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Draco Compact KVM extenders used to transmit HD images throughout The View from The Shard – London’s highest attraction


The Customer
The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of the tallest building in Western Europe, offering 360° views for miles across London.

The Challenge
Visitors to the viewing galleries ascend to the 68th floor by means of two sets of lifts. The first climbs to the mid-point of the building on floor 33, where guests traverse to the second lift which completes the journey to the galleries on levels 69 and 72. Each lift has banks of LCD video screens covering the ceiling playing video loops of the building structure and visual effects. The lower, larger lift carriages have a 3 x 2 video wall comprising 40” LC displays; the higher lifts use two 60” monitors side-by-side.

Video sequences are managed from a Medialon Show Control, invoked at the start of each lift journey by signals generated by door closure after the visitors enter. Separate HD signals are transmitted from a set DVS Blades to each video screen.

All video equipment is located in the control at the base of the building with multimode fiber optic cable used to transmit the signal to the carriages.
“The distances are large, so fiber was the only option,” said Josh Miller, Technical Director of system integrator DJW. Signals for the higher lifts have to travel from the first floor control room to the very top of the building and then down to the mid-point when the lift is starting its ascent. This is a vertical distance of over 450 meters and the additional horizontal routing of the cable adds another 100 meters or so.”

The Solution
To transmit video signals over this huge distance, IHSE’s Draco compact extenders were chosen, enabling artifact-free transmission from the DVS Blades to the screens over the multi-mode fiber installed through the building. “We have used IHSE extenders extensively in museum installations in the past and found them to have the utmost reliability and durability; critical credentials for an installation of this type where access is severely limited and can only be performed out of hours. The performance of these extenders is rock solid; they don’t let us down and are resilient to noise and interference as well as the vibration and movement of the lifts. We will continue to use IHSE products in the future.”

The View from The Shard : Case Study (pdf)

About Scene Double

Scene Double’s design and manufacturing experience and expertise in the professional KVM and video extension market stretches back over 20 years from its formation in 1991. Many products are manufactured under OEM relationships with some of the computer industry’s largest suppliers of computer systems and peripherals from Scene Double’s own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility capable of volume surface-mount and complete product assembly. Direct sales of KVM, DVI and video extension and switching devices are also undertaken from the headquarters site in Hertfordshire to major organisations throughout the world where they are renowned for their quality, innovation and reliability.

Scene Double has entered into a number of technology cross-licensing and marketing deals with other companies in similar markets. The company prides itself on a strong level of personal support, provided in most case by engineers responsible for original product design. This has culminated in the recent opening of a fully equipped and spacious training facility for all its own products, together with those of its partner companies. Scene Double also offers full system specification services to assist dealers and system integrators in specifying and using its KVM and DVI switching and extension product range.

About IHSE

IHSE GmbH was founded in 1984 in Friedrichshafen, near Lake Constanze, in Germany. In its early years, the company supplied software for industrial automation and technical data processing applications.
Today, the focus of IHSE’s business is KVM extenders, switches and video routers. KVM Extenders allow the remote location of computer consoles (monitor, keyboard and mouse) to be located at very long distances from the related computer. KVM crosspoint switches, enable different computers to be accessed through one or more consoles. IHSE’s high end DVI extension and switching solutions are unique in the market place and allow remote control over both copper and fibre optic media.