our picture of the future of networking
This new concept offers huge benefits over Old-Technology Master Slave Software .
WebComm (new concept? – no it’s based on existing Internet-Technology)
Instead of creating a complicated, centralized application which speaks to each device using specific device protocols, the devices are enabled to speak to us in a simple way.
WebComm enabling technology(and device protocol) is encapsulated into our products. A Webcomm enabler can be a hardware module or a software depending of the device: AET internal interfaces for A-Series inkjets. XET external interfaces for old generation inkjets(Codebox,Macrojet,Casecoders,Solos) and DDC2/3 laser markers. SET Webcomm enabling software for DSL & S_Series laser markers.
Each Webcomm enabled device contains a Web server. Access from the Intranet (corporate LAN) or the Internet (via Router/Firewall?/VPN) can easily and intuitively be done using not more than a Web browser. This is enough for simple applications(a few devices, single devices per line, message selection, text change).
Each Webcomm enabled device also contains a Web Browser. This enables the device to retrieve webpages from a webserver, containing commands(Should I change message?) and feeding back status(Ink low). Pre-Processing(page creation) and post-processing(status processing) can be easily done using existing webserver technology and tools(and without knowing any device protocol!) like Apache,mySQL,PHP,Perl. This is an adequate solution for multiple lines with many devices, status logging, product databases etc.