Industry Overview

Immerse students in their lessons and increase ease-of-use for faculty with a classroom that is interactive and intuitive. Standardizing on Key Digital means bringing your school into the twenty-first century, without having to say goodbye to legacy equipment.

Key Digital supports a wide range of educational applications, from controlling a Blu-Ray player in a lecture hall to a complete audio, video and control educational solutions. Key Digital's ability to provide complete education solutions gives an educator the tools he or she needs to empower the students of tomorrow while simultaneously enabling school administrators with the right safety/security instruments to keep students safe.

System Examples
Advanced Digital Classroom  
Digital Classroom Solution
Challenge

Installers face many challenges when modernizing classrooms:

  • Digital Classroom Solution
    Providing a simple control solution that is easy to use
  • Offer the ability to monitor each classroom status remotely
  • Incorporating legacy analog devices into a digital system
  • Providing a consistent solution that meets all budgets
Solution

Compass Control®
is the first fully integrated major control system built from the ground up to use Apple's iOS devices – iPad®, iPad mini®, iPhone®, and iPod touch® – as its backbone.

Key Digital® and Compass Control® can not only modernize the Digital Classroom, but also offer schools an easy-to-maintain and future-proof solution to keep up to date with all of the latest classroom technologies. Remote monitoring capability and system status monitoring allow off-site IT and maintenance access to classrooms in order to proactively address and resolve any tech issues. Additionally, schools will benefit from cost savings enabled by integrated power management solutions.

Compass Control® maximizes the capabilities of the Digital Classroom with an open architecutre ready to integrate legacy analog devices, and ability to for easy expansion and modification. With a completely customizable user interface, Compass Control can be tailored to incorporate educational institution colors and design schemes, making it a perfect classroom solution that provides endless possibilities for emerging trends of the modern Digital Classroom.

Qty Model Description
1 KD-MC1000 Master Controller (Wired/LAN, supports up to 8 Ports)
1 KD-HD4x1ProK 4 to 1 HDMI Switcher with Audio De-Embedder, Coaxial & Optical Digital Audio, Analog L/R, supports Ultra HD/4K
1 KD-VCS500 VGA/Analog Audio to HDMI Converter and Scaler
1 KD-X1000ProK HDBaseT/HDMI and VGA/Audio via Single CAT5e/6 (Tx + Rx Set) Extenders, support Ultra HD/4K, EDID Control, Hot Plug Control, Full Buffer System, HDMI Pass-through, Ethernet, IR Sensor, Up/Down IR & RS-232
Back to School with a Key Digital Digital Video Processor

Key Digital, the Experts in Digital Video Technology and Solutions, was recently asked to assist in upgrading an A/V system at the Discovery School of the Arts in Victorville, CA.

Jeff Steele, an installer with A/V Theater Godz also of Victorville, was brought in to help remedy the situation with one of Key Digital’s Hot Rod Series™ KD-VP2500 video processors. Jeff was faced with a tough challenge: maintaining the functionality of the school’s multi-purpose room while upgrading the installation using the latest in Key Digital’s digital arsenal. He knew he needed a video processor that could easily handle any format from any source as well as connect to the rear projector in order to provide the multipurpose room with crystal clear video quality.

Jeff has been a Key Digital user since 2000 when he purchased his first DVI product and has, “…always used Key Digital.” Discovery School of the Arts specifically mandated that Jeff could not use an overhead projector as the room was also used as the school’s primary lunchroom. This gave Jeff the idea to set up a rear projection screen system. However, he needed a video processor which could handle a wide array of formats, deal with EDID issues, and negotiate the handshake with no problem.

Instead of searching for multiple pieces of expensive equipment from other manufacturers, Jeff chose the Hot Rod Series™ KD-VP2500 video processor and universal distribution center from Key Digital. Jeff was able to tie in an LG Blu-Ray player, Toshiba DVD/VCR Combo, and still have room for other devices with different input formats (VGA, HDMI, etc.). Complicating the installation was the school’s older “push button” audio amplifier, but the VP-2500 was still able to break off the audio when necessary with no problem.

The incredibly robust KD-VP2500 contains Key Digital’s Clear Matrix Pro® and SDS™ (Super Digital Scaling) circuits. These circuits allow de-interlacing and up converting from virtually any standard digital or analog source to the resolution of the video display used in a system and can scale up to 1080p HD. This accomplished video processor gives dealers and installers the best option for universal HD video distribution without sacrificing quality, performance, or reliability.

With the installation just about finalized, the KD-VP2500’s small rack size allowed Jeff to install it in the preexisting sound system rack. Once the final rack screws were tightened, the KD-VP2500 showed its ability to deliver any HDMI, VGA, Component, Composite, and S-Video video in stunning 1080p HD clarity.