Black Box, an industry-leading provider of IT connectivity solutions, today announced that its award-winning Emerald Unified KVM platform now supports Lawo's Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) IP broadcast control and monitoring system. The many high-profile broadcast and cable companies in the U.S. that already use Lawo's VSM control environment to manage their editing suites, master control suites and mobile production studios can now also use Lawo VSM to configure and control their Emerald KVM workflows.
"Because IP offers broadcast and AV markets benefits including scalability, familiarity to IT staff and flexibility in enabling use of virtual machines, IP-based KVM systems are increasingly becoming an integral part of modern broadcast and production environments," said John Hickey, senior director of KVM and R&D for Black Box. "Black Box KVM systems have become indispensable for media operations, facilitating connection to any keyboard and mouse; supporting intuitive workflow management and routing of A/V and data signals; and enabling seamless integration of physical and virtual machines into a common workflow. Integrating easily with other popular systems, such as Lawo's widely adopted IP control system, VSM, the Emerald platform also simplifies installations for IT and broadcast managers."
The Emerald KVM platform allows for seamless connections to physical computers and virtual machines, eliminating the need to dedicate specific workstations to specific operational needs. Able to connect any workstation to any server or virtual machine on the KVM network, users can move noisy and heat-generating CPU units to a more centralized and secure location while maintaining exceptional performance from the workstation's keyboard and mouse.
Black Box's Emerald KVM family offers industry-leading compression to minimize network bandwidth, supporting operations over WANs as well as LANs. The company's RemoteApp software is available for remote connection to Emerald KVM devices from a standard laptop or tablet. Emerald supports both HD and 4K resolutions and boasts a high-reliability architecture to provide scalable, high-uptime deployments. Emerald's extensive REST API ensures easy integration with third-party applications or touch-panel controller that can be adapted as needs change.
Lawo's VSM IP broadcast control and monitoring system provides the overarching layer that manages all third-party control demands under one interface, including graphical control items that can be easily mapped to touch-screen or touch-pad devices. The Lawo VSM solution relies on an unmatched feature-rich and flexible logic engine to meet any operational workflow in the industry. A comprehensive toolbox allows users to easily adapt and evolve their workflows at any time and without additional manufacturer support.
"Black Box's Emerald KVM solutions offer powerful tools for customizing and simplifying KVM operations," said Axel Kern, senior product manager, Control and Orchestration at Lawo. "The now-achieved compatibility between our VSM control system and the Black Box Emerald solution offers users access to all these tools and therefore outstanding possibilities in terms of connectivity and workflow flexibility, freeing them from hardware restraints and giving them ultimate freedom."
More information on the integration of the Black Box KVM platform with Lawo VSM is available in this video.
Further details on Black Box and its full product portfolio are available at www.blackbox.com.