IHSE USA and Lawo Unite Their KVM and VSM Control Systems

IHSE USA and Lawo Unite Their KVM and Control Systems to Benefit Broadcast and Production Operations

Lawo's VSM Control System Manages IHSE KVM Switching in Applications Such as Editing, Master Control, and Mobile Production

IHSE USA LLC today announced a partnership with Lawo whereby IHSE's Draco tera matrix switch frames support Lawo's Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) broadcast control and monitoring system. A number of high-profile broadcast companies such as NEP Australia, YLE Finland, Danish Radio Denmark, and key broadcast and cable companies in the U.S. are already using Lawo's VSM control environment to manage KVM switching via the IHSE products in their editing suites, master control suites, and mobile production studios.

"KVM systems have gone from being a basic backroom tool for network administrators to an integral part of any broadcast or production environment. In the process, IHSE's KVM systems have become indispensable for media operations around the world — not only for connecting to any keyboard and mouse, but also for routing A/V and data signals," said Dan Holland, marketing manager for IHSE USA. "Lawo's widely adopted VSM system is equally valuable to many of these same types of customers. The partnership with Lawo is an example of how easily IHSE's KVM solution integrates into third-party systems, and how our many existing field installations prove the performance and reliability of our joint solution."

IHSE's KVM system gives broadcasters a way to share computer sources without having to dedicate specific workstations to operational needs. With KVM, they can connect any workstation to any server or computer source on the KVM matrix grid. This connectivity means they can move noisy and heat-generating CPU units to a more centralized and secure location while giving users immediate performance from a workstation's keyboard and mouse. Simple API commands ensure easy integration using common GUI configurations that can be adapted as needs change.


Beyond those benefits, IHSE's KVM system offers performance gains with higher-resolution video and audio, such as 4K resolutions and broadcast-quality digital and analog audio. Furthermore, KVM systems from IHSE provide legacy support for RS-232 and RS-422 shared serial data signals.

Meanwhile, Lawo's VSM broadcast control and monitoring system provides a structured control system that manages all of these signal types under one interface, with symbols that can be easily mapped to touch-screen or touch-pad devices. The Lawo VSM solution relies on unique logic to simplify operational user interfaces and workflows. A powerful yet intuitive toolbox allows users to expand the broadcast system and make changes to the workflow or configuration without manufacturer support. In this case, broadcasters are using Lawo VSM to configure and control IHSE's KVM switching workflows.


"IHSE's KVM solutions offer powerful tools to customize and simplify operations. Integrating the VSM system into an IHSE KVM solution offers even more possibilities in terms of connectivity, workflow flexibility, and connectivity, freeing the users from hardware restraints and giving them ultimate freedom," said Axel Kern, senior product manager at Lawo.

About Lawo
Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering network, control, audio and video technology for broadcast and post production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems. All products are developed in Germany and manufactured according to highest quality standards at the company's headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany.


IHSE USA is a leading provider of KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) products supporting long-distance signal extenders and switching for DVI, HDMI, VGA, SDI, USB, audio, and RS-232 serial data. For 30 years, IHSE has been developing new and innovative ways of supporting next-generation products for KVM and signal extenders. IHSE technology is deployed worldwide by public and private organizations in industries such as broadcasting, postproduction, government and military, medical, financial, and oil and petroleum. The company offers a complete line of DVI and HDMI video extenders over Cat-X or fiber-optic cables for mission-critical video and data access.