Azure Thin Client Considerations for Virtual Desktop

Microsoft Azure Thin Client

Microsoft Azure Thin Client

From Channel Futures Sep 27 — When adopting or adjusting virtual desktop solutions and services, many managed service providers seek advice on what brands, and types of clients, to invest in to accompany deployments. And given the evolution of desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) and the recent general availability of Windows 365, a new set of criteria have emerged when it comes to selecting the right hardware to efficiently operate virtual desktop environments.

In Brief

  • It will need to support AVD (Azure Virtual Desktop)
  • No known zero clients support AVD or Windows 365
  • Pros and Cons of a Zero Client are listed
  • Thin Client typically boot into Windows 10 IoT environment
  • Thin client more expensive but more flexible
  • Windows or Linux? Do you use MS Teams?
  • The linux vendors are very creative and resourceful though
  • Recommendations – Igel10ZiG and NComputing, to name a few

Excerpt:

Choosing between a Windows and a Linux thin client also has its implications. If you want the latest and greatest features that the Microsoft Remote Desktop client has to offer, picking a Windows-based thin client could be a wise choice. As of this writing, only Windows-based thin clients support Microsoft Teams video and audio optimization when making video or voice calls. This offloads the audio and video to be processed by the thin client, taking a heavy load off the AVD/Windows 365 virtual machine and gives the end user a great experience. This technique is also supported when using Zoom virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) – a Zoom client optimized for use with Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. Microsoft also announced in public preview a Chromium-based browser extension called Multimedia Redirection that offloads video to be processed on the local thin client as well, which allows you to fit a higher user density per session host.

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Severn Trent Selects IGEL OS secure end-user computing solution

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UK, Reading. September 15, 2021 – IGEL, provider of the next gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, announces today that Severn Trent has implemented IGEL OS to manage and secure an estate of 6,000 desktop devices spread over 110 locations, support the business with its cloud migration strategy and adoption of Microsoft Office 365.

Severn Trent is a FTSE100 company employing around 7,000 staff. It provides clean water and wastewater services to more than 4.6 million households and businesses in the Midlands and Wales, as well as developing renewal energy solutions such as anaerobic digestion, hydropower, solar and wind turbines. It supplies 2 billion litres of clean water every day – that’s over 83 million litres every hour – whilst treating 3.1 billion litres of wastewater.

The company first implemented thin client computing in 2010 when it moved into a custom-built head office in the centre of Coventry. The technology was installed to lower desktop power consumption and boost energy efficiency thereby eliminating the need for air conditioning throughout the building.

Mark Challis, Severn Trent’s technical specialist for end-user computing (EUC), explains, “Running our legacy thin client environment over the years has been incredibly difficult verging on the impossible. The management software has been hard to use such that we couldn’t easily update or patch the 6,000 endpoints we have across the business. Device security had become a major issue, too.”

In addition, the incumbent hardware couldn’t support Severn Trent’s cloud migration journey. The business operates two UK-based data centres – one in Solihull, the other in Wokingham. The adoption of cloud services wholesale across the company has been driven by the need to vacate the Solihull site – the building lease was due to expire – rather than incur the huge cost of investing again in a physical location.

Working closely with Microsoft and Cognizant, all compute and storage platforms have been migrated to Microsoft Azure, with Office 365 now adopted across the business.

In tandem, Severn Trent has shifted end-user computing from an on-premise Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment to a Citrix Cloud service hosted on the new Microsoft Azure platform.

Challis adds, “The legacy thin client terminals had an old version of Internet Explorer ‘baked’ into the firmware which doesn’t work with the version of Citrix Storefront we use for our VDA connections. This meant we couldn’t move forward with our Citrix estate upgrade, so it was absolutely crucial to change the endpoints as well as deploy a solution to enhance management.”

Challis continues, “In terms of selecting a new partner, our enterprise architect has a good relationship with Microsoft who recommended we speak to IGEL given they are dynamic vendor and are ahead of the curve when it comes to EUC digital workspaces.”

Severn Trent has purchased 6,000 IGEL OS licenses along with IGEL’s management software, the Universal Management Suite (UMS), to seamlessly manage the whole environment. This enables the EUC team to create profiles and distribute them quickly to each endpoint device. Challis explains, “The IGEL OS is lightweight at 1 GB. We can push a whole image out in minutes and have full visibility of each endpoint in real-time. It’s the speed we can update each endpoint which is impressive, along with the usability of UMS. This is of paramount importance given the number of locations we have.”

In addition, IGEL OS is fully optimized to work flawlessly with Office 365 including modern communications software like Teams. The previous solution could not.

Endpoint hardware updated with IGEL OS installed

As part of the project, the decision was made to update endpoint hardware and install IGEL OS on this. Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One (TIO) 24-inch monitors have been purchased which enable a ThinkCentre M625 thin client terminal to be docked within it. It is a neat and elegant solution requiring only one power socket – not multiple messy cables – and means ugly monitor arms can be avoided for each desktop. The TIO monitors come with a 1080p webcam and built-in speaker bar for video communications.

The business is currently in the implementation process. Around 2,400 devices have been installed at the Coventry HQ, chairman’s office in London and Severn Trent’s main call centre in Derby. Over time, the roll out will cover all 110 locations to include water treatment and sewage works, two other call centres and a disaster recovery site. Here existing thin client hardware will be converted using the IGEL OS rather than new equipment being bought. The business is also looking at how it can utilise IGEL’s UD Pocket to provide third party contractors secure access to its systems.

Simon Townsend, IGEL’s chief marketing officer says, “The use of VDI and IGEL OS in a company like Severn Trent is ideal where you have thousands of employees across many sites. Staff can work from home, on location or in the office as they like. And the management of these geographically disperse endpoints is made far easier. This reduces costs and boosts efficiency which is key given Severn Trent is Ofwat regulated and Asset Management Plans and spending are scrutinized heavily.”

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About IGEL

IGEL provides the next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. The company’s world-leading software products include IGEL OS™, IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and IGEL Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions comprise a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform across nearly any x86-64 device. Easily acquired via just two feature-rich software offerings, — Workspace Edition and Enterprise Management Pack — IGEL software presents outstanding value per investment. Additionally, IGEL’s German engineered endpoint solutions deliver the industry’s best hardware warranty (5 years), software maintenance (3 years after end of life) and management functionality. IGEL enables enterprises to save vast amounts of money by extending the useful life of their existing endpoint devices while precisely controlling all devices running IGEL OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit www.igel.com.

IGEL Media Contact:

Tom Herbst

Tel: +44 (0)7768 145571

Email: [email protected]

Pico-ITX Thin Client – Very Small Thin Clients (which are very powerful)

Pico-ITX Thin Client

From ZDNet July 2021

A little bigger than the Raspberry Pi, but a lot more powerful (and expensive!)

Most of the time, the Raspberry Pi is enough, but there are times when you need a lot more power.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

The Raspberry Pi has created a whole ecosystem of SBCs (Single Board Computers), and while the Pi — especially the new Pi 4 B — is more than enough for most applications, sometimes you want something that’s more powerful.

Sometimes a lot more powerful.

The Aaeon PICO-TGU4 offers just that.

Must read: Best Raspberry Pi alternatives in 2021

At 3.94″ x 2.84″ (100mm x 72mm), this board is a bit bigger than a Raspberry Pi 4 (3.37″ x 2.22″/86mm x 56mm), but it does come equipped with an 11th-gen Intel Core — and you can choose between an i3 or i5 to suit your power needs (and budget).

Read more at ZDnet


Overview

The PICO-TGU4 compact PICO-ITX board is powered by the 11th Generation Intel® Core™ G processors (formerly Tiger Lake). By leveraging AAEON’s expertise and the cutting-edge technologies offered with this latest generation of processors, the PICO-TGU4 delivers performance and flexibility to power the next generation of AI Edge applications.

The 11th Generation Intel Core processors (formerly Tiger Lake) are the third generation of Intel’s 10nm microarchitecture, delivering up to 15~20% better performance than the previous generation processors. The PICO-TGU4 offers users the choice of Intel Core G i3/i5/i7 or Intel Celeron® processors to power their projects. These processors support a range of technologies including on-board TPM 2.0 and in-band ECC. The board features 32GB of on-board LPDDR4x memory, and SATA III (6.0 Gbps) storage.

One of the core features of the PICO-TGU4 are its two expansion slots; the M.2 2280 slot (PCIe 4.0) which supports next generation AI accelerators; and the full-sized Mini Card slot which supports extra storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more. The PICO-TGU4 also features dual LAN ports, one Intel i225 2.5 Gbps port for ultra-fast LAN connectivity, and on Intel i219 port with support for Intel vPro, enabling remote system monitoring.

The PICO-TGU4 offers a broad I/O layout to connect with a wide range of sensors and easily integrate with projects. The board features a total of eight USB connections, with two USB3.2 Gen 2 type A ports, two USB3.2 Gen 1 headers and four USB2.0 headers. The board also includes two serial port headers, as well as 8-bit GPIO and I2C/SMBUS connectors, allowing connections to an even wider range of devices. Additionally, the PICO-TGU4 includes eDP and HDMI 2.0 delivering brilliant 4K 60Hz resolution.

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Features

  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Celeron Processor SoC
  • LPDDR4x on board memory, Max. 32 GB
  • 2.5GbE Intel i225 + 1GbE Intel i219
  • HDMI2.0b x 1, 4Kx2K + eDP, up to HBR3 8K
  • M.2 2280 M key(PCIE by4 GEN4/SATA) x 1
  • SATA 6.0 Gb/s x 1
  • Full size mPCIe/mSATA x 1
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0
  • RS-232/422/485 x 2
  • Line-in/Line-out/MIC
  • DIO 8 bit

Cloud Computing For Health — AWS for Health Rolls Out Amazon HealthLake

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From FierceHealth Jul-2021

Amazon rolls out AWS For Health cloud services for healthcare, genomics and biopharma

Amazon’s cloud division has rolled out AWS for Health, a set of services and partner solutions for healthcare, genomics and biopharma.

Amazon says the portfolio of solutions will help to accelerate innovation from “benchtop to bedside” as the tech giant pushes further into the healthcare and life sciences markets.

AWS for Health provides “proven and easily accessible capabilities” that help organizations increase the pace of innovation, unlock the potential of health data, and develop more personalized approaches to therapeutic development and care, Patrick Combes, director, head of technology – healthcare and life sciences at Amazon Web Services (AWS), wrote in a blog post.

The services within AWS for Health can help healthcare customers create holistic electronic health records to help clinicians make data-driven care plans and power population genomic initiatives to expand precision medicine accessibility, as two examples, Combes wrote.

Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are all pushing deeper into healthcare in a battle to provide cloud computing and data storage technology to hospitals.

RELATED: Amazon launches new tool to help healthcare organizations standardize data

Read full article From FierceHealth Jul-2021

About Amazon HealthLake

Amazon HealthLake is a HIPAA-eligible service enabling healthcare and life sciences companies to securely store, transform, query, and analyze health data at scale. With HealthLake, you pay as you go with no upfront costs. You are billed from the time you create your Data Store, which helps you index all your information in the FHIR format so it can be easily queried, to the time you delete it. You are charged by the hour for your Data Store, which includes data import up to 10 GB of data storage, and the first 3,500 queries per hour across all of your Data Stores. The Data Store is always running, offering you the ability to query the information anytime with FHIR query operations.

With integrated medical NLP, you can automatically extract entities (e.g., medical procedures, medications), entity relationships (e.g., a medication and its dosage), entity traits (e.g., positive or negative test result, time of procedure), and Protected Health Information (PHI) data from your medical text. You can also export FHIR data from HealthLake to Amazon S3 where data can be used in further downstream applications.

To get started with Amazon HealthLake, from 7/15/2021 – 9/30/2021 customers will be charged only for their active Data Stores at $0.27 per data store hour. Data Store size will be fixed at 500GB. There are no additional charges for storage, FHIR queries, integrated NLP, and FHIR data export. Starting 10/01/2021, charges as described in the pricing page will apply.

Pricing details

Data Store

The Data Store helps you index all your information in the FHIR format for easy querying. Data import and your first 10 GB of storage are included across all of your Data Stores. The Data Store is always running, offering you the ability to query the information anytime, so you are charged by the hour. You are charged $0.27 per Data Store hour. Amazon HealthLake monitors your data consumption and allocates additional searchable data storage to meet your needs. Durable primary storage and index scaling are included in this price. For additional data storage above the 10 GB included across your Data Stores, you are charged $0.25 per GB stored per month, rounded up to the nearest GB in addition to the per hour charge. For example, if you stored 10.5 GB, you are charged for 1 additional GB since 10 GB is included.

Amazon HealthLake component Pricing Billing Unit Details
Data import Free
Data Store $0.27 Per hour Includes first 10 GB of data storage across Data Stores
Additional data storage after 10 GB $0.25 Per GB, per month

Query

HealthLake supports FHIR query operations. You can query records by creating an operation, such as adding new patients and their medication information. You can also read, update, or delete a previously created record. As per the FHIR specification, deleted data is only hidden from analysis and results; it is not deleted from the service, only versioned. You can also search with predefined filters to find all patient information. The first 3,500 queries per hour are included across your Data Stores. For any additional query capacity, you are charged $0.015 per 10,000 queries per hour, rounded up to the nearest 10,000.

Amazon HealthLake component Pricing Billing Unit Details
Additional query capacity $0.015 per 10,000 queries, per hour

Cloud Computing Healthcare – Hospital Implement IGEL OS and UD3 Endpoints

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Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust invests £5m to upgrade IT infrastructure, refreshing its EUC estate using IGEL

…The use of IGEL OS results in the Trust saving £500k not buying new desktops…

UK, Reading. July 20, 2021 – IGEL, provider of the next gen edge OS for cloud workspaces, announces today that Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has updated its end-user computing (EUC) environment, implementing IGEL OS and UD3 endpoints throughout the organization.

This is part of a £5 million investment the Trust is making to replace and refresh its entire IT infrastructure including compute, storage, WAN/LAN network and thin client platforms. This significant upgrade project is putting in place modern, class-leading technology to support the Trust, provide high quality clinical care and services for around 820,000 local residents.

Located in the Northeast of Manchester, Pennine Acute Hospitals serves the communities of Bury, Rochdale and Oldham along with surrounding towns and villages. Employing 10,000 staff, it operates four hospitals: Fairfield General Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary.

As part of the overall project, the necessity to change the EUC platform was pressing. Pennine Acute Hospital’s existing thin client solution was already a decade old, over 2,000 hardware devices were end-of-life and no longer supported; and it had a requirement to expand the use of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and thin clients across the organisation. To complicate matters, the devices couldn’t be centrally or easily controlled because the server-based management software was not up-to-date.

Jav Yaqub, the Trust’s head of infrastructure, explains, “The upshot was we were consuming a huge amount of time trying to maintain and run our thin client desktops, with major platform mismatches hindering our ability to roll out new operating systems like Windows 10 or deploy Office 365, which was crucial as NHS Digital has mandated that Windows 7 be removed from all desktops.”

After a successful trial, the decision was made to select IGEL for the new EUC solution. In tandem, the Trust updated its entire compute systems in its datacentre installing a Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure platform as well as Dell EMC network attached Isilon, Data Domain and ECS storage.

The new VxRail compute platform is also used to host VMware Horizon – the Trust’s VDI solution – with 3,000 IGEL OS licenses and 500 new IGEL UD3 endpoints purchased, along with IGEL’s management software, the Universal Management Suite (UMS). IGEL Cloud Gateway was acquired to centrally manage endpoints not on the corporate network. Furthermore, NVIDIA virtual GPU technology is being trailed within the VxRail environment to share graphics power and capability across the VDI estate.

IGEL OS deliver significant operational and financial advantages

The move to IGEL OS and UD3 thin client endpoints is already delivering substantial benefits:

  • Budget saved. £500,000 has been saved as the Trust has avoided buying 2,000 new thin client devices for the organisation. Despite being told they were end-of-life, many of the old endpoints from the previous incumbent supplier have been recycled – converted using the IGEL OS into centrally controlled devices. Yaqub says, “For the flexibility and portability the IGEL OS offers which is a key reason for our purchase, the costs are reasonable and IGEL are competitive with their pricing.”
  • Reliability improved. Most thin client devices at the Trust are used at workstations in hospital wards and on 100 laptop trollies which nurses and other health professionals use in various clinical settings. IGEL OS has vastly improved the reliability and performance of these trolly machines given that IGEL OS is much ‘lighter’ – at 1GB – rather than the Windows OS which is typically 16 GB in size.
  • Implementation simple. Roll out was easy and fast with the Trust supported by third party consultants who helped install IGEL OS and convert devices – a re-flashing process which took just minutes. Yaqub says, “It was very much a non-event. It was easy, with no significant problems, as IGEL support has been excellent.”
  • Management straightforward. Using IGEL’s Universal Management Suite (UMS) makes the day-to-day management of the whole estate of 2,000 thin clients located across four geographically dispersed hospital sites really straightforward. Just one person now handles this for the whole organisation as part of their overall job role. IGEL specific training was provided allowing policies and security settings to be created and pushed out automatically to all devices.
  • The local care ecosystem joined up. The Trust has also connected five local community care providers to its VDI environment. They use an IGEL-OS powered endpoint to view its electronic patient records (EPR) system. Partners access the EPR via VMware Horizon – with IGEL Cloud Gateway used to manage remote devices – so that patient care is available anywhere across the local community.
  • Remote work capability delivered quickly in light of Covid. The Trust has been able to easily ramp up remote access capability to empower staff to work from home during the Coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, 600-700 staff did so but this was increased to 3,000 in just three weeks. Staff login to their VDI session via a standard browser which takes them to their Trust branded Windows 10 desktop. Imprivata is used to enabled single sign-on to specific applications.

Yaqub says, “The infrastructure update project has been hard work. We’ve done about four years work in just two with staff now commenting that they’ve seen big improvements in system performance, speed, flexibility and the IT teams’ ability to deliver. This makes all the graft worthwhile and rewarding, and IGEL has played an important part in enabling this.”

Moving forward, Pennine Acute Trust is reviewing how it can increase the scope of VDI and thin client usage within the organisation. Using the IGEL OS, the goal is to convert more desktop devices in other departments like estates and finance into locked down, centrally controlled and secure endpoints.

The IT team is also working on a proof of concept within the radiology specialty to capitalise on the graphics capability of the new backend infrastructure. This could allow radiologists working internationally to access its systems using VDI and powerful multimedia IGEL endpoints – rather than expensive laptops being provided – to review and study MRI and X-ray scans to aid with patient illness diagnosis and treatment.

Simon Townsend, IGEL’s chief marketing officer says, “Ultimately technology in the health service is all about delivering better patient care. As an IT provider, we have our part to play in this so that clinicians and other health professionals have high performance, reliable desktop solutions offering them the very best user experience. That’s what the IGEL OS running on any endpoint hardware is designed to do.”

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IGEL Community: www.igel.com/community

About IGEL

IGEL provides the next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. The company’s world-leading software products include IGEL OS™, IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and IGEL Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions comprise a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform across nearly any x86-64 device. Easily acquired via just two feature-rich software offerings, — Workspace Edition and Enterprise Management Pack — IGEL software presents outstanding value per investment. Additionally, IGEL’s German engineered endpoint solutions deliver the industry’s best hardware warranty (5 years), software maintenance (3 years after end of life) and management functionality. IGEL enables enterprises to save vast amounts of money by extending the useful life of their existing endpoint devices while precisely controlling all devices running IGEL OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit www.igel.com.

IGEL Media Contact:

Tom Herbst

Tel: +44 (0)7768 145571

Email: [email protected]

 

Cloud PC – Did the Thin Client Market Just Increase by Factor of 1000?

Desktop As A Service

Microsoft Cloud PC

Microsoft Cloud PC

Nice article on ZDnet —  For almost 30 years, the number one reason Windows users have given for not running Linux is they couldn’t run their programs on it. Now that Windows 365 Cloud PC is almost here that excuse has just been blown to bits.

In Brief

  • Maybe we have Chromebooks to thank for this development?
  • This is a big bet on Azure Cloud. Google expanded its full suite to all.  AWS?  Nothing yet.
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if all those physical device drivers turned into virtual cloud drivers…
  • See Silicon Angle — Microsoft Corp. will launch a new virtual machine service next month called Windows 365 that will enable business workers to access “Cloud PCs” from any web browser.

Excerpt from ZDNet:

By for Linux and Open Source |  | Topic: Enterprise Software

Microsoft has just announced the release of Windows 365 and Cloud PC. This new service, built on top of Azure Virtual Desktopenables you to bring their Windows 10 and eventually Windows 11, desktop, apps, tools, data, and settings to your personal and work devices, including Windows PCs (naturally!) but Macs, iPads, Linux, and Android devices as well.

Let me repeat that: Windows 365 will enable you to run your Windows desktop, apps, data, etc., etc. on Linux. That’s the Linux desktop they’re talking about.

Read full article on ZDnet

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Credit Card Thin Client — Raspberry Pi Rockchip

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From Tom’s Hardware (no surprise there) July 2021 with credit to Embedded System News by CNX

Excerpt:

There’s small, and then there’s small. The Station M2 is an RK3566 powered board, spotted by CNX Software, is limited in terms of thickness by its Ethernet port, but manages to squeeze a lot of functionality into a case only slightly larger than a credit card.

Inside the Station M2 there’s a Rockchip RK3566 SoC, at the heart of which is a quad-core Cortex-A55 64-bit processor running at up to 1.8GHz. This is the successor to the A53 chip used in the Raspberry Pi 3B+, Nintendo Switch, and some Amazon Fire HD tablets. You also get up to 8GB of LPDDR4, and up to 128GB of eMMC storage. As the name alludes, there’s an M.2 socket for NVMe SSDs, with read and write speeds up to 400MB/s and 392MB/s respectively. The Micro SD slot provides additional low cost storage.

There’s also an HDMI 2.0 port with support for 4k HDR at 60fps, a smattering of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports including one Type-C OTG that’s also used to power the unit, and a gigabit Ethernet port to complement the onboard Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. The 3.69 x 2.55 x 0.62 inch (93.8 x 65 x 15.8 mm) aluminum alloy case acts as a heat sink for the RK3566 SoC while keeping the unit neat and tidy.

Dolphin Computer Access – SuperNova Accessibility

Dolphin Computer Access SuperNova – Make Thin Client Stations accessible to people with visual impairments

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A complete solution for all levels of sight.

The World Health Organisation estimates that there are 285 million people who are living with sight loss worldwide. This includes 39 million people who are blind and 246 million people who are partially sighted.

Make your self-service stations accessible for all levels of sight. Choose SuperNova Kiosks and empower people with partial sight to explore the screen in comfort and provide complete access for people who are blind.

What’s included with SuperNova Stations?

SuperNova Kiosks provides everything your business needs to make your self-service stations accessible.

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Magnification from 1.2 up to 64 times means text on your kiosk display will always look smooth and clear.

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Unrivalled touch screen experience for people with low vision. Explore the screen with one finger, use two to zoom in, or tap three for more options.

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24 accessible colour schemes, carefully designed to reduce glare and maximise comfort for kiosk users.

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Complete screen reader

Announces all options available on the kiosk screen using human-sounding voices.

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Support for Storm AudioNav keypads

Empower people who are blind to explore your kiosks using tactile buttons. SuperNova loads automatically when headphones are inserted, announcing each option on the screen as the user navigates.

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SuperNova API and scripting

Customise SuperNova for your bespoke kiosk project – choose magnification, speech or both. Work with Dolphin to ensure your kiosk application works seamlessly with speech and magnification.

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Right from design stage, your developers can rely on Dolphin’s proven expertise to enhance the accessibility of your kiosk application. Dolphin offers flexible support, service and licensing terms to ensure the long-term success of your kiosk project.

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Chromebook TouchScreen IFB RFPs Can Get This Big…

Chromebook Touch Screen IFB

Chromebooks Los Angeles

Chromebooks Los Angeles

Not every day the Los Angeles School District releases an IFB  RFP.

For 128,000 Chromebooks at that.

Here are the dates:

DATE ISSUED: JULY 1, 2021
DATE ADVERTISED: JULY 1, 2021 and JULY 8, 2020
LAST DAY FOR QUESTIONS: JULY 9, 2021
SUBMITTAL DATE: JULY 16, 2021
ANTICIPATED CONTRACT START DATE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

Here are the technical details

ITEM
NO.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
1. CHROMEBOOK NON-TOUCHSCREEN WITHOUT CELLULAR (Minimum specifications)
• Processor shall perform with a score which meets or exceeds all benchmark category scores with procedures set forth in Exhibit P.
• 4GB RAM
• 32GB Solid State Drive (1:1), 64GB Solid State Drive (Shared Use)
• Integrated Front-facing Camera
• Trackpad
• Keyboard
• Student devices shall be rated MIL-STD-810G drop resistant and have pick-resistant keys
• Wireless LAN capability which meets District’s wireless minimum requirements for personal computing systems (see Section II.C.34)
• Ethernet 10/100/1000 (Optional)
• 11.6″ minimum screen size
• 2+ USB port 3.0 or better
• Capable of a minimum of 1366×768 resolution
• Battery capable of 6+ hours use between charges
• USB-C Charging Port
• Google Auto-Update Policy minimum of 5 years from date of order
• ChromeOS
• 1-year included warranty, on-site (no “carry-in” or “depot” procedures)
• 1-year warranty for accidental screen damage priced as an option
• 24-hour repair or replace guarantee priced as an option
2. CHROMEBOOK NON-TOUCHSCREEN WITH CELLULAR (Minimum specifications)
• Processor shall perform with a score which meets or exceeds all benchmark category scores with procedures set forth in Exhibit P.
• 4GB RAM
• 32GB Solid State Drive (1:1), 64GB Solid State Drive (Shared Use)
• Integrated Front-facing Camera
• Trackpad
• Keyboard
• Student devices shall be rated MIL-STD-810G drop resistant and have pick-resistant keys
• Wireless LAN capability which meets District’s wireless minimum requirements for personal computing systems (see Section II.C.34)
• Ethernet 10/100/1000 (Optional)
• 11.6″ minimum screen size
• 2+ USB port 3.0 or better
• Capable of a minimum of 1366×768 resolution
Section II.D –Technical Specifications
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IFB No. 2000002248•








Battery capable of 6+ hours use between charges
USB-C Charging Port
Google Auto-Update Policy minimum of 5 years from date of order
ChromeOS
Built-in cellular connectivity – support for all major US carriers (e.g. Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, etc.)
Include pre-installed SIM-card, or eSIM of carrier that District specifies at time of ordering
1-year included warranty, on-site no “carry-in” or “depot” procedures)
1-year warranty for accidental screen damage priced as an option
24-hour repair or replace guarantee priced as an option
3. CHROMEBOOK TOUCHSCREEN WITHOUT CELLULAR (Minimum specifications)
• Processor shall perform with a score which meets or exceeds all benchmark category scores with procedures set forth in Exhibit P.
• 4GB RAM
• 32GB Solid State Drive (1:1), 64GB Solid State Drive (Shared Use)
• Integrated Front-facing Camera
• Trackpad
• Keyboard
• Student devices shall be rated MIL-STD-810G drop resistant and have pick-resistant keys
• Wireless LAN capability which meets District’s wireless minimum requirements for personal computing systems (see Section II.C.34)
• Ethernet 10/100/1000 (Optional)
• 11.6″ minimum screen size touchscreen
• 2+ USB port 3.0 or better
• Capable of a minimum of 1366×768 resolution
• Battery capable of 6+ hours use between charges
• USB-C Charging Port
• Google Auto-Update Policy minimum of 5 years from date of order
• ChromeOS
• 1-year included warranty, on-site (no “carry-in” or “depot” procedures)
• 1-year warranty for accidental screen damage priced as an option
• 24-hour repair or replace guarantee priced as an option
4. CHROMEBOOK TOUCHSCREEN WITH CELLULAR (Minimum specifications)
• Processor shall perform with a score which meets or exceeds all benchmark category scores with procedures set forth in Exhibit P.
• 4GB RAM
• 32GB Solid State Drive (1:1), 64GB Solid State Drive (Shared Use)
• Integrated Front-facing Camera
• Trackpad
• Keyboard
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Student devices shall be rated MIL-STD-810G drop resistant and have pick-resistant keys
Wireless LAN capability which meets District’s wireless minimum
requirements for personal computing systems (see Section II.C.34)
Ethernet 10/100/1000 (Optional)
11.6″ minimum screen size touchscreen
2+ USB port 3.0 or better
Capable of a minimum of 1366×768 resolution
Battery capable of 6+ hours use between charges
USB-C Charging Port
Google Auto-Update Policy minimum of 5 years from date of order
ChromeOS
Built-in cellular connectivity – support for all major US carriers (e.g. Verizon,T-Mobile, AT&T, etc.)
1-year included warranty, on-site no “carry-in” or “depot” procedures)
1-year warranty for accidental screen damage priced as an option
24-hour repair or replace guarantee priced as an option

Thinclient RFPs — HP T640 Thin Client Bid Davenport

HP T640 Thin Client RFP

HP t640 ReviewNumber: 21-135 Title: Qty. 150 HP T640 (Thin Client) Type: Invitation to Bid Issue Date: 6/28/2021 Question Deadline: 7/6/2021 11:00 AM (CT) Response Deadline: 7/12/2021 02:00 PM (CT) Notes: The City of Davenport is accepting bids on Qty. 150 if the HP T640 (Thin Client) model PN: 7TK40UT featuring both LAN and Wi-Fi built in. Equipment must be “new in box” and carry the full factory warranty from the manufacturer. No additional coverage or installation services are required or desired. Provide a per item price; the system will calculate the extended price total. The City reserves the right to alter quantities of submitted items. The City would like the unit price locked in for one year from award to allow for future purchases. Pricing should be free of any sales tax. Vendors must login to the e-bidding system in order to submit a bid. Each tab must be reviewed and responded to accordingly. No other methods of bids will be accepted. They must be submitted through the City of Davenport e-bidding system; no emails, no faxes, no paper copies or any other method will be accepted. All questions must be submitted electronically under the Questions tab or emailed to Purchasing. Ship To Information Address: PUBLIC WORKS CENTER 1200 EAST 46TH STREET DAVENPORT, IA 52807-1016 Billing Information Address: CITY HALL 226 WEST FOURTH STREET DAVENPORT, IA 52801 Bid Activities Questions Due 7/6/2021 11:00:00 AM (CT) Questions are due to the Purchasing Division no later than the time indicated. Submit your inquiries under the Questions tab or via email to [email protected] including the title of the project with your contact information.

Bid Invitation

 

10ZiG® Technology Innovates Cloud Agent Authentication

Cloud Agent Authentication

cloud agent authentication

cloud agent authentication

Over recent years, 10ZiG Thin & Zero Client Hardware Specialists, have been earning quite a reputation in the VDI space for The 10ZiG Manager™, 10ZiG’s FREE Enterprise Centralized Management Software for endpoints running on a 10ZiG OS in a virtual desktop environment – from x86 devices to laptops, tablets, or old, outdated endpoints, etc.

10ZiG® Technology Develops Cloud Authentication Process as a New Feature for its FREE Enterprise Centralized Management Software Tool, The 10ZiG Manager™.

LEICESTER, UK – Over recent years, 10ZiG Thin & Zero Client Hardware Specialists, have been earning quite a reputation in the VDI space for The 10ZiG Manager™, 10ZiG’s FREE Enterprise Centralized Management Software for endpoints running on a 10ZiG OS in a virtual desktop environment – from x86 devices to laptops, tablets, or old, outdated endpoints, etc. Providing IT Administrators with the choice of managing endpoints via traditional LAN/WAN or the Cloud, The 10ZiG Manager™ is equipped with innovative, cutting-edge features that make deploying and managing large volumes easy, and now even more securely, regardless of location.

The Cloud Connector, an integral part of The 10ZiG Manager™ Software Platform working in tandem with its Server, Console, and Web Manager settings, now features integrated Cloud Agent Authentication. 10ZiG Cloud Agents featured on 10ZiG Linux and Windows based endpoints can now be authenticated via the Cloud Connector using the 10ZiG Cloud Connector Authorization tool. Authorization codes can be issued to a single Client or used by multiple Clients. This provides flexibility on authenticating each individual Client, or group authentication based on for example, issuing to temporary contracted workers.

When the appropriate setting is enabled for the 10ZiG Cloud Connector, only remote Cloud Agents configured with an authorization within the database would be authenticated to connect and register with The 10ZiG Manager™. Unauthorized connections would not be authenticated and would be rejected. The authorization exchange is fully encrypted, as is the primary Cloud Agent to the Cloud Connector after a Client is authorized, ensuring the key exchange is not openly visible. Furthermore, the Cloud Agent Authorization Code can be used in combination with the Cloud Agent Registration Code, the latter which is used to automatically filter Clients into Management Configuration Groups.

Vu Nguyen, 10ZiG Senior Software Engineer, “The primary goal of the Cloud Agent Authorization is to prevent unrecognized or rogue devices from registering themselves with The 10ZiG Manager™. This new authentication feature adds an extra layer of security, in that the connecting Clients can verify as being part of the organization. IT Admins. can try it out for themselves with our Free Demo program at 10ZiG.com.”

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About 10ZiG Technology

10ZiG Technology is a world-market leader in Thin & Zero Client endpoint devices for Virtual Desktop Environments. We provide leading Intel and AMD based, Dual Core and Quad Core Thin & Zero Clients for VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, Amazon WorkSpaces, and more, in addition to the widest range of Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients on the market. FREE, no-obligation demo devices, US & EMEA based Tech Support, and The 10ZiG Manager™ – our FREE management software solution with Cloud capabilities and unlimited user licenses – gives us our cutting edge.

Contact Us

To learn more about cutting-edge VDI technology from 10ZiG, or to arrange for a FREE Thin or Zero Client demonstration device, please contact 10ZiG below.

Corporate Headquarters, US

10ZiG Technology Inc.

23309 N. 17th Drive #100

Phoenix, AZ 85027, USA

  1. +1 (866) 865-5250 | Email:[email protected]| Web: www.10ZiG.com

EMEA Headquarters

10ZiG Technology Ltd.

7 Highcliffe Road

Leicester LE5 1TY, UK

  1. +44 (0) 116 2148650 | Email:[email protected]| Web: www.10ZiG.com

Contact: Tom Dodds

10ZiG Technology Ltd.

www.10ZiG.com

+44 (0) 116 214 8650

Raspberry PI All-In-One Computer with Touch ($195)

From LinuxGizmos Apr2021

Modular HMI touch-panel runs on Raspberry Pi CM4

Apr 15, 2021 — by Eric Brown — 8080 views

     

Seeed unveiled a $195, Raspberry Pi CM4-based “ReTerminal” HMI device with a 5-inch, 1280 x 720 touchscreen, a crypto chip, WiFi/BT, GbE, micro-HDMI, CSI, 2x USB, and 40-pin and PCIe expansion.

Seeed has announced a modular human-machine interface (HMI) device based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4. The ReTerminal, which will go on pre-order later this month starting at $195, features a 5-inch touchscreen.


 
ReTerminal render images, front and back
(click images to enlarge)

Despite the compact, 140 x 95 x 21mm footprint and mobile-like features such as an accelerometer, there is no mention of battery support. The device powers up on [email protected] DC power via a USB Type-C port.

Like most Raspberry Pi CM4-based systems and carrier boards, the ReTerminal provides a 40-pin GPIO connector for Raspberry Pi HAT expansion. Like many, it exploits the module’s PCIe Gen2 x1 interface for expansion.


 
ReTerminal GUI display (left) and detail views
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There is no mention of M.2 or mini-PCIe, but only an external, rear-mounted “vertical high-speed expansion interface” with PCIe x1, USB 2.0 host, 26x GPIOs, and a PoE interface. Optional modules include mic array/speaker, LoRaWAN, 5G/4G, ZigBee, Sub-1GHz, PoE, and an Ethernet switch.



ReTerminal modules
(click image to enlarge)

This description, along with the image above, the M4 mounting nuts, and a note that “all components and ports on the device are surface-mounted on two sides,” suggests that Seeed is launching a product line of custom expansion modules in plastic housing. These plug-ins will be supported by an “active community.”

The 40-pin connector supports standard Raspberry Pi HATs. However, the image above appears to show an enclosed I/O module plugging into the 40-pin, suggesting that Seeed may also supply a line of 40-pin HATs in custom modules. Seeed offers a lot of HATs and other Pi add-ons, including its recent, LoRaWAN-equipped WM1302 Raspberry Pi HAT.

The 5-inch, 1280 x 720-pixel IPS display with capacitive multi-touch features 293 PPI pixel density. By comparison, most 5-inch touchscreens are 800 x 480, says Seeed.


 
ReTerminal side views
(click images to enlarge)

The ReTerminal runs Debian Linux on the Raspberry CM4, which offers the same 1.5GHz, quad-core Cortex-A72 Broadcom BCM2711 found on the RPi 4. It uses a model with 4GB LPDDR4 and 32GB eMMC. Therre was no mention of an 8GB option. The device provides 802.11-ac with Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, which is probably delivered via the CM4.

The system is equipped with a GbE port, 2x USB 2.0 host ports, and a single micro-HDMI port with [email protected] support. There is a 2-lane MIPI-CSI interface that supports an optional camera via a quarter-inch camera mount.

Also of note is the Microchip ATECC608A cryptographic chip for secure hardware-based storage for up to 16x keys. The secure element supports asymmetric sign, verify, secure boot, and key agreement functions.

The ReTerminal provides several extras including a digital light sensor, an accelerometer, and an RTC. You also get a power button, 3x user keys, and 4x LEDs. There also appears to be a speaker and some antenna mounts.

Further information

The ReTerminal will go on pre-order later this month for $195. No ship date was listed. You can sign up for notification and a $5 early bird coupon here. More information may be found in Seeed’s announcement and product/shopping page.

 

10ZiG® Expands Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Deployments with Linux and Windows

Windows Virtual Desktop Deployment

Windows Virtual Desktop Deployments with Linux

10ZiG® Expands Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Deployments with Linux and Windows-Based Endpoint Support

“10ZiG Technology supports Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Deployments across its versatile range of Intel and AMD endpoints, featuring both Linux- and Windows-based operating systems.”

LEICESTER, UK – 10ZiG Technology, a leader in Thin & Zero Client endpoint hardware and centralized management software for VDI, recently collaborated with Microsoft to bring a seamless multi-session Windows 10 virtual desktop experience to thin-client endpoints. Now, that experience has been further enhanced with support for Windows Virtual Desktop on 10ZiG leading Linux-based NOS-64 platform, continuing to exemplify that 10ZiG Technology has the Power, Speed, and Performance for VDI and the cloud – in office, or remote.

Based on the Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Linux SDK, the 10ZiG NOS-64 Firmware supports desktop and application deliveries, as well as a variety of powerful user customization and security features, applicable for related deployments on 10ZiG endpoint hardware, alongside The 10ZiG Manager™ Enterprise Software for complete and secure centralized management. 10ZiG prides itself on the research, testing, and development of new firmware with respect to meeting and foreseeing market trends and demands, and Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop is no exception.

A growing list of features that are available for Windows Virtual Desktop leveraging the 10ZiG Remote Desktop Client powered by the Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Linux SDK includes desktops, applications, multi-monitor, client drive redirection, smart card redirection, clipboard redirection, and bidirectional audio (mic). 10ZiG also offers Windows 10 IoT-based client endpoints that support Windows Virtual Desktop, which at this stage offer an even greater feature set for Windows Virtual Desktop.

Kevin Greenway, 10ZiG Chief Technology Officer, “The 10ZiG/Microsoft collaboration has been long-standing and our Windows Virtual Desktop integration continues to grow, as evidenced by this new and exciting development. We now have the power to offer our customer’s the greatest flexibility, in either Linux- or Windows-based support for Windows Virtual Desktop across our very diverse range of hardware – there is something for every user and use case. Thin & Zero Client endpoints are our sole focus, so our scope of knowledge and customization is quite deep in terms of hardware, firmware, and centralized software management. This is what gives us our cutting-edge over others and why customers turn to us. We look forward to even further developments with Windows Virtual Desktop.”

About 10ZiG Technology®

10ZiG Technology is a world-market leader in Thin Client & Zero Client endpoint devices for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. 10ZiG provides leading Intel and AMD-based Dual and Quad Core Thin Clients and Zero Clients for VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, etc., environments, and the widest range of Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients on the market. 10ZiG offers free, no-obligation demo devices, best-in-industry Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and Europe, and provides at no cost, the Cloud-enabled “10ZiG Manager” Console with unlimited user licenses.

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Contact Us

To learn more about cutting-edge VDI technology from 10ZiG, or to arrange for a FREE Thin or Zero Client demonstration device, please contact 10ZiG below.

Corporate Headquarters, US

10ZiG Technology Inc.

23309 N. 17th Drive #100

Phoenix, AZ 85027, USA

P. +1 (866) 865-5250 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.10ZiG.com

 

EMEA Headquarters

10ZiG Technology Ltd.

7 Highcliffe Road

Leicester LE5 1TY, UK

P. +44 (0) 116 2148650 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.10ZiG.com

 

Contact: Tom Dodds

10ZiG Technology Ltd.

www.10ZiG.com

+44 (0) 116 214 8650

Telehealth Verizon Venture – BlueJeans Telehealth Announced

Verizon Telehealth

From Press Release by Verizon Apr2021

  • Purpose-built solution for healthcare providers streamlines telemedicine experience to help improve patient care
  • BlueJeans Telehealth addresses two key challenges:

    – Tech Literacy: One click, download-free access to a video telehealth experience via mobile device or desktop to minimize technology complications

    – Visit Efficiency: Expedite information sharing through a customizable landing experience that includes patient onboarding and education materials

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Business today announced BlueJeans Telehealth, a simple, smart and trusted way for providers and patients to conduct data-driven virtual care conversations. As healthcare organizations look to advance their telehealth practices post-pandemic by extending personalized care into the home, BlueJeans Telehealth gives healthcare providers and their care teams a new way to simply and securely connect with patients remotely.

According to the “The Future of Telehealth – Balancing Security and Ease of Use” white paper, healthcare organizations (81%) expect to see a greater investment in telehealth solutions over the next 2-3 years, with 85% of decision-makers identifying “ease of use” as a top-five driver in producing good outcomes from telehealth. While many hospitals and health clinics have adopted video conferencing services during the pandemic for providing patient care, BlueJeans Telehealth was designed from the ground up for healthcare organizations to simplify the virtual join and visit experience and offer greater access to care, provide more flexibility for providers and patients, improve safety and extend the reach of services available.

“While the use of telemedicine has been steadily growing for some time now, the pandemic has accelerated telehealth adoption and changed the conversation around what patient care will look like moving forward,” said Tami Erwin, CEO, Verizon Business. “We worked closely with an advisory board of health system clinicians and healthcare decision-makers to build BlueJeans Telehealth specifically to address the most pressing needs for a virtual-first telehealth offering–from ease of experience to enhanced security. Today’s launch is just the beginning for Verizon in what we see as the future of telehealth, especially when you consider the innovation that will come from 5G mobility, broadband and cloud capabilities.”

Experience working with healthcare providers during the pandemic was invaluable in informing what matters most in the delivery of world class virtual care. Penn Medicine is one institution that quickly leveraged telemedicine early in the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure continuity of care to patients while keeping both them as well as their workforce staff safe and healthy. “After rapidly mobilizing our staff and infrastructure in March 2020, we were able to scale to over one million televisits by February 2021,” said C. William Hanson III, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “It was essential that our patients be able to rely on us to continue their care in all settings, and innovating to offer them telemedicine and remote monitoring options was an essential part of maintaining our capacity to care during the pandemic.”

Simple

BlueJeans Telehealth delivers an intuitive experience for patients, providers and administrators. Using the device of their choice, patients can easily and quickly meet with their providers through their desktop or mobile browser or the BlueJeans app. BlueJeans with Dolby Voice Audio® provides high-quality audio, minimizing disruptions to the visit so patients and providers can communicate important clinical information clearly. Providers and administrators will also benefit from a streamlined experience, as visits are embedded directly within their existing Electronic Health Record (EHR) workflows.

To simplify administrations and reimbursements, licensing is based on a per-visit model, which allows for straightforward data capture and reporting—an important aspect considering 59% of survey respondents cited uncertainty about telehealth reimbursement as a top challenge for adoption and utilization moving forward. BlueJeans Telehealth licenses will also be available in a named host format.

Smart

The future of remote care is reliant on smart accessibility that will help doctors make speedier diagnoses and recommend effective treatments. The customizable patient landing experience of BlueJeans Telehealth reduces the monotony of the pre-visit “waiting room” time by including an optional pre-visit medical condition survey and onboarding materials for patients, with a library center that enables providers to customize patient education for patients logged in for a virtual visit. Furthermore, medical interpreter services through partners such as Voyce, AMN Language Services and LanguageLine Solutions will be available in 200+ languages, including sign language, in addition to transcription and closed captioning services for enhanced accessibility.

Trusted

Ranked as a top 5 post-pandemic “must have” for telehealth video conferencing solutions by survey respondents, security and privacy are built into the BlueJeans Telehealth platform—including Access Controls, Encryption, Privacy Checks, Locked Meetings, Fraud Detection, and Moderator Controls—to help protect healthcare organizations and patients. Additionally, BlueJeans Telehealth is HIPAA-ready and Verizon will sign HIPAA business associate agreements with its customers that address regulatory requirements regarding privacy and security.

“The benefits of digitizing healthcare practices have long been discussed on the clinical side as a way to make care more convenient and efficient for patients, but it wasn’t until the pandemic that we truly realized the way it could transform the patient-physician relationship,” said Scott D Boden, MD, Vice President for Business Innovation at Emory Healthcare. “The ability to offer virtual visits using tools like BlueJeans during this challenging time is not only helping to keep patients and practitioners like myself safe, it’s also providing a level of care that was previously missing. As we continue looking for new ways to tap into technology to drive better outcomes for our patients, it’s this personalization of care that will shape the future of healthcare.”

Resources:

Chromebook Request For Proposals Feb-12 Thin Client Computing

Chromebook Touchscreen Computer

Chromebook Request For Proposals Feb 12

Ten or so different Chromebook projects with around 20,000 units in requirements, if not more.

  • Indiana — Four thousand seven hundred twenty-five (4725) or more student and staff Chromebooks — NOTICE TO BIDDERS Warrick County School Corporation Boonville, Indiana The Warrick County School Corporation (WCSC) is seeking suppliers to provide four thousand seven hundred twenty-five (4725) or more student and staff Chromebooks. The Request for Proposal documentation may be obtained either at the Warrick County School Corporation Administration building located at 300 East Gum Street, Boonville, Indiana, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM or by contacting xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Proposals will be accepted until 9:30 AM (CST) February 26th, 2021 at which time the sealed bids will be opened. Proposals that are received after this date and time will be returned unopened. The Warrick County School Corporation will not accept proposals that are sent via E-Mail. The bid opening will be a virtual meeting only. Bids will be opened and displayed during the virtual meeting via a document camera. Sealed proposals need to have a label clearly indicating that it is for the Chromebook RFP. The sealed proposals need to have delivery confirmation and will be accepted at the following address. Warrick County School Corporation ATTN: Chromebook RFP 300 East Gum Street PO Box 809 Boonville, Indiana 47601 The Warrick County School Corporation reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to waive any “informalities” in the proposals received whenever such selection, rejection or waiver is in its best interests. hspaxlp
  • Arizona – Chromebook Purchase Request for Proposal 20-21-109 — Deadline: 3/12/2021 2:00 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) — Description: The purchase of approximately 3,000 Chromebooks to support the District 1 to 1 student devise ratio.
  • California — qty 3000 in Covina, CA — 3/12/2021 response date
  • New York — The Board of Education of Half Hollow Hills Central School District of Huntington and Babylon hereby invites the submission of BIDs on the following items: BID #20-21: PURCHASE AND DELIVERY OF ACER C733 AND C871 CHROMEBOOKS AND GOOGLE MGT. LICENSE 10 PACK BUNDLES BIDs will be received until 2:00 p.m. on the 26th of February, 2021, at the Business Office, Central Administration Building, 525 Half Hollow Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746; at which time they will be opened and read. Specifications and Forms may be obtained at the same office.
  • Pennsylvania — SAN, Backup Servers, UPS, and Wireless APs/Licensing, Chromebooks, and laptops — The Baldwin-Whitehall School District is soliciting proposals for SAN, Backup Servers, UPS, and Wireless APs/Licensing, Chromebooks, and laptops.
  • Louisiana — The bid package title is as follows: Chromebooks w/ Protective Carrying Cases Bid# 32-21 Opening: February 23, 2021 @ 11:00 am CST Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the above stated times and dates in a Conference Room of the Lafayette Parish School System Central Office Building. Complete bidding documents may be obtained on the Purchasing Department website at https://www.lpssonline.com/site638.php
  • Virginia — The Virginia Beach City Public Schools will receive sealed proposals from qualified firms to furnish the goods identified in the specifications document. Scope of Work: Virginia Beach City Public Schools requests proposals from prospective Offerors to provide Chromebook, Desktop and Laptop Parts and Chargers in accordance with specifications and requirements contained herein.
  • Wisconsin – Qty 525 — SFSD is seeking proposals for the lease of 525 Chromebooks for a four-year lease beginning during the 2021-2022 school year. The specifications for which the District is seeking pricing and manufacturer information are listed herein.
  • Iowa — 1,300 Academic Chrome OS Management Licenses We are looking to purchase our chromebook licenses before the price increases. We are accepting proposals/quotes on the following items: Quantity Manufacturer Part # Description 1300 Google-CROSSWDISEDU Google Chrome OS Management Console – License – Academic

Browsers – NFC (Near Field Communications) by default in Chrome Engine Now

Google Chrome Interactive Features

Chrome Gets NFC enabled

Chrome Gets NFC enabled

Editors Note – All of the most mature Browser Lockdown products for secure desktop use the Chrome Engine. This latest device integration by Google is significant. NFC (Near Field Communications) is a core technology used often in self-service kiosks. Browsers have become the viewports for all.

Excerpt from TechRadar:

Web browsers are developing and evolving faster than ever, and this is certainly true of Google Chrome. The company has just released a new beta version the browser – Chrome Beta 89 – and it includes a number of keys updates to APIs that open up a host of exciting new features.

There are different things to look forward to depending whether you’re using the mobile or desktop version of Chrome, but Android users on the beta program have gained a new way to interact with NFC tags. Desktop users have an easier way to share content to social media, and there’s more too.

Google has enabled web NFC (Near Field Communications) by default, which means Android users can interact with displays and exhibitions at museums and galleries, sign into buildings, and more. Android devices running Chrome 89 can also write to NFC tags which has lots of possibilities.

Chromebook Touchscreen – Touch Screen Computers

Chromebook Touchscreen News

Editor Notes

Chromebook Touchscreen Computer

Chromebook Touchscreen Computer

Chromebook touchscreen computers are a popular item when it comes to a thin client or restricted computer client. IT administrators usually hold up a big sign that says Patch Management with Windows is Hell. I know I used too (then we switched to LTSB). There is something to be said for Windows-based thin clients especially since, historically, they have been largest segment.  And management was easier.

We see it in digital signage where management features and sheer graphics internet rendering are king priority.  Windows has a greater tendency to interrupt.

Touchscreens are a natural.  Most of the interfaces are beginning to blend the mobile UI into the desktop,  discarding the “historically popular” mouse pointer and the little square icon. Pick up a telephone handset and look at the size of the buttons. Not a bad reference.

Anyway, we digress. Here is a quick topical look at Chromebook touchscreen computers.

Here is listing from November 2020 from Android Authority

There are huge advantages to using a Chromebook over a laptop or a tablet. In short, a Chromebook fills a niche somewhere between the two. It tops a tablet in terms of power, but it doesn’t sacrifice too much in the way of portability. Now, why not make your setup even more powerful with a flexible touchscreen Chromebook? Here are our picks for the best ones available.

With a price starting at just $279, few Chromebooks or tablets offer as much flexibility out of the box as the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. With its convertible design, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is one of the best touchscreen Chromebooks for those who prefer to have options.

Then you have Laptop Mag

Excerpt:

What is the best Chromebook?

The best Chromebook you can buy if you’re looking for something on the lower end of the market is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. It’s perfect for on-the-go, casual users and students who are looking for a petite device that can easily fit into their everyday commuter bag. Its tiny form factor is ideal for travelers who are heavily reliant on Google applications such as Google Chrome and Google Docs. It’s also excellent for folks who simply want a portable device to watch YouTube videos, enjoy some Netflix and browse the web.

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet also comes with a detachable keyboard and kickstand cover — two accessories that will help transform the tablet into a proper little laptop. One downside of the Duet, though, is that if you’re someone with massive hands, you may find that the Duet’s form factor is too small.

Now if you’re not afraid to splurge a little bit more on your Chromebook, and you want a device that can handle multitasking and heavy productivity workloads, I’d argue that the Google Pixelbook Go is one of the best Chromebooks you can buy. It has a super-slim design, a bright, colorful display and solid performance benchmarks. It’s certainly an attractive alternative to Windows, however, keep in mind that the keyboard might be too shallow for your tastes.

Here is their top 10

  1. Asus Chromebook Flip C434
  2. Samsung Chromebook 3
  3. Dell Chromebook 3189
  4. Google Pixelbook Go
  5. HP Chromebook x2
  6. Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630
  7. Acer Chromebook 715
  8. Lenovo Chromebook Duet
  9. Acer Chromebook Spin 713
  10. HP Pro C640 Chrome Enterprise

Let’s Not Forget Walmart

 

Citrix DDoS attack vectors – Citrix says it’s working on a fix, expected next year.

Article on ZDnet Dec2020 Citrix DDOS Attacks

Excerpt


By for Zero Day |  | Topic: Security

Threat actors have discovered a way to bounce and amplify junk web traffic against Citrix ADC networking equipment to launch DDoS attacks.

While details about the attackers are still unknown, victims of these Citrix-based DDoS attacks have mostly included online gaming services, such as Steam and Xbox, sources have told ZDNet earlier today.

The first of these attacks have been detected last week and documented by German IT systems administrator Marco Hofmann.

Hofmann tracked the issue to the DTLS interface on Citrix ADC devices.

Read full Article on ZDnet Dec2020 Citrix DDOS Attacks

ChromeOS Trajectory Altered With Acquisition by Google

Chrome OS Google

Chrome OS Google

From Computerworld ChromeOS Explosion – Dec2020

A subtle-seeming Google purchase paves the way for a dramatic expansion of Chrome OS’s reach — and a dramatic reimagining of what a Chromebook even is.

Neverware and the Chrome OS connection

I first wrote about Neverware nearly five years ago, but the company’s actually been around even longer than that. Its primary purpose is creating a piece of software called CloudReady, which is basically a version of Chrome OS without all the Google-specific elements baked in.

CloudReady + Google = ?

The most important takeaway of Google’s Neverware purchase comes from a recently published FAQ on the purchase — with the emphasis being mine:

“Over the long term, CloudReady will become an official Chrome OS offering.”

An official Chrome OS offering!

And that means people — and perhaps most critically, companies — could take an abandoned old Windows or Mac computer out of storage and turn it into a fully functional, official-update-receiving Chromebook, with minimal cost, ample advantages, and few to no asterisks attached.

From a business perspective, that should be a massive opportunity to bring existing hardware back to life and cut down on the need for new purchases. (Remember, too, that Google just unveiled a new system for enterprises to run Windows apps on Chrome OS — a suddenly very relevant-seeming twist.) Neverware says such systems will eventually be managed via the standard Google Admin console. And support for them will be provided directly by Google, just as it would with any traditional enterprise-managed Chrome OS devices.

We recommend reading the full article From Computerworld ChromeOS Explosion

Thin Client News – Dell Wyse scores two perfect 10 security flaws

 

Dell Wyse Thin OS Thin Client Security Flaws

Dell Wyse Thin OS Thin Client Security Flaws

Dell Thin Client From the Register Dec 2020

Dell, which pitches its Wyse ThinOS as “the most secure thin client operating system,” plans to publish an advisory on Monday for two security vulnerabilities that are as bad as they could possibly be.

CVE-2020-29491 and CVE-2020-29492 are both critical flaws, managing a perfect (although unwelcome) CVSS score of 10 out of 10. The vulnerabilities, which affect all Dell Wyse Thin Clients running ThinOS versions 8.6 or earlier, allow more or less anyone to remotely run malicious code and to access arbitrary files on vulnerable devices.

The issues were identified by security biz CyberMDX, which said in its disclosure, “The profound potential impact of these vulnerabilities coupled with the relative ease of exploitation is what makes them so critical.”

“We encourage customers to apply the remediations and follow the best practices described in the Dell Security Advisory (DSA-2020-281),” a Dell spokesperson told The Register in an email. “The security of our products is critical to helping ensure our customers’ data and systems are protected.”

PCI Compliance for Unattended Self-Service Kiosks Announcements


KIosk Manufacturer Logo

KIosk Manufacturer Logo

WESTMINSTER, Colo.Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA), the leading unattended self-service kiosk association established in 1995, today announced the launch of new initiatives in the PCI Compliance space for unattended self-service kiosks. Those initiatives include providing content for the PCI Perspectives Blog, creating a SIG or Special Interest Group on PCI SSC for unattended and semi-attended transaction, as well as new guidepost content from our sponsors and members outlining best practices.

The kiosk association has a standing PCI Compliance committee and a Slack-based working group (free to join). Members include OTI GlobalUnattended Card Payments (UCP)Datacap SystemsIngenicoKioWareOlea Kiosks, Lilitab and Self-Service Networks who provide Cash2Card Giftwise.

“The pandemic is fundamentally altering the relationship that business and customer have had historically. Rather than the conventional ‘push’ from storefront to customer, the ratio of customers ‘pulling’ from business is rapidly increasing. Online mechanisms are no longer optional but instead, mandatory,” says association spokesman, Craig Keefner. “Contactless and touchless are the new cornerstones. Shortening those transaction timeframes whether Drive-Thru or Text-to-pay are the new base metrics.”

The pandemic impact on the currencies and payment methods involved in today’s secure transaction has also expanded. Cash2Card deployments are rising and instead of the old Redbox DVDs at McDonalds you may soon have a new Bitcoin ATM Kiosks.

Technologies emerging and in-use include conversational artificial intelligence (AI) and all types of visual recognition systems (automobile license and facial examples given).

To stay informed on customer self-order and employee terminals sign up for our monthly news update or you can visit our website.

Visit: https://kioskindustry.org/standards/pci-emv-kiosk/.

About Kiosk Manufacturer Association:

Based in Westminster, Colorado the Kiosk Manufacturer Association or KMA has served the unattended self-service kiosk market since 1995. The Kiosk Association leads the effort to optimize self-service engagements and outcomes using technology such as kiosks, digital signage, and touchscreens.

Regulatory issues such as PCI Compliance and EMV are a primary focus for the KMA along with ADA Accessibility. KMA is a Participating Organization with the PCI SSC. For ADA, the KMA meets annually with U.S. Access Board on accessibility standards for unattended. Additional market coverage includes digital signage, interactive digital, Point-of-Sale, Smart City, vending and robotics. See us on LinkedIn. KMA is available on https://kioskindustry.org and https://kma.global

Patient Registration Kiosk – Advantage Series

Advantage Series – Patient Kiosks

Patient Registration Kiosk Systems – Advantage Series

A focus on health and safety

Healthcare Kiosk Patient Check-In Frank Mayer

Healthcare Kiosk Patient Check-In Frank Mayer

Patient kiosks allow staff to focus on what matters – streamlining the check-in process and keeping employees healthy. Healthcare kiosks offer a high quality of care to patients and guests who walk through your door while also allowing less human contact with your counter staff who are at greater risk of being exposed to illness during check-in procedures.  Other uses for healthcare self-service kiosks include: dental office kiosks, emergency room kiosks, and more.

Take a look at our standard kiosks which can be customized for your healthcare setting.

Healthcare kiosks offer many benefits

Emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, dental facilities, senior living, university health centers and more are adding patient check-in and self-service kiosks.

Kiosks provide:

Chromebooks and services Parkway School District accepting bids for – 7500

Chromebook technology Trends for 2021

Chromebook technology Trends for 2021

Chromebook RFP Parkway School

OBJECTIVE

 The district is currently accepting proposals from vendors for the following model:

o Chromebook: Acer C-733T

 The district may also purchase smaller quantities of Chromebook devices between May 1, 2021, and May 1, 2022.

 The District requires delivery within 30 days of receipt for additional purchase orders to our warehouse at 363 N. Woods Mill Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017.

 Quantities are estimates and are listed as guidance in estimating volume pricing. The District does not guarantee any quantities that it will purchase as a result of this invitation for bid.  Parkway is currently seeking a one-year agreement

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

Professional Services Requirements:

A. Setup Services

o Quantity: 7500

o Description: Setup services including domain registration. Many resellers provide “white glove” services that include registering the Chromebooks in our G-Suite domain. This increases the ease and efficiency of deploying the devices. Parkway is looking for domain registration for all devices purchased, as well as the option for asset tagging.

B. Hardware/Software/Licensing Requirements:

o Chromebook Option: Acer C-733T

 Quantity: 7500

 Minimum Requirements:

 Intel Processor

 4GB RAM

 16GB SSD

 11.6” touch display

 1-year warranty (minimum)

o Academic Google Chrome OS Management License

 Quantity: 7500

 Description: Academic Google Chrome OS Management License and Support for 5 years for GAFE

 Domain: parkwayschools.net

C. Optional Requirements:

 Professional Services Requirements: N/A

 Hardware/Software/Licensing Requirements: Accidental/Extended Warranties – Please include a detailed description of warranty coverage, claim or repair process, average repair times, and any associated costs (including shipping). ∙ 3-year cost ∙ 4-year cost

SB-3 TIMETABLE:

Bid Publish Date 11/23/2020

Bid Close Date 12/14/2020 11:00 AM CST

Bid Questions Due by Date: 12/8/2020 By end of business day

Bid Questions Responses by: 12/11/2020 By end of business day

Location of Bid Opening: Online via Google Meets Bid Opening Link: meet.google.com/bdc-idzm-xzc


If interested contact Craig at catareno.com


Since 1999, Thinclient.org has been reporting the thin client computing market as well as the ChromeBook, Zero Client, Android clients, Pi Raspberry Clients and Thick Client market. Generally the cloud computing market since it started with companies such as Citrix back in the late 80s.

A thin client is a lightweight[vague] computer that has been optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. This contrasts with a fat client or a conventional personal computer; the former is also intended for working in a client–server model but has significant local processing power, while the latter aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thin client hardware generally supports a keyboard, mouse, monitor, jacks for sound peripherals, and open ports for USB devices (e.g., printer, flash drive, webcam). Some thin clients include legacy serial or parallel ports to support older devices such as receipt printers, scales or time clocks. Thin client software typically consists of a graphical user interface (GUI), cloud access agents (e.g., RDP, ICA, PCoIP), a local web browser, terminal emulators (in some cases), and a basic set of local utilities.

New hardware interfaces includes socket-based enabled devices eliminating the need for a physical USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is also a big factor for devices.

ChromeBook 2021 Predictions

Chromebook technology Trends for 2021

Chromebook technology Trends for 2021

2021 Predictions for ChromeBook

For those of you who’ve been around for more than a year, you likely remember us making the same sort of grandiose statements last year around this time, excited by the proposition of new 10th-gen Intel-based Chromebooks and the slew of MediaTek MT8183-touting Chrome OS devices we were expecting. While some of those devices showed up and showed out (I’m looking at you Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and HP Chromebook x360 14c), lots of devices were delayed and we’re still here waiting for their eventual arrival a full year later.

Much of this is obviously due to the pandemic and the shock it put on manufacturers and supply chains in the spring, but no excuses change the fact that we didn’t quite see the massive tidal wave of Chromebooks we were hoping for in 2020. It doesn’t matter why they didn’t all make it to market, it only matters that they never materialized, and this leaves us with a backlog of devices that likely won’t make it to store shelves in 2020.

Mix these lingering 2020-bound Chromebooks with a massive uptick in Chromebook adoption, far more manufacturer interest, and a huge increase in chipset options moving into 2021, however, and you have what feels very much like the calm before the storm here in the latter parts of 2020. While we thought there was a lot of Chromebook hardware on the way in 2020, there’s almost no real comparison as we move into 2021. There are now a total of 9 different families of devices we’re tracking as we move into the new year as compared to the couple big groups we were expecting in 2020, so let’s quickly recap them.

Read full article 2021 Predictions for ChromeBook

 

 

Since 1999, Thinclient.org has been reporting the thin client computing market as well as the ChromeBook, Zero Client, Android clients, Pi Raspberry Clients and Thick Client market. Generally the cloud computing market since it started with companies such as Citrix back in the late 80s.

A thin client is a lightweight[vague] computer that has been optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. This contrasts with a fat client or a conventional personal computer; the former is also intended for working in a client–server model but has significant local processing power, while the latter aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thin client hardware generally supports a keyboard, mouse, monitor, jacks for sound peripherals, and open ports for USB devices (e.g., printer, flash drive, webcam). Some thin clients include legacy serial or parallel ports to support older devices such as receipt printers, scales or time clocks. Thin client software typically consists of a graphical user interface (GUI), cloud access agents (e.g., RDP, ICA, PCoIP), a local web browser, terminal emulators (in some cases), and a basic set of local utilities.

New hardware interfaces includes socket-based enabled devices eliminating the need for a physical USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is also a big factor for devices.

 

Cloud Computing Shaping the Modern Workforce

Microsoft Cloud PC

thinclient newsCloud Computing and the Modern Workforce

From Techspective Nov 2020 —

Excerpt:

Organizations are enhancing safety and security, reducing costs and increasing operational flexibility by using cloud computing platforms.

After two decades of advances, cloud computing has now established itself as a core business tool for many of the world’s largest companies and organizations. A variety of platforms for remote processing, data storage and encryption offer any sized entity the ability to use simple, affordable Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and desktop workstations for their computing needs. In fact, leading research firm Gartner predicted in 2019 that global cloud computing revenue would rise 17 percent this year, and it’s possible the real figure will be even higher with the events of 2020 causing many more organizations to shift to remote and home-based operations.

Healthcare providers, government agencies, schools and businesses of all kinds are benefitting from the enhanced security, reduced maintenance costs and added operational flexibility cloud computing provides. By moving the actual data processing and storage to a professionally encrypted central location, access can be more tightly controlled and data can be better protected against many types of digital attacks, including phishing and ransomware.

At the same time, thin clients and zero clients like those from LG can reduce both initial layout costs and maintenance costs, simplify company-wide software updates and enhance worker flexibility.

VXL appoints Feeder as its new French thin client software distributor

Société FEEDER - Vitrolles (13)

VXL announce a new distribution agreement with leading French IT distributor, Feeder, to supply its full range of thin and zero clients, homeworking solutions and unified endpoint management software.

VXL appoints Feeder as its new French thin client & software distributor

Société FEEDER - Vitrolles (13)

Société FEEDER – Vitrolles (13)

 Manchester, UK – VXL announce a new distribution agreement with leading French IT distributor, Feeder, to supply its full range of thin and zero clients, homeworking solutions and unified endpoint management software.

Founded in 1983, Feeder has established itself as one of France’s leading value-added IT distributors with an extensive track record in medical and industrial sectors specialising in graphic/video/print, PC displays, mobility PCs/tablets, components/peripherals and network security hardware and software solutions.

This new agreement sees Feeder further expand its existing product portfolio with the introduction of VXL’s comprehensive range of thin and zero clients, homeworking solutions including Fusion Secure Desktop and CloudDesktop On the Go, and its leading Fusion UEM, unified endpoint management.

“We’re excited to team-up with one of France’s most established value-added IT distributors and broaden our reach throughout the French reseller channel,” said Frank Noon, VXL VP Worldwide Sales. “With its expansive relationship network, Feeder is the leading go-to distributor in France for cloud and virtualisation solutions, making them the perfect partner to meet the growing demand for VXL’s thin client and software-related products.”

Feeder customers will now have access to the widest choice of thin and zero clients featuring both Windows 10 IoT enterprise and Gio6 Linux operating systems. Available with a three-year warranty as standard, all VXL desktops support the latest industry protocols including Citrix HDX, VMware Horizon View, Microsoft RDP and Teradici PCoIP.

For organisations looking for a homeworking solution for their employees, Feeder will be offering VXL’s new Fusion SecureDesktop and CloudDesktop on the Go software. Designed to easily convert any office or home PC / laptop into a Windows or Linux virtualised environment respectively, VXL’s homeworking software provides fast and secure access to company apps and data with no compromise to the host PC.

As to endpoint management solutions, Feeder will also incorporate VXL’s Fusion UEM software with its the ability to manage both mobile (smartphones, tablets, PDAs, data scanners) and desktop PCs and laptops. Devices running Android, Windows 7 and 10 Professional, Windows Embedded 7, 8 and 10 IoT, Windows Mobile, Windows POS, iOS and MacOS operating systems can be all be efficiently managed from a single dashboard console.

Pascale Allen, Feeder’s Co-President and owner, commented, “VXL’s pricing, product performance and pedigree make them a highly-competitive and trusted brand. Their new thin client and software solutions not only represent a significant enhancement to our existing product offering but also underline our commitment to add more value to our channel partners going forward.”

-Ends-

For more information, please email Ian Cope, VXL PR Manager at: [email protected]

About VXL

VXL is a global leader in both the supply of thin clients and the creation of software for homeworking solutions, unified endpoint management, PC desktop repurposing and digital signage. VXL Software’s commitment to quality and competitiveness enables the company to provide solutions which do not just reset the benchmark within that product category, they also deliver unprecedented value for money.

VXL’s corporate HQ, and software development team, are in Mumbai, India, with the Americas group headquarters based in Houston, Texas, and the European HQ in Manchester, UK. Dedicated sales and support offices are based in key strategic markets – including Germany, France, Singapore and the UAE.

For more information, please visit: www.vxl.net or www.vxlsoftware.com or email: [email protected]

About Feeder

Founded in 1983, Feeder is a long-established, value-added distributor that provides cutting-edge IT solutions for the demanding medical, industrial and institutional sectors. It provides an extensive product portfolio of hardware and software solutions including graphic/video/print, PC displays, mobility PCs/tablets, components/peripherals and network security including telephony and VOIP.

The Feeder-Group supports its partners in the development, management and implementation of IT projects. Its service and support centre offer personalised services for the installation, integration, administration, training or support of the technologies distributed by Feeder-Group. While its highly certified engineers benefit from extensive pre and post technical and sales experience and thanks to regular manufacturer training, provide its partners with the added value that their customers require.

For more information, please visit: https://www.feeder.fr/ or email: https://www.feeder.fr/contactez-nous

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Dell Hybrid Thin Client: Seamless Cloud-Optimized Computing With Ubuntu

From HotHardware Sep2020 —

What Exactly Is A Dell Hybrid Thin Client (DHC)?

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At its core, Hybrid Client is a combination of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and hardware. It starts with the Dell systems like its OptiPlex 7070 Ultra platform or Wyse 5070 thin clients, running a highly-customized Ubuntu 18.04 Long Term Support (LTS)-based operating system. However, Dell representatives also told us that basically any Dell system that runs Linux is a good candidate for Hybrid Client, including sleek notebooks like the XPS 13 Developer Edition. Since these systems arrive ready to deploy, this distro should also keep deployment costs down.

Brochure

 

 

 

About Thin Client

 

Since 1999, Thinclient.org has been reporting the thin client computing market as well as the ChromeBook, Zero Client, Android clients, Pi Raspberry Clients and Thick Client market. Generally the cloud computing market since it started with companies such as Citrix back in the late 80s.

A thin client is a lightweight[vague] computer that has been optimized for establishing a remote connection with a server-based computing environment. The server does most of the work, which can include launching software programs, performing calculations, and storing data. This contrasts with a fat client or a conventional personal computer; the former is also intended for working in a client–server model but has significant local processing power, while the latter aims to perform its function mostly locally.

Thin client hardware generally supports a keyboard, mouse, monitor, jacks for sound peripherals, and open ports for USB devices (e.g., printer, flash drive, webcam). Some thin clients include legacy serial or parallel ports to support older devices such as receipt printers, scales or time clocks. Thin client software typically consists of a graphical user interface (GUI), cloud access agents (e.g., RDP, ICA, PCoIP), a local web browser, terminal emulators (in some cases), and a basic set of local utilities.

New hardware interfaces includes socket-based enabled devices eliminating the need for a physical USB connection. Bluetooth wireless connectivity is also a big factor for devices.

Chromebook RFP North Carolina

New RFP for Chromebooks Yancey County Schools.

Chromebook RFPLenovo 300e Touchscreen Chromebook ● Display: 11” ● Memory: 4 GB ● Storage: 32GB

Four Year Warranty

● No deductible ● Free shipping both ways when there is an incident ● Hardware fail ● Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) ● Theft/loss ● Spare parts on site, if desired ● 3-year battery warranty (1 replacement) ● No limit on ADP Claims ● Advance Exchange ● Custom online portal for warranty claims submissions 1,000 Google Management License 1,000

White Glove Service

● All systems arrive ready to go ● Device Enrollment onto district domain ● Update BIOS to latest auto update ● Power on and test devices and adapters prior to shipping

DM7374_660_39_Yancey_County_Schools_Chromebook_Invitation_for_Bids

Thin Client Market Forecast August 2020

Thin Client Market Forecast August 2020

Thin Client Market Report

From PRNewswire August 2020 — The $469M market is predicted by these people to reach $633 by 2027. Not a big fan of Research and Markets research market reports judging from some of the other reports they have done. A lot of internet scraping I think.

I think it is worth noting that the thin client market is very diverse.  Historically we have been stuck on Windows clients but these days we have ChromeOS, Android, much more linux and Raspberry PI.

If you look at the Cloud Computing, Azure, AWS, Rackspace, Cloudflare for that matter, it is growing exponentially. And two of the biggest variables in  all that is security and privacy.

Still, as a “point in time” baseline from internet scraper we have these numbers.


 

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Industrial Thin-client Platform estimated at US$469.3 Million in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$633.3 Million by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 4.4% over the analysis period 2020-2027. Hardware, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 4.3% CAGR and reach US$299.2 Million by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Software segment is readjusted to a revised 4.8% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

The Industrial Thin-client Platform market in the U.S. is estimated at US$138.2 Million in the year 2020. China, the world`s second largest economy, is forecast to reach a projected market size of US$112.2 Million by the year 2027 trailing a CAGR of 4.1% over the analysis period 2020 to 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 4.3% and 3.4% respectively over the 2020-2027 period. Within EuropeGermany is forecast to grow at approximately 3.6% CAGR.

In the global Services segment, USACanadaJapanChina and Europe will drive the 4.1% CAGR estimated for this segment. These regional markets accounting for a combined market size of US$89.6 Million in the year 2020 will reach a projected size of US$119 Million by the close of the analysis period. China will remain among the fastest growing in this cluster of regional markets. Led by countries such as AustraliaIndia, and South Korea, the market in Asia-Pacific is forecast to reach US$72.7 Million by the year 2027.We bring years of research experience to this 6th edition of our report. The 163-page report presents concise insights into how the pandemic has impacted production and the buy side for 2020 and 2021. A short-term phased recovery by key geography is also addressed.

Competitors identified in this market include, among others:

  • Advantech Co., Ltd.
  • American Industrial Systems, Inc.
  • ASUSTeK Computer, Inc.
  • Centerm Information Co., Ltd.
  • Dell EMC
  • Devon IT, Inc.
  • Fujitsu Ltd.
  • Hewlett-Packard Development Company LP
  • IGEL Technology GmbH
  • MiTAC International Corporation
  • Ncomputing

 

Telemedicine RFPs – Aug 6 – VA, UVA, San Benito, Virginia

telemedicine thin client

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VA Telehealth Requirements CARES Act July 2020 Introduction This Request for Information (RFI) is issued for the purpose of conducting market research. Accordingly, this RFI constitutes neither a Request for Proposal (RFP) nor a guarantee that one will be issued by the Government in the future.Ã? Furthermore, it does not commit the Government to contract for any services described herein.Ã? Do not submit a proposal. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not, at this time, seeking proposals or quotes, and therefore, will not accept, review, or evaluate unsolicited proposals or quotes received in response hereto.Ã? This notice is not to be construed as a commitment on the part of the Government to award a contract, nor does the Government intend to pay for any information submitted as a result of this request.Ã? The Government does not reimburse respondents for any costs associated with submission of the information being requested or, reimburse expenses incurred for responses to this RFI.Ã? The information provided may be used by VA in developing its acquisition strategy and Product Description/Performance Work Statement. Any information submitted by respondents to this RFI is strictly voluntary; however, any information received shall become the property of the Government and will not be returned to the respondent. Interested parties are responsible for adequately marking proprietary, restricted or competition sensitive information contained in their response. This is a request for information and does not obligate the Government in any way, nor does it commit the Government to any specific course of action. The agency does not intend to award a contract from this RFI but rather gather information, capabilities and market information pertinent for acquisition planning. The responses to this RFI will be captured as market research and may contribute to the development of an acquisition strategy. Information provided may be used to assess tradeoffs and alternatives available for the potential requirement and may lead to the development of a solicitation. All submissions become Government property and will not be returned. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Background The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to using cutting-edge technologies and scientific talent in its quest to give Veterans additional modalities of virtual healthcare, including telehealth. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, VA has doubled network bandwidth and increased the number of virtual private network user accounts for solutions like telehealth, which is now supporting up to 31,000 telehealth visits per day. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorizes VA to increase its telehealth services, provides funding to support increased demand for telehealth services and allows VA to enter into short term agreements with companies to provide pro bono or subsidized connection to telehealth services. The Department s Office of Connected Care is interested in exploring innovative telehealth connection opportunities to expand and improve the care provided to Veterans. VA continues to drive increased Veterans access to telehealth, with a particular focus on populations most at risk such as homeless and low socioeconomic status Veterans. VA provides access to telehealth in a number of ways including secure video, secure messaging, online portal, phone application, and others to ensure that Veterans can access care when and where they need it. VA s video telehealth platform (VVC), is one of the largest and most successful digital health platforms in the nation and VA remains committed to the goal of all VA providers being able to offer VVC services to Veterans when clinically appropriate and requested by the Veteran. VA is seeking technology companies, telecommunication companies, and partnerships between telecommunication companies and telehealth technology providers to bring improved internet access to Veterans at home or at secure and convenient points of service. VA is open to new and innovative telehealth technologies, yet those technologies must be paired with improved internet or broadband connection. Information Sought Responses will be reviewed to determine the contractor s capability to successfully conduct a project of a similar size, scope, approach, focus, complexity. The contractor shall provide information that demonstrates whether the contractor is capable of meeting the VA s need. The Government requests responses to the specific questions provided in this RFI. Responses should demonstrate capability, not just confirm capabilities. Any response that does not adequality address each question will be considered non responsive, and therefor not capable in performing the work. Responses are limited to 10 pages in length. If you will be working with another company, please ensure that you include information for all teaming partners. General company information including the following: Name of company Email address Phone number Company s business size and DUNS number Number of employees Average Annual Revenue from contracts (3 years) Current Contracts: Number of contracts performing similar services Average value of the contracts Value of the largest contract Average level of effort in the contracts (in hours) Total level of effort in the largest contract (in hours) List any Federal contracts in which you are a prime contract holder. Please indicate whether you are a small business, and if so, what type of small business you are. Are you able to comply with FAR 52.219-6 and 52.219-14 in execution of this effort? Are you able to comply with VAAR 852.219-10/11, VA Notice of Total Service-Disabled/Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside and with subcontracting limitations in execution of this effort? Provide an overview of your company s telecommunication capabilities and reach to rural areas, underserved markets, and people who are homeless and low socioeconomic status. Please describe any innovation and existing coverage or timeline in this endeavor. Describe your company s experience and ability to provide pro bono or discounted telecommunications connections. Provide particular emphasis on your company s ability to provide these connections in areas of low connectivity. Describe how your team s technology works in low bandwidth geographies and/or is compatible with telephone systems for rural areas. Describe your company s plans for 5G deployment to include timelines, expected coverage across the country by region, and planned participation in upcoming FCC spectrum auctions. In less than one page, please provide any ideas or innovation that you can suggest to VA to further expand broadband and telehealth access to Veterans. Submission Instructions Responses and any questions for this RFI shall be submitted to Anthony Zibolski, Contract Specialist and Carey Kauzlarich, Contracting Officer via email ([email protected] and [email protected]). Final Responses are due no later than August 21 2020 at 4:00 PM EAST. The subject line of the email shall read RFI Response 36C10X20Q0180 | VA Telehealth Requirements CARES Act.

UVA

UVA Medical Center houses the outpatient and inpatient clinical portion of UVA Health which also includes the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and UVA Physicians Group (UPG). Inpatient and outpatient services are provided in a number of geographic locations which must be served by clinical and financial information systems. UVA Health has routinely been included in rankings of high quality providers including Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals (#1 hospital in Virginia for fourth consecutive year in 2019) and Best Children’s Hospitals (eight nationally ranked specialties in 2019), and Best Doctors in America

San Benito

Request for Qualifications, RFQ#0120-TNCSS, Telemedicine and Nurse Coordinator Supervision Services Includes Addendum #1
San Benito ISD
Virginia
Reference #: RFP RFP 2020-10-2
More Info:

The Department of Medical Assistance Services (“DMAS†or the “Departmentâ€) is soliciting proposals from firms that will aid the Department in achieving the goals and objectives as stated in Virginia’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) SUPPORT Act Section 1003 Grant. The overall project goal of the solicitation will be to create a telemedicine curriculum for evidence-based practices for Substance Use Disorder (SUD)/ Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other related conditions treatment delivery.