Control rooms are vital for various organizations to efficiently and effectively monitor multiple information streams and to make accurate mission-critical decisions. With an ever-increasing number of content sources and applications to manage, in addition to collaborative information integration needs, today’s control rooms need to enable system management that is efficient and cost-effective while at the same time offer maximum operator comfort. Control rooms are an essential component of many industries. Whether it’s for monitoring, decision-making, responding, controlling, collaborating or communicating, ATEN control room solutions bring the future of control rooms closer – redefining control rooms for efficient work and better decision-making.
Utilizing over IP technology in control rooms for video, audio, and control data distribution and extension offers more flexibility and scalability for centralized or distributed control room operation. In control room scenarios, the migration from direct-connected systems to those that make use of IP networks has had various advantages – mainly, that controllers can configure connectivity architecture and the overall size of the KVM installation based on specific requirements, and systems can be designed to accommodate large distances, high performance and varying levels of system redundancy and resiliency. So, the major benefit of IP-based KVM in the control room is almost limitless scalability and flexibility. An IP-based KVM system also provides more extension options beyond traditional keyboard-monitor-mouse, including server sharing, video extension, and multicasting. For these reasons, IP-based control units mean you can upgrade your IP management efficiency by increasing productivity and reducing operational costs. IP-based solutions that utilize TCP/IP for the communication protocol also allow control room operators to monitor, access and troubleshoot control room assets from any networked computer – and this also means that image data from secondary sites or anywhere else on the network can be displayed on the main control room video wall. This enables a faster response to mission-critical emergencies.