BEAM XVI SYSTEMS

Version 2.1 16/03/05

Introduction

This page describes the documentation available for the BEAM range of XVI and XVI-SB X-Windows terminals for the visually impaired and blind.

BEAM Ltd produce a range of network computer terminals designed to allow visually impaired and blind users access computer systems running the Unix operating system. The range encompasses systems that provide screen magnification, to systems that employ speech and/or braille displays. The systems have been designed as a standalone X-Windows computer terminal that is connected to Unix workstations or servers through a conventional network interface. One of the main features of this design is that all of the user interface software, including screen magnification and screen reader software runs on the local terminal; no changes are needed to to host system hardware or software. As a result all Unix systems, as well as other systems that employ the X-Windows graphical user interface system are supported.

There are basically three flavours of XVI systems, the XVI Terminal, the XVI-S terminal and the XVI-SB Terminal.

BEAM XVI Terminals

The BEAM XVI terminal provides a visually impaired user with a large 21inch monitor and screen magnification software that provides real-time zoom, a Magnifying glass and event tracking.

BEAM XVI-S Terminals

The BEAM XVI-S terminal is based upon the XVI terminal with the addition of a screen reader software controlling a speech unit. By default the system has a 17 inch monitor that allows sighted users to use the system. As an option the system can use the XVI screen magnification software in conjunction with a larger 21inch monitor. The designation "XVI-SM" is used to describe this screen magnification option. This option is useful for users with some sight but who would benefit from speech backup. The system is designed for visually impaired and blind users.

BEAM XVI-SB Terminals

The BEAM XVI-SB terminal is based upon the XVI terminal with the addition of a screen reader software driving a speech and braille unit. By default the system has a 17 inch monitor that allows sighted users to use the system. As an option the system can use the XVI screen magnification software in conjunction with a larger 21inch monitor. The designation "XVI-SBM" is used to describe this screen magnification option. This option is useful for users with some sight but who would benefit from speech and braille backup. The system is designed for blind users.

Other Products

BEAM also produce a telephone interface box. This unit provides the ability for XVI speech and braille users to use, simultaneously, the terminal and telephone with a single telephone headset.

Supported Systems

The BEAM XVI X-Terminals are closely identified with the Unix operating system as used by a large number of institutions such as banks, building societies, technical departments and others with networked systems. The BEAM XVI range is a stand alone unit designed to replace any standard existing X-Terminal. No special set up or software modifications are required, simply plug into the network and go.

Further Information on XVI products

Installation and Hardware Information

Software Installation

The BEAM XVI-SB software can be installed from floppies, a CDROM or from the network.

User Manuals

Systems Software

Help Desk

The BEAM help desk is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday except bank holidays. It is accessible by email, fax or telephone and provides users, administrators and engineers to help with any problem relating to a BEAM XVI or XVI-SB terminal.

Software Support: Problems and Requested Features Database

BEAM provides software support for the XVI Terminals. The software support includes bug fixes and updates which add new features to the product. Feedback from users, administrators, engineers and BEAM are fed into new developments.
The XVI-SB screen reader software is still at the first release stage. A large number of improvements and new features have been identified. A preliminary work list for new features is given below.
 

Beam Access Points

Email:
Web: www.beam.ltd.uk
Telephone: +44 (1454) 324512 
Fax: +44 (1454) 313172 
Address:
Beam Ltd Northavon Business Centre Dean Road Yate Bristol, BS37 5NH.