Japanese Broadcaster Streamlines Control Room Operations with Matrox Extio 3 IP KVMs

Control Room Operations

Headquartered in Osaka, Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Corporation (ABC) serves one of Japan’s most populous regions. ABC’s wide offering of news, sports, and informational programs means that the organization requires strict around-the-clock TV control room operations. In order to optimize resource sharing and better manage broadcast equipment during emergencies, ABC turned to Matrox® Extio™ 3 IP KVM extenders. With Extio 3, ABC is able to connect staff and equipment flexibly and efficiently.

“Matrox Extio 3 has proven to be a robust and cost-effective KVM extension solution for ABC. We have found the low-bitrate encoding to be so fast, it is hard to tell that the desktop is being accessed remotely. Furthermore, operation is incredibly intuitive and straightforward.” 

Masayuki Kanda

Section Chief for ABC’s Engineering Division, Broadcasting Operation Department, and Engineering Strategy Department 

Challenges 

  • Systems dispersed between four separate control rooms on different floors 
  • Difficult to maintain systems when not in use 
  • Only a small amount of physical space available for operators 
  • Need to protect sensitive broadcast organization assets 

Solution 

  • Two Extio 3 transmitter devices installed in dedicated server room 
  • Four Extio 3 receiver devices installed in control rooms: one in the master control room and one in each of the three sub-control rooms 
  • 1 Gbps network infrastructure 
  • Quad-monitor displays in each control room 

Results 

  • Increased space optimization in control rooms 
  • Decreased movement of staff between control rooms 
  • Increased operator productivity with intuitive, low-bitrate remote KVM operations 
  • Decreased security risk with remote KVM access to systems 
ABC Control Room Installation
Extio 3 IP KVM extenders provide secure, centralized resource management by allowing staff to readily access secondary control room equipment from the master control room

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