Solution for Libraries









Libraries

PROFILE
Academic, public, research, school, and specialty libraries are providing a wealth of electronic information resources to their patrons who use it to find the library resources, perform research, get news and information, and stay in touch with the world. In providing these internet resources, the libraries are facing a number of issues concerning installation, maintenance, footprint, energy consumption, security, privacy, and assistance issues. Personal Computers deployed at the libraries are barely adequate to perform the task of public access computing as they are built to be individual computers, prone to viruses, data integrity issues, software upkeep, and general management concerns.
NEED
The libraries are looking for a solution that will provide their patrons with the tools they need, and with the feature set and performance they expect; all while providing library administrators with an option that requires very little maintenance, easy support and configuration, ways to apply appropriate restrictions, and centralized control. In addition to that, the computing hardware should be small to fit into tight spaces, green to support energy savings, safe and reliable. The solution should address privacy and security controls, relieving the library institutions from liabilities associated with internet access.

SOLUTION

Xpack cloud thin client is a miniature computer that was built specifically for public areas, taking into consideration space constraints, noise factor, software reliability, system robustness, aesthetics, environmental concerns and manageability.
Hardware
Moderro Xpack is a small (size of a paperback), low power, silent mini-computer. It weighs around 3 lbs and consumes on average 13W of power. Xpack comes with custom-designed keyboard and mouse, Ethernet CAT5 and VGA cables, and mounting hardware. Xpack can be placed in a cradle that can stand along-side the monitor, or be attached to the back of the monitor using the VESA bracket (included). The unit comes with optional WiFi connectivity. CPU speed and RAM are configured appropriately for the usage. The keyboard has a built-in USB hub, which provides left or right-side mouse connection and USB media storage drive slot. Xpack is a solid state device, meaning that there are no moving parts (aside from a back-up fan) inside the enclosure.
Management System
Moderro offers hosted and on-premise management options. With the hosted option, there’s no server to install, or upgrades to maintain - the administrator simply logs on to the site to manage Xpacks remotely.
There's a comprehensive set of tasks that an administrator can perform remotely, such as setting up the desktop, printer, browsing access preferences, switch from single to multi-window browser mode. Additionally, the administrator is able to steer a patron to a page, mute or unmute their speakers, lock or unlock the system, put time limits on sessions, and provide remote assistance through screensharing.
Maintenance
System maintenance can be performed automatically and does not require physical access to Xpack. Management system takes care of the upgrade. There is no risk in software incompatibilities as the upgrade images come pre-packaged with tightly integrated system components.
Software
Moderro Xpack is powered by Moderro Browser OS. This innovative OS is built to provide a “desktop-in-a-browser” environment, giving the users a familiar feel of the desktop when interacting with internet resources and applications. Moderro Browser Desktop is compatible with all major internet sites and gives the user a very intuitive and simple way of interacting with web-based content and applications. Each internet resource runs in its own window and is represented by an automatically updating thumbnail ribbon on the bottom of the screen. The user interface is designed for ease-of-use and simplicity. In addition to web browsing the software supports internet telephony client, Java, and PDF viewer. While Xpack itself does not store the files locally, it allows for a USB mass media storage or a camera with USB interface to be connected for file download and upload.
Installation
Installation is quick and straightforward. Administrator sets up and configures the settings for the set of terminals. Once the Xpack and the monitor are connected, Xpack will register itself with the service and pick up its settings online. It will also identify its location and pick up the local settings for clock and weather. Xpack can be connected over CAT5 or WiFi networks. The terminal can also function independently from the management server/service in a stand-alone mode.

Recycling
Recycling is easy. There’s no user data stored on the system, so hard disk separation is not needed (unlike personal computers). The whole system can be disposed by sending it back to Moderro. Xpacks are designed to last 5 years or more.






 
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