For users that need a high level of performance, resilience, security and visibility, ZEC connects industry edge devices with dedicated monitoring and reliability.

In terms of usability, ZEC software has a set of flexible features and can be configured to function as a Zixi Feeder for contribution, as a Zixi Receiver for distribution, or as both a Feeder and Receiver. It also has an easy-to-use GUI and programmatic REST API. Extra local protocol support is available for workflows where you might otherwise use HLS, RTMP, RTSP and so on, to contribute from the local network over the public internet to the cloud.

ZEC can ingest those streams on the local network and from there use Zixi’s own efficient protocol to contribute to the cloud. Similarly, if another protocol is needed on the receive side, ZEC allows you to use the Zixi protocol to pull the stream down from the cloud, saving on egress cost, and then make the stream available in the other protocol on the local network. This protocol diversity is available along with further API options for interoperable integrations, and telemetry and analytics with Zixi ZEN Master.

ZEC licensing can be upgraded to enable fixed or temporary provisioning when extra normalisation and curation is needed with the SDVP Broadcaster platform. Programmatic REST APIs allow users to schedule the provisioning of cloud infrastructure. ZEC can be commercially upgraded to a fully functional SDVP and allows Zixi Broadcaster to serve as an IPTV/OTT packager with transmuxing to HLS, LL DASH and RTMP to customer CDN origins for distribution.

ZEC also answers needs in the future for SCTE to out-cues and vice versa with any of the protocols mentioned above, and interfaces with a broad range of hardware/software encoders, cameras and IRDs. www.zixi.com