Partnership Creates Eco-system for Easy Digital Signage

Partnership Creates Eco-system for Easy Digital Signage

Software, Hardware and CDM Help Make Beautiful Displays Without Frustration.

An intuitive creative suite, remote access to every device, and devices that will withstand commercial usage are just a few benefits of the partnership between Arreya Digital Signage Suite, AOPEN and Google. Understanding all of the elements of the digital signage ecosystem is the first step in deploying a system that is easy to use and meets the needs of your business or organization.

What is Arreya?

This cloud-based digital signage software was created with user experience in mind, from content management to deployment on devices. From video live streams to simple slideshows, and even calendar content from other sources. Page as a slideshow allows you to create a more dynamic display right inside of the creative editor.

  • Create and manage content in your browser
  • Remotely manage devices from your computer
  • Cloud-based digital signage offers instant updates
  • Interactive displays and noninteractive applications
  • Flexibility in creative editor and use scenarios
  • No contract lock-in
  • No proprietary equipment needed
  • Deploy the same content to hundreds or thousands of screen for one monthly subscription fee
  • Integrations with Google Charts, Google Sheets, Google Slides and More
  • Partnerships with leading companies like Google and AOPEN

Arreya is a complete solution for retail, marketing, employee communications, school signage and digital donor walls.

How Does AOPEN Work with Arreya?

Global technology company that offers general use commercial grade hardware. These are the only commercial grade Chrome OS devices in the world, and are created to be the most stable devices in the industry. They will withstand 24/7 usage, temperature changes to 140 degrees fahrenheit, and multiple users. They are designed for the least downtime possible, and  automatically restart when networks do go down.

AOPEN’s all in one devices are designed to be placed in public places. They have no power button, and when used in Kiosk Mode, they are locked down to only display the content the user wants on them.

  • Rugged and Enterprise-ready
  • Auto Power Resumption
  • Long Range AC Wi-Fi (PCI Security Level) via Dual Antenna and BLE
  • Secure Power Connector
  • Fanless, Solid State: Dual Independent Screen Support
  • Internal Circuit and PSU Protection
  • Anti-Shock and Vibration Protection
  • Selectable Powered RJ50 Ports for Commercial Applications

AOPEN also works with the best kiosk manufacturers in the world to make sure that mounting solutions are available for devices for any use.

How Does Google and CDM Come into Play?

Google Chrome is the inpoint for cloud-based solutions, and is the best, most reliable, flexible and simple to use platform for digital signage.

Chrome is designed to run on very low-end hardware, and Google does not charge manufacturers for Chrome OS, minimizing the cost per device. The simplicity of the design leave very little to go wrong.

With Chrome Device Management (CDM), you can control all of your devices from one easy to use console.

  • Turning devices on and off from anywhere
  • Configuring device policies including network configurations and player settings
  • Monitoring and notifications for key metrics and issues
  • Remote troubleshooting that sends screen grabs and reboot information
  • Works with touchscreen and non-touchscreen applications
  • Choose from public session or kiosk mode

Using Chrome Devices in Kiosk Mode Lowers Total Cost of Ownership. How?

  • 45% Reduction in management hours per device each year
  • 61.1% Lower initial device investment
  • 67.4% More efficient ongoing device management
  • 319% Three year ROI
  • $4,146 Average annual benefit per device per year

By using Arreya in conjunction with AOPEN Devices and Chrome Device Management, you have the complete digital signage package. Arreya has tested many scenarios in house to help streamline the process of creating and deploying digital signage. This reduces the stress and dependance on your IT department, and increases ROI for your company or organization.

Learn more about using these Using Chrome OS and Google Partners for simpler digital signage displays.

Chrome Device Management Now Mandatory for Kiosk Mode

Chrome Device Management Now Mandatory for Kiosk Mode

Chrome Devices Management (CDM) has always made managing digital signage convenient with remote management capabilities, device health notifications, and locking devices into kiosk mode. But now, Google has made it mandatory to have a CDM License in order to lock the device in Kiosk Mode.

What is Kiosk Mode?

On Chrome Devices, kiosk mode keeps your signage secure from passersby changing the web content it being shown. You have probably heard of kiosks run on a Microsoft platform being “hacked,” and suddenly showing porn or other unwanted content. This often happens when the kiosk goes down. When it comes up again, you get an error screen with an address bar that allows anybody to go to any website.

With a Chrome device in Kiosk Mode, the device is locked down for security, not just the display. After the device crashes, it send you a message from your CDM that the device is down. When your device restarts, which you can usually do remotely, your digital signage display comes back up in kiosk mode, with no address bar available for people to type in unwanted URLs.

What is Chrome Device Management?

Google Chrome Device Management is a product from Google that is required in order to run a Chrome application in “Single App Kiosk” mode. Kiosk mode allows a Chrome device to be locked down from tampering and allows it to run a single app at a time, in this case the Arreya client application.

There are currently two options for Chrome Device Management, ENTERPRISE and STAND-ALONE.

CDM for Enterprise

  • For organizations that already use Google Apps or are looking to start a Google Apps account
  • Requires a domain that you can verify you own https://support.google.com/a/answer/60216?hl=en
  • Verification must be completed before we can provide licenses

Stand-alone CDM

  • For organizations that do not use Google Apps or do not wish to start a Google Apps account.
  • No domain is required, you will access the Google Admin console with a provided account and username that end in deviceadmin.goog
  • Registration can be done using the following link: https://devicemanagement.google.com/signup/form?product=Chrome-Kiosk
  • After registering for a Chrome Device Management Trial, your account name, which ends in .deviceadmin.goog, will be used to provide licenses.

 

QUESTIONS? We are here to help. 319-294-6671 or e-mail us directly at info@arreya.com

AOpen Chrome Mini Products for Digital Signage

AOpen Chrome Mini Products for Digital Signage

AOpen’s new Chrome OS based Chromebox Mini and Chromebase Mini have a lot to offer for the digital signage and kiosk industry. These two products are AOpen’s first commercial Chrome devices targeted to a lower cost market. From a user standpoint, here are some thoughts, specifications, and how we plan on utilizing these two new devices released in 2017.

AOpen Chromebase Mini

AOpen’s latest addition to their Commercial Chromebase line of products, features a great looking 10.1” touch screen. The very first thing we noticed about this device was the weight, at 2.7 lbs this is not a tablet! The Chromebase mini is built for a commercial environment, an all metal enclosure makes it an admirable alternative to a cheap tablet for a high traffic, high use environment. Another feature differencing the Chromebase mini from a cheap tablet is the lack of an accessible power button to limit tampering with the device. We see this device being used for retail end-cap displays, conference room displays, calendar/scheduling displays, wayfinding, and many more use cases.

The touch screen features 1280x800 resolution and supports up to 10 point multi touch. Overall the screen looks great and is a big win for this device. The Chromebase Mini shares most hardware specs with the Chromebox Mini and has similar processing power. Standard VESA mounting patterns on the back of the device make finding a mounting solution extremely easy. The HDMI output on the device is great to see for multiple monitor displays. The MSRP of this device is $349 USD, and its ruggedness makes it perfect for commercial use, or affordable enough for consumer use.

Our praises:

  • Build quality, durability
  • Touch screen

Our gripes:

  • Non-standard 1280x800 screen resolution
  • Accessing the I/O ports can be cumbersome

Specs:

  • Panel: 10.1” 1280 x 800 250nits AHVA
  • Touch: 10 point multi-touch; pinch to zoom
  • CPU: Quad-Core Cortex-A17, up to 1.8GHz
  • DRAM: LPDDR3 Dual Channel 4GB
  • Storage: EMMC 5.0 16GB
  • FHD Webcam (2MP)
  • Built-in Dual Digital MIC and Stereo Speaker
  • WIFI+ BT4.0: 802.11 b/g/n/ac + BT4.0 x 1

AOpen Chromebox Mini

AOpen’s latest offering in their line of commercial grade Chromeboxes, is the aptly named Chromebox Mini. Just under 6 inches on its longest side and under 1 inch thick, the device undoubtedly has one of the best form factors we have seen in a Chromebox. The Chromebox Mini comes with WiFi antennas which can be rotated to your desired angle, this inherently increases the footprint of the device but in tight environments, the built in ethernet connection can be used instead. The processing power of the Chromebox mini seems to be on par with similarly priced devices, although hardware specs are noticeably cut down from the rest of AOpen’s commercial Chromeboxes. Built in video output is limited to just one HDMI port. The Chromebox Mini also has a connection for a external power switch in the situation where the power button won’t be easily accessible.

The Chromebox Mini’s form factor and other features make it a great choice for someone looking for a powerful box for a traditional screen/player combo. The form factor of the device makes it easy to mount in existing enclosures and new installations. The MSRP of $189 USD makes it an attractive option for lots of digital signage customers.

Our praises:

  • Great form factor, easy mounting capability
  • Price: Just $189.00 USD MSRP
  • External power switch connector

Our gripes:

  • No mounting tabs or brackets out of box
  • Limited to 1 video output

Specs:

  • Fanless/non venting hole design
  • CPU:Quad-Core Cortex-A17, up to 1.8GHz
  • DRAM: LPDDR3 Dual Channel 4GB
  • Storage: EMMC 5.0 16GB
  • WIFI+ BT4.0: 802.11 b/g/n/ac + BT4.0 x 1
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 3.8 x 0.94 in

QUESTIONS? We are here to help. 319-294-6671 or e-mail us directly at info@arreya.com

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Getting started with Chrome Digital Signage

Getting started with Chrome Digital Signage

When getting started with Chrome Digital Signage there are a few things to consider:

Questions to ask –

  • What type of content will be shown?
  • Touch or non-touch?
  • What style of display best suits the environment and content?
  • Portrait or Landscape?
  • Is there internet and power available at the location?

 

What you need –

  • A Chrome Device (Chromebit, Chromebox,  or Chromebase)
  • A display (Any 1080p display with HDMI input)
  • An internet connection
The Business Value of Chrome Devices in Kiosk Mode

The Business Value of Chrome Devices in Kiosk Mode

Building on our Why Chrome for signage? video, here is a whitepaper from IDC with some very compelling statistics on devices in Kiosk Mode vs. PCs.

 

From the highlights on the first page –

  • 319% Three-year ROI
  • $10,013 Three-year discounted benefits per device
  • 61.1% Lower device cost
  • 62.4% More efficient ongoing device management
  • 90.1% Fewer reboots
  • 80.7% Less productive time lost for employees due to device-related problems

 

Your IT team will love you for it.

 

With the Chrome management console supporting their use of Chrome devices as kiosks, these organizations reported requiring 59.5% less IT staff time to deploy and 62.4% less time to manage and support Chrome devices than the devices they replaced (see Table 2).

Read the full whitepaper below, or click here to learn more about Arreya & Kiosk devices.

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