ProjectBuilders OB14 on display at IBC

ProjectBuilders, the in-house systems integrator for Belgium’s Videohouse, has outfitted IHSE’s KVM switch solutions to support a radical design concept developed for their new OB14 broadcast production truck. Rather than a simple replication of previous designs, the company decided to use a KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switch system to distribute the different operational areas across all operator workstations – no matter the location. The  goal of this new thinking  was  to  create  an optimum  and  future-proofed working  environment  with maximum  flexibility  to  meet  the varied  demands  of  outside broadcast operations throughout its working lifetime and allow it to maintain  a  leading  position  in  a competitive market.ProjectBuilders and system consultant, Crosspoint, outlined the criteria for OB14 and prepared the engineering designs for implementation.  Chief among these was a separate internal corridor through the truck. “Outside broadcast trucks are busy, with people coming and going all the time,” explains Michiel Spaepen, project manager at ProjectBuilders.  “By separating internal sections operators don’t need to pass through the main production area making it quieter and less disruptive.”

The design team also considered ways to maximize the flexibility of the truck so that it would be attractive to broadcasters of outdoor events of almost any size and type.  Equipment racks were designed with sliding trays that are accessible from outside the vehicle.  “This allows the truck to be configured with the necessary equipment for an individual task, allowing us to share equipment easily amongst the fleet and reduce the overall stock level of expensive devices,” says Spaepen

An IHSE Draco tera compact KVM switch gives staff direct access to servers and production equipment from individual workstations. Operators can easily switch between source devices, such  as  the  system  control  servers,  character  generators,  rasterizers,  EVS  servers  and SloMo devices by hotkey selection whenever they need to.  Spaepen added, “Maximum flexibility is achieved by allowing every operator position to be set to a personal preference. The Draco tera delivers instant switching of sources without video or data latency; essential in live broadcast production, creating a truly flexible and efficient workflow.”

The  32-port  Draco  tera  compact  switch  provides  access  from  16  individual  servers  and computers to 12 operator workstations over a dedicated Cat7 network with USB 2.0 support. Extra pairs of KVM fiber cross-repeaters enable remote connection of peripheral sources or displays up to 10 km away.  “Operators aren’t aware of the KVM switch; it simply operates in the background delivering the  instantaneous  connection  and  switching  of  sources  they  demand  in  a  live  broadcast environment; exactly as it should be.” Said, Gert Vandoninck of Crosspoint.

Videohouse has plenty of experience at building OB units. The company, created in 1980, is a big name in the European television facilities world. A member of the Euro Media Group, formed from the 2007 merger of United  Broadcast  Facilities  and  Euro  Media  Television, Videohouse  built  its  first  outside  broadcast  unit,  OB1, in  1988.

The new outside broadcast truck, OB14 built for Videohouse by ProjectBuilders, and featuring a 32-port Draco tera compact switch along with many new innovations will be on display in the outside  exhibit  area  at  IBC ,  booth  OE110.  The full range of IHSE KVM solutions for broadcast applications will be demonstrated at booth 7.B30.

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