Videohouse’s new concept OB truck uses IHSE Draco tera KVM switch
Oberteuringen, September 2, 2014 – Videohouse, Euro Media Group’s Belgian operator has added the new OB14 to its fleet of outside broadcast trucks. Rather than simply replicate previous designs, Videohouse’s in-house system integrator, ProjectBuilders, reconsidered the design of this category of mobile production unit yielding a radically new design.
The goal was set to create an optimum and future-proofed working environment with maximum flexibility to meet the varied demands of outside broadcast operations throughout its working lifetime allowing it to maintain a leading position in a competitive market.
ProjectBuilders and system consultant, Crosspoint, identified new concepts. Chief amongst these was a separate internal corridor through the truck. “Outside broadcast trucks are busy, with people coming and going all the time,” explains Michiel Spaepen, project manager at ProjectBuilders. “By separating internal sections operators don’t need to pass through the main production area making it quieter and less disruptive.”
Next, equipment racks have externally-removable sliding trays. “OB14 is loaded with equipment to meet each job, allowing sharing of equipment amongst the fleet, reducing stock holding,” says Spaepen.
An IHSE Draco tera compact KVM switch gives staff direct access to servers and production equipment from individual workstations. Operators can easily switch between source devices, such as the system control servers, character generators, rasterisers, EVS servers and SloMo devices by hotkey selection whenever they need to. Spaepen: “Maximum flexibility is achieved by allowing every operator position to be set to personal preference. The Draco tera delivers instant switching of sources without video or data latency; essential in live broadcast production, creating a truly flexible and efficient workflow.”
The 32-port Draco tera compact switch provides access from 16 individual servers and computers to 12 operator workstations over a dedicated Cat7 network with USB2.0 support. Extra pairs of KVM fibre cross-repeaters enable remote connection of peripheral sources or displays up to 10 km away.
“Operators aren’t aware of the KVM switch; it simply operates in the background delivering the instantaneous connection and switching of sources they demand in a live broadcast environment; exactly as it should be.” Gert Vandoninck, Crosspoint.
The new outside broadcast truck, OB14 built for Videohouse by projectbuilders, and featuring a 32-port Draco tera compact switch along with many new innovations will be on display in the outside exhibit area at IBC next week, booth OE110. The full range of IHSE KVM solutions for broadcast applications will be demonstrated at booth 7.B30.
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