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Draco tera KVM system streamlines Japanese broadcaster’s worflows

The Customer

Chukyo TV one of Japan’s foremost broadcast organizations, part-owned by the Nippon Television network, broadcasts TV channels to the whole of Japan from its main broadcast center in Nagoya. Chukyo TV took the opportunity to upgrade the broadcast suites and establish more efficient and effective workflows when the organization moved to a new office headquarters at the end of 2016.

The Challenge

Da die Mitarbeiter über ein mehrgeschossiges Gebäude verteilt sind, entschied sich das technische Team für die Unterbringung der gesamten Sendetechnik in einem zentralen Technikraum mit Verbindungen zu den einzelnen Arbeitsplätzen bei vollem Zugriff auf alle Geräte. Absolute Daten- und Ausfallsicherheit ohne Qualitätseinbußen oder Zugriffsbeschränkungen waren höchste Priorität.

The Solution

Working with the Chukyo engineering teams, local IHSE system integrator ITOCHU Cable Systems Inc. supplied and installed a large, 160 port, IHSE Draco tera enterprise KVM switch along with a separate, smaller, 32 port Draco tera compact KVM switch.

Connection between computers and workstations throughout the building is via single-mode fiber and Cat X copper cabling. The two switches provide studio and editing staff with instant access to the main MTX switch, the report station and the connection center. This enables free access and switching of each MTX at every operator workstation. The switches are interconnected by means of Matrix Grid,  allowing the whole installation to operate asa single system. System administration and supervision is provided by the Java-based Draco tera Tool operating over several consoles for flexibility and convenience.

The extensive access control and supervisory capability of the IHSE switches enables us to designate which individual users have access to specific devices in the center. For example individual users can be allowed to control playback of video without being able to edit it. Or they can be allowed to only access  specific SNG and FPU devices.

– Ryuhei Takahashi Deputy Director at CTV Technology

The Benefit

The Draco tera’s simple and reliable operation enables producers, editors and other staff involved in the broadcast operation to work effectively and  efficiently; to produce the highest possible quality broadcast output. They can freely access editing, caption, scheduling and other broadcast tools from their own workstation consoles, without having to move to another desk or location. The system provides instant connectivity, switching and delayfree video and audio transmission throughout the studios, production floors and other areas within the broadcast facility.


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