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BeIA announces MAP and BeIA Epson printing support!

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 13 Nov, 2000 @ 3:02 PM
 
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Be has just announced MAP, a unified platform for managing internet appliances. Basically, this means that your appliance will be managed by a MAP server, rather than you having to perform maintenence. This could result in an appliance that NEVER breaks, because it is self tuning. That is a good thing(tm).

They also announced that BeIA will support the entire Epson line. Thats good news.. will that enhanced support migrate back to BeOS? Either way, it is a big deal. I never thought i’d say this, but BeIA is starting to look cool. Read on for the press releases.

 

Be and Epson Team to Offer Printing Options for Internet Appliances

Provides BeIA Support for Epson Ink Jet Printers

COMDEX, LAS VEGAS –Nov. 13, 2000–Be Incorporated (Nasdaq: BEOS) and Epson America Inc. today announced complete support for most Epson color ink jet printers for Internet appliances powered by Be’s Internet appliance software platform, BeIA. The collaboration between the two companies results in BeIA support for 20 Epson printer models, including the entire Stylus Photo printer line, representing a wide selection of printers with varying price and performance options.

Drivers for Epson’s ink jet printers are already available for BeOS, Be’s desktop operating system. The drivers are included in the current free downloadable BeOS Personal Edition and in the BeOS 5 Professional Edition available from publishers.

Be’s continued work with Epson, a leader in high-quality, award-winning imaging products, makes printing easy on BeIA-based devices. The printer drivers are designed specifically for Internet appliances, so the drivers will accommodate small-memory devices, unlike standard PC printer drivers. The drivers allow manufacturers to customize printing options such as automating page layout and resolution and simplifying the printer dialog box, making printing easier for consumers.

“People will use Internet appliances to search the Internet and they’ll want to print everything from order forms to photos they get online. We’re making that possible,” said Lamar Potts, Be’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Our relationship with Epson is a sign of growing industry support for BeIA and will allow manufacturers to offer consumers a variety of printers that are easy to use with Internet appliances.”

Epson’s Mitch Kadish, product manager, connectivity products, said: “With Internet appliance sales expected to surpass PC sales in coming years, Be and Epson are ready to take advantage of this new market. Be and Epson are giving both manufacturers and consumers the versatility, convenience and low cost they’re looking for in the pairing of Internet appliances with our printers.”

About BeIA: The Complete IA Solution
BeIA is comprised of the Client Platform, Integration Services and MAP. This integrated package of small footprint client-side software; development, customization and device management tools and services; and key third party services and technology, delivers a complete Internet appliance solution to device and service providers, including consumer electronics companies.

About Be
Founded in 1990, Be Incorporated creates software solutions that enable rich media and Web experiences on personal computers and Internet appliances. Be’s headquarters are in Menlo Park, Calif., and its European office is in Paris, France. It is publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol BEOS. Be can be found on the Web at http://www.be.com.

About Epson
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market.

Founded in 1975, Epson America Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

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Be Inc. Unveils First Complete Solution for Internet Appliances with the Introduction of BeIA MAP

MAP offers device and service providers a unified point of access for managing the customer experience

COMDEX, LAS VEGAS –Nov. 13, 2000– Be Incorporated (Nasdaq: BEOS) today introduced the BeIA Management and Administration Platform (MAP) for Internet appliances. MAP offers device and service providers a unified suite of applications and services for managing a trouble-free end user experience. People don’t know what makes their telephone work, but are confident that they will hear a dial tone when they pick up the receiver. Device and service providers want to offer consumers the same experience with Internet appliances. Be Inc. makes this possible.

In addition to MAP, Be’s complete IA solution includes the BeIA Client Platform and BeIA Integration Services. The Client Platform is comprised of an integrated software package and set of development tools that enable the creation of Internet appliances with customized capabilities. The Integration Services component provides all the necessary professional expertise and third party relationships required to deploy a targeted end user Internet appliance. Once an appliance is deployed, MAP lets device providers maintain the appliance for end users–without any end user intervention. Appliance providers can change the user interface, add a new plug-in or media codec or even update the entire system. All management is done remotely on the server-side in a secure encrypted manner.

“With consumer adoption of information appliances on the rise, service providers will increasingly be required to effectively manage a vast network of such devices,” said Bryan Ma, an analyst in IDC’s Consumer Devices research program. IDC projects that the worldwide Information Appliance market will reach 89 million units in 2004.

MAP is comprised of server-based software components and remote management services that seamlessly interface to manage any BeIA-powered Internet appliance. It includes a range of management services such as options for connectivity, directory services to track user information, content filtering and activity logging. It also enables a range of useful application services like email, document viewing, calendar and personal information management.

“A complete Internet appliance solution not only requires the client software that powers the device, but also requires the remote management capabilities of MAP. The remote management and administration of devices, without end user involvement, is a clear point of differentiation between appliances and computers,” said Jean-Louis Gasse, chairman and chief executive officer of Be. “Together with Be’s Client Platform and Integration Services, MAP lets device and service providers deliver appliances that offer the seamless end user experience of a household appliance on a device with the capabilities of an advanced computer.”

“BeIA is a complete integrated solution brought together by a single source–rather than multiple third-party companies. The integration of the technology is tighter, time to market is faster and service providers have more control over determining the features of appliances,” said Lamar Potts, vice president of sales and marketing of Be. “MAP works behind the scenes, interceding on the user’s behalf to make sure appliances are properly configured. It provides the capability to deliver the latest software and features to the end user’s device on an on-going basis.”

BeIA MAP: The Complete Management and Administration Platform

BeIA MAP includes six components:

Device Management Server
The Device Management Server allows the appliance provider to easily control remote management activities such as registering devices and end users, pushing software updates, querying, granting, or revoking access privileges, and querying device capabilities.

Administration Server
The Administration Server provides the appliance provider with a web-based interface to administer end user devices. Everything from billing information, device software updates and user access privileges can be examined and modified from a single interface. Multi-tiered security allows master administrators to use the same simple, but powerful interface as customer service representatives.

Mastering Station
The Mastering Station allows appliance providers to master BeIA software and content releases and to deliver updates to devices. A complete development environment is provided, including local development and testing tools, and web-based tools for administration, validation and deployment of new releases. The Mastering Station pushes new releases of the Client Platform and appliance provider content to the Platform Database. Devices are updated on demand or periodically while the device is idle. The Mastering Station integrates with the Administration Server to provide a single cohesive view of an appliance provider’s end users and their devices.

Application Server
The Application Server provides end users with access to Web-based applications. The appliance provider can choose to offer a variety of applications, including e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, and personal information management. Each of these services can be branded and customized by the appliance provider. The end user sees a single, cohesive environment.

Import Server
The Import Server provides many of the same features seen in traditional web proxies, such as activity logging, blocking of sites, and content filtering. It does this with greatly reduced overhead and more flexibility than traditional proxies. It is designed to allow efficient but controlled access to “imported” content, such as content that the vendor does not provide.

Authentication Server
The Authentication Server integrates with the systems of major ISPs and backbone providers to give as many access options as possible to appliance providers. Using industry standard protocols, the Authentication Server is capable of controlling access to end user devices. Authentication is not dependent upon how an end user obtains Internet service or the service partnerships an appliance provider has already established.

Pricing and availability
MAP will begin shipping in Q1 2001. Pricing will be customer-specific based on the number of users and level of services offered.

About BeIA: The Complete IA Solution
BeIA is comprised of the Client Platform, Integration Services and MAP. This integrated package of small footprint client-side software; development, customization and device management tools and services; and key third party services and technology, delivers a complete Internet appliance solution to device and service providers, including consumer electronics companies.

About Be
Founded in 1990, Be Incorporated creates software solutions that enable rich media and Web experiences on personal computers and Internet appliances. Be’s headquarters are in Menlo Park, Calif., and its European office is in Paris, France. It is publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol BEOS. Be can be found on the Web at http://www.be.com.

[editors note: again, all the forward looking statement mumbo-jumbo is gone, cause its ludicrous. apparently if this doesnt actually happen, its ok, cause of that little blob of text. :P ]



7 Responses to “BeIA announces MAP and BeIA Epson printing support!”

  1. b_nemesis Says:

    enhanced drivers…

    this is great news!
    i wonder if they have added support for 1440dpi
    and 2880dpi printing?
    i could only muster 720dpi out of the old drivers…

  2. h_ank Says:

    Option or not?

    Could this be turned off? If I bought a BeIA webpad, I’d hate to think that someone else could be forcing things upon me…

  3. Yves Crevecoeur Says:

    MAP Server Services

    Map looks increadibly awsome from the PR.

    Is it hosted on BeOS or on 3rd party server OS?

    BeOS would be best to support BeIA devices, but I wonder.

    If it’s hosted on BeOS then Be is in the appliance server business!

    ciao
    yc

  4. Yves Crevecoeur Says:

    In Response To h_ank @ 11/13/2000 3:57:43 PM

    Re: Option or not?

    Yes, it can be turned off although I don’t think you would want to turn it off. A quote from the article:

    “Devices are updated on demand or periodically while the device is idle. ”

    If you think of all the problems AOL has when they upgrade their client software, MAP is as important to the success of BeIA as the BeIA software itself.

    MAP Clearly puts BeIA ahead of the pack!

    ciao
    yc

  5. jmj Says:

    In Response To Yves Crevecoeur @ 11/13/2000 4:03:18 PM

    Re: MAP Server Services

    Some parts seem to be BeOS “…A complete development environment is provided…”

    Looks like Map, BeIA and BeOS will be great, single solution and it’s amazing that has been accomplished in such a short time.

  6. georges Says:

    Printer drivers for BeIA/OS

    Hey,

    I just listened to the two interviews with Lamar Potts and in the first interview he says he isn’t sure if BeOS will get those printer drivers. He says he doesn’t know the technical stuff of porting them.

    BUT then at the beginning of the second interview Dane Scott said that they will, if fact, be brought to BeOS… did Dane get some more info between interviews?

    Georges

  7. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To georges @ 11/14/2000 1:13:14 PM

    Re: Printer drivers for BeIA/OS

    Dane is now qualifying that statement with (to the best of my knowledge) “expected” to be available on BeOS.

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