Spinoza was founded in 1998 in an effort to address the rapidly expanding Audio/Visual (AV) Device market. As corporations, educational institutions, government centres and entertainment facilities deployed multiple AV Devices such as projectors and plasma or LCD screens, the need to centralize management and control arose.
The sheer variety of models, makes and connectivity options of AV Devices previously made centralised management almost unfathomable. However, through a joint collaboration of academic and industry research, a technology platform was developed that allowed for standardized operating control of an unlimited number of devices.
In the fall of 2000, Spinoza Technology Inc. was founded to provide meet the demand for a commercially viable version of this new, invaluable software. Facility managers and IT departments were requesting an application that leveraged familiar, existing technology to manage AV assets with the same power and flexibility they use to manage other IT assets.
From the roots of this need, Spinoza Navigator emerged—a standard Windows-based integrated device management, monitoring and control system.
In the future, Spinoza is working to apply this powerful management and control technology to a wide array of devices beyond the AV sector. This could include:
- Security Cameras which could be automatically turned off or on a certain times each day;
- Building Automation such as HVAC or lighting systems could be centrally controlled;
- Traffic Control Systems or digital signage in the transportation industry could be remotely operated;
- Medical Equipment throughout large hospitals and heath care facilities have numerous needs for centralized monitoring and management.
Spinoza’s seasoned management team has extensive experience in building world-class organizations and provides the company with uncompromising vision, values, and leadership.
Mr. Massengale’s career encompasses experience in organizations that have been at the forefront of technology the past three decades, working with such companies as Microsoft, Intel, Fluke, and Tektronix. He has served on the Board of Directors of Social Venture Partners and on the Board of Regents at Seattle University. Mr. Massengale received a Masters of Science in Management from Antioch University and a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College.