PROVO, Utah -- September 4, 2003 -- Dynix, the world's leading supplier of automation software and services to libraries, announced today that it has released Horizon Broadcast Messaging. The new system, offered in partnership with TCN Broadcasting, automatically queries databases to identify users with overdue materials, holds, and fines, while cost-effectively delivering appropriate notifications. The system, which will be available during the fourth quarter of 2003, also allows libraries to tailor announcements, such as upcoming event alerts, and deliver them to specific audiences, thereby facilitating increased patron loyalty.
"Our goal at Dynix is to provide libraries with tools and equipment that save time and money while promoting better service," said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. "By using Horizon Broadcast Messaging, the first product of its kind in the library industry, libraries can continue to improve the library experience for their users, while also reducing the costs associated with traditional notifications."
Horizon Broadcast Messaging is delivered in an Application Service Provider (ASP) environment, enabling libraries to contact their users via phone messaging without purchasing the additional telephony hardware and software that would normally be required to implement this type of service. By using voice-over-IP (VOIP) technology, voice notifications can be delivered and administered from a simple Web interface, which allows libraries to make between 100 and 400 calls per minute without using valuable staff resources. This is the only VOIP ASP notification system specifically targeted for libraries.
"There is a clear need in the library community for a messaging system that helps staff better manage certain processes, like overdue book notification and fine collection," said Terrel Bird, founder and president of TCN Broadcasting. "By partnering with an industry leader like Dynix and integrating seamlessly into the Horizon Information Management System, we're making it easy for libraries to leverage the most state-of-the-art messaging solution on the market today."
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to the library community, Dynix is the world's pioneer provider of library information management systems. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.