ZeeVee has developed remote management capabilities for its entire line of ZvBox HD video distribution products. The company also is introducing a new split audio feature available on the ZvPro 250.
A ZvBox is an HD encoder/RF modulator that distributes VGA and component video sources as an HDTV cable channel over existing coax to standard HDTVs. Uses include distributing digital signage or HD video over existing on-premise coax networks in settings such as restaurants and bars, stadiums, airports, hotels, or even high-end homes.
The remote management capability is based on allowing multiple ZvBoxes to be simultaneously connected to a single computer at the ZvBox deployment site, and then providing access to that computer via the Internet from anywhere. An administrator can completely control each ZvBox including checking status, setting the channel it broadcasts on, its RF power output, the input source, or any other setting. Firmware updates can also be performed remotely, according to the company.
By adding a QAM tuner to that PC, the administrator can also see exactly what is being broadcast by each ZvBox, providing additional information and on-site status. All of the components required for remote management are described as a “recipe” on the ZeeVee website, and can be locally procured. The capability comes at no additional charge.
“We developed remote management in response to requests from our resellers,” ZeeVee CEO Vic Odryna said. “They wanted to be able to make system changes without having to make a site visit, which saves time and money. This new capability will also allow resellers to charge for remote monitoring and maintenance which represents a new recurring revenue stream for them.”
Split Audio, QAM 64 Also Debut
ZeeVee is also introducing a new split audio feature available on the ZvPro 250. This feature allows the ZvPro 250 to deliver one video stream with two separate audio soundtracks, on two different HDTV channels. Common applications include broadcasting programming in two different languages in multi-cultural settings. For example, broadcasting patient information in two languages in hospitals or creating in-house information channels in two languages in hotels. By enabling split audio the cost of multilingual deployment can be cut in half, the company says.
The firmware update also gives ZvBoxes the ability to broadcast using QAM 64 modulation (vs. the default QAM 256). This feature can be very helpful in installation sites that have old or “noisy” RF networks. The forgiving nature of the QAM 64 broadcast means it suffers less transmission degradation in those deployments.
The Remote Management, Split Audio (ZvPro 250 only), and QAM 64 features are available immediately on new and existing ZvBoxes through a free firmware update. For more information visit http://www.zeevee.com/support/firmware-update.