BellVue for the Dukane MCS350

Saving Time and Money on Every Schedule

BellVue is an add-on to a Dukane MCS350 Intercom Systems that provides remote access and automation of time and schedule changes. BellVue is a winpal tool replacement.

Updated Linux OS

With security at the top of all our lists, the BellVue Appliance Linux OS can be updated and security patches applied. As of this writing all units will ship with Linux 7.3. In addition to this the hardware has also been updated.

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Growth and Partners

I apologize for not posting more, but things are growing! New Partners, new software and new code. This is what I have been up to in the past year or so:

  1. Developed new partners in software.
    • This means that the some parts of the product have been sured up with higher grade components. Not that there was anything wrong with the original, but these will help with the future. 
  2. Developed new partners in hardware.
    • This increases product life cycle and shortens time to market.
  3. Completed a new strategy to improve the quality of the code
    • Faster bug fixes and new feature adds.
  4. All this with no increase in product cost or supportability
    • I attribute this to the solid rule of keeping to industry standards and not re-creating the wheel.
  5. The next product is coming because of these completed goals

2016 is going to be an exciting year!

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Free Upgrades and New Features

In order to support new and upcoming products, The BellVue Core product will be discontinuted. All existing BellVue Core customers will be contacted for an upgrade at no additional cost.  BellVue and BellVue Connect will continue to be supported. 

Existing customers, keep your eyes on your inbox for a link to update your BellVue for the MCS350 in the next few weeks. 

Features will include:

  1. All Schedule report - This is a printable report that shows all parts of the schedule file.
  2. More Runtime Config - Additional runtime parameters have been exposed to help fine tune communications.
  3. Additional Reports - Additional Report Logs have been exposted to better see errors and why.
  4. The AP# and room are now split and each are searchable and sortable.
  5. Last Schedule Transferred is now displayed for easy reference.

 

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Looking up at a Star and answering the Call.

We thought it would be fun to share what R&D has been working on. In one of the last posts we looked back...way back. Now lets look forward...way forward.

If you know what this is, click the feedback button to the side, let us know what you think. What would you like to see improved? What problems need to be solved?

And yes, the internal commands are coded, in addition to some very special API commands that open the entire system to...you guessed it...general integration!

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Consistant Accuracy Matters

Its that time again, the first time Daylight Savings Time change of the year.

  • Did your bells ring correctly Monday morning?
  • Did your students have to wait for a technician to set the time correctly?
  • Did the secretary have use the administrator phone to fix it, after looking up the phone commands?
  • Would you like to have accurate time, every day?

If you answered no to any of these, then you need to look at BellVue. It uses Internet time, (NTP) to correctly maintain the system time every week. Also BellVue has a tolerance of +-3 seconds. Winpal has tolerance of +-59 seconds. That's a 10x improvement accuracy of time with BellVue. And each location in your school district can expect this level of accuracy.

If you wait, you can expect the next incorrect time change in the spring unless you act now to start saving time.  


A Look back sometimes is a look forward..

Thought it would be fun to post some pics on how the BellVue Appliance has grown. Its good to remember the past, and exciting to think of what the future holds. With each version additional features were added. Software became better, hardware became simpler and unit cost went down.

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 BellVue Appliance - Current version. Solved addition problems with the move to USB Serial and only 1 network port. Added the Backup and Recovery USB with this version. Love the new decal to brand the device.

BellVue Appliance - Current version. Solved addition problems with the move to USB Serial and only 1 network port. Added the Backup and Recovery USB with this version. Love the new decal to brand the device.

 BellVue Appliance - Version 2. Wall mountable smaller, cheaper.  Had the correct number of ports needed to make installation simple. 

BellVue Appliance - Version 2. Wall mountable smaller, cheaper.  Had the correct number of ports needed to make installation simple. 

 BellVue Appliance - Version 1. A simple 1U rack mount server. This one was cool because the arrows and screen (2x16) could change the bell schedule and system time. This feature was replaced with BellVue Mobile Site and your mobile device.

BellVue Appliance - Version 1. A simple 1U rack mount server. This one was cool because the arrows and screen (2x16) could change the bell schedule and system time. This feature was replaced with BellVue Mobile Site and your mobile device.

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