Opera Software announced that Opera 9 for Devices will be deployed on the new Tranzas set-top box, the TRZ-8300. Tranzas Inc. is the Japan-based leader in offering a complete solution for Video on Demand streaming and helping customers to find IP solutions for devices. Tranzas will use the Opera browser to deliver Web content and the user interface to the TRZ-8300, which is designed for deployment in hospitality market, including hotels, hospitals, and spas.
By including Opera on this device, hotel guests, for example, will have access to important hotel messages and news, as well as all their favorite Web sites. This line of Tranzas set-top boxes is also equipped with a hard drive. Users will be able to access the contents of the hard drive from an Opera Widget. Opera Widgets are small Web applications that can be viewed outside the browser window.
“We selected Opera for our set-top box because it delivers the most value to our device and helps us get our product to the market faster, while still providing the best user experience,” says Hidehiko Fujiyoshi, Chief Executive Officer, Tranzas, Inc. “Opera’s proven track record of high performance, compatibility with popular Websites and delivery of Web applications to devices make it the ideal browser for creating a superior Web experience from the comfort of a hotel room.”
“Tranzas shows a clear focus on innovation by taking advantage of Opera 9 for Devices’ capability to deliver Widgets to any device,” says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President for Devices at Opera Software. “Opera serves as a powerful tool on the TRZ-8300 that allows Tranzas to customize their devices for different deployments using Web technology, a more cost efficient solution than devloping applications natively. We are excited to be working with Tranzas and look forward to seeing Opera and Opera Widgets in hotel rooms around the world.”
The Tranzas TRZ-8300 will be initially deployed in Japan, followed by European deployment through Echovision Ltd. in Greece. This set-top box is expected on the market in April 2007.
TRZ-8300 is an h.264 set-top box featuring SigmaDesign SMP8634 Secure Media Processor. With the addition of customized software offered by the Tranzas software team, this STB can be used for a wide range of IP solutions beyond Video on Demand streaming.
Tranzas Inc., Japan, is a pioneering company involved in almost all phases of software and hardware development for IP digital equipment. With a highly skilled software development team located in Yokohama, Japan, and in Europe (its subsidiary, Echovision Ltd, Greece), Tranzas offers a one-stop solution in the field of Video on Demand streaming and other IP technologies.
About Opera for Devices
Opera provides an optimized implementation of Internet technologies for handheld devices, digital TV and other devices, with innovative and powerful features that seamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and input devices. In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is a high performance execution environment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperable open Web technologies such as AJAX.
About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA.