The KVM system should enable the input and output devices to be operated and connected both physically close to each other and also physically separated from each other. For example, the devices can be located at the workstation or bundled in a server room. The control and administration of all devices and users in the KVM system, their authorizations and the assignments between users and devices as well as between devices, is carried out in one or more, ideally redundantly designed central KVM components. Workstations are spatially delimited locations equipped with work equipment where employees can perform their tasks.
In addition to individual workstations, this also includes shared video output walls. As a counterpart to the KVM source components, which integrate the AV sources, one or more KVM workstation components are located at the workstations or in the work area. These components integrate the peripherals such as mouse, keyboard, headphones, microphone, webcams and other peripherals as well as the image output devices of the workstations into the KVM system. The image output at the workstations takes place via one or more physical image output devices (e.g. monitor, projector), which can be grouped into logical image output devices in the KVM system. Within these logical image output devices, logical image output areas can be configured using image output area arrangements. Within a logical image output area, the image content of any AV source for which a corresponding user is enabled is displayed. Via the KVM workstation component, the user can select the displayed AV sources, change the image output area arrangement and has the option to send input to and receive output from these AV sources using the peripherals.