PL+S: Manufacturers embrace ArKaos King-Net
Monday, 15 April 2019
arkaosThe Arkaos team at Frankfurt
Germany - ArKaos enjoyed a busy and successful Prolight+Sound 2019 exhibition in Frankfurt. The Belgian company was at the heart of the new Hall 12, together with a dynamic mix of lighting and visual technology manufacturing and service companies.
ArKaos demonstrated all its latest products including MediaMaster v5.4, Kling-Net, PRO DJ LINK - a project with Pioneer DJ - and its new 4K media servers.
Several leading lighting manufacturers used the potential and flexibility of ArKaos’s Kling-Net protocol to run and demonstrate the versatility of pixel-fixtures on their stands, including Robe, Claypaky, Elation, JB Lighting, Music & Light, and more.
Kling-Net is a plug-and-play control protocol developed by ArKaos for the quick and easy operation of current and future LED fixtures and lightsources.
It allows the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices – like LED fixtures or LED panels – over Ethernet, adding some ‘intelligence’ with the automatic configuration and connection of display devices to a computer.
One Kling-Net feature that is not available in other protocols is that the fixture sends its pixel configuration to the media server. If for example a luminaire has 20 x LEDs arranged in a circle, MediaMaster will map video perfectly over these without asking the user to encode the order of the pixels.
The Robe stand featured an all-encompassing live performance show. Lighting and production designer Nathan Wan utilised Kling-Net to control 36 x Robe Spiider LED wash beams.
Both Claypaky and JB Lighting recently announced that they have integrated Kling-Net into some of their newest moving light fixture ranges – the HY B-EYE product line from Claypaky, and the Varyscan P18 hybrid, Sparx 18 LED wash beam and Sparx 30 twin zoom LED wash beam from JB Lighting.
ArKaos MD Agnes Wojewoda commented: “Everything was very positive at Prolight. We made many new contacts and saw a great selection of people from all over Europe and further afield, like the Americas, Australia, Asia and Africa.
“The show was a great success for our Kling-Net protocol, we are happy to see that Kling-Net is now an industry reference for pixel control, with so many major companies having an understanding of the ‘digital transition’ and trusting ArKaos and Kling-Net.”
(Jim Evans)

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