Agility – HD KVM over IP Matrix Switching and Extension

Agility KVM

Extend and switch video, USB, and audio signals over IP

The Agility IP-based KVM switching and extension system connects users to remotely located computers with perfect digital video in real time. Use Agility extenders to transmit DVI HD video, USB, and audio signals over your existing LAN or a dedicated KVM network. The flexible topology of the Agility system gives you extension options beyond standard keyboard-monitor-mouse. This high-performance KVM system enables KVM switching, target sharing, DVI extension with full HD 60 fps, and multicasting.

Agility Features

  • Flexible System Topology

    Configure as point-to-point or KVM matrix switching system. Single or dual-head models as well as dual-link versions available.

  • Pixel-Perfect HD Video

    Lossless compression minimizes bandwidth consumption while maximizing user experience. Delivers digital video resolutions up to 2560x1600.

  • Managed KVM Matrix Switching

    Manage your complete Agility KVM system with the iPATH controller that enables remote, secure configuration of the transmitter and receiver units via your web browser.

  • VNC Support for Remote Management

    Get remote out-of-band access, redundant network link support, and bandwidth aggregation.

 

Agility Benefits

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Scalability

Add transmitter and receiver units as your network grows. Agility scales to thousands of endpoints.

Flexibility

Flexibility

Agility can be deployed as a point-to-point KVM extender, a KVM switching system, a sharing portal, and much more.

Flawless Video

Flawless Digital Video

Delivers pixel-perfect digital video: Single link up to 1080p, dual link up to 2560 x 1600.

Reliability

Reliability

Dual network paths, redundant central management, and link aggregation improve system reliability.

Selective Signal Switching

Selective Signal Switching

Switch DVI, USB, audio, and RS-232 channels selectively, whether singly or as a group.

Industry Applications

Case Studies Featuring Agility

Prosiebensat.1 Produktion - One Switch-Over That Broadcasters Welcome

Jun 8, 2016, 15:11 PM
Flexible digital KVM system that could use standard infrastructure components.
Company : PROSIEBENSAT.1 PRODUKTION
Company link : http://www.prosiebensat1produktion.de/

The Challenge

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.

The Solution

Agility IP-Based Switching and Extension system is a digital KVM system for switching, extending and distributing video, audio, serial and USB signals. It is comprised of transmitters and receivers that can be used as point-to-point extenders for distances of up to 330 feet (100 m) to mirror a source at multiple consoles, and as a matrix switch with any number of users. All that is needed to add another user to the system is an additional Agility receiver in order to combine digital video, audio, and USB from different sources. In addition, the device enables multiple users to share a single remote computer (single target sharing): Three access modes (view-only, share and exclusive) enable a wide range of applications.

The system can be controlled and managed from a central location using the iPATH™ controller unit. The convenient on-screen dashboard enables administrators to keep track of transmitters and receivers, define new content channels, manage access rights and configure devices. Furthermore, the VNC host integrated with the transmitter permits remote web access in full HD resolution for maintenance purposes.

Workstations in the control room that still had 4:3 displays were the first to be switched over. The other workstations were then gradually converted until all were equipped with 16:9 monitors. The choice of an IP solution proved to be advantageous. Because it could use the existing standard infrastructure, there was no need to lay new cabling, which is a slow and expensive process. The installation currently comprises 83 transmitters, 64 receivers, and two controller units (one main, and one backup). An additional receiver was installed for remote access to the KVM system.

The Results

"Because the new KVM system transmits digital instead of analog signals, our users enjoy a significantly greater image quality and a higher resolution," says Nico Sommer. "We have no problem using any type of USB device, whether it’s a keyboard, mouse or a memory stick." One of the principle advantages of the new system is that it’s fast and it was cost-effective to extend. "If any of our parameters change and we need more or fewer workstations, for example, the system can be easily adapted to the new situation. This adaptability, coupled with an approach based on industry standards, makes it a future-proof system," says Sommer.

In the near future, the installation will be extended to include another group of buildings, housing an additional equipment room as well as two control rooms and studios. Another system with two additional controller units has been purchased for this expansion, and is currently being installed. This will make it even easier for employees to switch over—but hopefully not to a different channel.

Tags :
  • Broadcast & Media
  • Control Rooms
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa
  • KVM
  • KVM Matrix Switching
  • KVM over IP
  • Media Production
prosiebensat1produktion PROSIEBENSAT.1 PRODUKTION

Agility Application Diagram

Agility Application Diagram

Agility Product Portfolio

Transmitters
Choose from Zero U, single-link or dual-link transmitters. Order a transmitter to connect a computer to your KVM network.
Receivers
Choose from single-link and dual-link transmitters. Order a receiver to connect a user to your KVM network.
Controllers
iPATH transforms the Agility into a digital matrix switching solution. Scalable from 24 to unlimited endpoints.
Accessories
Complete your Agility system with rackmount kits, spare power supplies, power cables, and power distribution hubs.
Extender Kits
Go farther, do more, with digital KVM extension over IP

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