NAB 2018

NAB 2018: G&D To Present New KVM-Over-IP Matrix

The extensive KVM portfolio of German manufacturers G&D has so far focused on systems with dedicated transmission. Some time ago, the company introduced major expansions with its specially developed KVM-over-IP technology. For NAB 2018, G&D have added brand-new devices to this product line.

Until now, the portfolio included only one extender system based on KVM-over-IP technology. With pixel-perfect video quality, maximum reliability and security features as well as optimum latency behavior, the system offers G&D’s well-known high performance. However, one important aspect has been missing so far: the possibility of switching. This possibility is now added with the ControlCenter-IP as central appliance.

KVM-over-IP meets matrix
The additional network integration of the ControlCenter-IP turns the extender systems, which have so far only implemented a point-to-point connection between computer and workstation over IP, into a powerful KVM matrix. Now every connected workstation can be granted access to any computer connected to the KVM system. Both the dynamic access and the use of KVM-over-IP give the application twice the flexibility. Secure and reliable operation is ensured by AES-128 encryption and the support of important aspects of quality of service.

While the network infrastructure takes over the transport of IP packets from A to B with the help of network switches and routers, the ControlCenter-IP contributes the logic. Included are all features that have been already very popular with users of the classic matrix switches ControlCenter-Digital and ControlCenter-Compact. First of all, there is the basic administration with extensive user and rights management. In addition, the device provides many helpful control room features from monitoring, scripting and scenario switching to push-get for optimal collaboration and the integration of video walls, up to CrossDisplay-Switching for absolutely intuitive operation at multi-monitor workstations.

Versatile signals up to real 4K over IP
G&D have started their KVM-over-IP solutions with a system for DisplayPort 1.1.  But soon more signals will be supported as well. The company continues to live up to its reputation of offering the broadest portfolio of all manufacturers. Devices for DVI, dual-link DVI and DisplayPort 1.2 for 4K at 60Hz will follow. As usual at G&D, they will of course be compatible with each other.

Speaking of a broad portfolio: the new IP systems are not intended to be a replacement for G&D’s classic KVM systems. The KVM specialists continue to see applications for both in the future – KVM systems with dedicated transmission have their own advantages and thus continue to be relevant. G&D are proud to be able to offer everything from a single source in the future, enabling them to provide the best possible solution for each customer project. A first system of the ControlCenter-IP will be shown at NAB 2018. Only a few refinements for the familiar intuitive operation and G&D’s testing to market maturity will then be required before availability. The classic KVM systems and the multitude of features can also be seen at the show.

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