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Kayye's Krystal Ball predictions make for very interesting reading. Some of his predictions are spot on, whilst others are not quite what he predicted. But the point is Gary Kayye's predictions elicits response and that is what makes it interesting. After we ran the article in our January issue (if you missed it, you can read it at www.raveproasia.com/archives/2009/jan) we received the following response from Wow Vision.

Hi Thomas, enjoyed your new rAVe Asia e-newsletter not least of all Gary Kayyes' piece on cloud computing. We'd like to set the record straight by introducing him, plus you and your readers, to Singapore-based WOW-Vision, who have a wireless presentation solution for the corporate, government and education sectors, proVEOS and eduVEOS respectively, which turns Gary’s vision for 2009 on its head.

proVEOS and eduVEOS are wireless based systems, revolutionising the presentations technology as all matrix switchers, scalers and touchpanels are consolidated into one box. With the VEOS technology, we can say goodbye to VGAs and miles and miles of cabling. Operating on an existing network, the VEOS systems can be set up in super quick time (<45 minutes per unit).

So when Gary invites us to imagine if 'projector had a network device (like a browser) that could navigate any network (like a typical browser navigates websites), to find any file or video and play it right there in the room or in any room on campus. Or, maybe all rooms on campus, simultaneously.'Actually with proVEOS and eduVEOS, we don’t need to imagine. WOW developed their system all the way back in 2006 and since then it has been installed in Republic Polytechnic in Singapore, Subaru showrooms in Singapore and Malaysia, McDonalds in Taipei, NTUC Fairprice supermarket chain in Singapore, School of Cinematography in Lebanon, University of North Carolina and University of South California in the US, to name a few.

Republic Polytechnic Singapore installed the first generation of eduVEOS 2006 (and in fact was featured in Systems Integration Asia issue June/July 2007). A total of 728 classrooms were connected enabling 5,000 students and staff seamless connection to classroom projectors. Aside from ease of use particularly for the teaching staff, as the VEOS system talks to any projector and any personal computer, it's great from an installation perspective because installers can set up in a fraction of time. Each box is configured by a simple-to-use CD guide, and it is only required to tap into an existing internet/intranet network (which most schools, universities, corporates, government buildings have). Again, using the example of Republic Poly, a conventional system would have needed over 300km, but eduVEOS has close to zero cabling – imagine the cost savings that can be made on cables alone.

Gary Kayye says that 'What eventually will happen is like what is happening in the digital signage world now: In digital signage, either the display has an integrated media player in it now (like a mini-netbook), or it has one behind it. Take a look; all of them have them! In any case, that “computer” is being controlled, Page 2 of 13 http://raveproasia.com/archives/2009/feb 05-03-10 managed and fed content from a head-end across the network. So, that content can be a presentation, weather, stock information, news, video and even live TV, all across the network.'

It's not a case of will happen, it IS happening. eduVEOS and proVEOS is basically a device connected to both projector (or any other display for the matter) and local network. You can manage content in real time and stream it across the whole network. It can be controlled centrally and remotely. And you can even control volume and turn on and off projectors remotely. Add on an RSS feed, or security messages, sales promotion offers and you have an easy, cost effective digital signage solution. In this digital signage application, the screen can be split 2 or 3 or more ways, enabling multiple messages. In fact, Gary refers to campus-wide emergencies ('For example, consider a university. It has projectors in every classroom on campus with various content from visiting lecturers using laptops to network-based content driven to the display from professors. All of a sudden, there’s a campus-wide emergency. That emergency information is sent to every display across campus, instantaneously, all via the network.'). Campus-wide emergencies are technically no problem – this is easily within the capabilities of the VEOS systems. These messages can be programmed to be activated at a scheduled time, or can be set up remotely from any part of the world. So a school or company could conduct its monthly security/fire drill, via flashing a message on all display units. This is good back up too in the event of the PA system failing. As mentioned before, the VEOS system is intelligent enough to turn on the projector system, should it be off – all good additional security features.

Regarding Kayye's comments on embedded projectors - In fact, when the VEOS system is in place, there is no need for embedded projectors because the VEOS system itself converts any display/projector to an intelligent presentation system, giving you all the features mentioned above (and in GK article). A proven system is the installation in Republic Poly as mentioned above.

We hope this sort of sets the record straight that some of the solutions mentioned by Gary are actually already available and working. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our view and for those who want to know more, they can visit www.wow-vision.com

This response was written on behalf of Wow Vision by Caroline Watson of Asia Pacific Media Group. APMG is a specialist sales and marketing firm helping technology manufacturers grow their business in the Asia Pacific with Wow Vision being one of their clients. The picture above is that of Dinesh Tripathi, CEO of Wow Vision.