Embedded Solutions

Our Embedded Systems solutions include the wide spectrum of projects that deal with design and development for custom hardware, end user devices, small factor and industrial appliances, video and audio devices and technologies.  IntroPro’s core expertise is in the area of Set Top Boxes for Satellite and Cable television and integration with Head End Broadcast systems.

Set Top Box

The Set-Top Box (STB) is an information appliance device that generally contains a set of tuners and connects to a television set and an external source of signal, turning the source signal into content in a form that can then be displayed on the television screen or other display device.  The signal source might be an Ethernet cable, a satellite dish, a coaxial cable etc. Content, in this context, could mean any or all of video, audio, Internet web pages, interactive video games, or other possibilities.
The modern advanced STBs may feature an amazing 5 tuner systems, embedded HDDs, and enable amazing possibilities for the end-consumer, including Multi Room view, multiple scheduled recordings, the online streaming services support (YouTube, Pandora), Video On Demand (VOD) support, etc. Every STB carries a sophisticated state of the art embedded software, which can be tailored to the specific needs of the content provider.

Middleware

Middleware serves as the backbone of all the other components. It incorporates a service bus for intercommunication of other components (like video player, guide, etc.) and provides infrastructural services like networking, plug-in management, and event processing.

User Interface

OSD UI (on screen display user interface) is a most common way to interact with the end user. Most UI systems are displayed directly on the screen, right on top of the displayed content, with or without partial transparency.

Mobile application interfaces are becoming more and more popular, along with the penetration of the smartphones and tablets into the households. Usually mobile application interfaces are represented by IOS or Android based APPs, or a cross platform HTML5 based apps. These apps allow the user, to use his gadget device, to control his STB in a user friendly way, and enable the new features, which were not possible using the old OSD UI way – for example, user can setup his/her DVR from outside of home or apartment (from the office or even from the street).

IntroPro has extensive experience delivering Embedded Systems solutions, including but not limited to:

  • Multi Room Video Sharing between STBs of recorded content
  • Set Top Box Search in the Cloud enabling search operations on the server
  • Enabling Youtube on a Set Top Box
  • Implementing Dynamic Ad Insertion
  • HTML5 User Interface development for Web and Mobile
  • Mobile application development with enabling smartphone and tablet device accessibility

Mini Broadcast Center (MBC)

Testing Embedded Systems in the cable and satellite industry requires a large amount of content to be ‘broadcast’ to the Set Top Box. This content delivery typically requires the STB to be connected to the cable or satellite network.

IntroPro has built a Mini Broadcast Center at the IntroPro premises. The Mini Broadcast Center is a hardware and software solution that emulates a signal from a satellite dish or cable network. Set Top Boxes are receiving "true" high-frequency signals from the MBC. The MBC is capable of providing hundreds of Set Top Boxes with a signal simultaneously.

The global delivery testing enabled by the MBC greatly reduces testing costs for our clients.

IntroPro’s Embedded Systems Credentials

IntroPro has extensive experience delivering Embedded Systems solutions, including but not limited to:

  • Multi Room Video Sharing between STBs of recorded content
  • Set Top Box Search in the Cloud enabling search operations on the server
  • Enabling Youtube on a Set Top Box
  • Implementing Dynamic Ad Insertion
  • HTML5 User Interface development for Web and Mobile
  • Mobile application development with enabling smartphone and tablet device accessibility

 


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