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Near Real-time Voice-band Analyzer

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Algorithms | Typical Configurations | Buyer's Guide

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Overview

The Near Real-time Voice-band Analyzer (VBA) is an analysis tool for monitoring voice band traffic over VoIP, TDM, 2-Wire and wireless networks. It can host an arbitrary number of analysis algorithms. Built-in algorithms include ITU-T P.56 Active Voice Level analysis, Line Echo (Hybrid) analysis, and licensed modules include 2-Wire Echo Analysis, Traffic Classifier and Fax analysis. Other analysis modules such as ITU-T P.561, P.562, and P.563 can be hosted as plug-ins.

The VBA application operates on previously captured files, making it a near-real time (as opposed to a strictly real-time) tool. It supports A-Law, µ-Law, 16-bit PCM (Intel), 16-bit PCM (Motorola), MS Wave, G.726 (40 Kbps, 32 Kbps, 24 Kbps, and 16 Kbps), and G.722 (64 Kbps) file formats.

VBA records its output into two files, the first containing overall channel measurements, and the second containing event records. It produces summary measurements of the captured signals, including active speech levels, noise level, percent time active, DC offset and the like. The optional VBA Fax decoder/demodulator module (require additional license) can be used to analyze both 2-wire and 4-wire voiceband captures for Fax traffic and output fax signaling frames in a log file and fax image in TIFF format. This package has been designed to work with other GL Communications Inc. tools such as PacketScan™, Call Capture and Analysis, and many other recording tools.

 
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VBA works in conjunction with GL's TDM, Packet, and Wireless non-intrusive capture products:

  • VBA with GL's TDM T1 E1 Call Capture and Analysis, or
  • VBA with GL's VoIP PacketScan™ / MLPPP Analyzer
  • VBA with GL's GSM, CDMA, and 3G Call Capture Products
  • VBA with GL's 2-Wire Voice/Data Capture Products

Screenshot of Voice-band Analyzer Main Window


Main Features

  • Near real-time (NRT) non-intrusive analysis platform.
  • Supports 1, 2, 3, and 4-port signal data analysis
  • Supports Fax Decode / Demodulation on 2-wire or 4-wire captures
  • FaxScan™ module outputs fax signaling frames in a log file and Fax image in TIF format.
  • Manual, batch, and automatic processing modes.
  • Accepts A-Law, µ-Law, 16-bit PCM (Intel), 16-bit PCM (Motorola), MS Wave, G.726 (40 Kbps, 32 Kbps, 24 Kbps, and 16 Kbps), and G.722 (64 Kbps) input data formats
  • Hosts built-in P.56 Active Voice Level analysis, Hybrid Echo analysis, and other licensed analysis algorithms such as 2-Wire Echo Analysis, Traffic Classifier and Fax analysis
  • Allows to implement Psophometric and C-Message signal conditioning before the Active Speech Level analysis; reports C-Message filtered files in dBrnC
  • Allows the grouping of files together into data sets and automatically routes file data to appropriate inputs using user-specified file naming conventions. GL Call Capture and Analysis (CCA) rules are built-in.
  • User-selectable analysis output fields
  • Native analysis output mode directly compatible with Microsoft® Excel and other readily available analysis tools.
  • Database interfaces available on request.
  • Source signal file management options
  • Directly compatible with many GL data capture products, including Call Capture and Analysis (T1/E1 lines), 2-Wire Voice/Data Capture and PacketScan™ (VoIP) / MLPPP Analyzer. .
  • Compatible with products of other vendors provided only that their file-naming conventions could be used to group files into sets and associate files with algorithm inputs.

Working Principle

GL's VoIP & TDM probes gather information intrusively and feed it to VBA for analysis. The VBA then instantly detects the voice file captures and stores the results if necessary. The real-time and historic data collected by the probes can be output to a remote database by configuring the options.

The output can be stored either in *.xls / *.txt files or in the database. VBA Analysis Probes run on multiple computers and send VBA summary information and binary frame data via TCP connection to a Database Loader to load data into a database.

The Database Loader inserts the received data into database tables via ODBC. It can selectively suspend or resume loading data from connected probes. It also periodically updates the data link status in the DbLoaderStatus table to reflect the data link status of the connected probes.

GL's web server will provide real-time and historic views of the data through various "browser based" clients.

The VBA operates in three fundamental modes:

  • Manual:

    The user specifies manually the files to be analyzed. Simultaneously two sets of files can be analyzed with appropriate data format selected.

  • Batch:

    Using batch mode, users can analyze an entire set of assembled data files in a folder or in subfolders at once. File naming conventions are used to group files and identify the appropriate input for each file. The results are recorded and stored in a destination folder in *.CSV format, where they may be viewed with spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft® Excel.

  • Automatic:

    This is similar to Batch processing, except the process continues indefinitely until the user manually stops the execution. The specified folders are continuously scanned for the arrival of new files. The results are recorded and stored in a destination folder in *.CSV format, where they may be viewed with spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft® Excel.

Screenshot of recorded result file in Microsoft® Excel


Built-in and Optional VBA Algorithms

The active speech level is measured in accordance with P.56 Method B. Line Echo modules displays Echo Return Loss - ERL (dB), Echo Delay (ms), and Echo Dispersion (ms). Traffic Classifier displays the amount of Fax/Voice/Digits/Tones/Silent types of traffic present in the network. Fax decoder/demodulator used to analyze voice band traffic files for Fax traffic and output Fax signaling frames in a log file.

Screenshot of active speech level and Fax analysis

Screenshot of line and traffic classifier


Algorithms

VBA GUI supports various modes of operation while analyzing voice band for speech level, line echo.

P.56 Active Speech Level

In the Active Speech Level algorithm, parameters such as Sample Rate, Smoothing Constant, Hangover-time, and Threshold Margin all have fixed values. The ASL modelers allows you to apply Signal Conditioning (either a Psophometric or a C-Message channel profile) to the signal before the Active Speech Level analysis is performed. C-Message is normally used in North American systems, where T1/ µ-Law is the norm.

The Active Speech Level is reported either in units of dBm (P.56 standard) or as dB relative to a full-scale sine wave (PCM standard). All the parameters have fixed values. In addition to active speech level, the application displays Activity factor, RMS factor, Noise Level, Possibly Clipped Samples, Maximum Positive Sample Value, Maximum Negative Sample Value and DC level.

Line Echo Model Configuration

Line Echo has two classes of variable parameters: Echo Path Model and Double-Talk Detection parameters. Echo Path Model parameter allows setting values for ‘Tail Length’ and ‘Bulk Delay’ (Tail Offset), while, double talk detection (DTD) allows raising or lowering the ON Sensitivity and OFF Sensitivity. The Tail Length is the expected duration of the significant portion of the echo. If the significant portion of the echo is expected to be not less than some known time delay, you can specify this delay as a "Bulk Delay", also known commonly as ‘Tail Offset’.

The application displays the echo parameters such as Echo Return Loss (ERL) (dB), Echo Delay (ms) and Echo Dispersion (ms).

Traffic Classifier Configuration (optional module)

Traffic Classifier algorithm allows VBA to choose to display the amount of Fax/Voice/Digits/Tones/Silent types of traffic present in the network and generate corresponding reports. Traffic Classifier allows Idle Code settings for signaling bits and options to detect DTMF, MF, MFR2-fwd, MFR2-bkwd digits, and Tones (Dial/Ring/Busy).

The Traffic Classifier module can display the amount of Fax/Voice/Digits/Tones/Silent types of traffic present in the network and generate corresponding reports

Fax Analysis using FaxScan™

Fax decoder/demodulator used to analyze voiceband traffic files for Fax traffic. It can analyze both 2-wire and 4-wire captures.

FaxScan™ allows you to output a Log File, which contains information on Fax signaling frames, in addition to reporting the Fax image in a TIFF (“Tagged Image File Format”) format.

The Fax Demodulate/Decode module allows you to choose the output fields such as Fax status, Standard, Data Rate, Resolution, Encoding, Page Size, Error Lines, Total Lines, Total Bytes, and Total Pages. The total lines decoded is a good indication as to the success of the decode process. A typical page should indicate over 1000 lines.


File Naming Convention in Batch and Auto Setup

The file name convention allows users to identify source data files and to group them into data sets in Batch or Auto Mode operations. The naming conventions used are CCA – Standard, CCA-MFCR2, and CCA-ISDN, which is the GL Communications Inc. Call Capture and Analysis application.

The illustrations for the types of file naming conventions are as below:

For Example:

  • CCA-Standard naming convention is is May06_E10101_0123.ab, where <Mon><DAY><LIT:_><INP><PORT:2><CHAN:2><LIT:_><INT:4><LIT:.><TXT:1-3>.

  • CCA MFCR2 naming convention is May06_E10101.012, where it stands for <Mon><DAY><LIT:_><INP><PORT:2><CHAN:2><LIT:.><INT:3>

  • CCA ISDN naming convention is 0123456789_01234567890123456_May06_E10101_0123.abc, where it stands for <INT:1-25><LIT:_><INT:1-25> <LIT:_><Mon><DAY><LIT:_><INP><PORT:2><CHAN:2><LIT:_><INT:1-10><LIT:_><INT:4> <LIT:.><TXT:1-3>

User-friendly naming Convention

File naming conventions allows users to configure their own naming convention according to the requirement and to create a corresponding pattern.

For Example:

<DAY:1,2><LIT:.><HR><LIT:.><MIN><LIT:.><SEC><LIT:_><INP>< LIT:.><TXT:1-3>

<LIT:S><INT:1-2><INP><LIT:.wav>



Typical Configurations

VBA with VoIP Probe (minimum configuration)

VBA with TDM Probe (minimum configuration)

VBA with GSM Probe (minimum configuration)

VBA with FXO RJ11 Hardware Tap and Audio Capture Software (minimum configuration)


Buyer's Guide:

Please Note: The XX in the Item No. refers to the hardware platform, listed at the bottom of the Buyer's Guide, which the software will be running on. Therefore, XX can either be ETA or EEA (Octal/Quad Boards), PTA or PEA (tProbe Units), UTA or UEA (USB Units), HUT or HUE (Universal Cards), and HDT or HDE (HD cards) depending upon the hardware.

Item No. Item Description
VBA032 Near Real-time Voice-band Analyzer
VBA033 Two-Wire Echo Analysis for VBA
VBA036 Traffic Analysis for VBA
VBA038 FaxScan™ for PCM
  T1 E1 CDR Analysis System
  (The system requires any of the below mentioned T1 or E1 platforms with Basic Software)
PTA031
PEA031
VBA032
VBA036
CDR032
MS Excel 2010
SA048
SA017B
SA007e
SA002b
Enhanced Call Capture Analysis for T1
Enhanced Call Capture Analysis for E1
Voiceband Analyzer
Traffic Analysis for VBA
Call Data Records
Advanced Filtering of Calls
Goldwave Software
RJ-48C Crossover Cables
RJ-48 Y  Bridge
Dual 75/120 Ohm Transformer
  Packet over TDM CDR Analysis System
  (The system requires any of the below mentioned T1 or E1 platforms with Basic Software)
PTA135
PTA136
VBA032
VBA036
CDR032
MS Excel 2010
SA048
SA017B
SA007e
SA002b
PPP and MLPPP Analyzer
Packet Analysis for PPP and MLPPP Analyzer
Voiceband Analyzer
Traffic Analysis for VBA
Call Data Records
Advanced Filtering of Calls
Goldwave Software
RJ-48C Crossover Cables
RJ-48 Y  Bridge
Dual 75/120 Ohm Transformer
  Packet over IP CDR Analysis System
PKV100
PTA136
PKV301
VBA032
VBA036
CDR032
MS Excel 2010
SA048
PacketScan
Packet Analysis for PPP and MLPPP Analyzer
LAN Switch w/Mirror Port
Voiceband Analyzer
Traffic Analysis for VBA
Call Data Records
Advanced Filtering of Calls
Goldwave Software
  Related Software
PKV104 FaxScan™ for SIP and Fax over IP (T.38)
DR001 DCOSS Software
PKV100 PacketScan™ (Online and Offline)
PKV101 PacketScan™ - Offline
PKS100 PacketGen™ (includes PacketScan™)
XX030 Call Capture and Analysis
CDR032 Call Data Records
XX062 Echo Path Delay/Loss Simulation
XX063 Echo Path Delay/Loss Measurement Software
XX065 Manual G.168 Echo Canceller Test Suite
XX066 Digital Echo Canceller
PKB070 Audio Processing Utility
PKB081 Automated Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) Compliance Test Software
VQT035 2-Wire Voice/Data Capture
  Related Hardware
PTE001 tProbe™ Dual T1 E1 Laptop Analyzer with Basic Analyzer Software
HTE001 Universal T1/E1 Card with Basic Analyzer Software
UTE001 Portable USB based Dual T1 or E1 Laptop Analyzer with Basic Analyzer Software

* Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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