The broadcast station required switching and extension flexibility, the ability for multiple users to collaborate in real time, instantaneous switching of HD video, and a workflow that would not be interrupted. The broadcast company chose the Black Box
DKM FX platform to implement the requirements, with the 288-port matrix switch controlling the signals required by the application. Within the 288 ports, the matrix switch features freely scalable inputs and outputs, plus the ability to mix copper
and fiber cabling.
Using DKM FX extenders, users’ consoles, including multiple monitors and USB peripherals, are smoothly integrated into the KVM peripheral matrix switch system, which requires little space. The connections of the consoles and servers are, depending
on the distance requirement by the building structure, transmitted via CATx or fiber, which has no effect on the signal quality, maintaining the same high level of resolution whatever distances or media are used. The final application includes 150
to 160 servers and 120 to 130 user consoles being freely connected and switched over the DKM FX platform.
The compilation of the servers for the individual directing rooms is nearly the same. This simplifies disaster recovery in an emergency. With assistance of the DKM FX and an external controller, all servers can be switched all together to another directing room, where users can then take over active control with no hesitation. Even directors don’t experience any problems, as their front-end remains unchanged. Thus the automated studio operation is ensured with the greatest individual flexibility.