Datapath introduces new Arqa KVM system

Datapath, distributed by Midwich in Australia, has released a new KVM system designed to further enhance control and management of Datapath’s video processing hardware.

Adding to its portfolio of video management solutions, the Arqa will bring the benefits of KVM control with the trusted reliability and function that comes as standard from the manufacturer. The Arqa gives integrators and end users near-zero latency and visually lossless video transmission.

Making use of video-over-IP transport technology, the Arqa system reportedly greatly reduces latency compared to other video solutions and provides instant control. Internal testing shows that there is no difference at all when operating a PC through Arqa.

“Operators tend to interact with multiple sources or applications simultaneously which are often hosted remotely for a number of good reasons,” Datapath product manager Mark Rogers explains.

“Obviously being able to respond quickly during a crisis is critical, meaning the latency and responsiveness of their video system is a key factor. With encoding technologies like H264, PCoIP or RDP, the latency can be too high or the quality too unpredictable, so these are not good choices where real-time control is concerned.”

Using Arqa also lets IT and AV teams house all PCs needed in the single location saving time and valuable desktop real estate.

Additionally, the source itself is using software-based KVM to encode its desktop and then uses its own resource to do so which takes away from the application itself.

“Users want a solution that is reliable and doesn’t compromise on either quality or latency. Arqa is a visually lossless KVM which runs on a 1GB network with simple and cost-effective networking hardware,” Mark says.

Another benefit for end users is Datapath’s One Control technology which lets operators switch between up to 16 different independent sources as if they were on the one desktop.

“Arqa also works with our award-winning VSN video wall controllers, so pulling content onto each workstation as well as pushing it onto our video walls is easy to achieve,” Mark says.

“Whether clients need KVM to increase security from both internal and external threat, centralise their assets for maintainability purposes or they simply want a cleaner working environment, Arqa is the ideal solution.

“We now have the full control spectrum covered, with Arqa being Datapath’s hard KVM option, as well as our soft KVM offering which utilises WallControl 10 software.”

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