The newest course on SBE University explains how the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) works, including the structure and types of SNMP messages, how they are transported over the network, and how they can be used to monitor and control remote equipment.
Even though SNMP is still rather new to most broadcast engineers, it is an established protocol that has been in wide use across the IT community for decades. Robust and relatively simple to use, it can be a powerful part of a facility control plan at many different kinds of sites, and for broadcasters of any conceivable size. Early adopters of this technology are finding it invaluable for site-to-site communication and control, and the pool of broadcast equipment that supports the SNMP protocol is growing at a brisk pace.
Just as standards like HTTP, AES, MP3, and IBOC were once little known or understood in the broadcast community, SNMP is at the threshold of wide-scale adoption and acceptance. Engineers who make the effort to learn about this capability now will reap the benefits in the (near) future. The intelligence of the facility control software is currently the key. Software that can generate SNMP GET and SET commands, integrate those results smoothly with data gathered through traditional I/O channels, and generate alarms or automatically take action, is the software that will drive the next generation of facility control products and solutions for all of us.
The course was written for SBE by Tony Peterle, CSRE. Peterle is technical support manager for Worldcast Systems. In the span of his career, he has held chief engineer positions in Honolulu, Kansas City, and Wichita. After attaining his commercial pilot’s license, he spent several years as a traffic reporter in Kansas City, Honolulu and Seattle. In his current position, Tony enjoys helping customers solve problems, traveling, contributing to the design of new products, and participating in NAB and SBE events.
Members of the SBE can enjoy a special rate of $65 for the course until September 1. That’s $20 off the already discounted price of $85. The cost for non-members is $105. Visit our website for more information and to register.