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DKM – Modular KVM Matrix Switching and Extension


Instantaneous HD and 4K KVM matrix switching for mission-critical installations

The DKM FX system enables flexible, instantaneous, and reliable matrix switching and extension of high-quality video, audio and peripheral signals. Choose from chassis-based, modular KVM matrix switches in multiple sizes, compact CATx and fiber switches, and DKM extenders. The proprietary signal transmission architecture of DKM matrix switches make them particularly well suited for mission-critical installations as their multi-level redundancy offers the highest reliability for 24/7 operation.


Digital KVM Matrix Switching


DKM Features

  • Modular, Flexible KVM Matrix Switching
    Choose from modular or compact chassis and extenders and add I/O cards that match your application requirements.

  • Dynamic I/O Ports for CATx or Fiber Cabling
    Enables mixing and matching of copper and fiber cabling to meet distance and media requirements

  • HD and 4K at 60 Hz Video Support
    Supports routing, switching, and multi-point distribution of various video, audio and peripheral signal types

  • Instantaneous Video Switching
    Instant, delay-free switching between multiple connected source computers for efficient multiuser access.

DKM Benefits


Highly Reliable

DKM is designed to perform at the highest standards, engineered for enterprise-level mission-critical 24/7 operations such as in control rooms.


Designed to Perform

Zero keyboard/mouse latency and instant switching between sources enable multi user access in real-time for the most demanding applications such as video editing.

Comprehensive Connectivity

Variety of Interface Cards

Supports I/O card-based high-speed USB, audio, serial, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI, 3G-SDI, VGA, and other digital and analog standards.


Modular and Scalable

The modular architecture provides an easy way to add connections and change inputs/outputs as enterprise needs arise. Modular chassis available up to 576 ports (cascadable).


Extended Management Options

The included control card supports user-friendly management via KVM, network or serial console. Combine with Boxilla® KVM Manager to connect to an IP-based Emerald® KVM system.

Mixed Transmission Media

Mixed Transmission Media

Switch to and between CATx and fiber connections. Mix media on inputs and outputs, CATx in and fiber out or vice versa.

Industry Applications


Broadcast and Post Production

KVM systems that streamline your operational workflow and provide reliable image quality



Complete solutions for transportation, including DAS/Wi-Fi, cloud and digital signage



Contact us for DKM products that are certified under IEC 60945:2002 for maritime applications.


Military & Defense

Mission-focused technology solutions that meet security and compliance standards



Industrial networking solutions that ensure maximum uptime at every stage of production


Public Safety

Reliable solutions that provide effective real-time information visualization and communication

Case Studies Featuring DKM

Dutch Medical Center Builds State-of-the-Art Lab on Black Box KVM Solution

Dec 10, 2015, 15:49 PM
Improving ergonomics and patient care in a medical setting. Leids University Medical Center (LUMC)
Title : Dutch Medical Center Builds State-of-the-Art Lab on Black Box KVM Solution
Company : Leiden University Medical Center
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KVM systems have become critical to sophisticated control room operations dealing with a variety of critical sources, and diagnostic laboratories and their control rooms are no exception. As an increasing number of facilities take advantage of new technology to connect different departments and to enable greater efficiency, KVM technology is proving to be a valuable component of modernization projects.

Every control room depends on AV infrastructure — cabling, switches, user consoles, screens and monitors, keyboards, mice, and more — to enable the sharing, manipulation, and control of data and sources machines.

A complete solution for a linked lab and control room allows for flexible routing, switching and extension of signals between source PCs, physical servers, control interfaces, peripherals, and visualized server infrastructure. These capabilities give technicians in the lab and operators in the control room fast, convenient, customizable and secure access to the data and control functions essential to their work.

Tailor-made KVM for the Laboratory "Cockpit"

In the case of Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), which recently completed a new centralized laboratory and cockpit-style control room, KVM technology from Black Box plays a fundamental role in allowing facility designers and staff to realize several goals.

After discussing with LUMC administrators their vision for the installation and talking with technicians about how they wanted to work, Black Box engineers designed a KVM solution tailor-made for the LUMC lab and control room (or cockpit). Black Box specializes in just this type of design project, designing KVM solutions for more than 600 control rooms a year.

Within the new LUMC lab, the work of several diagnostic laboratories has been merged into one. Now, an array of analysis tools is located within a single laboratory with a KVM system connecting workstations to the source machines. Most workstations in the lab have access to multiple sources or analysis systems, and one workstation in the lab can access all systems, enabling an operator to perform a complete analysis process, from end to end, while working at the same station.

Monitoring the Complete Test Process

With the flexibility to work with several different analysis systems while remaining at a single workstation, technicians no longer need to move from workstation to workstation throughout their shift. This change has helped to increase the efficiency of staff members in delivering diagnostic data, and it has contributed to greater employee satisfaction, as well.

The KVM solution from Black Box gives staff in the control room the ability to monitor everything taking place in the lab. A workstation in the control room gives a single user there the ability to monitor, access, and control all analysis systems involved in the test process. Overview screens scan the analyzers every 5 or 10 seconds so that the operator can easily keep track of what’s going on in the lab.

The all-visual interface features a user-friendly touch panel that allows control room staff to look at different analyzers without worrying about the correct shortcut keys. Convenient access to all lab systems also allows a technician working in the control room during slower hours, such as night shifts with fewer staff, to undertake even a complex series of tests from beginning to end.

Working with Black Box to build a future-proof KVM infrastructure for its lab and control room, LUMC has established a foundation for continued growth and advancement using its choice of new techniques and technologies. Read more about the forward-looking facility in the original article.

Learn Additional Requirements in Our White Paper

Check out our new white paper, How to Future-Proof Connectivity for Tomorrow’s Control Room, to learn more about what you need for control room success going forward. This paper explains how to overcome the concerns and challenges of tomorrow’s control rooms, first by describing a complete solution built on a unified KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) connectivity and signal distribution system and then by explaining how all components in the full solution work together to address the requirements of modern control room applications.

Download the white paper for free now.

"As a result of the changes that have been made, we have been able to achieve better quality care paths with better guaranteed lead times and better service provision."
- Prof. Christa Cobbaert
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DKM Application Diagrams

DKM Matrix Switching Application


Basic matrix switching setup, connecting multiple user stations and source computers through a DKM matrix switch and DKM extenders.

Connecting DKM with Boxilla and Emerald


Integrating DKM with Boxilla and Emerald to gain access to an IP-based KVM system and virtual machines.

DKM Product Portfolio

The perfect high-performance, modular enterprise routing system for complete in-band signal distribution of high-definition video, audio, and peripherals over CATx or single-mode fiber supporting up to 576 I/O ports in a single frame. Designed with performance and flexibility in mind, the DKM FX offers tremendous scalability.
Specifically designed for smaller to mid-sized KVM deployments. Get the same instantaneous, reliable access to real-time digital HD video, plus a whole host of peripherals in a 1U or 2U frame for smaller installations. DKM FXC can be used with all DKM FX extender modules creating a wide range of high performance features and connections.
DKM Extenders
Re-locate computers and access them at longer distances than standard interconnect cables allow. Compact extenders are small and offer a space-saving footprint in standard fixed configurations. Modular extenders enable you to build a system to fit your specific need or application. Modular enclosure frames are available in 2-, 4-, 6-, and 21-slot units. The extenders can be used in standalone, point-to-point applications, or as part of your DKM system.
Specifically designed for smaller to mid-sized KVM deployments up to 160 endpoints, these compact switches come in sizes of 1, 2, and 4 RU. They support modern applications with a mix of HD and 4K video, USB, audio, and serial extension and switching in a very economical way.

DKM Extender Configurator

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Associated Technologies


ControlBridge® KVM and Room Control System

Versatile touch-based multisystem room control processor. Allows control room operators to switch between sources or even whole room presets.


Freedom II KM Switches

This 4 or 8 port keyboard/mouse switch allows switching between connected PCs by just moving your mouse from one screen to another.


Boxilla KVM Manager

Boxilla is a centralized KVM manager. Combine DKM and Emerald systems to enable access to virtual machines.

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