Automation & Control Systems DashBoard

Executive Overview

Ever since Ross Video created the openGear platform to provide cool, practical technology from both Ross and Ross’s partners, we have demonstrated a commitment to open architecture, and open facility control and monitoring solutions.

DashBoard is a free application, available for download from this website that provides Control and Monitoring for the openGear® signal processing and DashBoard Connect™ devices such as video servers. It eliminates the need to upload vendor specific GUIs or install proprietary software.

DashBoard offers the ability to view multiple openGear frames with full control and alarming of all populated slots inside a frame. Panel Builder allows users to create custom graphical user interfaces, combining multiple control and status parameters from any combination of cards and frames on a single view. This simplifies the setup of numerous devices in a large installation and offers the ability to centralize monitoring.

The openGear devices define their controllable parameters and layout to DashBoard, so the control interface is always up-to-date. Alarms raised by devices in the frame bubble up to the uppermost level, making it quick and easy to identify potential failures and drill-down to the root cause.

openGear frames are automatically discovered and are available in the TreeView where they can be custom identified, collapsed to view just the frame, or opened to view available devices in the frame.

Device control and monitoring is simple and easy. Ross Video GUI’s give a quick summary view window displaying the current state of the device such as input and reference presences, output standard, etc. Control is simplified with multiple categories that group common parameters such as Timing Control, Output Configuration, Proc Control and Alarm Configuration.

DashBoard also offers the ability to upgrade software on devices in the field without the need to replace any on-board components. Batch software upgrades allow multiple cards, of the same model, to be upgraded at one time, right from any DashBoard terminal on the network.

DashBoard allows for multiple control windows to be active and available on one screen which is useful when a functional path involves more than a single device. DashBoard device window layouts can quickly be saved and recalled, allowing for quick access to frequently used devices. Layouts can consist of a single device window, multiple device windows displayed full screen in tabs, or multiple devices on one shared screen.

PanelBuilder™ allows users to create custom control interfaces with any combination of openGear control and monitoring parameters from any combination of openGear cards and frames. Users can buld graphical navigation layouts based on signal flow or quipment location for efficient device and signal monitoring. Custom control panels layouts can provide user, or function specific control windows for specific events or situations that require quick access to various parameters from multiple cards.

Features Benefits
Create custom control panels. By eliminating unused controls, the operator can work with an uncluttered, efficient GUI that’s perfect for the task at hand.
Group various controls together from multiple products. Focus on the production, not how it’s being produced.
Create graphical navigation layouts. Present an overview of your facility with simple status indicators that can be drilled into to get to the details.


Advanced Tree View
DashBoard Enhanced Viewing Plug-in allows for customized views of more complex systems. Custom folders can be created and any device from any frame can be dragged and dropped into the folder to represent logical system functions. Alarming of devices follow with the logical views making identification of critical issues easy to isolate and identify.

Features Benefits
Quickly identify critical alarms. Save time when every second counts by getting straight to the root cause.
Locate specific cards in a particular signal path quicker. Save time when every second counts by getting straight to the root cause.
Group specific cards together for simplified maintenance when performing batch upgrades and configurations. Present an overview of your facility with simple status indicators that can be drilled into to get to the details.


More than just openGear® with DashBoard Connect™
Now used as a primary control system for Ross Video’s NK Routing Systems, BlackStorm clip players, Video Servers, and Carbonite Live Production Switchers, DashBoard offers a common control and monitoring platform for a range of Ross Video products.

DashBoard Connect™ takes DashBoard even further with the ability to integrate 3rd party web interfaces right into DashBoard.


  • Control and Monitor the Infrastructure product line
  • Live production control with Carbonite’s LiveAssist™ and BlackStorm Video Server Control
  • Control and monitor across the entire openGear® family of products
  • Store and access web GUIs for any 3rd party device