G&D presents DVI KVM Matrix19 January 2011
The new DVICenter from Guntermann & Drunck is specifically designed to optimise studio workflow and declutter the workspace in studios or OB vans.
Essentially, the KVM DVI Matrix switch permits multiple users, each equipped only with keyboard, mouse and display, to simultaneously access a series of computers that can even use different platforms.
Applying the new matrix switch provides maximum flexibility to the studio infrastructure since each workstation can now be deployed for different tasks. The included extender functionality is where the studio space saving comes into play – because computers can now be placed into a dedicated server room, freeing up space in the studio. Thus, the generated heat and noise leaves the studio along with the computers. By creating such a convenient and less distracting studio environment, people can concentrate on the big picture.
The DVICenter also allows engineers and IT administrators to service and configure the connected computers without disturbing studio or post-production operatives. This way, the devices can be deployed 24/7 while the staff remains concentrated, cool and undisturbed.
With the new DVICenter, DVI signals can finally be processed by a matrix switch. The KVM – keyboard-video-mouse – broadcast solution provides a DVI resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz. Distances of up to 560m over CAT cable can be bridged with no loss of quality. The transmission via fiber optics is also supported. This extends the system range over 10,000 metres and is vital for the deployment in buildings with vertical fibre-based cabling.
The 32 dynamic ports can be easily configured for either connecting a user console or a computer module, completely free in steps of one. This provides flexibility for future tasks and makes the matrix switch a safe investment. The DVICenter can be expanded on both the computer and the user side while software upgrades enhance its functional range. All configurations are carried out easily in an intuitive web interface or by OSD.
Redundant power supplies, pro-active monitoring of the device status by web interface or SNMP, and the support of external directory services like LDAP or Active Directory are only some of the safety features that support the use in mission-critical environments such as broadcast live surroundings.