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?”
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 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.
Recently in the Now Micro IoT Player webinar, we demonstrated the Now Micro IoT Player and how to use it as a drop in replacement for a Google Android or Chrome OS device. Because of the webinar and demo limitations, I wasn’t able to show a couple key processes.
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”
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”
Deploying hundreds if not thousands of systems on a national or international digital signage roll out is a daunting task for any organization. As a system integrator with a focus on device management we have helped companies prepare devices for field deployment by third party implementation companies for years.
A Typical Deployment
The deployment process usually plays out as a multi-stage process involving a different partner at each step. First, an operating system image is designed in collaboration with our engineers, the Digital Signage/CMS provider and the end-user, and optionally an operations/monitoring partner. Continue reading “Deploying Media Players without fear of Configuration Error”
What is the DICE Portal?
The Now Micro DICE Portal is an interactive web interface based on our Device Information Collector Engine (DICE) software. DICE is a solution created at Now Micro to automate data collection of hardware and order information for devices we sell. Historically, when customers wanted information about the devices they had purchased from us, that information had to be manually collected and aggregated into a spreadsheet. The DICE Portal allows our customers direct access to the data collected about their purchases.
Now Micro’s solutions leveraging Microsoft Windows Embedded deliver a customized user experience, ensure a secure device, and decrease costs.
Microsoft Windows Embedded on Now Micro hardware has several key advantages over traditional methods of delivering single-purpose devices, such as kiosks, digital signs, tablets, POS terminals, or customer-facing computing devices.
Now Micro unveiled new functionality for its Intelligent Systems called the System Recovery Console (SRC). Unlike any other software on the market, Now Micro Intelligent Systems with SRC allow customers to backup and restore the system while the operating system is running. The new functionality saves customers the considerable time and resources associated with traditional backup and recovery.