From multi-monitor workplace to adaptable solution

KVM systems have long been well-established in the IT infrastructures of ATC control room applications. Whether tower, remote tower or air traffic control center – G&D’s KVM equipment enables flexible IT access, comprehensive redundancy concepts, fail-safety, and increase cyber security. KVM systems extend and distribute computer signals, thus allowing the remote operation of computers without any latency and at best video quality. The computers can still be accessed in real-time from control rooms, air traffic control centers or remote towers. It is hard to imagine mission-critical sectors such as airspace surveillance without KVM. Here, G&D systems optimize the IT infrastructure and create ideal working conditions for both ATCOs and technicians. KVM also covers an aspect that’s especially relevant at times like these: It enables the physical separation of teams, but facilitates the collaboration between individual team members while also supporting multiple-shift models.

With their new multiviewing-tool, G&D also respond to the trend towards integrated consoles in ATC control rooms. Using a separate monitor for each process is now a thing of the past. The PersonalWorkplace-Controller makes it possible to easily display, arrange and operate multiple video signals on just one large monitor or multiple displays. This gives ATCOs the option of individually configuring their workspace with different computer sources. The modified arrangements, which can be saved and called up as layouts, create optimized and adaptable controller working positions.

In addition to getting a clearly arranged overview of all processes on just one monitor, operators also have simultaneous integrated and flexible access to all the data they need. Displaying multiple computer sources in real time on one large monitor, and thus providing latency-free operation of multiple computers from a single console, facilitates work in towers, digital towers or ATC rooms. In addition, the high image quality and unlimited flexibility in arranging sources provide great added value. This allows active work areas and monitoring areas to be ergonomically set up on larger screens. 

Digital towers with systems from G&D

Since digitizing towers is on the rise, the KVM experts also offer solutions fitting these critical applications. Redundancy concepts for the computers providing the live images from the surveillance cameras, for example, can be mapped with a matrix switch. If one computer fails, the switch connects to the second, redundant computer without interrupting the controller’s work.

One of many possible applications using the PersonalWorkplace-Controller

Virtual sources via streaming protocol

In addition to displaying physical sources, the PersonalWorkplace-Controller can also be utilized for showing virtual content in hybrid structures. Images, texts or videos are displayed via streaming protocols. Apart from physical outputs, there is also the option of streaming the content. Now content from video walls or personal workspaces can be accessed on different output devices, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet.

The PersonalWorkplace-Controller can be seamlessly implemented into existing G&D systems. Both the interfaces to G&D matrix systems and the operation via select menu or CrossDisplay-Switching are compatible.

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