ZDF Deploys Apantac KVM Over IP Solutions For Remote Production Of World Cup

ZDF, a German public service television broadcaster produced and showed the World Cup live in Germany on free-to-air television. The games production was handled remotely at the National Broadcasting Center (NBC) located at ZDF in Mainz, rather than on-site in Qatar.

IP technology and its adoption within the Broadcast environment has been a game changer for KVM technology. For this project, MPE (“mobile production unit” founded and driven by ARD and ZDF) purchased more than one hundred and fifty KVM over IP transmitters (Tx) and receivers (Rx) and “free flow” software licenses from Apantac.

MPE chose the Apantac KVM over IP Extender/Receiver solutions so that its technical team can extend and switch video signals, keyboard and mouse functions, as well as embedded and analog audio signals over IP. Operators can access all computers and servers on the network from any display, keyboard and mouse consoles. The receivers allow scaling of the incoming video to match the resolution of the computer console monitor, regardless of the source computer resolution. The “free flow” licenses allow operators to control up to four consoles from a single keyboard and mouse by simply moving the mouse pointer across the different displays.

In addition, a KVM over IP Transmitter Firmware has been specially designed for this project. This Firmware adds an extra 3840x1080 EDID to the Tx module, which addresses MPE’s need to display two computers (top and bottom) on a single 16:9 UHD monitor.

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