Integrating KVM into the broadcast world
Guntermann & Drunck (G&D) are regarded as leading manufacturers of KVM products. With their variety of KVM extenders, switches and matrix switches for extending, switching and distributing keyboard, video and mouse signals, G&D offer their users the broadest KVM portfolio available in the market.
G&D’s KVM products optimise the application of IT equipment and improve the working conditions for humans and computers. The spatial separation between computers and workstations brings many advantages for the standardisation of process landscapes. Whether CAT or fibre, modular, compact, classic KVM, or KVM-over-IP – G&D always offer a bespoke solution – precisely tailored to applications, project parameters and the existing IT structure.
With over 30 years of experience as German manufacturers of KVM systems, G&D are trusted by a host of national and international TV stations and broadcasters. By short lines of communication and the entire core competencies such as development, product management, sales, marketing and production under one roof, G&D support their customers from the technical initial advice through to on-site and after-sales support from a single source.
G&D’s KVM systems provide a perfect basis for flexible, distributed switching of computer signals to allow producers the simplest and most efficient operation.
- KVM Extenders – G&D’s KVM extenders extend access to computers up to
10,000 m and still work in real-time. The systems consist of two units –
a computer module (transmitter) and a user module (receiver). A local console at the transmitter module in the technology room lets the IT staff easily maintain the computers.
- KVM Switches – G&D’s KVM switches allow users to operate two to 64 computers from one console consisting of monitor, keyboard and mouse.
- KVM Matrix Systems – G&D’s KVM matrix switches allow users to operate multiple computers from multiple consoles. They consist of computer modules, central modules and console modules. The systems enable flexible and decentralised control of large, distributed IT installations or those equipped with many workstations.
G&D’s products and systems are designed for simple and intuitive operation. For example, the CrossDisplay-Switching function is designed for multi-monitor workstations that access multiple computers at the same time. The user’s mouse acts as if it is on a ‘virtual desktop’ and can be moved seamlessly across the connected displays. When the cursor moves from one display to another, the keyboard/mouse focus automatically switches to the connected computer. This allows users to intuitively operate multiple systems simultaneously with just one keyboard and mouse.
Best of Both – Classic KVM and KVM-over-IP
Due to the enormous flexibility of IP networks, KVM-over-IP is becoming increasingly relevant in many areas. Using existing cabling, switches and routers does not only save costs but also provides operators and administrators with a flexibility that especially facilitates central administration. However, classic KVM systems, which essentially use dedicated cabling, will not lose their importance. But depending on the application, it may be worth comparing classic KVM systems with KVM-over-IP.
Of course, G&D’s portfolio includes both – solutions for classic KVM and solutions for KVM-over-IP such as the G&D ControlCenter-IP. The system provides all the advantages of a classic G&D matrix with one major difference: the signals are transmitted through standard IP-based networks instead of direct, dedicated cables. This gives a transmission bandwidth of 1Gbit/s and ensures latency-free operation and excellent video quality. In fact, video support includes all signals up to full 4K resolution.
Flexibility for the Future
G&D pays great attention to the compatibility and expandability of its systems. The aim is to provide G&D’s customers with future-proof investments that can be expanded and upgraded at any time.
G&D customers can expect comprehensive expert advice and technical support during all phases of their projects. Whatever the KVM broadcasting requirement, G&D, their employees and trained partner network will be pleased to offer support in finding the best possible and perfectly integrated KVM solution.