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March 16, 2006
Swiss Company Brings Electronic Cowbells to U.S. Schools

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) March 17, 2006 -- The Swiss cowbells made famous in the Winter Olympics can now come to U.S. schools thanks to BellCommander, a unique school bell product released today through a partnership of Austin-based AcroVista and Zurich-based Barix.

BellCommander replaces expensive and difficult to maintain school bell and intercom systems with a PC controlled network system that plays MP3 files. Using BellCommander, the ubiquitous school bell can be replaced with more pleasant chimes, baseball-themed sounds, or even cowbells. BellCommander is a patent-pending alternative to electronic timers and traditional intercom systems that utilizes a school’s existing network infrastructure and PCs to create a complete school bell and announcement system. BellCommander is installed on a single server in a school where bell schedules are entered and the software controls computers and network devices across the school to play audio at scheduled times for school bells and announcements.

For areas where PCs are already present, such as in classrooms, an existing PC can be installed with a client application that will play audio when directed by the software. For areas where a PC would not be feasible, a device from Barix can be attached to the network physically or wirelessly and it will act like the PC clients and play audio when scheduled by BellCommander. Each PC and network device can receive different audio, so different classrooms can be on different bell schedules and announcements can be targeted to a single classroom.

BellCommander now supports the Exstreamer and Annuncicom lines of network audio devices from Barix. These devices attach to the network either by cable or wirelessly and play audio when directed by the BellCommander software. The hardware from Barix is specifically designed for commercial and industrial installations and is used globally in a wide-range of installations.

The BellCommander application was designed to be very easy-to-use, and in many schools, an assistant is able to enter the bell schedules without requiring a technical expert. The BellCommander software is priced very affordably in three versions ranging from $69.95 to $699.95, based on the size and complexity of the system and reseller programs are available. A free trial can be downloaded at the AcroVista website at http://www.acrovista.com/bellcommander. AcroVista is a recognized software developer with programs previosuly featured on TechTV and in numerous publications.

Representatives from Barix and AcroVista will be at the NCSA Expo at the Barix booth in Las Vegas, March 16th through March 18th.

June 23, 2005
AcroVista Reinvents the School Bell with BellCommander 2.0

Austin, TX - June 23, 2005 - AcroVista, an independent developer of innovative software, announces the release of BellCommander 2.0. BellCommander replaces the traditional school bell ring with an innovative PC-based system that plays anything from pleasant chime sounds to baseball-themed sounds. In the latest release of BellCommander, additional networking options are now available. Schools can now use their existing networks and PCs to create a low-cost school bell system by using BellCommander's new client/server option. In this configuration, the school installs the BellCommander server on an office PC and installs a client program on a PC in each classroom. Audio plays to the PC in each classroom when scheduled or when announcements are made from the server. Each client PC can receive different audio, so announcements can be targeted to specific classrooms and different classrooms can have different bell schedules.

BellCommander features an extremely powerful and specialized audio scheduler which supports traditional and block scheduling, assembly schedules, holidays, early dismissals, and more. The system can play any .wav or .mp3 audio file and many sounds, including more pleasant tones and chimes, are provided with BellCommander. In addition to its powerful features, BellCommander's use of standardized technologies can save thousands of dollars in equipment, installation, and maintenance costs of a traditional intercom/bell system.

BellCommander also features an innovative patent-pending design which uses network audio devices to send different audio to different locations like "zones" in a traditional intercom system. The solution is perfect for schools which have different buildings or areas on different schedules or for stores which need to play different audio to different portions of the store. The network audio devices connect via standard network connections, so no special wiring is needed from the PCs to the network audio devices. Since existing wiring and network infrastructure can be utilized, maintenance and installation costs are a fraction of a traditional intercom system. The solution has been proven in several organizations and articles on successful installations are available at http://www.acrovista.com/bellcommander

In addition to the network audio design, BellCommander also supports playing audio through a standard sound card to a public address system or local speakers. The solution is a popular replacement for mechanical bells and over 100 clients use AcroVista's custom technology in this area. For a full list and description of configurations, visit http://www.acrovista.com/bellcommander/configurations.html

BellCommander is priced in three versions ranging from $69.95 to $699.95 based on the size and complexity of the system and reseller programs are available. A free trial can be downloaded at the AcroVista website at http://www.acrovista.com/bellcommander. AcroVista is a recognized software developer with programs featured on TechTV and in numerous publications.

February 3, 2004
New Software Replaces School Bell Systems With MP3 Sounds and Music

Austin, TX - February 2, 2004 - AcroVista, an independent developer of innovative software, announces the release of BellCommander. BellCommander is a patent-pending Windows application which provides a low-cost and powerful replacement to traditional school bell and automated intercom systems, such as factory shift change horns and store-front intercoms. BellCommander features an extremely powerful and specialized audio scheduler which supports traditional and block scheduling, assembly schedules, holidays, early dismissals, and more. Traditional school bell rings can be a thing of the past, since many sounds, including more pleasant tones and chimes, are provided with BellCommander and any WAV or MP3 can be played. In addition to its powerful features, BellCommander's use of standardized technologies can save thousands of dollars in equipment, installation, and maintenance costs of a traditional intercom/bell system.

BellCommander features an innovative patent-pending design which uses network audio devices to send different audio to different locations like "zones" in a traditional intercom system. The solution is perfect for schools which have different buildings or areas on different schedules or for stores which need to play different audio to different portions of the store. The network audio devices, made by San Diego based CD3O, connect via standard network connections, so no special wiring is needed from the PCs to the network audio devices. Since existing wiring and network infrastructure can be utilized, maintenance and installation costs are a fraction of a traditional intercom system.

In addition to the network audio design, BellCommander also supports playing audio through a standard sound card to a public address system or local speakers. The solution is a popular replacement for mechanical bells and over 100 clients use AcroVista's custom technology in this area. For a full list and description of configurations, visit http://www.acrovista.com/bellcommander/configurations.html

BellCommander is priced in three versions ranging from $49.95 to $299.95 based on the size and complexity of the system. A free trial can be downloaded at the AcroVista website at http://www.acrovista.com/bellcommander. AcroVista is a recognized software developer with programs featured on TechTV and numerous publications. AcroVista is the developer of AlarmWiz, an innovative Windows alarm clock and task scheduling application and GovernMail, a political contact utility.

August 14, 2002
Innovative Windows Reminder and Task Scheduling Software Released

Austin, TX - August 14, 2002 - AcroVista Software, an independent developer of innovative automation and Internet applications, announces the release of two new Windows applications, AlarmWiz 2.0 and BellWiz.

AlarmWiz, a powerful scheduling utility, gained industry acclaim in its first release for its intuitive interface which allows users to quickly and visually set reminders and automate I/T tasks.  At its simplest, users can quickly set reminders with audio from .wav, .mp3, or CD sources to remind them of important appointments.  The program also boasts advanced features including the ability to send scheduled emails and email pages, to launch programs, and to script FTP transfers for common tasks such as uploading files to a web server.

AlarmWiz features an innovative scheduler which allows alarms to be scheduled at a wide variety of intervals including hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly scheduling, as well as more flexible scheduling such as the second Friday of each month.

AlarmWiz has received top ratings and reviews from popular Internet sites including Tucows highest 5 Cows Rating, RocketDownload's 5/5 rating, and FileTransfer.com's 5/5 rating.  AlarmWiz is available for $24.95 and discounts are available for multiple license purchases.

As an extension to AlarmWiz, AcroVista Software developed BellWiz, a new application which plays .wav and .mp3 audio at scheduled times for public address systems.  The program is ideally suited for school bells, factory shift change sounds, and scheduled audio announcements such as daily store closing announcements.

BellWiz features an advanced scheduler and includes the ability to define holidays and time periods when bells should not activate.  The program features an easy-to-use wizard-based interface which guides users through the steps of creating bells.  BellWiz is available for $34.95 for a single license and volume discounts are given starting with the second license purchased.

AlarmWiz and BellWiz are both designed to run under Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP.  Free, fully-functional trial versions of AlarmWiz and BellWiz are available for download at the AcroVista Software website at http://www.acrovista.com.





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