The two companies will work together on remote production applications involving Densitron’s Intelligent Display System (IDS) solution and SKAARHOJ’s broadcast controllers.
Densitron, the global leader in innovative Human Machine Interaction (HMI) and display technology, has announced details of a new partnership with SKAARHOJ. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, SKAARHOJ is a designer and manufacturer of control solutions for the broadcast market.
Founded by Kasper Skårhøj, SKAARHOJ has been producing broadcast control solutions since 2012. The company currently has around 30 hardware products (plus variants) in its line-up, including controllers for PTZ cameras, vision mixing, replay, RCP, utility and audio. All products use the same extendable software platform, UniSketch OS, while SKAARHOJ has partnered with other leading manufacturers in support of its strategy to enable integrated control with third-party systems.
It was this focus that prompted Densitron to contact SKAARHOJ in mid-2019 when it needed to realise an integration of its Intelligent Display System (IDS) solution with Blackmagic Design’s ATEM switcher as part of a project for a major internet company. The ease with which the SKAARHOJ controller was able to bridge the Densitron and Blackmagic Design systems led to a more general conversation between the two companies about the potential of a technology partnership.
Reuben Such, Global Business Development Director at Densitron, comments, “It soon became clear that there could be a real ‘value-add’ for both companies, especially in the area of remote or decentralised production. Current events have increased the demand for solutions that enable broadcast systems to be controlled remotely from other locations, and thanks to the internet company project we already have a two-way device driver that can be used with every SKAARHOJ product and replicate every button and function back into IDS.”
The first specific application revolves around the integration of IDS with SKAARHOJ’s PTZ Fly, which is a joystick controller that allows users to pan, tilt and rotate cameras. In combination with IDS, notes Such, “it would be possible for, say, an IDS solution in a studio in London to control cameras located in a facility in Dubai. Customer enquiries of that sort are increasing all the time, and so we envisage a lot of potential for this partnership in remote control applications involving the studio and gallery environments.”
Kasper Skårhøj, CEO of SKAARHOJ, adds: “Forming partnerships with other technology innovators has been integral to our strategy of providing control solutions that give broadcasters the flexibility to work the way they want to. Increasingly, this is involving more flexible use of studios and remote working practices, and for these reasons we believe our partnership with Densitron and its IDS solution has tremendous potential.”
On October 20, the two companies will discuss their partnership and the integration of IDS with SKAARHOJ control products in a free-to-view webinar. For more details and to register, please visit:
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Founded in 2012 and based in Copenhaguen, Danmark, SKAARHOJ is a manufacturer of universal broadcast control panels for live production, including RCPs for camera control, PTZ robotic camera controllers, vision mixing surfaces, router control panels, along with a number of auxiliary products.
The mission of SKAARHOJ: to ease the use of broadcast hardware for people making live video.
SKAARHOJ universal broadcast controllers bring an incredibly flexible hardware platform for content producers. They get the exact form factor they need. They can integrate control of hardware or software in their infra- structure. They get crucial tactile control so their eyes can stay on the content creation that matters most to them. For more information about SKAARHOJ, please visit https://www.skaarhoj.com.
Founded 50 years ago, Densitron is a display expert designing and manufacturing touch-based HMI (Human Machine Interaction) solutions tailored to the needs of customers around the world. In 2019, Densitron acquired the Intelligent Display System (IDS) product and brand from IPE Technologies. IDS is readily integrated into Densitron’s control surfaces and offers a fully scalable, network-based display and control system, which is a logical and seamless complement to Densitron’s existing product range. We collaborate with our customers to understand their particular requirements and then create bespoke products to address those. In November 2015 Densitron was acquired by Quixant plc which designs and manufactures highly optimised computing solutions and monitors principally to the global gaming industry. Together, the Company has offices in Asia, Europe and North America and experienced application engineers based worldwide, our global approach to innovation is always underpinned by a thorough local knowledge and understanding of cultural requirements. Our products can be found in a wide range of sectors including broadcast, medical, security, automotive, digital signage and gaming. More information can be found at www.densitron.com.