IP-based KVM solutions are gaining steadily in importance to transmit digital signals in broadcasting. Television broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion sought to deploy modern KVM technology for its broadcasting services.
ProSiebenSat.1 Produktionrefreshes its technical infrastructure, including infrastructure of its control rooms, at regular intervals in order to always be on the cutting edge of the broadcasting industry. Recent enhancements have centered on high-definition
compatibility and the introduction of tapeless production processes. In connection with these changes, the analog KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) systems in control rooms 7, 8 and 9 needed to be replaced by new, IP-based devices.
Modern KVM technology enables computers and workplaces to be housed at separate locations. This brings far greater flexibility and efficiency to the editing and production processes. Although the computers and servers are located in secure and air-conditioned
facilities, they can be controlled directly from the studios and control rooms.
"When choosing the new equipment for our control rooms, we looked at the various digital KVM systems available on the market," Nico Sommer, Senior Systems Engineer for production systems at ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion, explains. "We eventually
opted for one that gave us the necessary flexibility and that can be operated using standard infrastructure components—this was the Agility system from Black Box." Due to the latest technology refresh, very few devices remain capable of
supplying exclusively analog video signals.