New from Arri is Arri LightNet, a 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. It is intended to enable broadcast facilities to streamline the management of their lighting network in one platform.
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 for users and technicians to work in parallel while accessing and managing different aspects of the network.
Arri LightNet has been developed as a visually intuitive and flexible tool to assist the operation of contemporary studio facilities with both IP-based and DMX-controlled lighting systems. Features include straightforward setup with a coherent dashboard to help maintain the status, security and stability of these lighting systems. All devices on the network will be auto detected, saving time.
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 well as being 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.
Additional front-end features include the graphical interface that offers a clear and accurate overview of all status monitoring data, plus the quick and easy identification, location and rectification of faults or glitches. Furthermore, the interface can be questioned to reveal useful information needed for day-to-day operation, such as the IP and DMX addressing of fixtures or the modes in which they are set.
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.
Arri LightNet can also be integrated into external central monitoring systems such as Zabbix or Prometheus via an external API which hands over all the collected lighting network data.