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Vuent Introduces Envision-i Real-Time Platform

Vuent, Inc. (formerly Adaptive Media, Inc.) Monday introduced its Envision-i real-time visual collaboration platform.

Using the Internet, Envision-i is made to let multiple users in different locations easily view, interrogate and re-purpose existing rich media and supporting data throughout the extended enterprise, on any PC, regardless of connection bandwidth.

Envision-i, a next-generation Internet solution for the extended enterprise, is a significant enhancement to Vuent's Envision3D product. Envision-i is based on Vuent's Intelligent Streaming engine that dynamically and efficiently delivers rich media -- 3D graphics, sound, video and text -- in real time. Unlike traditional Internet technologies that download large files and require lengthy waiting periods (from several seconds, minutes, or hours), Envision-i sends only the data needed to support the portion of the file in use at that time, the firm said. As a result, portions of large files residing securely on a central server can be simultaneously viewed using Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. Envision-i's Intelligent Streaming extends real-time access to rich media assets at every point of need throughout each stage of a product or process lifecycle -- design, manufacturing, sales, marketing and service.

Traditionally, most graphical product and process data has been largely limited to design engineering teams. Technical limitations have prevented corporate users and relevant third parties from sharing this information across the supply chain. Before it could be shared, product and process data had to be simplified and viewed on high-end workstations with computer-aided-design (CAD) software, shipped overnight, or even recreated.

"Envision-i is the only real-time Internet solution that enables engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and suppliers to visualize rich-media graphics and interrogate its associated corporate information," said Michael Pliner, Vuent president and CEO. "It is now possible for organizations to have the features, performance and scalability required to collaborate across the entire supply chain."

Envision-i enables everyone to access all the graphical and non-graphical information associated with a product. Design information resides in a variety of database repositories -- CAD, CAM and CAE. Business information resides in data warehouses, ERP, PDM, maintenance, and customer applications.

Links can be created from designs or design objects to specification sheets, drawings, service records, audio, video clips, etc. to enhance existing marketing, sales or product information. Using Envision-i, anyone can query the product attributes to locate and select specific product components or select a component to view its associated data. The assembly hierarchy lists component data in an easy-to-read format.

Envision-i is scheduled for availability November 8, 1999. Entry-level pricing starts at approximately $1,500 per desktop.



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