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Trends In KVM

Adder has a full range of KVM
products, with ADDERView matrixes;
the ADDERLink series, which includes
IP capability and various types of
extender, such as the Infinity; and
the DDX extender and computer
access module among them. Adkin
points out that many of these enable
remote access through VNC (virtual
network computing) technology, with
the ability to run a computer from
another location. He adds that the
use of KVM in general for broadcast is
"rising up the agenda" among heads of
engineering and studio operators.
The IP Option
Accessing and controlling KVM
equipment using IP is seen as an
option by Greisinger at IHSE. "That
would be alongside direct control using
keyboard shortcuts and broadcast
control systems over third-party
interfaces," he says.
"Each individual installation is
different and some users will deploy
just one control technique, while
others will take advantage of all
three."

cont'd...

John Hickey of Black Box views IP as
increasingly a part of KVM
for broadcast, particularly
as it allows broadcasters
to create an integrated
infrastructure over which
they can control equipment
and other interfaces "from the top
down". He adds that KVM can also be
used to combine different systems
on a single operating platform: "So
you can easily manage the entire
system across an IP network. Restful
APIs are an increasingly common
way to integrate KVM with thirdparty controllers, which allows
orchestration across IP networks. They
also enable touch panels, such as our
ControlBridge, to automate control
room operations."
As for future development of
KVM for broadcasting, Hickey sees
a continuing transition to IP, plus
a parallel move into virtualisation.
"Broadcast operators and facilities
will become more efficient as KVM
technology adopts more components
that improve workflow," he says.
"Also expect to see more software

ADDERView
DDX switch

content that can increase resilience
and reconfigure infrastructure in a
more dynamic way."
Greisinger agrees that deployment of
KVM in broadcast will only continue to
grow: "It is now an essential element
in streaming the broadcast workflow
in nearly every installation and everlarger switches are being used. Our
largest switch has 576 ports and has
been deployed in several installations."
Development
The development of KVM in
television looks likely to mirror other
changes in the sector. As Jamie Adkin
says, this includes a shift away from
the independent, isolated 'silo' way
of working towards a more 'campus'
approach. Adkins explains that part of
this is down to changing management

outlooks: "Decisions are being
made by heads of IT rather than
independent studio managers and
they are seeing more of a need to
connect multiple sites over the same
platform, which means it is easier to
train engineers because they don't
have to learn different systems."
None of which means traditional
broadcast engineering has finally lost
out to IT, it's just that the computer
world is helping open up new
opportunities.

"..Decisions are
being made by heads
of IT rather than
independent studio
managers," "
Jamie Adkin, Adder Technology


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