IDS System Architecture

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.

Investment Diligence and Surety

There is simply nothing like IDS and a key strength 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 specifiers can be sure that they are buying future-proof adaptability, and continue to choose equipment based on suitability and functionality eliminating compatibility headaches.

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

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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.