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KVM At Work

As KVM becomes increasingly capable and IT-friendly, the applications continue to diversify whether for work or play.

Museum KVM

The Indiana State Museum is located in Indianapolis within White River State Park. The museum houses 70,000 square feet of exhibit space with over 450,000 artifacts pertaining to science, art, culture, and history of Indiana from prehistoric times up to present day. The museum is also home to the Indianapolis IMAX Theater featuring the states’ largest movie screen.

In order to provide visitors with a unique memorable experience, all new interactive exhibits were created. Incorporating elements of digital signage, the touch panel kiosks utilize either motion or touch activated audio and video. Delivery of content across every floor requires a scalable and flexible 4K over 10G IP AV distribution solution. In addition local control and KVM breakout capabilities are ‘must have’ for the project. The kiosk design left minimal space for the AV equipment, a small footprint is a necessity.

Shawn Huddleson, AV Manager for the Indiana State Museum selected the Aurora IPX Series Transceivers to deploy across the variety of new museum exhibit spaces. The project utilized a total of thirty-two transceivers, three 48-port Huawei 10G fiber switches, and related accessories. As the IPX units are transceivers, the IPX-TC1 are configured as transmitter or receiver based on implementation.

IPX units set-up as transmitters handle a variety of media playback sources. These units reside in the server room alongside the audio processing equipment, network distribution, and the exhibit control system. The configured receivers are installed in the kiosks or behind exhibit walls, their small form factor making them an easy fit. With the flexible architecture of the IPX series, future expansion is as simple as adding additional IPX units to the network as the need arises.

Airport KVM

The Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Germany’s capital opened last fall, bringing a new transit hub to one of Europe’s largest cities. With a projected annual passenger flow of 34 million, it would become the third-busiest airport in Germany. In order to provide maximum access and system security, the airport management team chose the KVM system from IHSE, which provides reliable and smooth operation.

The airport comprises many control centers that are staffed 24/7 to control and monitor various areas. For security and space reasons, computers and IT equipment are located in a remote equipment room, away from the desks and monitors of the operators. Another major advantage of the physical separation is the ergonomic design of the control rooms, removing noisy, heat-producing computers from the operator workplace. Furthermore, relocation to an air-conditioned, access-controlled equipment room simplifies central system administration and protects the devices from external influences and harmful environmental factors (e.g. protection from moisture or overheating).

Medical KVM

A Seattle hospital asked an international leader in medical and safety technology to create nurses’ stations with computers that would provide caregivers with remote access to in-room patient monitoring devices. These stations were required on a floor of the hospital where nurses needed to be able to review patient vitals without going from room to room. To enable remote access to patient monitoring devices, the tech company needed a high-performance KVM extension solution. The KVM system had to support signal distribution over IP so it could be set up and run on the hospital’s existing network. The system also had to be able to extend signals to each patient monitoring device on this floor of the hospital and support HD video so nurses could accurately monitor vitals.

The medical technology company had an existing relationship with Black Box and reached out again.

Black Box suggested the Emerald SE KVM-over-IP system because it can work over the hospital’s IP network. Emerald SE supports Full HD DVI video (1920 x 1200) that provides a clear on-screen picture as well. Additionally, SE can extend KVM signals as far as the network reaches, ensuring signals could extend from each nurses’ station to each in-room patient monitoring device without any issues or interruptions.

The medical and safety technology company installed the Emerald SE KVM system at the hospital, and Black Box provided technical support throughout the entire process to ensure deployment went perfectly.

After installing the Emerald SE KVM extension solution, this floor of the hospital now has nurses’ stations with computers that provide remote access to in-room patient monitoring devices. These computers allow care providers to review vitals without going to each patient’s room, which has enhanced productivity, optimized patient care, and improved patient safety. Emerald’s KVM-over-IP support enables the entire system to run over the hospital’s IP network, ensuring no errors occur that could potentially affect patients. Emerald’s ability to extend KVM signals across the complete IP network allows the system to extend signals from every nursing station to every monitoring device reliably. The solution’s support of HD video gives care providers the high-resolution image they need to monitor patient vitals with ease.

Super Bowl KVM

On February 7, large mobile production trucks were on site in Tampa, FL to support live coverage for Super Bowl LV. As everyone prepared for the Big Game, a fleet of mobile production units had already been staged at the stadium to provide global coverage of the event. IHSE was proud to be part of this prestigious event as a solutions provider of KVM switching systems installed in nine trucks providing live coverage of local associated pre-game events, live same-day coverage and the world feed for international coverage.

Instant replay provided by such companies as EVS, is a staple of any sports broadcast event and IHSE KVM gear is instrumental in allowing EVS operators to manage content flow more smoothly.

IHSE’s Draco tera KVM switching solutions provided the horsepower to quickly respond to replay action during the game. In one truck application, 25 EVS XT3 servers and 24 graphic devices are connected to a Draco tera compact allowing shared operations among 3 trucks using an IHSE matrix grid to tie all the trucks together as one cascaded KVM system. In this way, an EVS operator can sit down at nearly any keyboard-and-monitor workspace within the truck and immediately connect to both the EVS network and to any graphics engines.

In another truck application supporting the hosting broadcast company, a hybrid Draco tera enterprise matrix is connected via both copper and fiber cabling connecting the local A/B/C truck system across CWDM. Live feeds were transmitted to the host broadcast center in New York City where show personnel were located.

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