In a station where all of your audio is over IP , your communications links and distribution and even your remote monitoring have all gone digital, wouldn't it be nice to tidy up those last remaining DC items? Take all the 'MIC LIVE' tallies, phone ringer repeater lights, door bell repeater lights, fire alarms etc. and centralise them - and while you're on that mission, finally ensure that every clock in every studio displays accurate time on an elegant and efficient clockface?
We were approached by a customer who wanted to bring 'Mic Live' indication up to date. For that station we came up with a solution which grew and grew until it was finally complete. It looks after everything and puts the information that is needed into every studio that needs it. Displayed on monitors which have Compute Sticks attached, the solution is as ingenious as it is cost-effective. The Krone patching used for DC extends to only 2 blocks but the effect is as if it had been wired to every room as well as Reception.