A leading LCD panel company, which has several plants across the world including manufacturing plants and module assembly plants, needed to sustain competitive advantages in the technology intensive and capital intensive industry. To this end, the company invested tremendous capital in building next-generation plants.

Its production equipment is extremely expensive and requires three-shift engineers for full-time operation. Two engineers are involved in handling the control system for individual equipment; one in Fab clean room doing field operation and the other one in the control room doing remote monitoring. The company, by using traditional KVM extenders and Fiber extenders, met the following challenges:

(1) can’t use existing CAT5e/6 cabling and the TCP/IP network; (2) supervisors can’t remotely access data over the network; (3) no priority control of remote and local operations; (4) product and installation are costly; (5) minimize space requirements and maximize personnel efficiency; (6) GUI is not Web-based and has limited functionality.

Seeking an Over-IP KVM solution to increase the productivity, manageability and safety, the company deployed a control unit that provides “over-IP” capability to KVM that does not have built in over-IP functionality. It allows operators to monitor and access their computers from remote locations using a browser-based Windows Client or Java Applet, or with AP Windows and Java application programs.

So far, the company has realized many benefits including:

  • Reduced Cost
    • Reduce the number of engineers in control room to save labor-cost and lower the installation cost by using the CAT5e/6 cables for connection.
  • Enhanced Manageability
    • Supervisors can remotely access over the network to enhance manageability.
  • Ease of Installation
    • Use the plant TCP/IP Ethernet network to ease installation.
  • Increased Productivity
    • One remote engineer can open four browsers to monitor four control systems in one display by using web-based GUI.
  • Speedier up new production line set-up
    • Experienced engineer can be moved to the new plant for new production lines set up.
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We have all experienced an incident where we have visited a website for a specific purpose, only to find ourselves wandering aimlessly. This just goes to show the importance of ensuring that your own website is built to avoid customer frustration or confusion.

A recent study regarding user experiences online found that most websites are not doing their job, with only three percent of 1500 websites studied making the grade. So how does a website create a positive user experience, regardless of size or industry?

There are four ways.

Establish Trust 

To establish trust with users, a company needs to focus on sharing its privacy policies with its users, as well as invest in proper security measures to protect users and their information.

The more transparent a company is, particularly with respect to its online presence, the better the likelihood of gaining the trust of its customers and clients.

Create Good Navigation

If users cannot find what they are looking for on your website, their visit was an absolute waste of time.

Websites should offer clear and simple navigation, paying close attention to the steps necessary to complete every possible action.

Focus on Presentation and Design

We are currently in the age of using video and images to push a product or service. Websites that are too text heavy can take a toll on the attention span.

Use appropriate images to break up text and offer video as much as possible.

Also remember the importance of mobile compatibility because it seems that, these days, online search using mobile devises is on the rise.

Don’t Forget About Your Goals

Always go back to your original corporate strategy.

It is important for businesses to eliminate any superfluous information and, instead, underscore the company’s true strategic advantage.

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With increasing demand for multimedia-based exams, a local university, after establishing an IDC (Internet Data Center) on its new campus, needed professional A/V solutions to meet the following requirements:

  • Deliver exam questions from two computers in the IDC to four classrooms – each classroom has two screens to display the questions
  • Transmit A/V signals over long distance – the IDC is located away from the classrooms
  • Support multiple exam question mode delivery – such as both audio and video, video only, or audio only
  • Work seamlessly with the existing IT environment control system in the IDC

For the university, the solution was a media matrix solution which consisted of an eight-port A/V matrix switch and an A/V Over CAT5 extender. After the deployment, the university noticed the following benefits:

Multimedia exams can be conducted more efficiently – different exam questions can be delivered to multiple classrooms and displayed on two screens in each classroom with the use of the existing video splitter

  • A/V signals can be seamlessly delivered from IDC to the classrooms – the solution permits HD video signals to be transmitted over distances of up to 300 meters
  • Satisfy the demands for all kinds of multimedia exam questions – new A/V solution allows independent switching of all audio and video sources

 

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