Black Box showcases KVM and switching solutions at NAB 2017
By: David Davies
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:28 am

Black Box revealed new products and demonstrations in high-performance KVM technology, post-production, virtualization and video walls.

At NAB this year, Black Box debuted its newest product – Boxilla – for the first time in the U.S. Boxilla is the premier KVM and AV/IT system management platform that provides control rooms with a centralised command center for full monitoring and control of the entire system. Black Box announced the product’s next integration through a live demo at their booth. The company also highlighted other recent launches, including: a new KVM extension solution for post-production colorists; new capabilities for InvisaPC; and a remote production solution to improve connectivity for live broadcasting.

“The broadcasting industry is seeing significant change with the growth of virtualization, 4K streaming  and remote production,” said Tom Strade, vice president of product innovation & marketing at Black Box. “Black Box continues to stay ahead of the curve by developing solutions that help streamline production processes, improve workflows to be adaptable and collaborative, and address rapidly emerging technology challenges broadcasters are facing today. At NAB, we will showcase our most popular products and services.”

Black Box’s demos included:

Making the Switch: High-Performance KVM:

InvisaPC: Described as the only IP-based KVM system that enables high-performance and scalable connectivity in both traditional and virtual environments. It provides seamless use of on-site and remote servers while providing access to a virtualized machine with the same single-user interface.

ControlBridge: Enables custom and simplified user interfaces to control multiple KVM systems and devices in control rooms. At their booth, Black Box will feature a 12-inch ControlBridge touchscreen monitor using different scenarios.

Compact switch: Enables matrix switching and management for DKM extenders. Bridging the Gap: Enterprise-Class KVM and Zero-Client Connectivity

Boxilla: Will be featured with its first integration, InvisaPC. Combined with Boxilla, InvisaPC is the first enterprise-class virtualized KVM solution. The matrix can scale to an unlimited number of devices. Black Box will also announce and demo Boxilla’s new integration at the show.

Freedom: A flexible four-port professional-grade switch that allows users to shift between separate computer systems by moving a mouse cursor from monitor to monitor. It can control multiple PCs as one through any mix of operating systems.

Setting the Stage: Video Wall Processing

Radian Video Wall Processor: This video wall can scale to create a multi-window canvas of any size or geometry for TV newsroom sets, and includes support for all video interfaces, IP-based video and multiple video walls. Black Box will use Radian at NAB to feature a newscast.

Black Box also demoed a post-production solution for colorists using DKM extension products, which support the high demand and bandwidth for colorists’ unique applications.