In Broadcast - June 2016 - 24


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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 6 - Issue 6 | June 2016

InReply

Black Box's Latest
Innovations
Winfried Schultz, Managing Director EMEA at Black Box Network Services,
discusses the company's latest developments...
InBroadcast: Can you give us
a brief overview of what we can
expect in the next 6-12 months
within your sector?
Winfried Schultz: Black Box is an
expert in connecting flexible and highperformance user interface devices
such as screen, keyboard, mouse, and
application specific control panels over
longer distances to the application
server or PC, especially the extension
of low-latency multi-screen work suites
including USB control devices which
require a high-performance mezzanine
layer between the server-room and
the control-room. This technology is
traditionally called KVM, Keyboard -
Video - Mouse.
The key trends in this area are to
shield the users or operators from
noise, and dissipated heat to improve
their concentration by reducing
distractions. In recent years, matrix
switching was introduced to connect
multiple operator consoles with any
application server through dedicated,
mostly proprietary, technology. The
advantage here is that no additional
software is needed to drive the
application, and hence, there are no
issues with browser incompatibilities
or different software versions causing
conflicts and costly delays. What we
are seeing now is a shift to using
multiple technologies, such as copper
or fibre, IP, point-to-point extenders,
and dedicated matrix switching to
increase range and access. These
solutions utilise dark fibre or

enterprise WAN systems to provide
redundancies and protection switching
over wide area networks.
Black Box's presence in this
application space for over 20 years
gives us a unique position with an
unparalleled range of products and
system design expertise to serve
our customers' many different
requirements, from single point-topoint extension to enterprise KVM
using multiple technologies.
InB: Any specific product/s taking
centre stage this year?
WS: Our recent acquisition of
Cloudium Systems in Ireland is giving
Black Box a unique position in the KVM
space when it comes to creating multitechnology systems for enterprise
wide control using dedicated KVM and
standard IP networks as a transport
medium. Cloudium brings unique
technology and expertise to Black Box
handling high-quality video efficiently
over standard IP networks, and thus
offers access to cloud-based solutions,
as well as virtualised applications.
In the KVM space we are continuing
to work on transporting higher
resolution images. 4K with higher
frame rates remains a hot topic in
post-production. and is penetrating
the media and entertainment sector
via increasing demand for highresolution delivery for over-the-top
(OTT). Our award-winning 4K60 cards
for the DKM FX series matrix switches
are helping our customers to stay

up-to-date with the latest technical
requirements.
Looking at our solutions for Master
Control, reliability and ease of use
are of particular importance, because
operators should focus on the job, not
memorising and performing hotkey
operations. Our Freedom solution can
connect four PC/applications to one
operator control desk and simply by
hovering the mouse over to another
screen, the user takes control of
the application currently running
on that PC. These PCs can even run
different operating systems, which is
particularly important in the media
industry where Windows and Mac OS
applications coexist.
InB: What challenges do you
face in the broadcast and media
industry today?
WS: The main challenge remains
to listen to and understand the
customers' needs and requirements.
As pointed out earlier, we offer a very
large range, probably the largest in the
industry, of KVM solutions. Very often,
a customer can solve a particular
control need in different ways. Our
extensive presence with highly-skilled
technical support teams allows us to
show different technologies onsite
quickly, and most often we discuss
with the customer in their preferred
language. We look at current needs
and also explore potential future needs
to ensure that the system remains
scalable and future-proof. KVM has

become an integral part of media and
broadcasting systems and enterprisewide solutions offer significant savings
potential, for instance when switching
from day- or prime time to night-time
operation. The planning has become
more complex and we have ramped up
our support and consulting capabilities
to meet this growing need.
InB: Which territories do you
think will show particular interest?
WS: The main technology trends
like higher resolution images, higher
frame rates, and mixing multiple
technologies for enterprise solutions
are taking place around the globe. To
be honest, we see this with particular
interest, since Black Box is present
in many countries around the world
offering services and products from
high-quality cabling, small to large
hard- and software systems, and first
class technical support and consulting
during design, build, and operation of
facilities.
InB: Any future product/service
innovations ahead that you can
discuss?
WS: We don't provide information
about future products. That said, I
can share that we have a number of
significant product introductions lined
up for this year. We are also actively
expanding into other industries
and have just recently introduced a
fantastic and easy-to-use solution
for sharing content from multiple
devices on one screen. The product
name is Coalesce, and it will help our
customers to cut meeting time and
increase productivity through faster
and better visualisation of teamwork
results. My recommendation would be
to watch this space! We will continue
to innovate helping our customers to
reduce cost of operation and improve
productivity, through solid products
and great services.
InB: Thank you for taking time to
answer our questions.


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