The U.S. Army and Air Force will use web-based sign printing from AccessVia in 225 stores on military bases, while The Sports Authority uses the same technology to serve its merged operations with Gart Sports.
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which operates stores on military bases, said the AccessVia Web dSignShop application will serve bases throughout the world. The Wed dSignShop application lets store personnel download and print signage distributed by a central office over the Internet. Many of the overseas-based stores will use a satellite connection to hook into the web-based system.
The Sports Authority and Gart Sports each used a non-web-based dSign application from AccessVia before they merged in August 2003 and kept the Sports Authority name. The retailer now is providing universal access to the printing application by migrating to the Web dSignShop application. The savings associated with a single, web-based deployment vs. the efforts required to unify all of the host integration of the two existing implementations made the web version an easy choice, said Dean A. Sleeper, CEO of AccessVia. "They`ll realize continuous benefits from a single, centralized deployment of application, templates and sign content," he said
AccessVia also recently released its newest version of Web dSignShop, version 4.0. The new version includes improvements in scalability and reliability that require fewer servers at headquarters to handle peak-time printing loads, and fewer resources to manage those servers, AccessVia says. It adds that print engine refinements have increased by fourfold the number of concurrent users that a single server can handle, allowing over 1,000 users to use Web dSignShop simultaneously.