IHSE USA launched 444 Series Draco keyboard, a freely programmable plug-and-play device that makes it possible to connect a keyboard, mouse, and keypad to a KVM system through a single USB port without needing an additional HID extension. The remaining USB port on the extender CON unit allows simultaneous connection of another USB HID device.
Created for environments where users need to automate multiple tasks under a single macro, such as professional audio mixers, graphics designers or situational awareness analysis in command and control rooms, the heavy-duty 444 mechanical keyboard is designed to accommodate up to 50 programmable push-button keys that can record up to 16 commands per button. It has a solid anodised aluminum housing and keys that can handle up to 50 million keystrokes. Its rugged design and solid rubber feet guarantee good desk contact to prevent slipping. IHSE supports optional customer-specific assignment and printing of keypad keys so that users can program the keypads as they wish.
The 444 Series keyboard enables practical extension of KVM and video signal-distribution systems. An expansion option allows users to add up to two extra matching 25-button programmable keypads for up to 50 more commands or macros. The keypads can also be connected to the KVM system apart from the IHSE keyboard. Users can configure expert-level functions such as macros, key scan, colour and brightness of the status LEDs, and disabling of the windows key.
The 444 Series keyboard is ergonomically designed for comfortable operation, with three adjustable tilt angles, precise attachment points, excellent haptics, concave keycaps for better fingertip support, and an optional damping element for a pleasant typing experience. Meanwhile, a thoughtful layout includes function keys that allow for easy control of music and media apps.
The 444 keyboard facilitates black-red separation of security zones, as operated in military and secure government facilities, and also provides quick automation commands for other situational awareness operators such as air traffic controllers.