Raspberry Pi 3 and Windows 10 IoT Core For Digital Signage

I’ve been a fan of the Raspberry Pi since its first release and have used them for various small-scale server tasks throughout the years in personal projects in my lab.  When Windows 10 IoT Core was announced, I was excited to finally have an inexpensive embedded Windows test bed.  I ended up buying a Raspberry Pi 3b, the 7″ touch screen and a case to contain it all. Continue reading “Raspberry Pi 3 and Windows 10 IoT Core For Digital Signage”

IoT Security Scorecard

In a previous blog post IoT Security Considerations, I detailed a number of considerations important to IoT security and keeping your organization from being a statistic or news item.  Since then, there have been a constant barrage of world-wide incidents of ransomware, worms and “content abuse” of IoT and other infrastructure systems in a number of public facing organizations. Continue reading “IoT Security Scorecard”

Navigating the HTML5 Digital Signage Operating System Ecosystem

As traditional digital signage is subsumed under the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) in the mind of end-users, the industry must develop solutions with increased awareness of total solution security while still delivering 21st century consumer driven experiences.   High profile security events have elevated the importance of device security to the forefront when end-users choose devices.  Low power, HTML5 digital signage devices can deliver a simple consumer interface and increased device security with a low total cost of ownership.  We will examine these industry trends and give some goal posts to guide product development and solution selection in this changing environment. Continue reading “Navigating the HTML5 Digital Signage Operating System Ecosystem”

DSE 2017: Showing TCO Reductions through new mixes of playback, compute and storage

Now Micro had the pleasure of being in the Intel IoT booth at Digital Signage Expo demonstrating a number of technologies, all focused around lowering total cost of ownership and performing work in the correct place in your total solution.  This all delivers increased customer satisfaction by reducing screen downtime when it inevitably occurs and helping customer select the right mix of playback, compute and storage for their connected landscape which: Continue reading “DSE 2017: Showing TCO Reductions through new mixes of playback, compute and storage”

Will It Play 4K?

One of the most common questions I’m asked by customers about choosing the correct digital signage media player for their application is: “Which media player supports playing 4k content?”.  This invariably leads to a host of questions.  Almost all of our digital media players support 4k content, however your playback application has the biggest impact on whether or not a player will work in your installation. Using the product selector in tandem with some of the questions below will help you evaluate a 4k media players. Continue reading “Will It Play 4K?”

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise vs Windows 10 Pro – which is best for Digital Signage?

Choosing between Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro is an important step in setting up a digital signage environment. The right operating system should be easily customizable, secure and fully supported. With its flexible licensing, simple activation and custom settings, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is the best OS for use in digital signage environments and any embedded/purpose built computing environment. Continue reading “Windows 10 IoT Enterprise vs Windows 10 Pro – which is best for Digital Signage?”

IoT Security Considerations

IoT Security Considerations and Now Micro IoT Player
IoT security has become a discussion point in many organizations after recent reports of compromised IoT devices crippling critical pieces of internet infrastructure via Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.  Recent digital compromises of high profile companies, organizations combined with these DDOS attacks has raised the visibility of IoT/Embedded device security and placed critical questions near the top of any organizations device selection criteria. 

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Introducing Now Micro’s IoT Player

When Windows 10 IoT Core was released by Microsoft, we saw a path to deliver a low cost, reliable and high performance HTML5 digital signage device. We’ve taken learnings from the industry around Android and Chrome OS devices and created the Now Micro IoT Player to address them in a way that fits with customer expectations of more costly digital signage players.  Continue reading “Introducing Now Micro’s IoT Player”

Intro to Windows IoT Core

Digital Signage Ecosystem

Digital signage is becoming a seamless and ubiquitous part of our physical world in the 21st century.  We often consume the information on these displays without realizing exactly what has occurred in public and private spaces.  Displays giving us direction, advertisements, ambiance have become a critical way of communicating dynamic information. Continue reading “Intro to Windows IoT Core”