XPACK

Moderro Xpack CPU 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. The CPU 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.

Suggest Use:
Public Internet Terminal, Web 2.0 Office Workstation, CRM/ERP Workstation, Information Terminal, Call Center, Remote Worker and Virtual Classroom

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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.
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 the CPUs 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 the CPU. 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.
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. The CPUs are designed to last 5 years or more
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.


Moderro Management System:
Moderro Management Service (MMS) is a hosted solution allowing configuration, control, and support of Moderro end-points. Unlike traditional management servers, there's nothing to install on premises, and no software to upgrade*. Moderro Management Service performs the following functions:

Configuration
MMS allows the administrator to manage the system behavior, such as desktop elements, window mode (kiosk vs. single-window vs. multiple-window), network settings, printing preferences, peripheral support, etc
Kiosk Confiuration
Kiosk mode refers to a full-screen mode of operation. Under this model, the kiosk will start with a predetermined internet resource ( a special web page, flash, or movie), and let the user navigate within a "walled garden" environment.
User Data
User data represents user preferences. If the user is allowed to save and protect their preferences from session to session (quick links, bookmarks, encrypted site logins, etc), this information will be stored in their profile on the server and automatically accessed by the device when user is logged in.
Session Management
An administrator can apply a session time limit, providing libraries, internet café's and other public venues with mechanism to control the terminal usage. Session management includes after-session clean-up and session time counter.
Logging and Reporting
Moderro Xpack can be set up to log the traffic from the Xpack terminals, making it easy for the administrators to analyze the data and make access restriction decisions. This traffic data collection and be performed in private mode with the administrator seeing the aggregate data only.
Administrator Console
Administrator console is a browser-based application that can be used by an administrator both on and off the network that they are managing. The Administrator Console can be configured to match the administrator profile.
Remote Control
Administrators have a need to control the behavior of the terminal on real-time basis. This means muting a station, locking out the user, sending user a message, etc.. Moderro Service supports remote control by which an administrator can issue a command to the terminal without being in the same network. Moderro Remote Control solution traverses the NAT firewalls making it possible to support the user from a different network.
Access Control
Moderro Xpack supports common users and unique users. Common users can be set up with "common" profiles, such as "kids, teens, adults", or by interest: "engineering, management, science". Unique users are used when more tight control over access restrictions is needed or to store user data. Moderro Management Service can be integrated with existing LDAP system for unique user authentication.
Remote Assistance
Remote Assistance gives users a way to ask for and receive help, and administrator to provide help, without interrupting their surroundings. The user simply presses a help button on their desktop, which initiates a desktop sharing and chat session with any of the administrators or support personnel.
Policies
Policies provide an easy and flexible way of applying settings to a group of users or devices. For example, an administrator can apply a policy to use certain printer for certain section of the building, or restrict internet access on some, but not other terminals.

Energy-Efficient Computing
Reducing power consumption by over six times that of comparable products, the energy-efficient XPack platform is driving a new era in eco-friendly computing. Combining low power consumption and cool operation without comprising performance, Moderro is setting the new standard for web based computing.

Solid State Computing
Solid State computing has number of advantages. No moving parts means lack of mechanical breakdowns and noise, faster start-up, extremely low read and write latency (seek) times, roughly 15 times faster than the best current mechanical disks, longer lifetime. Solid state memory provides security (quick wipe of data) and deterministic performance.

Carbon-free computing
Moderro's products are designed to help individuals and organizations reduce their impact on the environment. Utilizing the world's first Carbon Free processors, Moderro works with partners around the world to offset harmful carbon emissions and so improve the environment and give back to the community.

Lead-Free / ROHS Computing
Moderro recognizes the importance of reducing hazardous substances in the Xpack platform, and uses only lead-free components that's RoHS compliant

Quiet Computing
Moderro uses solid state designs to provide the silent computer experience desired by customers and in accordance with ISO standards set by University of British Columbia in Canada.

 

  • Libraries
  • Education
  • Cybercafés
  • Care Center
  • Service Providers
  • Enterprise

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 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

PROFILE

 

K-12 schools, colleges, and universities provide students with a great amount of electronic resources. From homework , to parents-teacher communication, to tests, to class plans, to papers and team collaboration – computers are becoming an integral part of the educational environment. Schools are experimenting with computerized classrooms where the daily work is done with the help of computers on every desk. The biggest obstacle however has been and remains the IT and maintenance expenses of the traditional personal computer platforms along with security, vulnerability, energy costs and complexity.

NEED
Educational establishments are looking for a computer platform that will allow the faculty and students to take advantage of the latest tools and technologies offered by the internet age, but without the costs and hassles associated with maintaining traditional personal computers. They are looking for solution that will be small in size in order to fit into tight spaces, green to support energy savings, safe, reliable, and manageable.

SOLUTION
Xpack is a miniature computer that was built specifically for public areas including school environments, taking into consideration space constraints, noise factor, software reliability, system robustness, aesthetics, environmental concerns and manageability. Moreover, Xpack was made from the ground up for working with internet resources and applications, and was designed to offer a very simple and friendly user experience.

 

PROFILE

 

Internet cafés are located world-wide, and many people use them when traveling to access webmail and instant messaging services to keep in touch with family and friends. Apart from travelers, in many developing countries Internet cafés are the primary form of Internet access for citizens as a shared-access model is more affordable than personal ownership of equipment. While most Internet cafés are private businesses many have been set up to help bridge the 'digital divide', providing computer access and training to those without home access.

NEED
While Internet Café industry is growing, it's also facing new challenges. Tighter governmental controls and regulations, copyright protection lawsuits are among the few factors that are making the internet café owners to review their policies and seek solutions to content control, privacy protection, auditing, and security compliance. Additionally, energy costs are also causing the owners to look for alternatives in the green computing.

SOLUTION
Xpack represents a great solution for the Cybercafé market as it offers a well-protected desktop system, while meeting the needs of the customers. Xpack's energy-saving attributes make it a good fit for dense computer environments, and its custom browser OS provides protection from viruses and malware, while built in mechanisms for management and control equip the Internet Café owners with the tools to tighten content access controls as they deem necessary.

PROFILE

 

Assisted living, retirement homes, nursing homes… Quality of life means living a well-rounded lifestyle. It means social interaction and physical activity that help maintain independence. Whether the parent lives in an assisted living facility or at home with the help of home health care workers, he or she needs enough mental, physical, and emotional stimulation to remain engaged in the process of living.

Research and studies have proven that aging individuals who don't stimulate their minds regularly may be more at risk for diseases such as various forms of dementia or Alzheimer's. The aging brain is no less capable of learning new things that a younger brain, which is good news for today's seniors.

NEED
More than ever assisted living facilities are looking for ways to keep their residents as busy as possible with physical and mental activities. At the same time, children and relatives are looking for ways to frequently connect with their loved ones, be able to share things like videos, interesting articles, or engage with them through a game. Computers provide a fantastic channel for linking people with each other, and to the world of information, entertainment, and mental exercise.

SOLUTION
Xpack represents a great fit for Elder Care facilities as it offers a well-protected desktop system that's friendly, simple, and best of all provides a mechanism for remote access and communication. Xpack's energy and space-saving attributes make it a good fit for small quarters, and its custom browser OS provides protection from viruses and malware.

PROFILE

 

Service Providers take on many shapes and sizes, from telecom, wireless and cable giants, to local CLEC's, ISP's, and MDUs (Multiple Dwelling Units). All these companies provide their customers with access to some or all of the internet, communications and entertainment services. Competition is fierce and service providers are looking for ways to differentiate their services and establish a closer relationship with the customer.

NEED
Providers have long been keen on offering personal computers to their customers, however held back due to the high support costs associated with standard personal computers. What they need is a solution that's easy to install, requires little to no support, and that they can customize into a hub for pulling together services they offer.

SOLUTION
Xpack is a great fit for service providers wanting to augment their existing offerings. Its form factor lends itself well to the living area. Its hassle-free, low-maintenance nature allows the service provider to offer the product without worrying about support costs involved. It can be customized to serve as a hub and carry service provider branding. Finally, the management system was designed with the service provider in mind.

PROFILE

 

Private and government organizations are relying on personal computer infrastructure to do a huge variety of tasks, including clerical, research, communications, design, etc. Computers have had a tremendous effect on the productivity of the current generation of workers worldwide. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find an organization that could function without the computers.

NEED
While personal computers have made the backbone of modern enterprise, they have also become a significant cost-center with large IT organizations to support roll-outs of software updates, qualifying and deploying the software, and addressing the problems and failures. With the advent of the browser-based applications, the support and maintenance of the personal computer equipment can be greatly reduced, as applications no longer need to be deployed and upgraded, and viruses and incompatibilities can be eradicated.

SOLUTION
Xpack represents a great solution for Office 2.0 – every day clerical and productivity tasks such as Email, CRM, ERP, and other communication and specialized web-based applications. Due to the custom, protected browser-centric operating system, Xpack web computers are not prone to the viruses, software malfunctions, or other vulnerabilities characteristic of traditional PCs. Unlike thin clients, Xpacks CPUs are not dependent on expensive server infrastructure either, and represent a completely independent client computer.

 

Is XPack a thin client? Is there a need for a separate server?
XPack is NOT a thin client solution. Thin clients operate by relying on a server to run the user sessions, render the applications and send the screen images down to the client stations. XPack is a stand-alone computing device relying on internet/intranet service resources (with few local applications). XPack was able to achieve a much smaller size usually associated with the thin client and provide the functionality typically associated with the PC, without PC vulnerabilities.
Is software license sold separately from hardware? What if we want to install additional software?
The software is bundled with the hardware. Additional software can be installed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the partner commitment.
How is XPack mounted / positioned?
XPack can be positioned in one of two ways – it can either be mounted on the monitor VESA mounting, making it the first general computing device being able to do so, or it can be positioned on the desk in a vertical orientation.
What kinds of support mechanisms are available for end-user support?
XPack comes with remote management software that allows administrators to view and control customer desktop with end-user permission, driving the support costs to the minimum.
What are the operating conditions for the system?
The system is designed to function in the normal office/home conditions. For the outside use, separate moisture seal and airflow has to be provided.
What size is the XPack?
XPack is one of the smallest footprint general computing devices available on the market today. It measures 5.3" × 5.1" × 1.9" (13.4 cm × 12.9 cm × 4.8 cm)