Logix Projects

These descriptions of various projects we've done will give you an idea of what our capabilities are:

Restaurant/hotel customer comment lines

The Knosh project...(details to follow)

Finder service for nationwide C-Band satellite dish repair

The C-Band Industry Group selected Logix to develop and host a nationwide lookup facility for the millions of users of large backyard satellite dishes.  These customers often have trouble finding a service technician to maintain or upgrade their dish and receiver.  So, the customer dials a toll-free number and our automated voice processing systems (or live operators for shy customers) read out the names of dealers closest to the customer's ZIP code.  We also support the same lookup via the World Wide Web at www.CBandTV.com.  This project has been very successful, and Logix is the largest contributor to (and a founding member of) the C-Band Insustry Group consortium.

Casino management system

We designed and developed a comprehensive system to run every aspect of large-casino operations.  This included circuitry inside the slot machines, wired and wireless communications secured to gaming industry standards, and a very large software system.  That system included slot machines, table games, player tracking, comps, hotel management, inter-casino communications, and RFID & infrared tracking for chips and handheld devices for player alerts and preferences.  This was the first system designed to handle the 5,000+ machine loads of real-time tracking for large casinos, and we developed patentable approaches for multiple aspects of this project.  The gaming industry is the second most regulated industry in the US, after nuclear power, but this system had to accomodate casinos on four continents as well.

In-store video advertising system

Our client needed an effective way to deliver advertisements to the consumer at the point of purchase.  Logix created a technology, based on our experience with in-house infomercial development, computer hardware expertise, and widespread delivery of product to create the SOAP system, for "spot-on ad positioning".  This system allows our client to provide a very attractive rate for delivery of powerful, full-motion video spots to the consumers, when they are still in the store and ready to buy.   This system is currently being rolled out on a nationwide basis -- Logix provides the video editing and composition services, as well as production and distribution for both the systems and media network.

LPM Development Platform

This was the work that gained Logix widespread recognition as a premier tool-builder for serious applications.  Since the late 70's, we had created not only software, but a methodology of software development that lent itself to the high-speed development of high-speed, high-quality software.  In the 80's, Logix tools were included in the 4GL language called ODBS (it may as well stand for Obscure DataBase System).  Logix was considered by many to be the best programming shop in this language.  When we moved to Clarion late in the 80's, we re-created our tools (and updated our philosophies) to form LPM.  The name originally meant "Logix Project Manager", although the system went far beyond that.  LPM was released in February 1991, and became the number one selling aftermarket product in the language (there were many!) within thirty days.

Clarion included a tool to allow specification of screens and files, and you could then generate source code which got you off to a good start for many business applications.   LPM added tremendous horsepower to this prototyping environment, so that you could finish any business application and never leave the specification environment.  You kept only the specifications, and killed the source code after generating your application.  To update it, you simply updated the specs.

The 1200 pages of documentation for LPM also includes essays on the philosophy, discipline, standardization, and methodologies of serious, mission-critical application design.  The thousands of "happygrams" we collected from programmers and business managers were often testimonials to how this part of LPM was crucial to the success of their projects.

Music industry tracking software

The STAR system built and maintained by Logix for over a decade now was the premiere reporting tool getting information from record stores into the hands of music industry executives.  Every week, music stores all over the country were contacted by an outbound telemarketing team.  Each contact resulted in dozens of data points, primarily concerning the performance of various artists in the store along with inventory levels.  This massive amount of very time-sensitive data was collected, organized, massaged, and interpreted into concise reports that landed on the executive's desks each week.  Our client's business multipled as a result of the additional capabilities provided by STAR, which stands for Software Tracking of Artists and Records.  New types of music, such as jazz, urban, and alternative, were added to the system, and new spin-off enterprises have been begun and supported by Logix.

Private network for a major credit card company's customers

The Entertainment Network, or "E-Net", was developed by Logix as part of a joint venture.  This bypassed the Internet and delivered entertainment, sports, weather, restaurant, and other related information directly to the cardholder without exposing them to the endless clutter of a million other web sites competing for their attention.  The current television commercials run in a corner of the display, and play within four seconds of program launch, using Logix proprietary software.

We had a good time with this; each market area had its own "style" of attractive graphics, and the telecenter was set up to gather a tremendous amount of market specific data that added tremendous value to the local sponsorships.  This is not a web site, but we'll include some shots from the system to give you a feel for it. 

Satellite uplink facility

This was probably our greatest single "crisis" in the company's history.   We needed to create a satellite television uplink station, to take advantage of an opportunity and prevent it from becoming a disaster.  Working with McKibben Communications, we took a patch of bare ground with an electrical supply, and built a playback and uplink facility using portable buildings (essentially trailers) and throwing round-the-clock technical staff into the fray.

Total time from bare ground to on-air, full time broadcast?  60 hours.   Wednesday morning the first trailer arrived; Friday at 5pm we were live.  We then ran the facility for the client for the next year, until we were able to hand this off.

If you need us to do something like this for you, could you give us, perhaps, a bit more warning?