Teladoc Buys Livongo – Major Telemedicine Acquisition Consolidation

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Teladoc Health Wednesday announced it would acquire highflying telehealth rival Livongo

From Chicago Tribune

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%.

Read full story from Chicago Tribune


TDOC Stock: Nearly $159 For Each Livongo Share

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

Telemedicine – Executive Order Expanding Telehealth

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From FierceHealthcare

Hospitals

Trump signs executive order to expand telehealth, boost rural health care

telemedicine thin clientPresident 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.
Full article From FierceHealthcare

From Yahoo News and Reuters

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.

Telemedicine – Request for Proposal Cherokee Nation

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telemedicine thin clientIntroduction:

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.

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Chromebook RFP Examples – New Touchscreen Chromebooks Qty 2000

Thin Client RFP

HP ChromebookExample this month

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)

● Theft/loss

● 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

OPTIONAL:

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:

Sidney Public Schools Chromebook Bid

Nicole Beyer, District Clerk

Sidney Public Schools

101 S Central

Sidney, MT 59270

Files

259-9800023_13773300

BID78199329_SPS-650Chromebooks


  • DATE PUBLISHED

    07/18/2020

  • NUMBER

    1007105

  • TITLE

    HP Chromebook G8 Education Edition

  • CATEGORIES

    ComputersComputer displaysPrinter and photocopier and facsimile accessoriesElectrical cable and accessoriesComputer display accessories

  • DESCRIPTION

    Please quote quantities and models that are available for immediate shipment.

    Please do not quote items with a lead time, or expected lead time.

    QTY: 2500 – or more if avaialable
    Description: HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition TOUCHSCREEN – Chromebook Only
    4GB Ram, 32GB Memory OR 8GB Ram, 32GB Memory
    LCD: LCD: 11.6″ diagonal HD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit touch screen

    QTY: 2,500 – or more if available
    Description: HP Chromebook 11A G8 Education Edition – Chromebook Only
    4GB Ram, 32GB Memory OR 8GB Ram, 32GB Memory
    LCD: 11.6″ WLED 1366 x 768 / HD

    The District is open to quotes for an HP G7 or an HP G6 Chromebook if they’re available.

    Please provide the unit price in your quote
    Please provide shipping cost (if applicable) to 92701

    Delivery required within 7-days ARO

    NOTE: Quotes and communications outside of this platform will not be answered or accepted. That includes emails and phone calls to anyone in our District regarding this request.

  • RESPONSES RECEIVED

    20 / 30 Quotes

  • DUE DATE

    08/07/2020 11:00 AM MDT

Chromebook – the Seven Best on a Budget from Wired

HP Chromebook

                                      Samsung 15″ at Best Buy for $299

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…

Excerpt:

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.

Cloudflare Eating AWS’s Serverless Lunch

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Cloudflare Serverless

From Data Center Knowledge Jul 2020

Cloudflare Serverless cloud computing

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.

Yevgeniy Sverdlik | Jul 27, 2020

Excerpt:  

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.

Cloud PC Rumors Microsoft Desktop As A Service Flying – Too Little too Late?

Microsoft Cloud PC

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.

KMA Adds Product Listings for COVID19

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temperature check kioskSee 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.

Excerpt:

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.
  • Outdoor kiosk solutions for temperature check, ticketing and screening.
  • Kiosk Software such as Protection As A Service, non-touch touchless software and more.
  • Touchless Solutions – range from modified IR, foot pedal, gesture, voice-nav and more.
  • 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.”

There are many webinars on self-service our members hold. Zebra is holding a series of webinars on Innovating In A Time of Change.

Thin Client Review HP t640

HP t640 Review
HP t640 Review

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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
  • Ports:
    • 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
  • Network connectivity:
    • 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
    • Bluetooth 5
  • Physical size: 3.5 x 19.6 x 19.6 mm
  • Physical weight: 1 Kg
  • Color: black
  • 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
  • 1 & 3-year parts and labor warranty available

Read full article with findings From Storage Review Jul 2020

Thin Client vs. PC Debate VDI endpoints

Virtual Desktop Endpoints

Virtual Desktop EndpointsFrom 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.

Jo Harder

By Jo Harder

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.

Read full article From VirtualDesktop Jul2020

Telehealth Telemedicine Projects RFPs – July 2020

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Telehealth Telemedicine Projects

telemedicine thin clientThe 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

Program Name Organization Level 1 Organization Level 2 Status
Telehealth Platform and Platform Software Support Service NEW MEXICO NEW MEXICO, UNIVERSITY OF Post-RFP
TELEHEALTH ASSESSMENTS AND PRIMARY CARE SERVICES CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO, COUNTY OF Post-RFP
Telemedicine Services TEXAS LYFORD IND SCH DIST 902 Post-RFP
Telehealth Platform and Services WASHINGTON CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Post-RFP
RURAL PRENATAL TELEMEDICINE PILOT PROJECT ARIZONA ARIZONA STATE DEPARTMENTS Post-RFP
5965–SPECIAL; ; TELEHEALTH; ROOM KITS; IRON BOW TECH; CV ACTIVATION FSS VA119-15-A-0131 VETERANS AFFAIRS Pre-RFP
Telehealth Services ARIZONA WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 6 Post-RFP
6515–Remote Patient Monitoring – Home Telehealth (RPM-HT) FY 2022 VETERANS AFFAIRS Forecast Pre-RFP
Telemedicine Services NEW YORK NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENTS Source Selection
Telehealth Equipment and services ALABAMA ALABAMA STATE DEPARTMENTS Source Selection
TELEHEALTH PLATFORM AND PLATFORM SOFTWARE SUPPORT SERVICES NEW MEXICO NEW MEXICO, UNIVERSITY OF Source Selection

Microsoft Citrix Partnership Grows Deeper

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Microsoft CitrixMicrosoft Citrix Partnership July 2020

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.

Read full article From the Verge July 2020

Microsoft link article

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.

 

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.

Thin Client RFPs and Contracts July 9

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July Thin Client RFPs and Contracts we’ve seen and looked at:

Here is overall status today for pre RFP. 57 opps for 27M

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From one service –

thin client RFPs

Here is is another. This is Forecast Pre-RFP. There are 57 opps worth 27M

Thin RFPS

Here is a look at Active Contracts:

  • 458 found
  • total spending 1B
  • Average spending 7M

If we filter than down to those contracts expiring in the next 12 months:

  • 87 contracts
  • 104M
  • Average 13M
  • MTA in NY is big one for Wyse

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.

Thinclient Product Update – Wyse ThinOS 9.0 & Wyse Management Suite 2.0

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dell wyse thinosWyse 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.

 

Data Sheet for Wyse Management

Thin Client RFPs 6/29

RFP Thin Client
JPMC – RENEWAL NOTICE HP Thin Client Terminals and Accessories

Type

Bid

Entity

DoIT – Department of Innovation and Technology

Expires

Jul 14, 2020

Status

Open

Region

Illinois

Reference #

21-448DOIT-TELEC-B-16037

Issued

Jun 28, 2020

More Details

Description

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.


Publisher

DoIT – Department of Innovation and Technology


Qty 275

Supply Thin Client Computers (Custom Build)
Entity

School District 73 Kamloops/Thompson

Expires

Jul 10, 2020

Status

Open

Region

British Columbia

Reference #

932554418

Issued

4 hours ago

More Details

Publisher

School District 73 Kamloops/Thompson


Publisher Website

MERX

Industry


Quebec 275

T20027 Supply 275 Thin Client Computers (Custom Build)
Quebec

10ZiG® Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Partner

1zig Microsoft Partner

ICYMI – ’10ZiG® Technology Established as Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Integrated Partner Provider’ > Rean th announcement here > https://bit.ly/10ZiG-WVD #WVD #WindowsVirtualDesktop #Microsoft #Cloud #CloudComputing #10ZiG


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.

Citrix User Group Community Active

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#UKCUG is alive and kicking!! As well as offering FREE #Citrix Thin & Zero Client demo devices, we’re also giving away a pair of Sennheiser Wireless Headphones! You can win them here – https://lnkd.in/dcdVmkh


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.

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.

Chrome OS Running Windows Apps

Chrome OS

From SlashGear Jun2020

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.

Parallels and Google Partnership with Google Enterprise

Chromebook Thin Client News – HP x360 14c

HP Chromebook x360

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.

Read Full article on The Verge June 2020

More from The Verge

 

Temperature Verification Kiosk

temperature sensing kiosk

Temperature Verification Kiosks

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.

Olea Temperature Sensing Kiosk from Craig Keefner on Vimeo.

Reference page on Olea Kiosks Website

Benefits of Temperature Check Kiosks

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

Specifications:

  • Uses an algorithm for object heat and fast detection temperature accuracy • +/- 0.5 degrees Celsius
  • Android Operating System and Software included
  • 1 second refresh rate
  • Scans people from 20 to 39 inches from kiosk

Olea Kiosks. Redefining Self-Service Technology.

For more information email Olea Kiosks or send contact form.

Integrating Telemedicine Kiosks in Pharmacies

telemedicine thin client

From GlobalNewsWire May 2020

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.”

About Save-On-Foods

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.

Chromebooks – HP new for enterprise workers at home

HP Mobile Thin Client

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.

Full article at From VentureBeat May 2020

More from HP

https://thinclient.org/available-today-hp-zcentral-remote-boost-connect/

https://thinclient.org/hp-310-t310-g2-aio-one-zero-client-released/

https://thinclient.org/thin-client-hp-easy-shell-for-thin-clients-announced/

No Touch Touchscreen + User Monitored Station Maintenance

No Touch Touchscreen

Two fairly cool ideas from KioWare on let users use their mobile as the touchscreen proxy controller.  And then for the workstation that presumably has been cleaned, users can see how long ago it was actually cleaned. Cool ideas.

Ed Note: Using the kiosk as the “fulcrum” or proxy is not a new idea but it is coming of age with the current situation.  These new functions allow users to use their mobile phones as the proxy touchscreen. Statistically their mobile phone is a hotbed for bacteria but this method isolates users from contaminating the usually very clean touchscreen. People without mobile phones have cleaner fingers.  Kind of an odd situation of juxtaposable factors.

As an added feature KioWare announced their new Maintenance feature which displays “Last Cleaned” date to users to add extra level of confidence. This allows users to alert store personnel if a maintenance cycle has been missed. A new characteristic of an interactive kiosk.

Establishments will have to increase maintenance cycles and no longer will it be the redheaded stepchild so to speak.

What is KioTouch?

KioTouch is a clean innovation in the kiosk industry that will help in preventing the spread of potentially contagious and harmful microbes by giving the end-user full access to the kiosk’s interface via their personal mobile device.

Across grocery and retail stores, and quick-service restaurants it is reported that of the total bacteria in these facilities 63-percent have potentially harmful consequences to humans.

How KioTouch Works

KioTouch allows the end-user of a shared device to interface without physically touching the device itself. This is accomplished by scanning a QR code via the end-user’s personal mobile device. and navigating to a landing page that gives the user full control of the kiosk while their user session is active, just as they would have had by directly interacting with the kiosk.

What is Maintenance Management?

Maintenance Management is a KioWare feature that assists in the janitorial maintenance schedule of a self-service kiosk. This is critical in preventing bacteria spread from user-to-user.

How Maintenance Management Works

Maintenance Management works on two sets of parameters that can be defined individually for each kiosk: total time between cleanings and total number of user sessions between cleanings. If either of these thresholds are passed, then the status of the kiosk changes and staff notifications occur. After cleaning, the technician resets the time and user session counter, and the cycle starts again. The KioWare toolbar has a special icon that can be displayed with the time since the last cleaning. The time will increment every 36 seconds, so the that the kiosk user can see it is working.

What Maintenance Management Looks Like

no touch touchscreen maintenance kiosk cycle
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The screenshot shown here depicts KioPay with Maintenance Management enabled. In the upper-left hand corner of the screen is the Maintenance Management logo with a fractional timer that indicates the last time since the kiosk device was cleaned. After tapping on this icon a maintenance employee can reset the timer after cleaning by inputting a unique code.

Reference article on KI

More KioWare info

https://thinclient.org/kiosk-software-kioware-europe-uk-presence/

KMA Announces ADA Accessibility Chairpersons

https://thinclient.org/mobile-device-byod-management-vs-kiosk-software/

Temperature Check Android

temperature check kiosk

Temperature Check Stations

Lots of news around temperature check kiosks these days.  These are typically small android devices equipped with camera and thermal sensor.  The sensors come from variety of places (Germany for example has one). Example temperature check sensor is Heinmann  ISO 9001-2015 certificate1Heimann Sensor

Typically stand at a distance anywhere from 10 to 40 inches and get a positive or negative reading.

Androids, as well as Raspberry PI, are being used so these devices are relatively inexpensive.

Many people from many industry segments have talked about them from Indian Gaming to Disney Theme Parks.

Here are some excerpts

From Casino.org — The Chumash Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians, has been closed since mid-March by the coronavirus. Last week, the tribal casino announced it will remain closed through the end of May.

When the casino reopens, the facility will be equipped with temperature-taking kiosks. Chumash Casino CEO John Elliott didn’t specify as to the number of kiosks being purchased, but explained people will approach the machine, stand approximately 10 inches away, and the device will reveal their body temperature within three to seven seconds.

The kiosks are FDA-cleared and are as accurate as a manual temperature reading,” said tribal chairman Kenneth Kahn. Each machine can scan one individual at a time.

People who receive a temperature reading of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be denied entry. “Access will be denied to employees or guests who exceed the temperature threshold recommended by the CDC or Public Health,” Kahn added.

From Kiosk Industry

Temperature checks on employees and visitors are 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.

Olea Temperature Sensing Kiosk from Craig Keefner on Vimeo.

Reference page on Olea Kiosks Website

Benefits of Temperature Check Kiosks

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

Specifications:

  • Uses an algorithm for object heat and fast detection temperature accuracy • +/- 0.5 degrees Celsius
  • Android Operating System and Software included
  • 1 second refresh rate
  • Scans people from 20 to 39 inches from kiosk

Wyse ThinOS 9.0 & Wyse Management Suite 2.0

Dell Wyse ThinOS

Wyse ThinOS and Management Suite

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 Learn More: https://bit.ly/2IP5hY3

  • 95% of breaches originate at the endpoint1

    With Wyse thin clients, data and applications are stored in a secure datacenter to ensure security and confidentiality. Our thin clients are hardened, virus and malware resistant and support role-based information delivery, this helps enable employees to work any time, any place.

  • 5 min to install and be in control2

    Whether it’s updates, patches or any other day to day operational task, Wyse Management Suite makes it easier to manage Wyse end points from the cloud and/or the datacenter and be more responsive to business requirements.

     

  • 21% boost in productivity3

    Ready to work in any VDI environment, Wyse thin clients are designed to make it easier for people to stay productive with support for multiple 4K monitors, native enablement for unified communications and rich connectivity.

VXL Software offers 6-month licences to help organisations pivot easily to homeworking

homeworking PC

Thin Client – Convert Home PC or Laptop to Secure Corporate Endpoint

VXL is helping organisations shift rapidly to homeworking, by offering a low-cost, 6-month licence for software which easily converts current desktops and laptops – including home PCs – into secure corporate endpoints.

VXL Software offers 6-month licences to help organisations pivot easily to homeworking

VXL is helping organisations shift rapidly to homeworking, by offering a low-cost, 6-month licence for software which easily converts current desktops and laptops – including home PCs – into secure corporate endpoints.

The rapid and unexpected shift to homeworking has been a challenge for many organisations. Although employees can work from home, often it’s by using unmanaged home computers – creating all kinds of security issues.

VXL Software has announced that it can help organisations, via a new 6-month licence which enables organisations to adapt rapidly, helping them to get through this unprecedented upheaval.

Using one of VXL Software’s two homeworking solutions – one for virtualised Windows environments and one for virtualised Linux environments – organisations can instantly convert a home PC into a totally secure corporate endpoint. The user can access corporate data and applications, but that access is securely ringfenced.

Frank Noon, VP Worldwide Sales at VXL Software, says that, “Simplicity is key. Our Fusion SecureDesktop Windows solution runs as an application, while our CloudDesktop On the Go Linux solution boots from a USB drive. In either case, the host device is totally untouched – and for the duration of the session, people work as they would normally via a secure, managed connection. When they quit, they are returned to their home PC. There’s no data crossover.”

Recognising the need for organisations to adopt what may be a temporary change, VXL Software has created a special 6-month licence for just $15 USD per device. “It’s the full product,” says Noon, “and includes support. It’s designed to last for the duration of the lockdown, but it can be upgraded without price penalty should customers wish.

“It’s not an understatement to say that these are challenging times,” concludes Noon, “but technology does enable many organisations to keep going. Companies such as VXL Software are at the forefront of enabling a shift to a new way of working that, for many, will be the norm for quite a while.”

Like many organisations, VXL Software has shifted to homeworking. “We’re pleased to say that VXL Software is operating almost as normal,” concludes Noon. “We’re helping customers via telephone, video calls and e-mail. Likewise, product support is fully operational.”

Temperature Sensing Kiosks

temperature sensing kiosk

Temperature Taking Kiosks

Using a digital signage kiosk to take temperature has a lot of interest recently.  It could be one strategy for re-opening business and assuring customers of safety.

Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Co., is pondering what such a future would look like. Perhaps, he suggests, it would look like testing the temperatures of all of the guests before they enter the theme parks.

“One of the things that we’re discussing already is that in order to return to some semblance of normal, people will have to feel comfortable that they’re safe,” Iger said in an interview with Barron’s. “Some of that could come in the form, ultimately, of a vaccine, but in the absence of that, it could come from basically, more scrutiny, more restrictions. Just as we now do bag checks for everybody that goes into our parks, it could be that at some point we add a component that takes people’s temperatures, as a for-instance.”

Twitter reaction to the idea of testing all visitors before they are allowed inside the parks was swift and decidedly negative.  Full article

Another industry looking to reassure is the airline travel industry.

“And when international aviation does start up again, there will be a need to protect and reassure passengers. Hand sanitizer will likely need to be available throughout the airport, including at boarding gates. “And there is evidence that temperature control at airports reassures passengers, even though it is only a partial solution,” says Powell. “Likewise, routinely wearing masks is contrary to WHO advice but passengers may prefer cabin crew to wear them initially.”  See article on reassuring passengers from iata.org


 

Temperature Taking Kiosk Solutions

Here is one from 22Miles.

temperature taking kiosks

22Miles has an offering

  • Available in 22”
  • Digital Signage content distribution through 22MILES platform
  • Body Temperature testing on the screen
  • Can be used at store entrance, hospital, corporate lobby, etc
  • Can integrate with guest check-in
  • Visit our site for more information

Olea Kiosks Temperature Sensing Kiosk

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.

temperature kiosk

The Temperature Scanning Kiosk provides a number of benefits to allow businesses to protect their most valued assets–their employees.

  • 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
  • Reduce stress and anxiety for employees and guests.

Our Temperature Scanning Kiosk allows for efficient and accurate self-scanning of guests, patients, and employees as they enter your facility. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

If interested in send us a note:

New Smart City RFP Site

Smart City Design RFPs

In April we launched the Smart City Design website which features RFPs, Contracts, News, Resources and more. It is the plan to provide more focus on markets such as Smart City, Digital Signage, POS aka Point-Of-Sale markets.

These are important markets for Thin Clients which typically like to think the primary market is corporate America via Dell or HP.  Thin clients are being used all over. The corporate market focus almost acts as an inhibitor.

Smart City focus is two-part for now:

 

Definition of Smart City

Smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources and services efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, utilities, water supply networks, waste management, crime detection,[1] information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services.[2][3]

The Smart city concept integrates information and communication technology (ICT), and various physical devices connected to the IoT network to optimize the efficiency of city operations and services and connect to citizens.[4][5] Smart city technology allows city officials to interact directly with both community and city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city and how the city is evolving. ICT is used to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to increase contact between citizens and government.[6] Smart city applications are developed to manage urban flows and allow for real-time responses.[7] A Smart city may therefore be more prepared to respond to challenges than one with a simple “transactional” relationship with its citizens.[8][9] Yet, the term itself remains unclear to its specifics and therefore, open to many interpretations.[10]

Major technological, economic and environmental changes have generated interest in smart cities, including climate changeeconomic restructuring, the move to online retail and entertainment, ageing populations, urban population growth and pressures on public finances.[11] The European Union (EU) has devoted constant efforts to devising a strategy for achieving ‘smart’ urban growth for its metropolitan city-regions.[12][13] The EU has developed a range of programmes under ‘Europe’s Digital Agenda”.[14] In 2010, it highlighted its focus on strengthening innovation and investment in ICT services for the purpose of improving public services and quality of life.[13] Arup estimates that the global market for smart urban services will be $400 billion per annum by 2020.[15] Examples of Smart city technologies and programs have been implemented in Singapore,[16] Smart cities in India,[17][18] Dubai,[19] Milton Keynes,[20] Southampton,[21] Amsterdam,[22] Barcelona,[23] Madrid,[24] Stockholm,[25] Copenhagen, China,[26] and New York.[27]

See Wikipedia Smart City

Smart City RFPs and Contracts

Here is same post from the LinkedIn Group.

See below — If you are interested in receiving the actual data behind these line items then please send an email to [email protected] — We provide RFP services to many companies. Members and sponsors of the Kiosk Manufacturer Association receive a significant discount when adding their subscription. Ala carte subscriptions to just these RFPs are available however. If a spot analysis is desired that can also be subcontracted. #smartcity #smartcities #kiosks

Apr 2020
Smart City Implementation Roadmap for Anaheim, CA. The City of Anaheim seeks to retain the services of a highly qualified consulting vendor experienced in successfully managing and completing Smart City strategies and roadmaps.

Broadband Internet Services for Lakeland County Florida — SMART CITY APPLICATIONS, DIGITAL DIVIDE SOLUTIONS, POTENTIAL REVENUE SOURCE
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Contracts

Orlando – Smart City Master Plan – expires 11/22

Fort Lauderdale – Smart City Media – Touchscreen Information Kiosks

Smart Digital Kiosks – Harrisburg, PA – Smart City Media

Sacramento Regional Transit District – 12/20

Dallas Texas – Smart City Networks

California – San Diego Convention Center Expansion

35 others

Self-Service Healthcare Accessibility

Read full article at Paciello Group March 2020

Healthcare kiosks are, now more than ever, a valuable tool for serving more patients without the need for up close staff interaction. They can be used for checking in patients and gathering symptom information for efficient triage purposes. They can also be used to measure patient blood pressure or heart rate, temperature, and other diagnostic information. Moreover, healthcare kiosks are also helpful for educating patients, collecting health insurance information, and scheduling future services.

Making a healthcare kiosk accessible not only improves patient care, but is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities regarding public accommodations and the court has defined public accommodation to include (in title III) service establishments including healthcare facilities.

Creating an accessible healthcare kiosk

Disabilities, according to the ADA, can be physical (motor skills), cognitive (intellectual), low to no vision, low to no hearing, and more. But before addressing software accessibility, the first step to creating an accessible healthcare kiosk should be to make the kiosk physically accessible. The ability to access the kiosk by users in a wheelchair is required by the ADA.  It outlines specific compliance guidelines like the height of operable parts, the viewing angle, and the approach area for accessing the kiosk — which must also be accessible via a wheelchair. The approach area requires a clear path without stairs, uneven flooring, or objects to obstruct access.

Once physical accessibility has been established, turn your attention to another an equally important component: software. The kiosk application must also be accessible for use by someone who is blind or has low vision. The kiosk needs to have a screen reader, such as JAWS® for kiosk to turn text to speech. Some examples of accessible kiosks can be found in this video.

Touchscreens may be difficult for people with disabilities, so an external input/navigation device is also useful to allow users to engage with a kiosk without using a touchscreen.  The kiosk application must be developed to ensure it can be easily navigated and understood when read through a screen reader. WCAG 2.1 AA standards are application and website guidelines for accessibility. Following those guidelines with a healthcare check-in app, for instance, will make it easier for a blind or low vision user to understand and navigate the kiosk app. Learn more about selecting the right input device for your accessible kiosk.

Some things to consider when planning your accessible healthcare kiosk

  1. What application will you be using? Is it already accessible? If yes, can you improve usability for kiosk users?
  2. Is the kiosk hardware ADA compliant for height and reach specifications?
  3. Does the kiosk include an input device that has an audio jack? Oftentimes, there is no effect on audio jacks built in audio jacks when headphones are inserted. Using an input device that includes an audio jack will allow JAWS to turn off and on based on the presence of the headphones.
  4. Are you providing all information in a way that is accessible to all users, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and those who are blind or who have low vision? That includes any PDFs that are being read on the screen, videos in need of captioning, and document signing for HIPAA compliance.
  5. Are you protecting user privacy at every turn?

Read full article at Paciello Group March 2020

Telemedicine — Expanded Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries

telemedicine thin client

Telemedicine Thin Clients

Noted on CMS.Gov March 2020

The Trump Administration today announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare—administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country.

“The Trump Administration is taking swift and bold action to give patients greater access to care through telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Administrator Seema Verma. “These changes allow seniors to communicate with their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility so that they can limit risk of exposure and spread of this virus. Clinicians on the frontlines will now have greater flexibility to safely treat our beneficiaries.”

On March 13, 2020, President Trump announced an emergency declaration under the Stafford Act and the National Emergencies Act. Consistent with President Trump’s emergency declaration, CMS is expanding Medicare’s telehealth benefits under the 1135 waiver authority and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This guidance and other recent actions by CMS provide regulatory flexibility to ensure that all Americans—particularly high-risk individuals—are aware of easy-to-use, accessible benefits that can help keep them healthy while helping to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Prior to this announcement, Medicare was only allowed to pay clinicians for telehealth services such as routine visits in certain circumstances. For example, the beneficiary receiving the services must live in a rural area and travel to a local medical facility to get telehealth services from a doctor in a remote location. In addition, the beneficiary would generally not be allowed to receive telehealth services in their home.

The Trump Administration previously expanded telehealth benefits. Over the last two years, Medicare expanded the ability for clinicians to have brief check-ins with their patients through phone, video chat and online patient portals, referred to as “virtual check-ins”. These services are already available to beneficiaries and their physicians, providing a great deal of flexibility, and an easy way for patients who are concerned about illness to remain in their home avoiding exposure to others.

 A range of healthcare providers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers, will be able to offer telehealth to Medicare beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will be able to receive telehealth services in any healthcare facility including a physician’s office, hospital, nursing home or rural health clinic, as well as from their homes.

Medicare beneficiaries will be able to receive various services through telehealth including common office visits, mental health counseling, and preventive health screenings. This will help ensure Medicare beneficiaries, who are at a higher risk for COVID-19, are able to visit with their doctor from their home, without having to go to a doctor’s office or hospital which puts themselves or others at risk. This change broadens telehealth flexibility without regard to the diagnosis of the beneficiary, because at this critical point it is important to ensure beneficiaries are following guidance from the CDC including practicing social distancing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This change will help prevent vulnerable beneficiaries from unnecessarily entering a healthcare facility when their needs can be met remotely.

President Trump’s announcement comes at a critical time as these flexibilities will help healthcare institutions across the nation offer some medical services to patients remotely, so that healthcare facilities like emergency departments and doctor’s offices are available to deal with the most urgent cases and reduce the risk of additional infections. For example, a Medicare beneficiary can visit with a doctor about their diabetes management or refilling a prescription using telehealth without having to travel to the doctor’s office. As a result, the doctor’s office is available to treat more people who need to be seen in-person and it mitigates the spread of the virus.

As part of this announcement, patients will now be able to access their doctors using a wider range of communication tools including telephones that have audio and video capabilities, making it easier for beneficiaries and doctors to connect.

Clinicians can bill immediately for dates of service starting March 6, 2020. Telehealth services are paid under the Physician Fee Schedule at the same amount as in-person services. Medicare coinsurance and deductible still apply for these services. Additionally, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) is providing flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs.

Medicaid already provides a great deal of flexibility to states that wish to use telehealth services in their programs. States can cover telehealth using various methods of communication such as telephonic, video technology commonly available on smart phones and other devices. No federal approval is needed for state Medicaid programs to reimburse providers for telehealth services in the same manner or at the same rate that states pay for face-to-face services.

This guidance follows on President Trump’s call for all insurance companies to expand and clarify their policies around telehealth.

To read the Fact Sheet on this announcement visit: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet

To read the Frequently Asked Questions on this announcement visit: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/medicare-telehealth-frequently-asked-questions-faqs-31720.pdf

This guidance, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here www.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

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