PROVISIO releases new Kiosk Content Management System (CMS) PROVISIO has released new versions of the company’s kiosk software for Windows and Android. SiteKiosk Windows 9.4 & SiteKiosk Android 2.7 support SiteCaster CMS – a newly developed Kiosk Content Management System (CMS). The new SiteCaster solution focuses on interactive information boards and provides a way to quickly customize content.… Read More »
See Google blog entry Vidya Nagarajan SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER CHROME DEVICES FOR BUSINESS Over time, we’ve continued to create new and better ways to use Chrome devices. What started out as a secure, quick and shareable consumer laptop built on the Chrome browser has expanded to digital signage, now used in thousands of Toyota showrooms, small computing sticks called… Read More »
Small business owners recognize the value of self-service because it allows them to serve more customers with minimal staffing overhead. This article gives you the components to piece together a very economical do-it-yourself kiosk for your small business or startup for under $1000 Source: blog.kiosksimple.com The Components That Make Up Your “Cheap Kiosk” Firstly, I want to clarify that when I… Read More »
Determining Your Budget Once you’ve defined the goals for your kiosk project, the second step is determining your budget. A kiosk deployment project is just like all major projects—there’s lots of areas to consider and even then, expenses can show up when least expected. Let’s talk about how you can avoid any budget surprises. Excerpts below. Read the… Read More »
Case Study – Lilitab Kiosks Help Promote Environmental Sustainability The Creative Animal Foundation is embarking on a 50 city tour to promote the protection of nature in a 200 sq ft. custom built tiny house, donated by 84 Lumber. Environmental experts Stephanie Arne (host of Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom) and Tim Davison are visiting schools, universities, businesses,… Read More »
When securing and locking down kiosks or mobile devices, is kiosk software or mobile device management more beneficial? It depends on the context.
One way MDM is moving into that industry is via the tablet. “When tablets arrived, it was a natural addition to, or replacement of, the smartphone. Quickly, it became clear that tablets could also be used by a much broader segment of staff on tasks within the workplace,” said James Kruper, president of KioWare. “For example, sales staff in a retail store can wander around the store with a tablet helping customers.”
This pushed tablets into a category Kruper calls a “purposed device,” since it is a device that is utilized for a specific purpose, within certain security parameters. Hence, it would make sense that MDM would begin to push into the self-service market, but also kiosk software could also move into the smartphone MDM market, according to Kruper. Purposed devices lay in between self-service and mobile device management.
There are still a few primary differences between the two markets. First of all, most self-service kiosks are made for use by the general public whereas a purposed device is usually meant to be utilized by an employee or owner during hours of operation. Second, many kiosks utilize peripherals in a manner that MDM devices have not adopted yet. Some examples of this include magstripe readers, printers, RFID scanners, cash dispensers and so on. In order to perform this task, the kiosk needs an interface to communicate with the devices.
“MDM vendors will need to add self-service capability to their MDM architecture, and the risk is that it will become a clunky add-on that performs poorly,” Kruper said. “MDM can be a viable option in the purposed device market, but in the true kiosk/self-service market, they are the new kids on the block and need to prove they can provide 24×7 security as well as device integration and monitoring.”
The key question that emerges from this discussion is whether MDM will ever be able to displace kiosk software. For purposed devices, it could go either way, according to Kruper. If keeping the device locked down is more important, then kiosk software might be more beneficial. On the other hand, if you need to be able to change the settings and update the device often, then MDM might offer more freedom.
“In the kiosk/self-Service market, if it is a public facing kiosk expected to run unattended and for long periods of time, then it is hard to beat kiosk/self-service solutions designed and tested specifically with that intent,” Kruper said. “In the spectrum that is corporate device management, consider that BYOD is on one side of the spectrum where there is a high level of freedom but little/no control, MDM is in the middle,
and kiosk software would be to the right where there is a high level of restricted behavior allowing for stronger security and tight control of the device.”
Google’s Chrome OS is already a fine operating system for business installations like kiosks and workstations, and Google’s big reveal of Android support for Kiosk Apps, along with a number of improvements to device management and administration, are poised to make it even better once Chrome Version 57 hits. The
Couple of free licenses doesn’t hurt for sure. I use it now and it is good for basic management. I’m not sure how Android apps will help and there is still no device integration.
NEW to KioWare for Android – Support Added for Storm Assistive Technology Products “Accessibility should be a strong consideration for any kiosk deployment. With this release, both KioWare for Windows and KioWare for Android support the heavily tested and well-respected Storm ATP suite of keypads, keyboards & other accessibility products.” ~ Laura Miller of KioWare. KioWare has released… Read More »
KioWare Android Kiosk Software O/S new release 3.18 Here are some of the highlights: Customization of kiosk behavior such as time-limited sessions Custom URL before session end Customized options for Navigation blocking Also added to this release is support for the Wattbox IP Power Conditioner for power management. (Basic & Full) We’ve updated KioWare Server to version 4.10.0… Read More »
Excerpt from Nation’s Restaurant News June 17, 2019 Editor’s Note: How China tariffs might affect this are in play. Taco Bell Kiosk consumer-facing technology efforts are in full force this year. On the heels of rolling out delivery nationwide in February, Taco Bell has quietly installed kiosks in about 4,000 restaurants. Rob Poetsch, spokesman for the Irvine, Calif.-based… Read More »
Tinker Android Kiosk & KioWare OS KioWare OS is a marriage of kiosk system software and Android single board computer (SBC) hardware where KioWare is tightly integrated into the firmware of the SBC device. KioWare OS locks the device so that only KioWare is running. If the kiosk requires other applications to be running, then KioWare can be… Read More »
The world’s largest payments event closed its doors last week. During the 4 days, Ingenico Group showcased its most innovative payment solutions, empowering in-store, online and mobile commerce, and revealed the winner of Money20/20 hackathon. Here are the best moments of the event!
iSMP4 Companion, Moby/3000 bluetooth 4.0 mPOS, Android Pay, Connected Screens and TapHero
New android kiosk software release available for KioWare for Android (version 3.17). Highlights are SIP support for VoIP calling, new attract screen transition options, Magtek device support (available in Basic and Full), and more. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW to KioWare for Android Version 3.17 of KioWare® for Android is now available. KioWare for Android now adds SIP Voice… Read More »
POSBANK and Esper Help Retailers Rapidly Launch Self-Serve Android Kiosks From PRWeb — POSBANK and Esper Launch Self-Serve Loyalty Program Kiosks at Parker’s Convenience Stores POSBANK, global leading POS terminal and Kiosk manufacturer, teamed up with Esper, the leading Android DevOps solution, to help retailers rapidly launch self-serve customer kiosks. Today, POSBANK and Esper announced they successfully deployed… Read More »
Kiosk Software KioWare for Android Version 3.7 of KioWare for Android is now available. The latest release of KioWare for Android continues to support EMV certified mobile payments via Credit Call’s newest release of the mPOS CardEaseMobile framework (1.11). KioWare for Android now also supports devices providing detection of user presence. Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) has released… Read More »
Android Kiosk Software Adds Knox Support and advanced MDM functions KioWare has released a new version of KioWare for Android (Version 3.9) which moves KioWare significantly into the realm of MDM and adds new interactive digital signage features. The full press release is found here: //www.kioware.com/news.aspx?nid=275 Highlighting the relevant points Adds some features specific to Samsung devices (via… Read More »
Kiosk Group Introduces Revolution Enclosures for iPads, Tablets and Standard Touchmonitors – February 20, 2015 – Source: news.thomasnet.com Mike James and Kiosk Group offer up some new innovative designs which work from 9″ tablet to 32″ portrait mode.
Updated tutorial and resources: Kiosk Remote monitoring software comes in many configurations. Alerts, remote access, PC diags, activity, reports customized or not. Very strong systems. Here are some considerations:
- Heartbeat (is it up or down?)
- Statistics on usage
- Custom reports
- Configuration of behaviour
- Remote access client
- Patch management
- Batch updates
- Batch enrollments
- 3G or 4G redundancy
- Backups (now you need security)
- Remote power cycle
- Physical access to machine internally
- Cash or currency involved?