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ViziFrame Linux Based Web
Enabled Digital Signage Appliance Now Shipping
Offers real-time web updates and live weather content
ItWorks, founded in 1987 and based in
Chico, California, announced today that it is now shipping a new digital
signage appliance called ViziFrame which can convert any television,
LCD, or plasma monitor into a robust digital signage solution with
scalable networking capabilities.
The ViziFrame Appliance and Client
Software is the result of over a year of development and testing.
ItWorks has long been a provider of broadcast TV display systems for use
in the most demanding environment ever - live television news and
weather - where mistakes or problems aren't tolerated on-air. Much of
the design philosophy we put into our broadcast display systems and
weather presentation content have gone into the ViziFrame design.
ViziFrame is designed to be a simple,
robust, and trouble free appliance that will turn any video display into
a digital signage system. The ViziFrame Appliance is powered by
Slackware Linux, one of the most respected and robust Linux
distributions available. Its design emphasis is on simplicity, standards
conformity, and rock solid operation. ViziFrame's simple and
straightforward approach will cater to many whom don't have the time or
patience for the challenge of learning a complex networked digital
Even though its based on Linux, no
knowledge of Linux is required to operate it. There is a built in setup
wizard in each appliance, which is run once to configure the network,
time/timezone, and maintenance options. After that, all functions are
controlled remotely via the Windows based Viziframe Client program. The
ViziFrame Appliance is based on the powerful Via C7 processor running at
1.5 GHz and offers video interfaces for SVGA, NTSC, and S-Video with
optional DVI, and Y/Pr/Pb component video. ViziFrames offer 10/100
Ethernet connectivity and optional 802.11B/G wireless networking.
Because of its low power and heat dissipation, plus a solid state
internal disk for the operating system, a ViziFrame Appliance can run
unattended for months, even years.
The ViziFrame Appliance is coupled
with the Windows ViziFrame Client program, which provides static and web
based content import, playlist editing, remote playlist control and
remote administration functions. The ViziFrame Client program can
control hundreds of ViziFrames on LAN's, WANS, or public Internet
connections worldwide from a single PC.
Using the client program, the user can
transmit playlists and content to each appliance, plus specify a URL for
dynamic web based content that can be pulled into the ViziFrame display
immediately upon update. This powerful and unique feature allows
hundreds of ViziFrame Appliances to automatically update their display
simply by publishing new content to a single web server.
One the the applications for the
ViziFrame is to provide a real-time turnkey weather channel display for
venues like airports, highway rest stops, and commercial truck stops.
For that application a complete web based weather content solution is
provided including satellite and doppler radar images, forecasts and
current weather maps. Weather content can be localized on demand and
customized with the client logo, all delivered in real-time via the
ViziFrame web fetching engine.
The ViziFrame Appliance comes in three
models, a small desktop package, a wallmount package, and a rackmount
package. The small size and weight of the wallmount appliance (3.5
pounds,10.2"D x 2.3"H x 7.3"W)
makes it suitable for placement behind
wall or ceiling mounted LCD or Plasma monitors. It can also be 12 volt
DC powered for mobile or battery powered applications. ViziFrame is ROHS
and Energy Star compliant, using less power than a standard incandescent
A 15 day no-risk trial is available
for qualified customers.
For more information see
www.viziframe.com or contact:
3008 Cohasset Road
Chico, CA 95973
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