As remote, decentralised and socially-distanced working becomes more popular and established, broadcast studio lighting major ARRI has released its latest innovation – the ARRI LightNet, which leads the way for essential, comprehensive and user-friendly monitoring of lighting networks.
The ARRI LightNet is a new innovative software platform designed by the company’s Solutions Group to offer smart, logical and at-a-glance centralised monitoring, fault-finding and management of broadcast studio lighting networks from anywhere.
This intelligent and innovative tool that enables broadcast facilities to streamline the management of their lighting network in one robust platform will be offered with all ARRI Solutions Group tenders and projects.
The product observes and shows all elements across a broadcast studio lighting network – luminaires, consoles, network switches, splitters, nodes, etc, displaying all the relevant data in real-time on a single interface. This allows users and technicians to work harmoniously in parallel while accessing and managing different aspects of the network.
ARRI LightNet has been developed as a powerful, visually intuitive and flexible tool to assist the smooth and efficient operation of contemporary studio facilities with both IP-based and DMX-controlled lighting systems.
Features include a straightforward setup with a coherent, easy-to-understand dashboard to help maintain the status, security and stability of these lighting systems. All devices on the network will be auto-detected for speed and accuracy of setup, saving time and hassle. Accessibility is integral to the system architecture design.
As ARRI LightNet is compatible with the hardware of multiple manufacturers and established lighting protocols, it can be retrofitted into existing facilities and lighting eco-systems as easily as it can be specified for new builds.
The central/decentral server infrastructure at the core of the product offers separate front- and back-ends, which enable this flexibility. The system’s central back-end can offer full redundancy and run on any performance machine, including virtual servers, which can be located anywhere and connected to the network. At the same time, the front-end is accessed via a range of readily available standard tools like tablets and laptops.
ARRI LightNet is widely adaptable for all environments. The user interface can be run simultaneously on various client devices which can be based locally in the studio or production control rooms, or much further away, and even in or out of the studio complex via a VPN (virtual private network). This dual local/remote access from anywhere helps maximise the efficiency of technicians working in busy studio environments where time and technology are always critical.