WALLINGFORD, Conn.–October 5, 2006–VBrick Systems, Inc., the world leader in digital video systems and solutions, today announced the introduction of EtherneTV 4.0 (ETV 4.0). ETV 4.0 enables corporations, educational institutions and government organizations to capture (record), manage and distribute video with increasing ease and flexibility. Clients use EtherneTV to create environments that share information, monitor facilities as well as broadcast training and announcements to anyone at any level–live or on demand.

“Given our customer’s feedback, we have re-designed the user-interface and enhanced access to core functionality, giving our clients a platform to distribute video with even greater ease and efficiency,” said Bruce Webber, VBrick’s vice president of software engineering. For nearly a decade, clients using the company’s EtherneTV systems and digital video appliances have propelled VBrick to its digital video leadership position–including more than 40 percent of the global corporate encoder market, according to Frost & Sullivan*.

“With EtherneTV 4.0, VBrick continues to add digital video capabilities that fit seamlessly into organizations’ environments while removing barriers to widespread market adoption,” said Steve Vonder Haar, founder and research director, Interactive Media Strategies. “EtherneTV’s robust user authorization features provide an elegant solution to the very thorny issue of access and digital rights management at large organizations.” VBrick’s clients include Putnam Investments, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Ford Motor Company, and approximately 1,000 educational institutions such as University of Toronto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Oklahoma State University. VBrick is also the leader in digital video solutions for government organizations worldwide and the U.S. military–including the U.S. Air Force, the Department of State, NASA and police departments.

“The excitement surrounding EtherneTV is nothing short of extraordinary. With every release we move closer to allowing anyone in the world to learn something new, react to situations, participate in conferences or broadcast announcements without changing platforms, learning new technology or installing new equipment. ETV 4.0 takes us one giant step closer to that vision,” added VBrick CEO Fred Geyer. “The diversity of our global client base demonstrates how our standards-based solutions work with any organization,” said Rich Mavrogeanes, VBrick founder and CTO. “We see VBrick as powering the IP video revolution and we’re very proud of that.”

One of the most compelling new ETV 4.0 features enables organizations to monitor, track and report on user-specific data–giving media managers the ability to access curriculum or compliance-specific viewing histories. VBrick’s solutions provide clients including Putnam Investments with corporate broadcasting capabilities, government organizations like Florida’s Department of Transportation with unparalleled highway monitoring and educational institutions like Oklahoma State University with distance learning opportunities that increase revenue, decrease costs and accomplish their goals.

“Classroom and teaching methods are continually evolving to incorporate new advances that prepare our children for tomorrow,” said Al Bliss, technology specialist, District Media and Technology Services, Edina Public School District. “EtherneTV continues to support the classroom of the future by enabling teachers to show breaking news, replay in-service programs and access DVD-quality video quickly without breaking stride in their lesson plans or requiring extensive training to add multimedia in the classroom.” “Every minute of everyday, someone is using VBrick to inform, teach, monitor or broadcast something to someone. There is a revolution underway,” said Fred Geyer.

About VBrick Systems, Inc.

VBrick Systems, Inc. is the world’s most reliable provider of standards-based video networking solutions to educational institutions, corporations and governments. VBrick, an ISO 9001:2000 certified company, has garnered numerous industry accolades including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Connecticut Technology Fast 50, and the National Association of Broadcaster’s (NAB) Award for Innovation in Media in the Content Delivery category. Based in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA, VBrick’s products are distributed through industry-leading value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. Find out more at www.VBrick.com. *Frost & Sullivan 2006 “World Video Encoders,” report.


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