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Integration of QoS Metrics, Rules and Semantic Uplift for Advanced IPTV Monitoring

Abstract

Increasing and variable traffic demands due to triple play services pose significant Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) resource management challenges for service providers. Managing subscriber expectations via consolidated IPTV quality reporting will play a crucial role in guaranteeing return-on-investment for players in the increasingly competitive IPTV delivery ecosystem. We propose a fault diagnosis and problem isolation solution that addresses the IPTV monitoring challenge and recommends problem-specific remedial action. IPTV delivery-specific metrics are collected at various points in the delivery topology, the residential gateway and the Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer through to the video Head-End. They are then pre-processed using new metric rules. A semantic uplift engine takes these raw metric logs; it then transforms them into World Wide Web Consortium’s standard Resource Description Framework for knowledge representation and annotates them with expert knowledge from the IPTV domain. This system is then integrated with a monitoring visualization framework that displays monitoring events, alarms, and recommends solutions. A suite of IPTV fault scenarios is presented and used to evaluate the feasibility of the solution. We demonstrate that professional service providers can provide timely reports on the quality of IPTV service delivery using this system.

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The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers and the associated editor, Ajita John, for their detailed comments and suggestions. The revised manuscript has benefited in terms of presentation and clarity. This work has received support from Science Foundation Ireland via Grant 08/SRC/I1403 FAME SRC (Federated, Autonomic Management of End-to-End Communications Services—Strategic Research Cluster) and via Grant 11/TIDA/I2024.

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de Fréin, R., Olariu, C., Song, Y. et al. Integration of QoS Metrics, Rules and Semantic Uplift for Advanced IPTV Monitoring. J Netw Syst Manage 23, 673–708 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10922-014-9313-9

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Keywords

  • Network and system monitoring
  • Measures
  • Quality of Service
  • IPTV
  • Monitoring
  • Semantic uplift