IP Functionality

Adder Technology provides flexible, reliable connectivity and extension options for remote live production. 12/29/2015 8:00 AM Eastern


AdderLink X-DVI PRO

AdderLink X-DVI PRO is a high-performance KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) extender that enables you to locate your critical computing hardware in a secure and temperature-controlled environment, away from the user workstation environment, while maintaining the same user experience and delivering pixel perfect video and audio.

The Reality Check Systems (RCS) provides graphics, realtime game and player data, and social media for some of the most-watched live sporting, eSports, and entertainment events on television. To this end, the company created a portable rack-mountable, and compact computer system that is thermal tested to withstand the tightest or most extreme production environments. The system, called the Bullet, is powered by Intel processors and can house Nvidia Quardro and Kepler video card. With the Bullet, RCS can take its realtime graphics and player data out of the production studio to live events. The units are preconfigured to meet a client’s specifications for installation on OB trucks.

While designing its portable solution for the outside broadcast market, RCS knew the system would need to fit in a confined space, so all equipment had to be compact. Standardizing on IP is critical in that it simplifies production, ensures external integration, and makes it easy to set up and configure equipment on the fly, without the need for additional onsite tech support. RCS looked to Adder Technology to provide flexible, reliable connectivity and extension options that simplify remote live production. A compact, robust yet easy to operate extender, the AdderLink X-DVI PRO KVM offered the ideal complement to RCS’ Bullet systems.

Whether built into OB trucks or studios, a Bullet system requires a certain level of user interaction to control the servers, and IP-based KVM technology plays a key role in creating a positive user experience. With the AdderLink KVM extender installed in the RCS OB trucks, operators are able to work in a fully functional environment that allows them to easily switch between machines, shots, content, and audio in a high-pressure environment. Prior to using KVM technology, users would need to be located in close physical proximity to the computers and video servers in an OB truck. Going forward, this versatility and reliability will certainly provide a valuable use case for the further adoption of IP throughout the broadcast workflow.

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