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INFOCUS INTRODUCES NETWORKING SOLUTION FOR CENTRALIZED PROJECTOR MANAGEMENTSoftware Reduces Total Cost of Ownership for Legacy and Future Projectors with Remote Maintenance and Scheduling Capabilities
WILSONVILLE, Ore., March 5, 2002 - InFocus(r) Corporation (Nasdaq:INFS), (OSE: IFC), the worldwide leader in digital projection, today introduces ProjectorNet(tm), the projection industry's most comprehensive networking software solution for managing a fleet of projectors from virtually anywhere. ProjectorNet reduces the total cost of ownership by helping large companies, government and higher education facilities extend the life of their projectors, avoid projector downtime and provide alerts on maintenance issues. Using ProjectorNet software, which is compatible with existing network management applications, IT personnel and facilities managers can remotely monitor, control and troubleshoot multiple projectors on the network. ProjectorNet is fully compatible with existing and future installation and integration projectors from InFocus Corporation.
InFocus today also introduces the ProjectorNet-compatible InFocus LP(r)790, an easy-to-install large meeting room projector ideal for advanced applications such as videoconferencing and e-learning. With the LP790's built-in network connection, IT managers can control the LP790 along with a fleet of InFocus projectors from a remote location. The multiple connectivity options and easy-to-install form factor of the LP790, coupled with InFocus' ProjectorNet software, make the perfect hardware/software solution for IT managers.
"With ProjectorNet, InFocus is fulfilling its promise to deliver the industry's most comprehensive, standards-based projector management solution," says David Woolf, director, product management, InFocus. "Developed in collaboration with our global accounts, ProjectorNet meets the IT management needs of any organization with multiple installed projectors."
Key features of ProjectorNet include:
* Management - An IT administrator can remotely troubleshoot and control an installed projector (e.g., change the source from a laptop to a DVD player)
* Scheduling - Projectors can be remotely shut down if not in use and "off-times" can be set in advance for end-of-day and/or holiday times
* Notification - Maintenance e-mails can be sent from the projector, notifying service providers of information such as dwindling lamp life or the need for filter changes
* Security Alerts - If a projector is disconnected from the network, alert messages are sent to security and network personnel via e-mail
* Command Broadcast - IT administrators can command a single or small group of projectors on the network. For example, all projectors on the first floor can be turned off without affecting other projectors in a building
Because IT personnel can remotely diagnose a problem, ProjectorNet minimizes the manpower required to maintain and troubleshoot projectors on several floors or buildings across a campus. As nearly 30 percent of large corporations have an installed base of 20 or more projectors1, the ability of IT departments to manage projectors like other networked hardware is a necessity.
Digital projectors from InFocus' line of InFocus-, Proxima- and ASK-brands can be hooked up to the network either through a built-in network interface connector (NIC), as included in the InFocus LP790, or through an adapter which connects to legacy products from InFocus through the RS-232 port.
ProjectorNet software is installed on the server and a helpdesk PC, from which all networked projectors can be accessed. Compliance with Microsoft Management Console enables integration with existing systems management software.
The XGA-resolution LP790 features 3000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 800:1, ensuring crisp, bright images in any large meeting room environment. It can display DVD, HDTV, digital photos and other digital content geared toward e-learning and distance learning environments and is well-suited for video and Web teleconferencing. Inputs including BNC x 5, RGB, component video, S-video and composite video, and RS-232 control, allow for numerous sources to be connected simultaneously. Operating with a noise level of less than 34dB and weighing only 13 pounds-half the size of competitive offerings in the large meeting room segment-the LP790 is one of the quietest and easiest to install large meeting room projectors available.
Warranties and Availability
The InFocus LP790 is currently available at an estimated street price of US $6,599 and comes with a two-year standard product warranty and one year of ProXchange service. ProjectorNet software is available at a one-time fee for five seats, 20 seats, 50 seats or as a site license for $999, $2,800, $6,000 and $8,000, respectively. ProjectorNet has a 90-day warranty on the media and free phone support for two years.
About InFocus Corporation
InFocus(r) Corporation (Nasdaq: INFS) (OSE: IFC) is the worldwide leader in digital projection technology and services, including designing, manufacturing and marketing award-winning products for business and home use. InFocus' digital projectors are essential business tools for collaboration, videoconferencing and visual support and offer the best solution for more effective meetings. The projection industry pioneer provides its global customers the ultimate in reliability with the industry's most comprehensive line of projectors and presentation products. Solutions range from the smallest and lightest mobile projectors to feature-packed meeting room products and large audience installation and integration services. The company's products and services have been recognized for excellence by business and trade publications including BusinessWeek, Smart Business and Mobile Computing & Communications. InFocus Corporation's global headquarters are located in Wilsonville, Oregon.
For more information, visit the InFocus Corporation web site at www.infocus.com or contact the company toll-free at 800.294.6400 (U.S and Canada) or 503.685.8888 worldwide.
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1 IDC, "PC Displays and Projectors," May 2001