ATLANTA, GA – MAY 12, 2020 – Visix, Inc. is celebrating its 40th anniversary by releasing new products, branded swag and free services to commemorate four decades of achievements and milestones. With over 4000 digital signage solutions on three continents, the company has continually evolved to meet the ever-changing landscape of visual communications and audience engagement.
“We’ve come a long way from a startup that was literally launched in a closet 40 years ago,” says Sean Matthews, president and CEO of Visix. “This year of celebration is for everyone in the Visix family – employees, partners and customers – who’ve made it possible for us to thrive over the years. We’re humbled and thankful to everyone who has supported our brand and carried us forward four decades. We’re looking forward to the next 40 years!”
The company was originally founded as Tech Electronics, Inc. (TEi) in 1980 by Ed Matthews and Harold “Sonny” Davis. Their first manufactured product was a programmable video controller that allowed automated controlled playback of VCRs feeding closed circuit television systems. Over the years, they developed a range of small “black box” products, such as a video signal detector, computer classroom control systems, and media retrieval and AV duplication products. From the beginning, the company has partnered with a vast AV/IT reseller network.
In 2000, the company developed AxisTV – their first digital signage product. The company’s driving idea was to expand the concept of “digital signage” so that anything with a screen could become a display for messaging. This came to include not only LCD and plasma screens, but also desktop and laptop screens, smartphones and PDAs.
Sean Matthews came on as president in June 2004. The following year, the company began discontinuing all products except AxisTV, and the new president committed to transforming the company into a dedicated software development firm. To emphasize the shift in focus, the company’s name was changed to Visix in November 2006.
“We were able to leverage our existing relationships with the AV/IT reseller channel to take AxisTV to market quickly,” says Trey Hicks, Chief Sales Officer at Visix. “Digital signage was an immediate hit with our higher education and corporate customers, and this helped fuel growth to the large presence we have today. I’m very excited about what’s next for visual communications.”
Visix has established themselves as thought leaders in the digital signage industry, with much of their offering and language being duplicated by competitors over the years.
- Visix was the first to focus on communications strategy and results, instead of just products.
- Visix was the first company to wrap room signs into the digital signage conversation.
- Visix was the first to introduce electronic paper signs to facilities managers in North America.
- Visix was the first to extend digital signage to desktops and mobile devices.
- Visix was the first to integrate with common alerting protocol (CAP) for alert notification.
- Visix was the first to shift the conversation to personalizing the digital signage experience.
- Visix was the first to develop voice-activated digital signage.
- Visix has over 100 awards for digital signage and interactive touchscreen designs.
- free resources for digital signage users.
The momentum continues today, with Visix constantly adapting to the latest trends in technology, communications and collaboration to shape their product and service offering for corporate, education, government, healthcare and hospitality clients. The company plans to roll out new software and hardware in the coming weeks, with a new E Ink meeting room sign and a new Voice Recognizer Widget for their AxisTV Signage Suite CMS.
Visix describes their mission as “helping people communicate better”. By developing products that are easy to use and access, they aim to improve the quality of visual messaging and involve more people in the communications process.
The company has also developed hundreds of free resources to educate and inspire digital signage managers, regardless of whether or not they use Visix products. The growing library includes masterclass guides, videos, blogs, galleries, white papers, infographics and a bi-weekly podcast.
By offering an ever-expanding, ever-evolving line of software, hardware and services, and creating tools that help clients maximize their investment, Visix has proved to be a steadfast leader in the digital signage industry.