InfoComm 2018: G&D North America To Show Off KVM Expertise, Portfolio
Every year, InfoComm attracts visitors and exhibitors from around 110 countries to learn more about the latest innovations in AV technology. Guntermann und Drunk GmbH and its U.S. subsidiary GD North America (Booth N1864) will present the latest KVM highlights and provide advice on how to best use KVM in control room applications. The company offers the broadest KVM portfolio on the market and specializes in the implementation of sophisticated KVM applications in control rooms. Matrix switch installations create ideal conditions for removing computer equipment from control room workstations into dedicated server rooms. At the remote workstations, the equipment can be accessed via CAT or fiber cabling or, since very recently, also over IP infrastructures.
Features for Maximum Usability
Based on the extensive portfolio of KVM systems that form the backbone of IT installations, the company provides its customers with a range of user-friendly functionalities that make G&D’s systems easy and intuitive to use. This makes work as comfortable and efficient as possible for everyone involved. CrossDisplay-Switching, for example, is particularly suitable for AV applications consisting of several multi-monitor workstations. The innovative function allows intuitive switching by mouse. The mouse acts as if on a “virtual desktop” and can be moved seamlessly across the connected displays, automatically switching to the corresponding computer. Not only are computers with multihead video supported, but any scenarios from various sources can be displayed on one workstation. The screens can be placed in any order, which does not necessarily have to be a row or a quadrant. Speaking of scenarios, G&D has developed the scenario switching function especially for the control room area. Scenario switching makes it possible to store predefined setups of switching conditions (e.g. day/night scenario). The selected switching states are saved in a script in the matrix system and can be accessed and executed via the OSD of workplaces assigned with the required rights.
One single command switches all computers required at the controller desk from day to night shift. Scenarios for different eventualities such as emergency situations can also be stored quickly and reliably and can be called up when needed.
The matrix switch ControlCenter-IP enables distributed switching of computer signals via standard IP-based networks on layer 3. This way, even the largest IT installations can be implemented via IP access. In combination with IP extender systems the ControlCenter-IP forms a powerful KVM-over-IP matrix that enables the switching of all connected computer and user modules and extends the usability and flexibility of AV installations in control rooms. Operators are able to benefit from a high-performance G&D matrix environment while at the same time using the advantages of a flexible network. Encryption of video, keyboard, mouse, and control data with AES-128 ensures secure and reliable operation. Installations can be scaled as required and extended via standard network elements. Transmission takes place with CAT cabling via standard IP-based networks on layer 3 and via a Gigabit Ethernet. The ControlCenter-IP also comes with G&D’s proven latency-free video transmission. DisplayPort1.1 signals can be processed lossless and pixel-perfect. The system supports video resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz or 3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz. Together with the matrix, G&D will also launch more devices for DVI, dual link and DisplayPort 1.2. Thus, the ControlCenter-IP will support the extending and switching of 4K @ 60 Hz.