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 in 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.
“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.