Tag Archives: Android kiosk

Asus Tinker Android Kiosk DIY mini PC KioWare OS & ASUS Team Up

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 configured to load those applications much like plugins. KioWare is completely in control of the SBC device.

Enjoy all the great features of KioWare on an Android SBC including remote monitoring, management and automatic updating of KioWare OS via OTA technology.

Why KioWare OS is a Better Kiosk OS Solution

KioWare OS is much less expensive than Windows solution and is compact, providing custom kiosk flexibility. Tablets are not a viable custom kiosk solution because

  1. they are typically very expensive
  2. operationally expensive,
  3. the lack of physical I/O
  4. lack of screen flexibility
  5. not designed for 24/7
  6. Typically loaded with bloatware.

An SBC solution like KioWare OS eliminates all of these issues.

KioWare Tinker description

Additional Materials

Our Take by Kiosk Industry

The reality is Android is mostly limited to informational kiosks using a Samsung tablet or all-in-one kiosks such as ELO.  As we know, the fundamental difference between Android and Windows is Android being open-source means that every manufacturer has developed its own low-level system APIs that kiosk system software requires.

Samsung with their Knox interface is the best, but they only sell tablets.  So, they are primarily limited to information kiosks as tablets have limited I/O.  In addition, they are less than ideal because you are limited to screen size, any component failure means an entire tablet replacement, generally, a consumer-grade device and not happy running 24×7, installed bloatware, etc.

New options at the kernel level for Android are coming. The Tinker Board has plenty of I/O including GPIO and a modified kernel makes programming I/O easy.  Modified kernels can also support the Wattbox IP power conditioner for kiosks needing that functionality. And there is finally a decent unattended EMV Android solution using the GoChip.  The Tinker Board is a tiny PCB, so lots of flexibility for custom kiosk design.  And it is inexpensive compared to a Windows box.  There is now a lot of flexibility for an Android kiosk.

The New Tinker Hardware

Like the Raspberry Pi 3, the Tinker Board is basically an entire PC — motherboard, CPU, GPU, system memory and more — all in one package. Based around a Rockchip RK3388 SoC quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 CPU, Asus is claiming the board will have twice the performance of the Pi 3, which is now nearly a year old.

Other specs include:

  • 2GB dual-channel LPDDR3 memory
  • Gigabit LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR connectivity
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • 40-pin internal header with 28 GPIO pins
  • Contact points for PWM and S/PDIF signals
  • 3.5mm audio jack connection
  • CSI port for camera connection
  • DSI port supporting HD resolution
  • HDMI 2.0 port with 4K-resolution support
  • MicroSD port supporting UHS-I card speed
  • Supports Debian OS with Kodi
  • 5V/2A Micro-USB power supply (not included)

Craig is the  senior staff writer for Kiosk Industry Group Association. He has 25 years of experience in the industry. 

Android Kiosk Software – KioWare for Android has a new release – version 3.18.

KioWare for Android new release 3.18

Android Kiosk Software 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 as well.

PR KioWare Android 3.18 Updated

Android Kiosk Software Supports ADA Assistive Technology

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.

KIosk Software Android KioWare has released a new version of KioWare for Android kiosk software supporting Storm Assistive Technology Products such as the Nav-Pad, Nav-Bar and AudioNav. KioWare kiosk software products lock down your device into kiosk mode, turning your tablet into a secure kiosk or purposed device for self-service, digital signage, or mobile device management deployments.

Kiosk Accessibility Made Easy

Storm Interface Kiosk Version 3.16 of KioWare Basic & KioWare Full for Android now includes support for Storm’s ATP devices. These ADA compliant devices allow users with impaired vision, reading difficulties or impaired fine motor skills to navigate through menus or directories that would typically be presented on a visual display or touch screen. They are designed to provide a tactile/audio interface for any accessible self-service application. Devices supported include the Nav-Pad, Nav-Bar and AudioNav. KioWare for Android offers out of the box compatibility for those that want to make their Android self-service or purposed device experience accessible. Prior to this integration, devices running the Android OS were quite limited in their ability to provide an accessible self-service solution.

Additional New Features and Improvements

Improved Provisioning

  • KioWare for Android 3.16 has also added features to improve the ability to provision Android devices. Android devices may now be provisioned via a USB storage device. Provisioning support has also been added for running shell scripts.

Secure File Browser

  • A secure file browser has been added to allow users to open a file browser and select a file to upload. With new security features, users can be restricted to browse only allowed files and folders on the file system. New functionality includes the ability for users to take new photos and videos or browse this file system for existing files.

Multiple Exit Passcodes & Actions

  • Different exit passcodes can now be used to call different exit actions. This allows for actions to be taken based on the exit passcode entered. Deployers can vary permissions based on user need.

Reboot Schedule Management

  • Reboot schedules can now be used on devices that are rooted.

View all updates to KioWare for Android version 3.16 here.

Kiosk Software Windows A new version of KioWare for Windows (8.15) is now available with support for Chrome 67 and various other improvements.

Licensing KioWare for Android

A license is needed for each deployed kiosk running KioWare for Android. Quantity pricing is available. Annual support and maintenance are recommended, and current support is required in order to upgrade. View a full description of features for this and other versions of the KioWare product line. These products are available as a free trial download. Existing clients have the ability to upgrade. KioWare has been providing OS, desktop, and browser lockdown security for the kiosk and self-service industry since 2001 and Android software since 2012.