DIOS is the first I/O routing automation software designed specifically for broadcasters and media companies. DIOS manages and simplifies the complex routing matrices within a broadcast workflow, breaking down the restrictions of your current infrastructure. This innovative solution identifies all potential I/O pathways, seamlessly reroutes data, recognizes and restores previous configurations, and so much more. With automatic routing and expanded redundancy options, DIOS ensures you stay on the air when the unexpected occurs.
Simply put, centralization is the concentration of control. Centralization allows multiple processes and systems to be managed under a single authority. Within the broadcast industry, a wide range of equipment is needed to facilitate production. Since equipment is produced by a variety of manufacturers and often speaks different "languages," each piece of equipment is typically managed independently. Without centralized control, the management of equipment can be a very taxing process. Engineers need to be well versed in a variety of systems and spend time individually configuring different components within the broadcast workflow. Quick changes to the production are nearly impossible, and equipment remains static and rigid, greatly limiting the capabilities of your hardware.
DIOS centrally manages the signal routing of your entire audio ecosystem, no matter the type of equipment or the language of the infrastructure. Since DIOS is completely format agnostic and handles any type of baseband or AoIP data, it provides you with immense flexibility and allows you to do more with less. Take a moment and think about all the equipment in your broadcast facility. The list is likely quite extensive. Now, ask yourself if you are maximizing the capabilities of each piece of equipment. Most broadcasters will answer no, and for a good reason. There is simply not enough time, resources, or flexibility in broadcast workflows to truly take advantage of all your equipment has to offer. With DIOS, that all changes. With centralized control of your I/O routes, DIOS allows you to leverage equipment throughout your production facilities, enabling you to become more efficient and effective. With automatic pathfinding and the ability to manage all types of data, DIOS breaks down the barriers that once prohibited your equipment from reaching its full potential.
As your equipment's capabilities are maximized, DIOS enables you to be dynamic with your workflows and to consolidate hardware. DIOS imbues your I/O routes with flexibility – instantly, your equipment is able to do so much more. DIOS identifies all potential pathways, then routes data using the most efficient route. This allows you to utilize I/O pathways that were previously unavailable in a static model. Additionally, with the ability to transport IP and baseband data while routing both Studer and third-party equipment, DIOS opens up an entirely new world of routing options. With every possible pathway being utilized, you can truly maximize the I/O capabilities within your hardware.
In addition to leveraging the capabilities of your existing equipment, DIOS also allows you to easily repurpose equipment within your facility for other applications. With the centralization of control, you only need to make changes in one system instead of multiple systems, reducing the amount of time it takes to set up productions. Build your show offline and pre-configure I/O routes in advance to further decrease set up time. Plus, autorecognition of previous I/O routes enables a smooth transition back to previous configurations.
With the centralization of control, DIOS provides monumental flexibility that allows you to:
- Share resources and consolidate your equipment
- Streamline your workflows
- Drastically simplify remote production
- Easily expand your routing network and add or remove equipment
- Easily make changes to equipment, productions, and/or talent
The entire broadcast industry is immersed in the transition from baseband to IP. While the benefits of IP networks are clear, transitioning an entire broadcast facility to the new technology is often expensive, disruptive, and time consuming. Thus, many broadcasters are gradually migrating to an IP network and must oversee a complex combination of baseband and IP products in the interim. One of the biggest challenges with a hybrid baseband/IP infrastructure is managing the routes for both types of data. Until now.
DIOS seamlessly manages the routing of data, whether you are working with baseband or IP or both. In hybrid baseband/IP infrastructures, DIOS manages the routing through the heterogenous network – an often complex network that is made up of IP and baseband components. DIOS is format agnostic, so various types of data can be routed between multiple diverse products, regardless of the infrastructure. Essentially, DIOS enables you to bring different standards and APIs together into one ecosystem and connect third-party equipment that previously operated independently. This opens up an entirely new world of options and significantly expands your routing capabilities.
With the ability to manage all types of input and output data, DIOS is a scalable solution that can adapt as your facility grows and your needs change. Because DIOS manages the transport of both IP and baseband data, you can upgrade your baseband infrastructure to IP gradually. As DIOS connects various systems that have not previously been able to communicate, it brings uniformity and interoperability to your entire infrastructure.
I/O routing is an extremely complex part of the production process. Configuring I/O routes is time consuming and requires a high level of expertise. Even after I/O routes are established, unexpected hardware failures often require urgent changes to routing equipment in an attempt to stay on the air. Imagine this: you are an audio engineer who spent hours setting up I/O pathways for a new live show. While on the air, an error occurs, and the audio from the main talent's microphone is no longer being transmitted. You frantically attempt to determine the source of this error knowing that each moment that passes is detrimental to the production. Finally, you locate the issue – a failed piece of Cat 5 cable. Without replacements on hand, you must find a way to reroute the microphone's audio. Your I/O routes are static, so you must disconnect a different input source (fingers crossed it won't impact the production too much) and replace it with the talent's microphone. After re-patching the routes in order to make sure the microphone's audio is recognized on your audio console, your talent is back on the air. Now, imagine the same issue occurring with one difference – you have DIOS. While on the air, the Cat 5 cable fails. DIOS recognizes that it is no longer a viable path and automatically reroutes the audio through other available pathways. Your talent never goes off the air, and your heart rate remains steady.
DIOS automates the I/O routing process, increasing efficiency and reducing errors. Think of DIOS as the GPS for your routing network. Once the input and output (or, source and target) locations are determined, DIOS identifies pathways and automatically routes the data. Using in-depth knowledge of your infrastructure, DIOS can reroute data when errors occur through automated redundant pathfinding. Just like a GPS system identifying an accident and offering different route options, DIOS will find an alternative pathway when an I/O route is unavailable. When no pathways are available, DIOS will provide options for disconnecting inputs currently in use. This way, users can determine which option will have the smallest impact on the production. Furthermore, DIOS provides users with automated diagnostic notifications, so you receive instantaneous notice of pathway limitations or hardware failures. DIOS also recalls previous routing configurations, so you can easily make changes to equipment and quickly switch between productions without having to manually reconfigure I/O pathways.
By decreasing the need for human intervention, DIOS simplifies your broadcast workflows, reduces the likelihood of human errors during configuration and daily operation, and ensures you stay on the air when errors occur. DIOS enables you to:
- Quickly find solutions for roadblocks, hardware failures, and bandwidth limitation issues
- Gain flexibility with your routing infrastructure
- Reduce initial configuration efforts typically involved with third-party studio control systems
- Get up and running quickly with minimal training as operators are no longer required to be experts in a variety of routing applications