ORLANDO, Fla.-June 26, 2004-Dynix, the world's premiere provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced a strategic alliance with Bluesocket, Inc. (Burlington, Mass.), a leading manufacturer of systems to control and secure wireless local area networks around the world. Through the alliance, Dynix will immediately launch Horizon Wireless Gateway, a comprehensive high-speed wireless networking solution for libraries that uses Bluesocket equipment and technology.
Horizon Wireless Gateway offers wireless network connectivity to any 802.11-equipped device, including laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and cell phones. Providing a comprehensive wireless solution for libraries, Horizon Wireless Gateway comes with tools for patron authentication and encryption, bandwidth management, regulatory compliance, network scheduling, Web-based network management, and centralized status and usage reporting.
"With the proliferation of laptop computers and wireless PDAs, libraries must meet users' growing expectations of having connectivity anywhere in the library," said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. "And libraries themselves are learning that wireless technology can save money and increase the efficiency of staff members. By providing Horizon Wireless Gateway, we will help libraries to quickly and easily create the wireless infrastructures necessary to meet patron demand and enhance the work of librarians."
For library users, Horizon Wireless Gateway provides ubiquitous Internet connectivity for notebook computers and Web-enabled PDAs, providing access to the library's resources and databases from anywhere in the library with the same speed available on desktop PCs. Through the convenience of wireless network access, users enjoy working unfettered by the time limits imposed on most public workstations.
Libraries installing Horizon Wireless Gateway will make better use of their space by providing online access throughout the library instead of limiting connectivity to particular locations where hard-wired connections exist. By enabling an increased number of users to simultaneously access the library catalog and online databases from within the building, libraries will effectively maximize the return received on their investments in electronic media and other Web-based resources.
Horizon Wireless Gateway also provides cost savings for libraries who install the service as an alternative to rewiring old buildings in order to increase connectivity and bandwidth. Additionally, staff working in wireless environments will find increased time efficiency by more speedily performing many library tasks through the use of mobile computing devices, such as tablet PCs. Providing a wireless network for users also reduces the amount of money libraries are required to invest in supplying and maintaining public access computers.
While Horizon Wireless Gateway provides an affordable and practical solution for single site libraries, it offers unlimited scalability and can meet the bandwidth demands of the largest library consortium. In either environment, user-based policy management allows system administrators to set policies based on a user's role in the library. For example, different levels of network bandwidth can be assigned to library staff, adult library users, and juvenile library users.
Bluesocket, Inc. (www.bluesocket.com) is a leading manufacturer of systems to control and secure wireless local area networks for enterprises, institutions and public access venues in more than 45 countries worldwide. Thousands of Bluesocket Wireless Gateways are deployed by enterprises including the National Security Agency, Lehman Brothers, University of California, Parker Hannifin and others who required an elegant open-systems solutions to secure, manage, and profit from their WLANs. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Bluesocket, Inc. is a private, global corporation managed by executives from BT, Cisco, Digital, GTE, Ericsson, Intel, NetScreen, Nortel, and other industry leaders.
NLE is a systems integrator that has been serving education, state and local government, health care, large enterprises and other organizations for more than 13 years. As a Premier Partner with Bluesocket, Nortel Networks, Cisco, AirMagnet and other top technology vendors, NLE has the relationships necessary to provide its customers with the leading communication and network solutions. A national leader in designing and implementing network solutions, NLE has leading experience in providing public wireless access, while keeping the private network secure.
Dynix is the global leader in new-name sales of library management systems and has the largest installed customer base of any library technology vendor. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. Dynix has more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership. Since 1983, Dynix has provided 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.