The district needed to update its entire system. They wanted to replace the old IT equipment with a new digital platform that incorporated PCs with DVI and USB interfaces. The district also wanted to incorporate very fast video switching of high-definition video with video walls and touchscreens in their command and control room. Finally, they needed to get away from simple point-to-point extension; a multi-user matrix switch was a better, more modern solution for them.
Early in the building planning, Black Box engineers and sales techs visited the department. We talked with the IT staff and system users to see what their needs were for the new system.
The needs of the customer included fast switching times, redundancy, and hot swappability to avoid downtime - which, in an emergency, is a disaster. As a result, Black Box Norway suggested the DKM FX matrix switching system be deployed. To show the police department how it worked, a live demonstration was staged at the Black Box offices.
One of the advantages of the DKM FX system is that it is scalable and flexible. It can be configured in several different ways for video and KVM switching and extension. For multiple users, simultaneous access, and a mix of proprietary cabling (copper and fiber), the DKM FX switches are a great command and control room solution.
For the police station, the DKM FX solution was configured with two video walls, one 4-by-2 and one 2-by-2, and a Media Control System in a room with five desks with multiple users throughout 24/7 shifts. The larger video wall has a tile function, where an image can be sent to a 2-by-2 area. The Media Control System enables users to switch sources and control the video wall from an extended touchscreen. The different operators have a mix of systems on their desk. Some of the extension systems are integrated to transmit to the video walls, but not all need to be connected to displays; some of them simply connect to remote CPUs or servers.