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
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
11.6” touch display
1-year warranty (minimum)
o Academic Google Chrome OS Management License
Description: Academic Google Chrome OS Management License and Support for 5 years for GAFE
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
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
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.
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 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)
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
● 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
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 Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 3.6% CAGR.
In the global Services segment, USA, Canada, Japan, China 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 Australia, India, 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:
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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. 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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
Request for Qualifications, RFQ#0120-TNCSS, Telemedicine and Nurse Coordinator Supervision Services Includes Addendum #1
San Benito ISD
Reference #: RFP RFP 2020-10-2
The Department of Medical Assistance Services (â€œDMASâ€ or the â€œDepartmentâ€) is soliciting proposals from firms that will aid the Department in achieving the goals and objectives as stated in Virginiaâ€™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.
Telemedicine involves care delivered remotely, often with a live video connection through patient smartphones or tablets. Millions of patients were forced to try it for everything from routine care to checkups with specialists after COVID-19 shut down much of the economy earlier this year.
Teladoc said late last month that its total visits tripled in the recently completed second quarter to 2.8 million, and revenue grew 85%. The company also said it expects gains to spill over into 2021, when it projects revenue growth of between 30% and 40%.
Teladoc Health will pay 0.592 share plus $11.33 for each Livongo share. That’s worth $158.99 a share, or $18.5 billion, based on Teladoc stock’s closing price Tuesday. It’s a 10% premium over Livongo stock’s record closing price of 144.53 on Tuesday. Investors.com article
Trump signs executive order to expand telehealth, boost rural health care
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday to support healthcare in rural areas by permanently expanding some telehealth services beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials said they plan to issue a proposed Physician Fee Schedule rule that will cement some regulatory flexibilities enacted during the public health emergency to reimburse for telehealth visits. Examples include emergency room visits, nurse consultations, and speech and occupational therapy, they said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order expanding access to telehealth services for 57 million Americans in under-served rural areas and elsewhere, after virtual visits soared during the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump, who is counting on votes from backers in rural areas in the 2020 presidential election, said the new order would ensure that telehealth services expanded during the pandemic remained in place even after the public health emergency ended.
He also directed the Department of Health and Human Services to cut regulatory burdens and develop a new payment model that allows rural providers to waive some existing Medicare rules and ensure more predictable financial payments.
Americans in rural areas are more likely to die of five leading causes of death such as cancer and heart disease than their urban counterparts, the White House said, with transportation challenges, shortages of healthcare workers and a dwindling number of hospitals diminishing access to good care.
“Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was fine, but it wasn’t anything raging, and I guess one of the only good things that we’ve gotten out of this horrible situation is that telehealth has been increased,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showed that virtual visits by phone or video soared to almost 1.7 million per week in the last week of April from 14,000 before the pandemic, according to the executive order.
The Cherokee Nation is the federally recognized government of the Cherokee people and thereby has sovereign status granted by treaty and law. Tribal sovereignty is the right to selfgovernance. The seat of tribal government is the W.W. Keeler Complex near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, capital of the Cherokee Nation. The jurisdictional area of the Cherokee Nation (hereinafter “Nation”) covers 14 counties. The Health Services Group administers patient care and oversight for the transactions with the full support of Cherokee Nation.
The Nation is seeking sealed proposals from interested parties to provide a telemedicine/telehealth/virtual care platform for Health Services.
Complete information regarding the scope of work and specifications is provided in this Request for Proposal (RFP). The Nation is requesting sealed proposals from qualified companies with knowledge and previous experience providing such platforms for organizations similar in size and scope. It is the goal of the Cherokee Nation to be a leader in all aspects of healthcare. The Cherokee Nation operates a network of eight (8) ambulatory health clinics, one (1) hospital in a 14 county area of northeastern Oklahoma. The Nation will be accepting sealed proposals from Indian and Non-Indian parties. Indian preference will be given only to responding parties who provide proof of current certification from the Cherokee Nation Tribal Employments Office (TERO) located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, telephone number (918) 453-5000. Indian preference will be applied in accordance with Cherokee Nation Acquisition Management Policy and Procedures. Proof of TERO certification must accompany and be included in proposal submittal.
Wilson County Public Schools — Lenovo 300e Touchscreen Chromebook qty 1637
● Display: 11” ● Memory: 4 GB ● Storage: 32GB
Four Year Warranty 1637
● No deductible
● Free shipping both ways when there is
● an incident Hardware fail
● Accidental Damage Protection (ADP)
● Spare parts on site, if desired
● 3-year battery warranty (1 replacement)
● No limit on ADP Claims
● Advance Exchange Google Management License 1637 Chromebook Charging Cart Up to 75
● Holds approximately 30 Chromebooks
● Comes fully assembled
● Includes cable management Prefer delivery no later than August 13, 2020
SIDNEY PUBLIC SHOOLS
NOTICE TO CALL FOR BIDS – CHROMEBOOKS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of School Districts 5 and 1, Richland County, will receive sealed bids at the Sidney Public Schools Administration Office 101 South Central, Sidney, Montana until 11:30 AM, Friday, August 7, 2020, for the purpose of purchasing: 650- HP 14” Touchscreen Chromebooks
SPECIFICATIONS (650- HP 14” Touchscreen Chromebooks):
14” Touchscreen new Chromebooks ONLY (NO REFURBISHED UNITS)
Ram: 4 GB
Storage: Minimum of 32 GB
Ports: One (1) HDMI Video Output; Minimum of Two (2) USB 3.0 Ports; Type C-Charging Port
Cost of carrying bags/sleeves for individual 14” Touchscreen Chromebooks
Sealed bids will be publicly opened and read at 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 7, 2020 at the Administration Office 101 South Central, at which time all bids will be referred to the IT Department for a recommendation for consideration of bid award at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to be held at 7:00 PM, Monday, August 10, 2020 at the Administration Office.
Bids must include F.O.B. to Sidney Public Schools and be submitted in a SEALED ENVELOPE marked:
The Chromebooks listed in the Wired article are on the spendy side. Not sure why “Budget” is included in title. Maybe that is more catchy and more political than “cheap”. The budget Chromebook here is the Dell for $400. You can go on the Dell site and get 11″ Education model for $249. HP starts even “less expensive” with $199 and the 11″ Chromebook. If you can go thru a reseller like Synnex, then a nice HP G7 is $250. Recertified gets you around $150. I think I paid $175 for my HP.
It’s a good play for advertising dollars listing out the big boys for sure. Samsung, Acer, Google, Lenovo example given. Price ranges up to $800.
Definitely NOT on my budget…
If you spend all day in a web browser, use Google apps, and don’t need all the rest of the stuff that comes with Apple’s MacOS or Microsoft Windows, Google’s ChromeOS offers a sleek, all-you-need, nothing-you-don’t computing experience. Throw in the ability to run both Android and Linux apps and you just might be able to replace your old laptop with a Chromebook.
Chromebooks have a reputation as cheap, low-end devices. And, while they can be that—offering an exceptional bargain in many cases—that’s not the end of the story. Just because you strip away the software fluff doesn’t mean you have to strip away the hardware power as well. There are high-end Chromebooks that are very powerful, capable machines. In many ways, they’re the best of all worlds, with good hardware, lightweight software, and everything you need for web-based work.
Members of WIRED’s Gear team have tested Chromebooks for almost a decade now. For this guide, I pulled in and tested more than a dozen of the laptops over the past six or so months. If you’re looking for a Chromebook, these are our picks.
The New York Stock Exchange welcomes Cloudflare Inc. (NYSE:NET)) to celebrate its IPO. Co-founder and CEO, Matthew Prince, along with Co-Founder and COO, Michelle Zatlyn, joined by NYSE President Stacey Cunningham, ring the Opening Bell®.
Its CEO says the new serverless platform is cheaper and faster than Amazon’s, Microsoft’s, and Google’s.
Matthew Prince says what the new cloud service engineers at his company Cloudflare have cooked up beats competing services by the three cloud giants – AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud – on both performance and price. On price alone, it beats the largest of them, AWS, the most, according to him.
The new service builds on the work Cloudflare has done for its three-year-old Workers platform for serverless computing at the edge. Called Workers Unbound, it lifts the limitations Workers had for how resource-intensive a workload it could support and how long an execution time it would allow.
News article on ZDNet this week got the rumor mill going on Microsoft finally launching a Windows Desktop As a Service via Azure. The writer found a job description on Microsoft website which details the role.
Microsoft’s vision of Cloud PC is that it is the only M365 powered user compute experience delivered from azure and managed by Microsoft – at a flat per user price. Microsoft Cloud PC is a strategic, new offering that is built on top of Windows Virtual Desktop to delivering Desktop as a Service. At its core, Cloud PC provides business customers a modern, elastic, cloud-based Windows experience and will allow organizations to stay current in a more simplistic and scalable manner. It has never been a more exciting time for us to start this initiative!
We’re not convinced. We can see parallel to Chromebook with a new “EdgeBook” client. We would think there are more web-enabled backends to use and connect with than there are the historical Windows interface. Applications really only need a browser and internet to be an application. What do we need Windows for?
Excerpt from ZDnet
For years, many of us Microsoft watchers have expected Microsoft to create a true virtualized Windows PC experience. Well, it’s happening, likely as soon as spring 2021.
Microsoft is currently calling the coming virtualization service “Cloud PC.” Cloud PC won’t replace locally installed Windows (and Office) — for the foreseeable future, anyway. It will be an option for customers who want to use their own Windows PCs made by Microsoft and/or other PC makers basically like thin clients, with Windows, Office and potentially other software delivered virtually by Microsoft.
I found a job description posted June 5 for a program manager for Microsoft’s Cloud PC team on the company’s careers site. The description of Cloud PC isn’t super-detailed — or surprising to anyone following Microsoft’s virtualization strategy.
See BusinessWire for KMA release — the COVID19 situation has advanced to where the KMA has found it necessary and useful to have separate product listings for software and hardware solutions in the COVID space. This includes the ultimate thin clients which enable touchless operation of computer stations. The mobile becomes the remote control proxy.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Kiosk Manufacturer Association announces specific product listings for coronavirus-related self-service assistance. Tailored specifically for coronavirus product offerings are the following:
Temperature kiosks for screening and fever detection. Over 20 solutions to choose from and they range from less than a $1000 to more than $25K depending on regulatory approval and accuracy.
Free and Discounted Covid-related hardware and software solutions. Includes portable digital signage, hand sanitizer kiosks, Sani-holders for sanitizer (designed and used by Panera e.g.).
Cashless – Cash-2-Card self-service kiosks create a frictionless interaction between customer and cashier.
From Craig Keefner, manager of the Kiosk Manufacturer Association, ”Now is the time to provide maximum confidence and access to customers AND employees. Without customers, all the financial subsidies are only a temporary solution, and not a very profitable one. Customers and employees deserve the confidence to return to stores and workplaces. Testing and screening is key to that objective. We can include students, teachers and military personnel for that matter.”
From Storage Review Jul 2020 and Tom Fenton — In this article, we will give an in-depth overview of the t640 VDI client’s specifications, design and build quality, and a summary of the testing that we carried out on it. We will then lay out the key findings from those tests and provide our thoughts about the device and briefly discuss who would benefit from using this product.
HP t640 Thin Client Specifications
Below are the specifications of the t640 VDI Client we used in this review. Other configurations of the t640 are available.
Model: HP t640
Part Num: M5R76AA
MSRP: $561 USD – Street price $651 USD
Client type: Desktop thin client
Form factor: Small desktop
OS: Windows 10 IoT LTSC 2019 (HP ThinPro optional)
Supported remote display protocols: Microsoft RDP; HP RGS; VMware Horizon RDP/PCoIP, Blast Extreme; Citrix ICA/HDX (not all OS support all protocols), TTWin, TTerm and others
CPU: AMD Ryzen R1505G with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics
Memory: Hynix 8 GB DDR4L-2400 SODIMM (2 x 4 GB)
Storage: Phison 128 GB Flash memory
Speaker: Internal amplified speaker system for basic audio playback.
Display: Three displays at up to UHD/4K (3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz) resolution
Power: 19.5V, 4.62A external power adapter
1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2
3 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1
1 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 2
2 x USB-A 2.0
1 x RJ45
6 x full size DisplayPort 1.2
1 x 3.5 mm headphone/microphone Combo
1 x AC power
RJ45 – Realtek RTL8111HSH Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Controller with support for DASH out-of-band remote management
Intel Wireless-AC 9260 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo; 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Physical size: 3.5 x 19.6 x 19.6 mm
Physical weight: 1 Kg
Keyboard: HP USB Slim Business Keyboard with built-in smart card reader (TPC-S001K)
Mouse: HP USB Optical Mouse (MOFYUO)
Compliant standards: UL, CSA, FCC, Energy Star, EPEAT 2019, and many others
Package Contents: t640, Power Adapter, HP mouse and keyboard, base stand, warranty and setup guide
From VirtualDesktop Jul2020 — IT has the responsibility to provide virtual desktop endpoints that maximize UX based on the use cases, so admins should learn the different sides of the thin client vs. PC debate.
End-user requirements for thin clients vs. PC endpoints
Even the best ticket system will result in some delays for users, and these problems can get even worse for remote workers. Remote employees don’t have the same access to in-person IT support. Therefore, organizations should put an emphasis on ease of use for the user when they choose an endpoint.
Corporate devices provide more ease of use than personal devices because they are pre-configured for work purposes and centrally maintained — there is nothing the users need to install and nothing for them to maintain. Thin client devices get some bonus points regarding ease of use because if there’s a problem that a reboot won’t fix, IT can ship a new unit overnight. With a PC, it’s not so easy.
Security is a major concern for any virtual desktop deployment, and this is especially the case when users access corporate resources from personal devices such as PCs. If IT does not apply the appropriate protections against malware to the personal device, the end user device is vulnerable to file transfers, keyloggers and other security threats. IT professionals must lock down the virtual desktop endpoints, and they can accomplish this by disallowing or scanning file transfers, for example.
The world of telemedicine and telehealth is expanding and much of the base infrastructure, on both sides of the aisle, is thin client computing. Especially given the HIPAA regulations the handling of patient data is extremely important. Generally most telemedicine telehealth client stations are “cloud clients”.
Here are some from today for reference
Organization Level 1
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Telehealth Platform and Platform Software Support Service
From the Verge July 2020 — Microsoft and Citrix have been working together closely for decades, but that partnership is going a step further today. Microsoft is partnering with Citrix to use the company’s Citrix Workspace portal as its “preferred digital workspace solution,” and Citrix is using Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform.
Microsoft and Citrix have been working together closely for decades, but that partnership is going a step further today. Microsoft is partnering with Citrix to use the company’s Citrix Workspace portal as its “preferred digital workspace solution,” and Citrix is using Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform. It’s a deal designed to speed up Citrix customers to move to the cloud and virtual desktops.
Microsoft has been investing heavily in Windows Virtual Desktops recently, ever since the pandemic forced many businesses to shift to working from home. Windows Virtual Desktop usage has grown more than three times in recent months, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has prioritized work on both Microsoft Teams and Windows Virtual Desktops recently. Microsoft is even working on improving Windows app development for running apps in the cloud.
The multi-year agreement builds upon and expands one of the industry’s longest strategic partnerships. Under the terms of the deal, Microsoft will select Citrix® Workspace as a preferred digital workspace solution, and Citrix will select Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud platform, moving existing on-premises Citrix customers to Microsoft Azure to enable people to work anywhere across devices.
Citrix and Microsoft will provide joint tools and services to simplify and speed the transition of on-premises Citrix customers to Microsoft Azure. The companies will also devise a connected roadmap to enable a consistent and optimal flexible work experience that will include joint offerings comprised of Citrix Workspace, Citrix SD-WAN, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 sold through their direct sales forces via the Azure Marketplace and a robust community of channel partners. Microsoft will lead sales with Citrix Cloud to move existing on-premises Citrix customers to Azure.
Both Citrix and Microsoft will maintain their long-standing policies of supporting choice for those customers who request alternatives to meet their business requirements.
Wyse ThinOS 9.0 is the most secure thin client operating system with Citrix Workspace app and with enhanced management capabilities from WMS 2.0
One tool does it all. Wyse Management Suite is a flexible cloud management solution that allows to centrally configure, monitor, manage and optimize Wyse thin clients, zero clients and software thin clients (with Wyse Converter for PCs), anytime, anywhere. Wyse Management Suite is ideal for businesses small, large and in-between. With multiple version offerings our solution meets all levels of deployment.
From zero to productivity instantly with Wyse Management Suite Pro on Public Cloud2
. Manage from anywhere and view critical alerts, notifications on the dashboard and send real time commands with one tap with the mobile app for real-time endpoint modern management of all Wyse endpoints and software. In addition, the management console is localized in 7 different languages making it convenient for our international teams to deploy it in
their regional languages Manage all your Wyse cloud clients from the cloud and/or the datacenter with this hybrid cloud management solution with floating license allocation for greater control and agility. The cloud-first, multitenant model supports your growing business requirements. Automated processes and intelligent insights with powerful dynamic device-grouping and rules-based automation deliver a flexible and proactive management approach.
Future proof your business with support for high availability. Work confidently with Active Directory authentication for role-based administration, advanced security through two-factor authentication, HTTPS-based imaging and compliance policy alerts.
Wyse Management Suite Pro comes with Dell ProSupport5 for Software – a 24×7 comprehensive support for software delivered by highly qualified Dell EMC experts as a single point of contact.
JPMC – RENEWAL NOTICE HP Thin Client Terminals and Accessories
DoIT – Department of Innovation and Technology
Jul 14, 2020
Jun 28, 2020
Bulletin Desc: RENEWAL NOTICE – THIS IS NOT A BID SOLICITATION JPMC – The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology desires to renew a Joint Purchase Master Contract with HP Inc. For HP Thin Client Terminals, Accessories and Support Services. The Joint Purchase Master Contract can be utilized by all governmental agencies and qualified not-for-profit agencies.
10ZiG® Technology Established as Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Integrated Partner Provider
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud, is now partnering with 10ZiG Technology Thin & Zero Clients. Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop provides the only multi-session Windows 10 experience for desktop virtualization, making it a complementary fit with 10ZiG Thin & Zero Client hardware endpoints and The 10ZiG Manager™ for a seamless desktop experience in the cloud.
A longstanding partner with Microsoft around Microsoft Azure and Windows Virtual Desktop, 10ZiG Windows 10 IoT-based Thin Clients continue to be powerful, reliable, and affordable endpoints for all Windows Virtual Desktop multi-users. The 10ZiG Manager Centralized Software provides exceptional management and deployment without license limitations at no additional cost. The powerful combination of Windows Virtual Desktop and 10ZiG creates a seamless multi-user platform for cloud-based, virtual desktop environments.
Kevin Greenway, 10ZiG Technology CTO, “Windows Virtual Desktop really enhances the virtual desktop experience. If you’re in the cloud, why wouldn’t you want to manage your virtual desktop machines easily and efficiently, with automated update and deployment features, and more? Along with the right endpoints and centralized software management, 10ZiG and Windows Virtual Desktop can make a powerful combination for the best possible, Windows 10 multi-session desktops, virtualized in the cloud.”
10ZiG’s world-market leadership in Thin & Zero Client endpoint devices and management software for virtual desktops is exemplified by how they work for their customers. Thin Client hardware comes with thoughtfully constructed benefit features and options designed to ensure customers receive the right devices based on their needs. Endpoints are customized to fit into customer environments with Windows-based and Linux-based Clients to provide the best possible performance in virtual desktops, both inside and outside Cloud.
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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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.
It may not be Google’s OS but Chrome OS is truly shaping up to be the one OS to rule them all. It can already run software from Android and Linux in addition to its own native web-based Chrome apps and soon it will add what may be the most important set of apps for users. Full Windows applications are coming to some Chromebooks but those will be running via a third-party solution and only to a very select few Chrome OS users.
That solution is Parallels’ virtualization software that has, for years, allowed Windows applications to run on Macs. Unlike the open source WINE software, virtualization pretty much creates a layer, a virtual Windows computer so to speak, between the Windows application and the underlying real operating system. It guarantees better compatibility with foreign apps, in this case, Windows apps, but at the cost of some performance.
Full article on The Verge June 2020 – Fast charging and a 10th Gen Core i5
HP has announced its Chromebook x360 14c, which it says is its most premium Chrome OS product yet. It starts at $499 and will be available in June.
The 3.5-pound convertible device has a 14-inch touchscreen with an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio —the largest ever for an HP-made consumer Chromebook. Take a peek at the photos below — it looks nice.
Still, the 11a has some steep competition in this price range, including the excellent $219 Samsung Chromebook 3, Acer’s $229 Chromebook 15, and Lenovo’s $279 Chromebook Duet. Keep an eye out for reviews to see how it compares.
Both Chromebooks are coming in June to HP and Best Buy.
Temperature checks on employees and visitors is becoming commonplace for many businesses, hospitals, grocery stores, retailers and a host of others. Temperature sensing kiosks can help stem a crisis and optimize a return to business as employees and guests return to work and entertainment venues.
The Temperature Sensing Kiosk provides a number of benefits to allow businesses to protect their most valued assets–their employees.
Reduce risk of access by infected persons*
Maintain a safe work/business environment
More hygienic than thermometers that require physical contact
Safer and more efficient than using a human resource to screen temperatures
Reduce stress and anxiety for employees and guests.
Prevention is the Key
There are many activities happening simultaneously to ensure a safe work environment. The Temperature Sensing Kiosk reduces the risk of infection to your employees and costly and time-consuming contamination clean-up efforts. Give employees and visitors the confidence to know you’re doing all you can do to protect them.
How It Works
The Temperature Sensing Kiosk is equipped with an infrared temperature sensor/detector and the system provides an alert if an individual is running a fever. The system uses an algorithm for fast detection temperature accuracy.
Protect Your Investment
Your people are your most valuable investment. To help stem the crisis and optimize a return to business, hospitals, grocery stores, and retailers and a host of other companies will look to temperature screening as employees report to work and venues open up again. This first layer of screening can curb the spread of virus as well as prevent costly and time-consuming contamination clean-up. This solution is equipped with an infrared temperature sensor/detector and the system provides an alert if an individual is running a fever.
Stop infection at the door
Maintain a safe work/business environment
More hygienic than thermometers that require physical contact
Safer and more efficient than using a human resource to screen temperatures
Avoid costly contamination clean-up
Reduce stress and anxiety for employees and guests
Uses an algorithm for object heat and fast detection temperature accuracy • +/- 0.5 degrees Celsius
Save-On-Foods is Canada’s largest Western-based grocery and pharmacy retailer with over 170 stores
| Source: CloudMD Software & Services Inc.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CloudMD Software & Services Inc. (CSE: DOC, OTCQB: DOCRF, Frankfurt: 6PH) (the “Company” or “CloudMD”), a telemedicine company revolutionizing the delivery of healthcare to patients, is excited to announce that it has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with Save-On-Foods and separately with Pure Integrative Pharmacy to pilot telemedicine kiosks in nine stores throughout British Columbia.
For 6 weeks starting on May 26, 2020, CloudMD’s telemedicine software and services will be offered free of charge to Save-On-Foods and Pure Integrative Pharmacy clients. Telemedicine kiosks will be installed in existing private consult rooms in participating Save-On-Foods and Pure Integrative Pharmacy locations across BC. Patients will be able to see a doctor for prescription refills and non-emergency health concerns in real time on-site, and after the virtual visit, the prescription can be submitted directly to the same pharmacy for fulfillment. The delivery of these services will be billed under provincial medical plans.
Save-On-Foods is Canada’s largest Western-based grocery chain with over 170 stores across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and in Whitehorse, Yukon. Pure Integrative Pharmacy is one of BC’s leading independent community pharmacies and has been servicing patients with 16 locations across BC since 2008.
In addition to the corporate arrangement, CloudMD and Save-On-Foods are joining forces to help provide home based telemedicine and delivery services (where available) of medications to at risk patients who cannot, or should not, leave self-isolation. BC patients unable to travel out of their homes can advise their CloudMD doctor they require home delivery of their medication and Save-On-Food’s pharmacies will take care of fulfillment and delivery.
Dr. Essam Hamza, CEO of CloudMD commented, “One of our key growth drivers is our kiosk implementation program, and we are excited to work with Save-On-Foods and Pure Integrative Pharmacy on the first major step of the roll out. CloudMD, Save-On-Foods, and Pure Integrative Pharmacy share a community centric vision and are all aligned in maintaining customer focused businesses.” He continued, “Our priority is providing patients with innovative, accessible healthcare when and where they need it and in doing so, integrating the pharmacist into their team-based care. The initial paid pilot program is the first phase of our kiosk implementation and will hopefully lead to long term, mutually beneficial relationship with Save-On-Foods and Pure Integrative Pharmacy.”
Save-On-Foods is committed to Going the Extra Mile for customers in every community served, every day. Known for its unique approach in customizing each store to best suit the needs of the neighbourhood by carrying more than 2,500 locally-made products from more than 2,000 local growers and producers, the company has been innovating and putting customers first for over 105 years. Save-On-Foods, its supplier partners, team members and generous customers have donated more than $30 million to children’s hospitals and contribute $3 million in donations to food banks across Western Canada each year.
About Pure Integrative Pharmacy
Pure Integrative Pharmacy is one of BC’s leading independent community pharmacies by integrating the conventional pharmacy model with evidence-based complementary medicines and cutting-edge products and services to improve the health and well-being of patients. Pure Pharmacies offer integrity and a personalized pharmacy experience where they listen to, inspire, and empower their clients to take control of their health and enjoy greater vitality, safely and sustainably. Their vision is to bridge the gap between conventional and complementary medicine and become an integrative and accessible hub of health for patients.
About CloudMD Software & Services
CloudMD is digitizing the delivery of healthcare by providing patients access to all points of their care from their phone, tablet or desktop computer. The Company offers SAAS based health technology solutions to medical clinics across Canada and has developed proprietary technology that delivers quality healthcare through the combination of connected primary care clinics, telemedicine, and artificial intelligence (AI). CloudMD currently provides service to a combined ecosystem of 376 clinics, over 3000 licensed practitioners and almost 3 million patient charts across its servers.
From VentureBeat May 2020 HP today unveiled three new Chromebooks and other mobile solutions for enterprise workers in lockdown. The launch demonstrates how quickly big companies are moving to target mobile products at people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Chromebooks, based on Google’s Chrome operatin…
HP today unveiled three new Chromebooks and other mobile solutions for enterprise workers in lockdown. The launch demonstrates how quickly big companies are moving to target mobile products at people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Chromebooks, based on Google’s Chrome operating system, are designed to make people more productive online while keeping costs low. Many businesses have been adopting cloud-centric solutions and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to increase security and save costs, but the recent pandemic has cast a spotlight on those who primarily work with web applications and virtual desktop tools.