What is IDS?

IDS is a scalable, network-based display and control system designed specifically for the broadcast industry. It was originally conceived as an alternative solution to the cumbersome and expensive clocks and tally units that were often custom built into broadcast studios and live environments. We realized there was an opportunity for a flexible, network-based solution, capable of delivering that same information and much, much more using off-the-shelf display devices connected and managed via IP.

Since then, IDS has evolved into a sophisticated, modular display and control system that can be tailored to fit any installation. It gives users a powerful toolbox to create bespoke network systems using their own custom-designed information for display and control purposes, enabling them to carry out a range of critical and non-critical operations.

Typical applications include displaying NTP synchronised clocks, broadcast status, station alerts, branded and mixed media content, serial and IP interfacing with control devices, GPIO expansion, tally interfacing, dynamic noise level monitoring, control of remote IR devices, DMX lighting and production timers. All of this and more over Ethernet.

Value for money

One of the key strengths of IDS is its scalable system architecture, making the perfect building block for any system. It integrates with essential broadcast equipment and interfaces with third party control and playout systems. This is important as it means specifiers can be sure that what they are buying is future-proof and adaptable, so they can continue to choose equipment based on suitability and functionality without the headache caused by compatibility.

IDS devices and network diagram

IDS Architecture

Consisting of dedicated software and hardware devices that use a standard TCP/IP backbone, IDS can be scaled to suit any installation. At the heart of the system is IDS Core, our configuration software that provides easy access to management and workflow changes. Attached to your IDS network are a variety of IDS hardware devices that provide specific functionality and resilience.

IDS overview diagram

Four key functions, many applications:


Clocks and Timing

Perhaps the most important function in broadcast environments, IDS synchronises all the devices on your network using NTP/LTC. Continued →

Information Display

IDS delivers dynamic information based on your own screen designs to any connected display device. Information can include clocks, cue lamps, Continued →

Control and Integration

From simple to complex, IDS scales to meet your requirements. It integrates with essential broadcast equipment, interfaces with Continued →

Content Management

Information is becoming increasingly complex. From live video streaming and media playback to messaging and RSS feeds, IDS lets you Continued →

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IDS is used by many of Europe's leading broadcasters including BBC, Sky, BFBS, Peel Media, RUV and Radio Nova. For more information, take a look at our case studies.