Black Box to Showcase KVM Matrix Switch Control Solutions for Mission Critical Control Rooms


Black Box (NAB booth SL10124) will showcase two new solutions for external control of the DKM KVM matrix switch, a scalable enterprise-class KVM solution for mission critical control rooms. The DKM platform can be controlled with keyboard shortcuts, a pop-up on-screen display (OSD), and external control systems. The switching response time is instantaneous for all control methods.

The ControlBridge touch screens are powered over Ethernet (PoE) and have single cable connectivity for power and control. Separate control processors support other interfaces, such as serial, IR, relays, and digital I/O. The ControlBridge system supports control for a wide range of Black Box products including KVM switches, video switches, video walls processors, and video encoders, enabling an integrated control solution for multiple systems.

The Black Box ControlBridge™ control system enables control of multiple systems for an integrated and seamless operator experience. Control interface options include touch panels, desktop button panels, and mobile devices with iOS, Android, and Windows. At NAB 2016, Black Box will demonstrate the ControlBridge touch panel interface with a drag-and-drop user experience to switch server access from a list of sources to a destination monitor on the user’s desktop or a video wall. The drag-and-drop capability enables dynamic selection of any source and destination combination via a visual and intuitive user interface.

For applications, such as broadcast control rooms, where customers prefer or need panels with backlit push buttons, Black Box has partnered with DNF Controls to define and implement a multi-layered menu interface using DNF’s UPS-16 universal switch panel. The UPS-16 is a 1U rack-mount, 16-button control panel that can be used to select source servers dynamically to be connected to destination screens. Users do not need to program or remember the specific functions of preset buttons. The panel supports redundant power and includes an internal web-based user interface for configuration and setup.

“We’re excited to demonstrate additional control options for users to switch server access and video content in mission-critical control rooms” said Harry Ostaffe, Director of Product Marketing for Control Room Solutions at Black Box. “The Black Box ControlBridge and DNF Controls USP-16 demonstrations are both programmed to provide dynamic source and destination selection and give users much greater function and flexibility over fixed, pre-set selection control devices.”

About Black Box
Black Box is a leading technology product solutions provider that helps customers build, manage, optimize, and deploy high-performance KVM, professional audio/video, and extension and switching applications. The company specializes in complete scalable solutions for fully integrated KVM, extension, and matrix switching systems for command and control rooms, broadcast applications, and other mission-critical monitoring and control applications. Black Box provides its customers with free, 24/7 pre- and post-sales technical support. The company has been recognized with numerous awards for quality, service, and innovation. Black Box is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

About DNF Controls
DNF Controls has been innovating, designing and delivering trusted device control interfaces for more than 25 years. The California-based company offers a wide range of human-to-machine and machine-to-machine solutions designed to meet the real-world device management needs of studio and remote broadcast, tele-production and similar facilities. 

Gina Dickson
VP of Marketing, Black Box Corporation