New SNMP course available on SBE University

The SBE now offers a new course on SBE University, “Use of the Simple Network Management Protocol in Broadcast Monitoring and Control Systems.” This course provides an introduction and overview of the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

“The SNMP SBE University course will give broadcast engineers another set of tools to put in their bag. Using SNMP, everything from monitoring analog and or digital signals, controlling equipment, alarm status, and even to dispatching of repair personnel can be exploited. SNMP can be an effective tool, but it’s only one item in your toolkit, and it can be used more effectively when it is part of your total network monitoring solution,” said SBE President Ralph Hogan.

With IP networking becoming an ever-increasing part of a broadcast engineer’s environment, there is an opportunity to utilize this legacy IT protocol for our benefit. SNMP is a way to monitor data points and control different functions in remote equipment, using an existing IP network. Much of the latest generation broadcast equipment supports this protocol, and facility control devices are appearing on the market that can incorporate data and control functions obtained via SNMP alongside information and controls that use traditional hardwired inputs and outputs.

The course describes how 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. Students will learn about the data distant equipment might return, and how best to integrate it into an overall facility control plan. Also covered are the types of equipment that support SNMP communications, as well as using the protocol for site-to-site communications.

Tony Peterle, CSRE, of WorldCast Systems Inc., is the author of the new course. Peterle performs training, technical support and instillation as the US subsidiary manager at WorldCast Systems. Peterle’s experience includes chief engineer positions in Honolulu, Kansas City, and Wichita. His resume also includes a commercial pilot’s license and several years as a traffic reporter before receiving CSRE certification from the SBE in 2005.

This course is being offered to members of the SBE for a special price of $65 through September 1. The cost is $105 for non-members and $85 for members of the SBE after September 1. To enroll, visit the SNMP SBE University course on the SBE website.

For more information about SBE University and the SNMP course contact SBE Education Director Kimberly Kissel at or (317) 846-9000.