In Hall 5, HDMI switching and distribution specialist HD Connectivity is launching the HDanywhere Modular – a customisable HDMI matrix featuring HDBaseT technologies.
The device enables integrators to build bespoke HD distribution systems. It incorporates a patented system of interchangeable input/output (I/O) module options, so integrators are able to specify which signal transmission technology is used for each TV location. Modules include HDMI, full HDBaseT and HDBaseT-Lite, all of which can be mixed and matched in a single system, thus eliminating expensive unused capacity and unnecessary functionality.
For example, a Smart TV location can utilise a full HDBaseT module in order to provide HDMI, IR control, plus a LAN connection for online content. A second older HDTV location, only requiring HDMI and IR control, can employ the more cost-effective, but still suitable, HDBaseT- Lite module. The two differing modules can be used within the same matrix. All modules can be easily swapped over and ported across to a bigger chassis. This can be done on-site, thanks to a patented field-loadable module design.
HD Connectivity says that HDanywhere is: “the world’s best HDMI matrix ever built for integrators – modular, managed and monitored”. Modular is also the first matrix to use HDanywhere’s brand new operating system: ‘Heartbeat-OS’, a sophisticated matrix management software designed specifically for integrators. Similar to a Managed Network Switch, the matrix control panel can accessed directly or remotely via IP or web interface. Integrators can view real-time information for analysing system heath, cable distance, link bandwidth and integrity, errors and other diagnostics. It is also possible to modify, backup and restore configurations of IP, EDID, CEC settings, port assignments and firmware. Email alert notifications can be scheduled for regular system health reports or set to be triggered by key events that occur, such as an auto-reboot after power failure, or an unauthorised configuration change.
Two chassis sizes are available: 4 in/4 outs (MOD44) and 8 in/8 outs (MOD88). Module options include: HDMI (High Speed with Ethernet); HDBaseT (5Play 100m) = uncompressed HDMI, Fast Ethernet, Power over Ethernet (PoE), CEC and IR over a single Cat5e/6 cable; and HDBaseT-Lite (3Play 70m) = uncompressed HDMI, PoE, CEC and IR over a single Cat5e/6 cable.