The Genius of IDS, Developed by IPE

Game-changing technology. Fingertip control.

Production Timer
Production Timer
Off-set Timer
Off-set Timer
Camera Control
Camera Control
DMX Lighting
DMX Lighting
IR Control
IR Control
Clocks and Tally
Clocks and Tally

From broadcasting to corporate, IDS provides a dynamic, organisation-wide display and control system

As facilities become more multi-functional, with studios and control rooms being used by different stations and their production teams, Chief Engineers and Specifiers are looking more and more for systems that can be operated by non-technical staff, expanded as requirements dictate whilst reducing operational costs in the process.

In corporate environments IDS brings a dynamic change, streamlining existing processes, eliminating compatibility issues, delivering touch screen control on a global basis. From a corporate perspective, IDS is a totally scalable system architecture that brings technology together with seamless integration. Tate Modern London and The Houses of Parliament are recent installations where IDS completely changed methods of operation resulting high-end levels of speed and efficiency across the board.

IDS devices and network diagram

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.

Innovative. Scalable. Breathtaking.

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 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 some of the most globally recognised names including BBC, ITV, Sky, YouTube, Tate Modern, Parliament, Bloomberg, Discovery and CNN. For more information, take a look at our case studies.