Google Chrome Digital Signage News
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Google Kiosks and Google Digital Signage
They made it official. Periodically Google suddenly decides to kill a product but also sometimes refresh/resurrect a project. In this case kiosks and digital signage are the keywords in their titles. Surprised me they used the word kiosk to a certain degree. And in the bottom of the hero graphic there are a list of companies which are announced partners. We don’t see any kiosk companies. There might be some light wayfinding and even some NFC connectivity but this is about digital signage. It’s noteworthy that Samsung has used Tizen and its media player in transactional configuration now. Matter of time for Brightsign.
We are scheduled to do an interview with the Google lead and will cover both kiosks and digital signage as two separate verticals. Several digital signage companies listed (DOOH) but no wayfinding or kiosk partners. For more information or to submit questions for our interviews email [email protected]
We were going thru posts and noticed our first blog entry on Google Digital Signage (and Kiosks too) was from April 2015. Seven years and not a lot to show for it.
Hope all is well! Following up to let you know that today Google announced new changes to Chrome OS that will help drive revenue growth and amplify customer experiences for businesses across industries who operate kiosks. As businesses utilize kiosks and digital signage as two ways to provide better access to information and deliver faster transactions, we are excited to reveal:
- A Kiosk & Signage Upgrade license for an end-to-end integrated solution for kiosks and digital signage: whether they’re deploying menu boards, check-in kiosks, digital signs, or anything in between, IT admins can reduce maintenance through automatic updates, ensure system security by blocking executables (Chrome OS has never had a reported ransomware attack or virus), monitor and manage devices remotely, and deploy validated kiosk solutions.
- Partnership with 9 verified kiosk and digital signage partners
- The ability to deploy the kiosk solutions on your existing hardware by first using Chrome OS Flex (currently in early access), a version of Chrome OS that can be installed on existing Windows and Mac hardware.
The Google lead who leads product management for Chrome OS commercial experiences is available to be interviewed on:
Details behind the new Chrome OS capabilities and specific use cases across industries
How the integrated tech solutions work to benefit both kiosk employees and their customers
- Early Access To Google Chrome OS Flex
- News Release by Google
- Digital Signage perspective by sixteen-nine
- Trison perspective from Sixteen Nine
- Critchley notes 2015 intro
- Notes higher problem incidence using Windows to just display content
- Conclusions — Chrome OS doesn’t do it all, yet. We still need to use Windows for 6-output devices, or similar edge use-cases, but, the recently launched Chrome OS Flex is now delivering a significant ability to enable these PC devices to run a fully verified Chrome OS environment, and migrate completely away from Windows. By installing Chrome OS Flex onto older PC or Mac devices, we are also able to extend the life of older networks significantly, and remove the additional overheads associated with Windows into the bargain.
Here’s your sign. Customers and employees want to be delighted, and delivering those experiences is key. You may be wondering how to create these premium experiences, and you may have even tried to no avail in the past. Deploying kiosks and digital signage are two ways to help users with information, transactions, and more, but the route to delight hasn’t been so straightforward. Many solutions create more IT overhead, increase security risks, and are prone to instability.
Chrome OS alleviates these problems with an end-to-end solution for kiosks and digital signage. Whether you’re deploying menu boards, check-in kiosks, or anything in between, we’ve got your back – and the platform for it. With Chrome OS, you can:
- Reduce maintenance with a modern, reliable operating system
- Ensure system and data security with zero reported ransomware attacks
- Monitor, control, and manage devices remotely
- Deploy validated kiosk & signage solutions
And to further lead you toward modern experiences, we’re announcing some new tools:
- Kiosk & Signage Upgrade, an affordable kiosk and signage management license for Chrome OS devices
- New Chrome OS Flex certified devices great for kiosk & signage
- A new Chrome Enterprise Recommended solution track for kiosk & signage
Introducing Kiosk & Signage Upgrade: Everything you need to remotely manage your devices
To guide you through the trials and tribulations of device management, we’re pleased to announce Kiosk & Signage Upgrade, a management license which – you guessed it – has everything your business needs to manage kiosk and signage devices running Chrome OS. Kiosk & Signage Upgrade will start at $25 per year, per device, and offer:
- Comprehensive Security: Prevent data theft and attacks by remotely disabling or wiping devices that have been lost or stolen. Place devices in persistent enrollment, ensuring they are always enrolled in management, even if factory reset.
- Simple Remote Management: Simplify management of your organization’s device fleet with the easy-to-use, cloud-based Google Admin Console. Easily configure devices to boot directly into a kiosk or signage app, setup device policies, and access fleet insights.
- Scalable Device Monitoring and Controls: Monitor the health and status of Chrome OS devices and get useful device reports to ensure devices are running smoothly. Remotely take screenshots, control, and monitor devices to quickly resolve issues and guarantee stability through Chrome Remote Desktop.
- IT admin support: Contact Google for Chrome OS troubleshooting assistance with 24/7 support.
Kiosk & Signage Upgrade will be rolling out soon and will be available to order directly from Google or through our partners.
Install Chrome OS Flex on purpose-built devices or deploy new Chrome OS devices
We get it, you may have already invested in devices to delight your users, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. You can install Chrome OS Flex on purpose-built kiosk & signage devices or install on devices you’ve already deployed to get the benefits of Chrome OS. It’s easy to deploy and we’re actively certifying devices that meet the needs of kiosk and digital signage. We also have a variety of Chromeboxes, Chromebases, and Chromebooks great for kiosk & signage. Check out our device selectors to help you choose the best Chrome OS device for your use case or try Chrome OS Flex early access today.
Announcing 9 Google validated solutions to help you find your way
Providing a great experience isn’t just about the operating system running your kiosks and signage. It also requires content management services that make it easy to display valuable content across all of your devices. To ensure customers have access to solutions that are optimized for Chrome OS devices, we’re thrilled to announce the Kiosk and Digital Signage solution track and 9 new Chrome Enterprise Recommended solutions, including Arreya, Appspace, Comeen, MeldCX, Signagelive, StratosMedia, Trison, UPshow, and WAND Digital. These solution providers have worked directly with Google to ensure their content management services meet the high technical bar set by Google’s partner engineers, extending their product’s functionality, quality and security on Chrome OS.
Get started today with an end to end solution for your kiosks and digital signage
When you invest in Chrome OS, you don’t just get an operating system, you get an end-to-end solution. Chrome OS delivers a fully-integrated kiosk and digital signage solution with a wide range of devices, validated Chrome Enterprise Recommended partners, and remote management capabilities that are sure to delight customers and employees alike.
To learn more, don’t miss Chrome Enterprise Demo Day to hear how Chrome OS and our partners offer a modern kiosk & signage solution, try out early access to Chrome OS Flex on your devices, or contact us to get connected with a partner or our sales team.