BCA Show Preview - 32
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SHOW PREVIEW | 26-28 June 2018
IHSE's KVM Solutions
Help Bridge the IP Gap
Terence Teng, Managing Director, IHSE APAC, talks KVM systems and the industry's transition
to IP-based workflows as the company prepares for BroadcastAsia 2018...
BroadcastAsia: Has BroadcastAsia 2018
come at a good time for the media industry?
Terence Teng: The transition from traditional
broadcast workflows to IP-based workflows
is a major undertaking and one that broadcast
organisations of all types need to embrace. As
with all changes there are many options open to
broadcast engineers and system designers. It is
essential that they understand the options that
are available to them and the implications on the
way their businesses will operate in the future.
Meeting suppliers and other users at a major
show, like BroadcastAsia 2018, gives them the
opportunity to assess the best possible route to
navigate through this exciting transitional period.
BCA: What do you think are the key
developments in your market sector at the
TT: New ways of thinking will be required as
the broadcast workflow becomes more IPfocussed and content is handled in the cloud
as physical interfaces are removed in favour
of IP transmission and connectivity. Broadcast
engineers are in the process of figuring out
how to implement new IP techniques and
technologies and a common approach is to
introduce piecemeal solutions and integrate
them into existing architectures, taking
advantage of the benefits those IP solutions
The key development in the KVM market
sector, at the current time, is undoubtedly the
ability to combine real and IP-based virtual
systems. Users connected directly to physical
computer hardware expect to be able to connect
in exactly the same way to virtual machines;
Local networks can be combined
with remote networks
centralised and multi-purpose production facility
drastically reduces the amount of equipment
needed on site. Specifically, a full OB van does
not need to be sent with all the associated costs
it incurs. Production staff can manage several
channels simultaneously from a single remote
location with a vastly-reduced set of equipment
and overall costs are reduced.
Draco vario bridges
physical and virtual worlds
wherever they are. In the majority of cases they
do not want to concern themselves with intimate
details of the device they are accessing.
BCA: How is the company positioning itself
for the future of broadcasting?
TT: Universal, simultaneous, connection to real
and remote computers is an area that IHSE has
considered in depth, which has resulted in the
development and recent release of the Remote
IP CPU unit.
The device provides instant, real-time
access from a KVM switch network to virtual
machines over an IP network. It is an essential
bridge between IP and traditional broadcast
infrastructures; allowing production staff to
manage tools across both domains. When
combined with a Draco tera switch and with
local extenders, users can seamlessly, and
simply, switch between in-house and remote
networks from their own workstation.
This means that individual users can access
remote and cloud services as easily as local
resources, without having to change systems
or understand the network topography. It allows
them to concentrate on their own particular jobs,
rather than be sidetracked by issues that should
not concern them.
The result is that professional broadcast staff
can operate at the highest levels of efficiency
and performance, selecting the right tool for the
task, instantly and without restriction; no matter
what type it is, or where it is.
BCA: Are the latest technological
manufacturers determine new product
offerings? How challenging is it to address
these issues and keep ahead?
TT: Technological advancements will inevitably
affect the development and release of products.
This is particularly relevant in the broadcast
industry for two reasons.
Firstly, the rapid evolution of remote and cloud-
based applications in a virtualised world is
forcing a re-think in the ways that the broadcast
industry operates; creating new opportunities
for vendors and allowing new entrants, some
of whom are major IT companies (Cisco,
Microsoft, AWS, etc.), to enter the sector.
Secondly, the level of interaction and
integration between tools, companies and
service providers has implications across
the board. When one vendor develops a new
concept or technique, it has major implications
on the products closely associated and
connected to across the workflow.
It means that we have to understand the way
the industry operates, interact closely with other
vendors and anticipate the way the market is
BCA: Is the increase in live production
requirements changing the sector in any way?
TT: The sheer number of live events added to
the broadcast schedule each year massively
affects the economics and operation of
broadcast organisations. Perhaps the greatest
and most visible effect so far is the use of IP
networks in the contribution element of the
broadcast workflow. Being able to deploy
multiple cameras at distant sports events,
for example, and bring the images back to a
BCA: Why should delegates visit your stand
TT: KVM switch systems are already used by
the world's leading broadcast organisations.
They are an essential element of the broadcast
infrastructure, giving each operator instant
access to every computer and tool within their
local facility. With just the press of a button, or
a short keyboard sequence, a user can instantly
flip between one machine and another and
access all devices from the workstation on their
own desk. With no perceivable transmission
latency or image degradation, performance is so
good that users don't even realise the hardware
they are accessing is hundreds of metres away.
The Draco vario Remote IP CPU unit bridges
physical and virtual worlds, allowing local
networks to be seamlessly and transparently
combined with remote networks. This solution
supports multiple sessions allowing users to
open several sessions in parallel and has the
ability to share sessions amongst different
A visit to our stand at BroadcastAsia 2018 will
allow broadcast engineers and professionals in
this industry to explore the ways that they can
deliver the most highly efficient and usable KVM
solutions to their organisations in this rapidlychanging industry.
Interest in VR/AR systems
in Pro AV sectors is growing