KSC CORE

KSC CORE is a highly available, adaptable control and monitoring system that allows for a fast and flexible control of entire broadcast chain for all areas of the broadcast world: planning, contribution, production, playout and distribution.

Flexibility

  • Production setups with freely configurable system settings for fast change-overs before and during broadcast

  • Recurring use of event data with proactive conflict calculation

  • Flexible exchange of system components via drag & drop incl. transfer of processing parameters

  • Relocation of production areas by simple delegation

Simplicity

  • Fast and intuitive system design GUIs

  • Simple and clear configuration of all system parameters

  • Standardization of operating concepts for all attached systems

  • Offline preparation of configurations

Robustness

  • Server cluster with manual and automatic switching

  • Design of all system components for 24/7 operation

  • Permanent status display of all important system components

Control

  • Central, top-level controller system for all switching, adjustment and monitoring functions in the broadcast area

  • Graphically simplified presentation of complex system settings and states

  • Production-setups can be prepared offline, edited and selected on-the-fly in the system

System Monitoring

  • Complete monitoring of all control system components and all attached systems/devices

  • Continuous error logging, error correlation and logging of events

  • Detailed error messages with associated history, error message transfer to higher-level umbrella systems

Scheduling

  • Time-based resource management of all system components, recognition and solution of resource conflicts

  • Advance booking of all resources, signal paths and processing functions

  • Manual or automatic, frame-accurate on-time event activation or deactivation

Statistics

  • Recording, logging and evaluation of all operating data

  • Registration of usage frequency and duration for each system component

  • Data basis for customer-specific statistical usage analyses and cost optimization

Herstellerunabhängigkeit

  • Schnittstellen zu allen Herstellern, die Broadcasting heute und morgen definieren

  • Investitionsrendite auch beim Wechsel zu Komponenten von verschiedenen Herstellern

  • KSC CORE umfasst eine geeignete Schnittstelle für jede Geräteauswahl

  • Integrierte Steuerung heterogener Systemstrukturen

Plug & Play

  • Gerätescanner für die automatische Erkennung und Konfiguration von Systemkomponenten (automatische Erkennung und Bestätigung)

  • Automatische Erkennung von Firmware- und Softwareversionen verbundener Geräte

  • Vollautomatische Standardkonfiguration neu verbundener Steuerungssysteme

System Architecture

KSC CORE seamlessly integrates into existing network structures. A standard IT hardware backbone forms the basis of the solution. KSC CORE further enhances reliability with hardware and software redundancy concepts.

 

KSC Systems have taken care of intelligent broadcast control for almost 25 years. Within this experience, hundreds of different protocols for monitoring and control have been implemented. They range from major broadcast manufacturers to highly specified components. Thanks to an independent R&D department, no limitations with regard to third party devices exist.

 

Talking native protocols to various manufacturers reduces the efforts on the manufacturer’s side and consequently enables the use of high-performance communication.

 

KSC CORE acts as the neutral intelligent communications translator between different devices no matter which physical control interface (TCP/IP or serial) is provided. Therefore, KSC Systems can seamlessly be integrated into existing (even vintage) broadcast device infrastructure.

 

By using an unlimited number of internal logic controls, KSC CORE adds to the standard functionality of device control and allows operators to design completely new functions.

 

At the intelligent and robust core of a KSC System, redundant servers in a cluster with up to 20 physical or virtual machines form the basis for 24/7 fail-safe operation. Automatic or manual (initiated from any KSC Control Panel in the system) fail-over switching guarantees for highest safety.

 

As monitoring and control systems are growing increasingly inseparable, KSC CORE introduces SNMP monitoring capabilities to the control system infrastructure by using a dedicated server unit for independent surveillance of all system components.

 

Hardware LCD control panels in a wide range of key formats, mounting options, and front panel designs made by BFE in Germany are available. Additionally, software based GUIs and Virtual Software Panels offer simplified and adaptable control.

 

BFE’s own hardware development and manufacturing delivers GPI/O interfaces and dynamic labeling UMDs as well as Sync-Interfaces for frame-accurate switcher- and automation systems operation.

 

When converting from serial control signals into the TCP/IP-world, KSC CORE relies on industry-standard components with a proven track record of hundreds of installations.

 

KSC CORE Server Software

Is the KSC CORE software installed on the server unit and marks the basis for every KSC CORE control system. Depending on the area of application, the server software’s basic functionality can be further enhanced with KSC CORE Server Software Extensions, making your application your own.

 

KSC CORE Client Software

Is the KSC CORE software running on a client workstation to setup and control KSC CORE. The client can also be tailored to your specific needs by various KSC CORE Client Software Extensions, such as the GFX Unit for easily designing functional GUIs, or Matrix View for matrix-based routing and real-time status information.

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