WHO CONTROLS THE CONTROL ROOM?

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It’s about that time of year again; in mid-April, thousands of us will gather in Las Vegas for the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

NAB has been described as “Disneyland for cameramen,” but it’s far more than that. It’s a chance to see how the technology has evolved and how broadcasters can operate more effectively.  Video cameras are the most obvious example, of course, but improvements are being made that affect every aspect of a broadcaster’s performance.  Take, for example, the control room.

Over time, the function and abilities of the control room have changed, and become more encompassing.  As the world becomes more data-driven, the concept of control rooms has morphed from a single facility where you can view and manage several incoming video feeds from the tape room down the hall, into a hub that’s become essential for monitoring data streaming in from disparate systems located around the world.  It’s that global viewpoint that has changed both the way we think of control rooms, and the tools needed to make them work to their fullest capacity.

Let’s put things into perspective: think about how often you turn on CNN or cable and see video that was shot on someone’s phone in another country.  This video must be normalized and converted, one of any number of screens that must be monitored at any one time.  Even as that occurs, millions of consumers are demanding video on a growing number of devices, from TVs to phones, tablets, watches and more. Now, multiply that single video by the hundreds, even thousands that are imported daily into a broadcast facility.

This places the control room at the hub of a total ecosystem, monitoring and processing numerous systems in a high-performance world.  A successful control room cannot be filled with point solutions; it must be a wholly integrated system that works seamlessly, and delivers without a hiccup.

The successful control room serves as the critical operations center for your entire operation, one where uptime becomes the imperative:  What happens when there’s a power failure?  What happens when a server crashes? That’s where a company like Emerson makes sense; for years, we have focused on delivering a total system, moving well beyond the point solution perspective.  From our Trellis™ DCIM platform, DSView and Rack Power Manager software, Rack Power Distribution Units and MergePoint Unity KVM over IP switches to our desktop KVM switch portfolio, Emerson’s high-performance products are specifically designed to work together…globally, and not just on the six computers down the hallway.  For instance, if there’s a computer crash, the Emerson product ecosystem enables an administrator to quickly identify and remotely resolve the issue.  That means the problem can be rapidly identified, diagnosed and resolved.

Customers are smart; they are looking for dependable solutions that meet their needs today, while being flexible enough to scale as those needs change.  Those who have successfully implemented high-performance control rooms realize that the solution is more than speeds and feeds, or features and functions.  They know that the technology they select must be transparent, to help them do their jobs more effectively.

At Emerson, we get that.  We cover the full range from service processors to high-performance, and tie in physical facilities control.  Whether it’s HVAC or power from the curb to the rack, we do it all in a unified manner that provides consistent visibility, uptime and flexibility to broadcast control rooms.

We’ll be in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth SL6028, for NAB.  We hope you’ll take the time to come and see how our unified approach to the control room can make your life a little easier.

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