Category Archives: KioWare

Samsung Tablets In Schools

Tablets in Education Great video about Samsung’s tablets in schools and how Samsung helps to bring innovation into learning.   This video highlights the Brüder Grimm Schule usage of tablets in the classroom. While the video highlights some of the great teacher training, student interaction, and classroom usage, it does not mention the need for privacy or security… Read More »

KioWare Android Kiosk – Updated EMV & Marshmallow

Version 3.6 of KioWare for Android (Lite, Basic, & Full) now supports Android Marshmallow (6.0). Users running Android 6.0 can now use KioWare to safely secure their tablets or phones to approved websites or applications. KioWare Basic for Android and KioWare Full for Android (Version 3.6) also include support for EMV certification via Credit Call’s mPOS CardEaseMobile framework which… Read More »

Kiosk Software – KioWare for Windows – new version

New KioWare kiosk software for Windows KioWare released version 8.5 of KioWare kiosk software for Windows with a ton of new features and enhancements.  See press release online at KioWare site. James Kruper, President of KioWare notes, “system security should be reliable and easy to configure with a strong feature set for kiosk customization. This update of KioWare… Read More »

KioWare Remote Server Interface Update

Tuesday, January 05, 2016 KioWare has released a new version of their KioWare Server & KioCloud kiosk management product solutions. All KioWare products can be used to secure mobile devices such as tablets, desktops, and smartphones running Android or Windows Operating Systems.  KioWare kiosk software products lock down your device into kiosk mode, which secures the overall operating… Read More »

Kiosk Management

KioWare kiosk software – kiosk browser software that secures windows in a lockdown kiosk mode. Free trial available. Source: www.kioware.com New offering from KioWare is Remote Management Services. You can either host your own server in your network, or use KioWare cloud services.  Android and Windows clients supported. Cool!

Kiosk Mode or Assigned Access – what is it?

Kiosk Mode & Assigned Access Mode Article reprinted from Kioware and author Jim Kruper date Feb 2014 Generally, kiosk mode is usually meant to refer to a particular “mode” that most browsers offer.  “Kiosk Mode” is offered by browser applications (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox etc) to run the application full screen without any browser user interface such as… Read More »

Becoming EMV Ready: Shortcuts for the Certification Process

If you are still in the early stages of converting your hardware and systems to an EMV compliant solution, you will want to consider the following shortcuts and hints to a painless EMV solution. For those that have relatively new hardware. . . Find out if your existing hardware will be updated or supplemented to provide chip reading capabilities.… Read More »

Device Hopping

“Device Hopping” is a technical shopping term referencing online shopper behavior. A New York Times article titled “Retailers Try to Adapt to Device-Hopping Shoppers” (December 2012) refers to the “device hopping” process as researching and shopping on one device and  purchasing on another. A Barilliance study from June of this year found that 41% of Smartphone Shoppers started… Read More »

Kiosk Statistics, Kiosk Health & Kiosk Reporting – Remote Management

View your kiosk health, usage statistics, and status using KioWare Server. Remotely monitor, update content, and group your kiosks for reporting purposes. View a kiosk dashboard with licensing and heartbeat information, group kiosks by location, manage Windows, iOS and Android kiosks (running KioWare or KioskPro) all with KioWare Server.   [slideshare id=40248195&doc=kioskstatisticsandreporting-141014080142-conversion-gate02]

KioWare Uses PROPORT Tablet for Demos at Kiosk London Expo

Traverse City, Michigan (PRWEB) October 13, 2014 — KioWare has chosen ADT’s powerful PROPORT™ tablet for demonstrating their Android Kiosk software at the Kiosk London Expo on October 15-16. Source: www.prweb.com The PROPORT is a powerful Android-based commercial tablet from AD Technologies that can be deployed as a kiosk, point-of-sale terminal, digital signage display, business process solution, and… Read More »

CEO-Corner Jim Kruper KioWare

CEO Corner Where we talk to the “Big Cheese” and find out more about who they are and their company.  The choice of who you do business may come down to the look in the eye and a simple handshake. Ten Questions for Jim Kruper with Kioware What is your company name, location and your position? Analytical Design… Read More »

Kiosk Software – KioWare Europe & UK presence.

 KioWare Kiosk Software for Android and Windows Now Has UK Office Reading, United Kingdom March 16, 2015 – Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) dba KioWare, headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, … Reading, United Kingdom – Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) dba KioWare, headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, has a new office location based just outside of London offering sales and… Read More »

Kiosk Software – New Release! Version 3.5 of KioWare for Android

KioWare kiosk software news and Kiosk industry news. KioWare Press Releases, Kioware Company information Source: www.kioware.com New to KioWare Full for Android is a feature called “Heartbeat Geofencing”. Heartbeat Geofencing alerts the server when a device leaves the “green zone”. By setting the green zone to geographic parameters where the device is allowed to physically reside, KioWare Full… Read More »

The NEW KioWare for Windows!

Preview the New KioWare for Windows! Watch our video presentation as we share information and a first look at the new KioWare for Windows, built on the Chromiu… Source: www.slideshare.net Now built on Chrome for a richer experience

Mobile device BYOD management vs kiosk software KioWare

When securing and locking down kiosks or mobile devices, is kiosk software or mobile device management more beneficial? It depends on the context.

Source: www.kioskmarketplace.com

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.”

Kiosk Software OS Test Drive KioWare

KioWare Chrome for Windows The transition from IE to Chrome is something on the minds of many businesses and our new software simplifies that transition for kiosks. While this may sound like a small piece of the pie, Chrome’s overwhelming market dominance (50.4% according to Statcounter 7/2015) and the developer preference for Chrome, mean that kiosk software must… Read More »