IP transmissions are affected by data contention on the internet and limited by the narrowest part of the pipe: AI-managed multipathing eliminates these limitations and releases the full, guaranteed bandwidth of transmission and receiving devices without adding complexity or latency.
There are many demands for high quality, resilient and low latency circuits over long distances, whether from a sporting event to a broadcaster, or from a streaming hub to multiple cinemas. Fixed video circuits are economically unviable and impractical; satellites are expensive and inherently high in latency, especially when more than one hop is required.
That is why data IP circuits are seen as the solution. The challenge is to balance the high costs of end-to-end DIA with the potential bandwidth and resilience challenges of using standard platforms like business broadband and 5G cellular links.
Some vendors have proposed load balancing as the solution, but this essentially means establishing multiple point-to-point connections and splitting the data between them. It means complex engineering set-ups at each end with multiple ports and continuing operational supervision to manage the load balancing and to manage circuit interruptions and variable latency in the circuit.
Unlike other multipathing solutions available, that use one or two load balancing features, Caton is achieving true multipathing in real time by using all paths adaptively in a mesh topology format to form a single transmission. That single transmission, at the IP level, is packet sequencing to ensure all video packets are sent and received in the correct sequence; an extremely important feature for transmitting and viewing the video properly over any network.
It draws on the unique forward error connection functionality in Caton Transport Protocols (CTP), and on advanced AI which manages multiple paths, reacting in milliseconds to any issue. Whether it is a constraint on a particular signal path or an attempted hack, the Caton multipathing switches around it with no impact on the delivery.
It is simple to establish a circuit, needing at least one port at each end and no specialist engineering resources. It gives broadcasters and streamers the confidence to use inexpensive business broadband and 5G, saving costs while maintaining quality, security and resilience. It is a true game-changer.
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