For customers in the broadcast industry, one of the key drivers for adopting IP is scalability. Proprietary KVM solutions often pose limitations to broadcasters who are looking to expand their facilities – whether that is in the form of pre-configured ports or the need to purchase additional costly hardware to allow for such expansion.
Limitless nature of IP
In contrast, the limitless nature of IP adds huge possibilities to an ever-developing broadcast workflow and its growing infrastructure setup. IP KVM is designed to expand as a business’ needs flex – meaning there is no need to try and identify the number of required ports at the beginning of a project. Supporting this, the adoption of IP means there is no ceiling to the number of connected users, computers or endpoint devices such as tablets and cameras.
An IP KVM matrix allows operators to switch, extend, share machines and content without loss of quality or performance, and to add access points or re-route parts of a network. This can be further extended with remote access solutions based upon WAN networks.
This was perfectly illustrated in 2017 when the centre of a major German city was evacuated to diffuse a residual World War II bomb. Within the evacuation area was a major German television network in the middle of a live transmission. An IP KVM matrix meant the customer could reroute the broadcast networks and access the resources from outside the building – leading to a safe evacuation without any disruption for viewers.
KVM is by no means a new technology, but over recent years its use of IP has created a range of advantages for the broadcast industry. Used across the broadcast space, IP-based KVM now allows broadcasters to switch between resources in real time with no loss of quality. An IP-based solution brings reliability and efficiency to all operations, allowing physical technology to be relocated away from the operating environment.
IP KVM: A question of when, rather than if
The broadcast workflow has changed significantly over recent years due to high performance IP KVM. Ranging from cost-effective scalability to enhancing flexibility, the benefits that IP KVM have demonstrated are second to none. The world’s leading broadcasters, studios and post-production houses will reap the benefits of this adoption and will see them reflected in great quality content.
As the broadcast industry constantly evolves, the importance of IP-based KVM technology as an enabler cannot be understated. KVM solutions will continue to evolve and meet the needs of broadcast experts while enabling users to transcend traditional boundaries.