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VBrick Partners with Visix on Signage

VBrick Systems and Visix have formed a partnership to create a solution that allows end users to increase the value of digital signage implementation and extend the reach of digital signage delivery. Organizations can use VBrick video appliances and video-on-demand servers with Visix Channel Players to configure and display dynamic content on digital signage displays, as well as PCs, Macs, set-top boxes, and mobile devices.

VBrick Systems, a provider of enterprise IP video solutions, and Visix, a digital signage provider, have formed a partnership to create a solution that allows end users to increase the value of digital signage implementation and extend the reach of digital signage delivery, the companies said in a statement. Under this collaboration, organizations can use VBrick video appliances and video-on-demand servers with Visix Channel Players to configure and display dynamic content on digital signage displays, as well as PCs, Macs, set-top boxes, and mobile devices.

Announced last week at NAB 2009 in Las Vegas, the new solution extends the reach of digital signage endpoints by eliminating the need for special cabling for the deliver of video, according to the companies. With the combined VBrick/Visix technology, digital signage can be distributed across the enterprise in two different ways. The first way would be to deliver digital signage content as one video stream, which the companies say significantly increases its reach over a wide range of end devices. It also breaks down barriers of distribution by allowing digital signage content to be delivered to all enterprise locations via VBrick's Online Streaming Service VBoss.

The second distribution method would be using traditional signage displays, with the ability to integrate live and on-demand IP in a scalable, cost-effective manner.

The combined offering allows users to create content using Vizix's content creation tools. To integrate video into a digital signage display, content creators add the URL of the live video from a VBrick appliance or the video-on-demand stream from a VBrick video-on-demand server. The Visix Channel Player receives the video and displays it on a flat-panel monitor.

Output from the Channel Player for flat-panel displays can also be put into a VBrick appliance, which then delivers the video as one video stream over the network, allowing it to work with VBrick's enterprise and Internet distribution capabilities, such as its EtherneTV system.

"Through this technology combination, end users now have the flexibility to easily and cost-effectively stream digital signage content to virtually any worldwide location and display device," said John Shaw, VBrick executive vice president, in a statement.



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