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The Impact of KVM
on Broadcast Workflow
Over recent years, there have been significant investments in developing
broadband infrastructures across the world, says John Halksworth,
Senior Product Manager, Adder Technology...

T

he investments have resulted in
increasingly fast, robust and highly
available IP networks used to transport
audio and video signals across both
wide and local area networks.
This has also resulted in the
widespread adoption of IP-based
KVM (keyboard, video, mouse)
matrix, switching and extension
systems, which allow the remote
control of multiple computers and
applications from a single workstation.
Broadcasters in particular have been
quick to realise the opportunities
that IP-based, high performance
KVM can provide within numerous
environments, be it outside broadcast
(OB) trucks, gallery control rooms or
post-production studios.
The OB truck is one of the most
recognised broadcast environments.
Used to broadcast live events such as
sports or news programmes, the OB
truck performs a similar function to
larger broadcast control rooms. The
only problem, however, is that the OB
truck is limited on space, creating a
confined and pressurised environment
for staff to work in.
Flexible Environment
With IP-based, high performance
KVM, this space can suddenly become
more flexible and comfortable.
Computer equipment can be re-located
to another part of the truck away
from the main working area, and staff
can easily switch between monitors
from a single workstation - freeing
up even more space. With seamless
switching between applications and
minimal latency across the entire
network, the environment becomes
more streamlined and efficient for
broadcasting.
The benefits of IP-based, high
performance KVM can also be seen
in the gallery control room. Similarly
to the OB truck, the flexibility of the
network means that the physical
machines and systems can be placed
into a separate server room within
the building. This not only frees up
more space, but also removes the heat
and noise generated by the machines

creating a far more comfortable
working environment. Furthermore,
by opting to locate the equipment
within a professional server room that
is secure and temperature-controlled,
the machines are likely to be more
reliable and have a longer active life
than they previously would have done.
Easy
implementation
and
the ability to remotely locate
computer equipment are two of the
biggest benefits of IP-based, high
performance KVM within the broadcast
environment. However, within postproduction suites, it is often the highquality performance that IP-based
KVM technology can deliver that is the
biggest blessing.
Vital Control
Unlike other similar technologies, IPbased, high performance KVM allows
users to control multiple computers
and applications with pixel-perfect
video quality. This is vital for anyone
working in a post-production suite, as
they need to be confident that what
they're seeing on-screen is as visually
accurate as it can possibly be, and
that the extension equipment has not
had any negative effect on the video
quality.
In addition, the seamless switching
ability of IP-based, high performance
KVM, enables broadcasters to create
a customized edit suite based on
specific customer requirements by
allowing different clients to seamlessly
switch between different pre-sets and
resources. These suites can then be
easily tweaked and customized, hugely
increasing overall efficiency and
productivity for broadcast workflows.
One broadcasting company that is
reaping the benefits of IP-based, high
performance KVM is Broadcasting
Center Europe (BCE), a leader in media
services, system integration and

Adder installation at BCE

software development in the areas
of television, radio, production and
post-production, telecommunication
and IT. In 2017, BCE moved from its
premises in Luxembourg to a new
facility, 500 feet away in RTL City.
Yet despite the small geographical
distance between the sites, the work
required to relocate one of the largest
broadcasting centers in Europe - while
maintaining service and uptime - was
an overwhelming prospect for even the
most experienced of broadcasters.
Extensive Experience
BCE decided to work with
Intronics, a leader in professional
connectivity solutions, to assist with
the relocation. As a company with
extensive experience in dealing with
IP-based broadcast infrastructures,
Intronics proposed IP-based, high
performance KVM as the solution of
choice for this project, and BCE was
quickly convinced this would be the
best option for seamlessly connecting
each of the broadcast functions on
the new site. With this in mind, BCE
and Intronics opted for the ADDERLink
Infinity, Adder Technology's IP-based,
high performance KVM solution
that allows for flexible and intuitive
infrastructures.
By utilising the common copper and

fiber IP network with the ADDERLink
Infinity solution, BCE was able to
successfully connect all broadcast
functions and operators within its new
facilities. This is a huge operational
advantage and provides a scalable
solution that simply would not have
been possible on the company's
previous premises.
Improved Ergonomics
As well as multiple systems existing
on one network, BCE now also benefits
from improved user ergonomics and a
level of flexibility and scalability that
only IP-based, high performance KVM
solutions can provide. If BCE wants
to move a number of user end points
to a different location, for example,
or if it decides to increase the total
number of end points required, these
changes are simple to make and do not
require any dramatic overhaul of the IT
infrastructure.
The ADDERLink Infinity solution
also offers multiple levels of network,
hardware and power redundancy,
which gives BCE reassurance that they
will be able to continue their 24/7
broadcast operations without any
unexpected outages or interruptions.
IP-based, high performance KVM
technology and the benefits it can
deliver to broadcast workflows has
undoubtedly captured the attention of
broadcasters.
Visit Adder at stand SL4227 at NAB
to discover how its full range of KVM
solutions could support your broadcast
needs.
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