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
- 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.