Visonect and Mercury Innovation form strategic partnership to deliver the future of smart public transport interactivity

Visonect and Mercury Innovation form strategic partnership to deliver the future of smart public transport interactivity

Visionect and Mercury Innovation have entered into a strategic partnership to deliver better public transport solutions across the globe.

Source: www.visionect.com

The first of these products is the eStop, a solar-powered  bus information board that has been deployed in Sydney, Australia by Transport for NSW, creating excitement with the city’s ridership who have taken to Twitter to rave about the solutions’s design and technology.

Visionect and Mercury Innovation’s past collaboration also includes the world’s first installation of solar powered e-paper traffic signs in Sydney that have been running uninterrupted, come rain or shine, over the past 5 years.

smart public transportation

Giada’s Compact and Noiseless VM23 for Digital Signage and Thin Client Computing

thin client computing June 19th, 2018 – Shenzhen, China – Giada, a leading player in digital signage PCs, is pleased to introduce the VM23, a versatile PC optimized for digital signage, desktop virtualization, and noise sensitive situations. The VM23 is available with two Intel Apollo Lake based options, depending on your processing needs. There is an Intel© Celeron N3350 based, dual-core version with 2GB Low-power DDR3 embedded, and an Intel© Celeron N3450 based version with 4GB of Low-power DDR3. Both models are supported by 32GB of on-board eMMC, with a full-size mSATA connector available for expanded storage options. The VM23 supports Windows 10 (64-bit) and Linux.

Signage supporting 4K image

Powered by Intel Apollo lake technology, the VM23 offers a maximum 4K / UHD resolution of 4096 x 2160 with flicker-free 60 Hz. With a Display Port 1.2 (Max. 4096 x [email protected]) and an HDMI 1.4b (Max. 3840 x [email protected]) port, both with digital audio support, the media player can support two monitors simultaneously.

Remote controlled digital signage

The VM23 benefits from its JAHC (JEHE Active Hardware Control) for remote control and unattended operation. This enabled both scheduled (RTC) and remote controlled power on/off cycles through (WOL) Wake on LAN or Infrared (IR) remote control. Additionally, the “Auto power on” function enables easy installation by guaranteeing the VM23 to boot as soon as power is connected.

Ideal support for DS solution

Supporting 4k image, VM23 is widely used to support digital storefront or menu board in retail sectors. Thanks to the incredible power efficiency of Intel’s Apollo lake architecture, the VM23 can perform in its many roles while remaining fanless. The fanless design makes the media player invaluable in some environments with dust or places that require the least noise possible, such as hospitals, banks and government offices, especially when using the additional VESA mount option to inconspicuously place the VM23 behind a monitor. Additionally, its compact size (116.6mm x 107.4mm x 30mm) and power usage characteristics make it an excellent option for use as a thin client for remote and cloud-based operations.

Other products based on Apollo Lake platform

Besides VM23, customers interested in complete solutions based on the Intel Apollo Lake platform should also take a look at other Giada Apollo Lake products, including AP23 and F105D. With a compact size of 100mm x 72mm, Giada AP23 is a pico-size motherboard based on Intel Apollo Lake platform. The board has two models: AP23-E3930 and AP23-N3350, respectively offering ideal outdoor and indoor support for solutions of industrial, retail and digital signage. F105D, powered by Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3350/3450 processor, is an ultra-thin fanless Mini PC with three video outputs.

Discover the qualities of the VM23 at Giadatech.com

About Giada

Giada is a premium brand of Shenzhen JEHE Technology Development Co., Ltd. (JEHE), a leading manufacturer and supplier of embedded PCs, servers and motherboards in China. Giada enjoys a high reputation and stable market share in related industries in China, Western Europe, and North America. Giada is ranked as a top 5 server manufacturer in China, and was recently ranked in the top 10 in digital signage in the German-speaking region for a third consecutive year. Giada is a core ODM partner of Intel in China, and an Associate Member of Intel ISA (IoT Solution Alliance) http://www.giadatech.com/

 

https://www.digitalsignageconnection.com/giadas-compact-and-noiseless-vm23-for-digital-signage-and-thin-client-computing

Praim introduces ThinMan Smart Identity to ensure company resources’ secure access

 

“Speed and Security”, the keywords of the new add-on developed for ThinMan Platinum Edition which provides monitored and optimized users’ access through the use of a smart card.

Trento, 14 May 2018 – Praim, a leading provider of systems for the creation and management of thin & zero client software and hardware workstations, announces the release of ThinMan Smart Identity, a real answer for a fast and secure access to your company’s resources.

ThinMan Smart Identity is a new additional module for ThinMan Platinum Edition that allows users to access their workstations using a personal smart card. It provides a multi-factor authentication solution, which allows the management of user access, enforcing security. The authentication parameters will be determined by the administrator: from simply inserting a card into the reader to requesting a card, user login plus a password or a PIN.

The resources’ access sometimes does not require an extreme level of security, but might need high speed logon and the ability to log in from different workstations. The new add-on launched by Praim offers these features: a physical key that permits a faster authentication process on every device, “moving” their resources from one workstation to another in a simple and quick way. ThinMan Smart Identity works with many different smart cards (contact or contactless, using NFC technology) and the most common card readers.

Security, speed and simplified access, as well as the user’s management, are increasingly common needs among companies. These are just some of the motivations that spur us to keep constantly researching and that have allowed us to develop this new add-on for ThinMan Platinum Edition” says Michele Gasparoli, Channel Marketing Manager at Praim.

ThinMan Smart Identity lets the administrator to enable different types of access and security in a granular way, getting total control on both users who access the system and the authentication methods used. Also, the enrollment process is entirely under his control: he can decide which devices can enroll cards and the number of cards each user can enable, and lastly, he can also block unwanted smart cards and devices.

ThinMan Smart Identity is compatible with Agile4PC, the Praim solution for simplification and centralized control of PC, and with all Praim thin client devices (Windows and ThinOX). It is available as a user fee, which can be used on the ThinMan Platinum Edition endpoint management console. In addition to the software component, Praim offers certified NFC cards and readers to ensure perfect performances of the ThinMan Smart Identity solution in any usage context.

 

Read more on Praim website.

 

GDPR readiness Thinclient with Fusion UEM – VXL Software

Achieve GDPR readiness Thinclient with Fusion UEM – VXL Software

BYOD Management In April 2016, the EU passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was recently implemented on May 25th 2018, in all EU member states. GDPR makes employee privacy protection a legal requirement and a comprehensive and well-structured unified endpoint management (UEM) strategy will be an important component of an enterprise’s GDPR compliance framework.

Enabling enterprises to secure and control endpoint devices, including desktop computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets in a connected, cohesive manner from a single console, VXL’s Fusion UEM software represents an effective solution to provide the privacy protection that is required by law.

Without an effective UEM program in place by the due date, an enterprise will need to justify to the authorities as to why it did not adopt state-of-the-art technical measures, as required by Article 32, to mitigate the risk of data loss.

“Mobile devices in the work place are proliferating at an exponential rate, introducing a new set of security and management challenges for companies”, said Frank Noon VP Worldwide Sales. “Employees can now access everything from emails to presentations on a device that they hold in their hand. Added to the fact that smartphones and tablets also come from many vendors and have different operating systems also lends itself to further management and security issues” he added.

So what does it mean for companies with hundreds or thousands of mobile devices including smartphones and tablets and even desktops to manage? In order to comply, organisations need to implement strong future-proofing privacy policies, procedures and processes to protect themselves. They face not only the risk of heavy fines but also damage to their brand reputation and potential loss of consumer confidence. With this in mind, VXL Software provides a complete GDPR Readiness service to help businesses to achieve compliancy through its leading Fusion UEM software solution.

VXL Software’s GDPR Readiness service includes:

  • Designing a company-specific UEM policy to support GDPR compliance.
  • Assessing the current deployment and configuration policies.
  • Recommending solutions to close gaps between compliant and current state.

For many organisations, device management has already moved from being merely useful to being absolutely essential. In the future, not managing devices in some way or another will be unthinkable and potentially catastrophic for all types of businesses. With smartphones and tablets being used by people all the time, both at home and work, and as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies become more widely adopted, the growing concerns for security and data privacy have become even more paramount.

VXL’s Fusion UEM provides a high level of control over both mobile devices and also desktop PCs, regardless of where they are located. Fusion UEM is a unified endpoint management software that provides powerful control of every aspect of an organisation’s BYOD policy including the management of both OS platforms, including Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows and hardware, including both desktop pcs and mobile devices.

Frank Noon VP Worldwide Sales further commented, “The ever increasing trend towards people adopting the latest smartphone and tablet technology is leading them to canvass their IT departments to allow usage of their own devices in the workplace”. “Fusion UEM provides the ideal solution between enterprise control and employee satisfaction by delivering class-leading management and security without compromising the user experience as well ensuring GDPR compliancy” he added.

To find out how Fusion UEM can help your company achieve GDPR readiness: Tel: +44 (0) 161 775 4755 or Email:[email protected]

For more information about Fusion UEM, please email: [email protected] or visit: http://vxlsoftware.com/software/fusion-uem

 About VXL Software

A global company, with regional offices in Asia, EMEA and the USA, VXL Software’s solutions includes; Illumineye Digital Signage (DS) Suite, Fusion UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) and CloudDesktop PC repurposing. VXL Software is a division of VXL Instruments. Established in 1976, VXL has locations in the USA, UK, France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, India and Singapore. VXL Software’s Americas Group is headquartered in Houston, Texas. The European headquarters is in Manchester, UK. VXL Software’s development team, and the Asia Pacific headquarters, are based in Mumbai, India.

About VXL Technology

VXL Technology is a global leader and manufacturer of thin and zero clients – supplying a high quality range of high specification models which are made to the most exacting standards. With a choice of Windows Embedded and Linux operating systems, VXL thin clients are compatible with the latest industry protocols including Citrix, VMware, Microsoft and Teradici. VXL Technology has locations in the USA, UK, France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, India and Singapore. VXL’s Americas Group is headquartered in Houston, Texas. The European headquarters is in Manchester, UK.

IGEL recognised as the fastest growing thin client provider in the U.S.

IGEL recognised as fastest growing thin client provider in U.S.

Leading Analyst Firm Reports on IGEL’s Rising Thin Client Hardware Market Position and Innovative Software Differentiation

Reading, UK, May 8, 2018 – IGEL, a world leader in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, today announced that it has risen, in terms of market share, to the third-largest thin client provider in the U.S., according to the IDC Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker 2017Q4[1].

Data from the IDC Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker 2017Q4 was included in the recent IDC Topline report, “Thin Clients as Attractive Solutions for Cost-Effective, Secure Endpoint Management,” which was sponsored by IGEL[2]. The report, authored by IDC Research Analyst Michael Ceroici and released this week, outlines the opportunities and challenges for players in the thin client industry, pointing to the continued opportunity for “IGEL to grab market share through new service releases.”

“At a worldwide level, IGEL is the fourth-largest thin client vendor in terms of revenues, with $128 million in 2017. At a regional level, the company has made noticeable gains in both the U.S. and Europe, including its home region of Germany. With the introduction of new U.S. management in 2016 and a push toward establishing five customer support hubs across the U.S., IGEL has seen its market position rise from seventh in 2015 to third in 2017. This is solely in terms of hardware sales and does not account for over 55,000 software licenses also sold in the U.S. over the same period,” said Ceroici in the IDC Topline report.

“At IGEL we have doubled down on our innovative software; first to repurpose x86 devices, saving our customers millions, and second to offer a simple, smart and secure management platform for end user computing that today’s organisations require,” said Jed Ayres, President and CEO, IGEL North America. “This emphasis has driven remarkable growth for IGEL worldwide, with especially significant momentum in the U.S. The new IDC report shows that our focus has delivered extraordinary success and that the opportunities ahead for IGEL are exceptional.”

The IDC Topline report provides a comprehensive overview of the thin client market, including how security and regulatory requirements are driving growth for the industry in healthcare, retail, education and financial services sectors. IDC also identifies a number of reasons for stronger thin client market performance in 2017, including increasing security concerns, the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and growing mobile workforces. To support customers facing these challenges, the IDC Topline report also provides essential guidance including the key factors organisations looking to adopt thin client solutions should consider.

The full IDC Topline report is available for download here. https://www.igel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/EMEA43768418-Web.pdf

IGEL will be showcasing its thin client and endpoint management software solutions during Citrix Synergy 2018 this week. Attendees of the event qualify for IGEL’s 2018 “IT Baller” giveaway of $120,000 as the company helps IT pros become IT Ballers by demonstrating how they can improve operations, save money and increase security when they leverage IGEL’s innovative, software-defined endpoint computing solutions. Up to December 19, there will be six opportunities to win $20,000. The first IT Baller giveaway winner will be selected on Thursday, May 10at Citrix Synergy 2018. To enter the IT Baller sweepstakes, participants must complete a short survey at www.igel.com/itballer-contest/

To experience the capabilities of the IGEL OS, Universal Desktop Converter (UDC) and IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS), download herehttps://www.igel.com/download/, or request free evaluation hardware. To locate an IGEL partner, visit https://www.igel.com/find-a-solution-provider/.

[1] IDC, “IDC Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker 2017Q4,” January 2018

[2] IDC Topline, “Thin Clients as Attractive Solutions for Cost-Effective, Secure Endpoint Management,” Michael Ceroici. May 2018

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About IGEL

IGEL delivers powerful unified endpoint management software that is revolutionary in its simplicity and purpose-built for the enterprise. The company’s world-leading software products include the IGEL OS™, Universal Desktop Converter™ (UDC), IGEL Cloud Gateway™ (ICG), IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions enable a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management platform across nearly any x86 device. Additionally, IGEL’s German engineered and manufactured thin, zero and all-in-one client solutions deliver the industry’s best warranty (5 years), support (3 years after end of life) and management functionality. IGEL enables enterprises to precisely control all devices running IGEL OS as well as Windows OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit www.igel.com.

IGEL Media Contact:

Tom Herbst

Tel: +44 (0)7768 145571

Email: [email protected]

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HP Thin Client and Future of Cloud-Based Computing

HP Thin Client and Future of Cloud-Based Computing

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HP also introduced a new class of thin clients that will enable the next generation of virtualized computing and cloud-first application adoption across industries. The latest HP Thin Client innovations set new standards for customers seeking modern design, robust security, ease of management and attractive value.

“As the cloud continues to reshape the way information is created, maintained and shared, HP Thin Client devices are delivering modern workflows with superior security and low-touch maintenance,” said Joanne Bugos, vice president and general manager, Thin Clients, HP Inc. “Our newest thin client solutions provide customers with a convenient and secure option to deploy both virtual and cloud-based computing environments while delivering a great user experience, stylish design, and the versatility needed to support today’s workforce both in and out of the office.”

The new HP thin clients include:

  • The new HP t430 Thin Client provides a modern, sleek, and well-connected device designed for deployment of both virtualized desktop applications or cloud-first end user computing use cases.
  • The new HP mt44 Mobile Thin Client to be a perfect balance of form and function and announced enhancements in three key areas; design, collaboration and security.
  • The new HP ThinPro operating system takes virtual desktops to new heights and provides a solution for customers drawn to the benefits of Linux®.

HP ThinPro Datasheet

HP t430 Thin Client Datasheet

HP t430 Thin Client Datasheet HP mt44 Mobile Thin Client Datasheet

Praim renews the Neutrino family with the new N91xx model

New Intel Celeron Dual Core processor, 4K UHD video resolution, DisplayPort support and 5 USB ports.

Trento, April 10, 2018 – Praim, a leading provider of systems for the creation and management of thin & zero client software and hardware workstations, renews the Neutrino family with the new N91xx model.

As with the previous N90xx model, the new Neutrino confirms its characteristics of compactness, performance and versatility of use.

In detail, the platform is renewed with the new Intel Celeron N3060 chipset: a 1.6 GHz Dual Core SoC processor, with 2.48 GHz burst frequency and integrated Intel HD Graphics 400 GPU. N91xx models offer native support for dual monitors, with DisplayPort and DVI video outputs, ensuring resolution up to 3840×2160 (4K UHD). Five USB ports – four USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN connectivity, USB mouse and keyboard, audio in/out, integrated speaker. The optional Wi-Fi card with 802.11ac standard protocol allows connections up to 433 Mbps via wireless networks, thanks to the two adjustable external antennas. Among the options, it will be possible to order a model that offers a serial port, as an alternative to the DVI-D port.

Installation is simple: vertical or horizontal thanks to the new included support. With the appropriate optional VESA bracket it can easily be placed on the back of the monitor. Neutrino N91xx is designed to adapt to any installation condition, taking up a minimal amount of space.

As with the previous version, the new N91xx models are also available with the ThinOX operating system, Windows 10 IoT for thin client and Windows Embedded Standard 7, as well as the three ThinOX zero client versions dedicated to Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS and VMware Horizon environments.

The new N91xx models represent the perfect evolution within the Neutrino family. – declares Stefano Bonmassar, Praim’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer – The new Intel platform guarantees excellent performance and improved video resolution, now 4K UHD. The great versatility of use and installation of Neutrino, combined with the excellent price, makes it one of the most appreciated models by our customers. This upgrade adds installation versatility and advanced video support.”

The new Neutrino models use Praim’s high added value software solutions, such as the ThinMan management console and Praim Agile, which allows you to implement a high standard of control, access and security, simplifying the system administrator’s activity.

The new Neutrino N91xx models are already available for purchase through the Praim resale channel.

Visit product page to learn more about the new Neutrino.

Praim announces the new Edge family: up to 3 monitors, 4K UHD and PoE option

The new device is the first in the Praim range to support up to 3 monitors. It offers high definition content, with resolutions up to 4K UHD and the option Power over Ethernet.

Trento, April 11, 2018 – Praim, a leading provider of systems for the creation and management of thin & zero client software and hardware workstations, is proud to present the new Edge family.

Edge models boast top-of-the-range features and have been created for users working in multi-monitor mode, they are in fact the first Praim models to support up to 3 displays, thanks to the HDMI video output and 2 DisplayPort outputs.

The new Edge devices are particularly suitable for environments where a high level of support for high definition content (such as 3D and video applications) is required, thanks to the resolution up to 4K UHD made possible by the Intel HD Graphics 400 graphics card and the Intel Celeron processor 1.6 GHz Quad Core N3160. The 7 USB ports of Edge (five USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0) allow users to connect all the necessary peripherals, while the new button with touch technology offers greater reliability and durability. With a power consumption of only 4.3 W, the models of the Edge family are an ecological solution for low energy costs. Moreover, thanks to the Power over Ethernet (PoE) option, devices can be used without external power supply, but just from the network Ethernet infrastructure.

Our customers rely on us because we have demonstrated the ability to offer next-generation solutions, always in step with the ever-changing technologies in today’s market. The debut of the new Edge series responds to the growing need among companies of support for activities involving graphic or multimedia intensive applications – declares Stefano Bonmassar, Praim’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer – We are proud to be able to offer a highly technological product specifically created for those who need devices that respond with excellent performance“.

The Edge models are available for Praim ThinOX, Windows 10 IoT and Embedded Standard 7 operating system, and in the three zero client ThinOX versions dedicated to Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS and VMware Horizon environments.

The Edge models use Praim’s high added value software solutions, such as the ThinMan management console and Praim Agile, which allows you to implement a high standard of control, access and security, simplifying the system administrator’s activity.

The new Edge models are already available for purchase through the Praim resale channel.

 

Visit product page to learn more about the Edge.

Praim enriches the range with H Series: the thin client for industrial environments

New family of products specifically designed to withstand particularly extreme environmental factors, optimal for those who need reliability above average.

Trento, 12 April 2018 – Praim, a leading provider of systems for the creation and management of thin & zero client software and hardware workstations, announces the release of the new H Series family.

The devices distinguish themselves by the extreme robustness of the hardware, which guarantees performance in any field of use: Praim’s H Series can operate in environments with temperatures ranging from -5°C to + 50°C, offering a greater dissipation of the heat, compared to non-industrial thin clients. The certification for the IP40 standard against dust and foreign bodies and the aluminum chassis, make these devices perfect for critical environments such as industrial environments.

In detail, the Intel Atom E3845 platform on which the models are based, is a 1.91 GHz Dual Core SoC processor, with integrated Intel Gen7 Graphics Engine GPU. These models offer native support for dual monitors thanks to HDMI and VGA video outputs, four USB ports – three frontal USB 2.0 and one rear USB 3.0 -, two serial ports, audio in/out and dual network card. H Series models can be equipped with additional connectivity such as an 802.1ac Wi-Fi card or 3G, LTE and GPS modules, with support for up to three external antennas.

The new solutions are released to the market with Windows 10 IoT and Praim ThinOX operating system, with a RAM from 2 to 4 GB and a flash disk from 8 to 64 GB.

H Series is the first family Praim industrial thin clients. – declares Stefano Bonmassar, Praim’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer – It has been designed with a particular focus on the research of the best combination between performance and extreme hardware reliability, essential features for the adoption in critical projects and environments. These models are ideal for connecting other devices or industrial machines, are a good alternative to expensive industrial solutions and grant complete remote control.”

H Series models use Praim’s high added value software solutions, such as ThinMan management console and Praim Agile, which allow to implement a high standard of control, access and security, simplifying the system administrator’s activities.

The new H Series models are already available for purchase through Praim resale channel.

Visit product page to learn more about the H Series.

IGEL Expands Portfolio of Virtualisation-Optimised Endpoints

IGEL Expands Portfolio of Virtualisation-Optimised Endpoints

Featuring an advanced AMD processor, a high-end AMD Radeon™ graphics card and twice the memory capacity, the new UD7 Universal Desktop is also the only thin client solution to offer multi-monitor support for 4K displays at 60Hz

Reading, UK. April 18, 2018 – IGEL, a world leader in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, today announced the expansion of its portfolio of virtualisation-optimised endpoints to include the new IGEL UD7. Part of IGEL’s family of Universal Desktop™software-defined thin clients, the IGEL UD7 is designed for end-user computing (EUC) environments where high-performance and access to multiple, high-quality displays is required, such as video production and CAD design suites, newsrooms, operations centers and hospital diagnostics centers.

“We are pleased to be extending our growing portfolio of simple, smart and secure endpoint solutions with the release of the IGEL UD7,” said Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. “This virtualisation-optimised endpoint is now the most powerful thin client solution in our portfolio. With numerous use-cases ranging from healthcare to financial services to manufacturing, it is also the only thin client solution on the market to offer multi-monitor support for 4K displays at 60Hz. Further, through the IGEL OS, we are able to help IT organisations future-proof their investments in the UD7 through regular software upgrades to the IGEL OS that include hardware acceleration, while at the same time enhancing the security of their endpoints by preventing malware and other cyber threats with Secure Boot validation.”

High Performance End-User Computing Without Compromise

With the launch of the IGEL UD7, IGEL is setting a new standard for high-performance, multi-monitor end-user computing with its integrated AMD Radeon R5 graphics card, two 4K DisplayPort connectors at 60Hz and one 2K DisplayPort connector at 60Hz with expansion capabilities to include one additional 2K DisplayPort connector at 60Hz, and Secure Boot validation. Additionally, the IGEL UD7 features 4GB DDR4 RAM, effectively doubling the memory capacity when compared to that of IGEL’s other Universal Desktop solutions.

Ease of Management Drives Productivity

As with IGEL’s complete portfolio of virtualisation-optimised endpoints, the IGEL UD7 is managed through the IGEL Universal Management Suite™ (UMS), which provides IT organisations with automated backend control of their IGEL endpoints, freeing them up to focus on more strategic initiatives. Purpose-built to simplify complex enterprise environments, the IGEL UMS supports a diverse array of devices and operating systems and enables IT organisations to add and remove endpoint devices, and perform software upgrades as needed or required.

The IGEL UD7 also comes pre-configured to support industry-leading virtualisation protocols including Citrix HDX, Microsoft RDP/Remote FX or VMware Horizon. Organisations can add or re-configure these supported virtualisation protocols leveraging the IGEL UMS to quickly transition between protocols, and make changes to their entire network of thin clients, or a specific endpoint.

Availability and Support

For more information, visit www.igel.com/synergy. To experience the capabilities of the IGEL OS, Universal Desktop Converter (UDC) and IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS), download here www.igel.com/download, or request free evaluation hardware.

IGEL UD7 thin clients can be purchased through IGEL’s network of Platinum- and Gold-level Partners, Authorized IGEL Partners (AIPs) and resellers. Each IGEL UD7 comes standard with a free extended five-year hardware warranty and includes a software license that provides access to regular and frequent firmware updates. This enables IT organisations to preserve their hardware investment while taking advantage of new features and functionality as they become available.

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About IGEL

IGEL delivers powerful unified endpoint management software that is revolutionary in its simplicity and purpose-built for the enterprise. The company’s world-leading software products include the IGEL OS™, Universal Desktop Converter™ (UDC), IGEL Cloud Gateway™ (ICG), IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions enable a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management platform across nearly any x86 device. Additionally, IGEL’s German engineered and manufactured thin, zero and all-in-one client solutions deliver the industry’s best warranty (5 years), support (3 years after end of life) and management functionality. IGEL enables enterprises to precisely control all devices running IGEL OS as well as Windows OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit www.igel.com.

IGEL Media Contact:

Tom Herbst

Tel: +44 (0)7768 145571

Email: [email protected]

Fujitsu announces three new thin clients for enterprise use – NotebookCheck.net News

Fujitsu announces three new thin clients

A new desktop thin client and two new notebook thin clients from Fujitsu offer compact computing for businesses who use a centralized access server to protect company data and improve security. These thin clients run low-powered hardware but offer fast networking connections. The operating systems supported are eLux RP6 or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

Source: www.notebookcheck.net

The notebook-based FUTRO MA576 and MU937 are expected to release around the end of April in Japan at retail prices of JP¥99,500 (US$930) and JP¥158,900 (US$1480) respectively. The desktop-based FUTRO S740 should release in late May at an MSRP of JP¥59,600 (US$555). While this initial release is for Japan only, Fujitsu devices often make it to Europe not long afterward and some models have started appearing in the United States now too.

IGEL OS 10 Announces Support for UEFI Secure Boot  | ReadItQuik

IGEL OS 10 Announces Support for UEFI Secure BootIGEL OS 10 Announces Support for UEFI Secure Boot

Enterprises leveraging the IGEL UDC3 and IGEL UD Pocket to convert existing x86-based PCs, laptops, tablets and third-party thin clients into IGEL OS-powered endpoints now benefit from enhanced security capabilities

Source: www.readitquik.com

UEFI Secure Boot validated UDC3 and IGEL UD Pocket solutions are available now, and are distinguished by a visual cue in the form of a lock icon that appears on the system’s boot splash providing an assurance that the endpoint is activated with UEFI Secure Boot.

Lincoln College Group converts to IGEL

Summary: The Lincoln College Group has switched its aging desktop PCs and laptops for IGEL thin client devices to transform the student computing experience, improve security and slash management time and costs.

Lincoln College Group converts to IGEL to transform student computing experience

 

igel thin client Reading, UK. March 28th, 2018 – The Lincoln College Group has switched its aging desktop PCs and laptops for IGEL thin client devices to transform the student computing experience, improve security and slash management time and costs.

The college group is one of the largest education, training and apprenticeship providers in the region, with around 9,000 students. The College is based over three sites, with its main campus in Lincoln City Centre and further campuses at Newark and Gainsborough. Lincoln College International also runs a highly successful female college and Riyadh Technical Trainers College in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Challenging management issues

With its dispersed international sites, 4000 desktop PCs and libraries equipped with laptops for student working, the college’s small infrastructure IT team of five people was struggling to maintain its existing hardware.

“There were three main challenges that drove us to look for a new approach – ageing Windows PCs and laptops, increasing security issues and the need for updates and the available resource to manage the devices,” explained Glen Harrison, IT Infrastructure Manager.

“Our desktop hardware was on a five-year replacement cycle but like all organisations our investment budgets were limited, meaning only some PCs were replaced each year as needed. This meant some of the older devices were running out of memory and failure rates were increasing year-on-year.”

The number of security and software updates was also increasing and becoming more time consuming to manage. With the high profile WannaCry cyber-attacks, the team realised the college was potentially exposed to these types of threat. Finally, the colleges’ two main libraries had stores of up to 80 laptops available for students to book and use by the hour. “These laptops were becoming difficult to manage and frustrating for students and the staff to use. Each time a laptop was switched on, it could take up to 30 minutes to update,” said Glen. “With our resources, it just wasn’t practical to update all these devices every week to minimise the downtime for staff and students.”

So, the college began to look for a new desktop and laptop solution. It had tried a small thin client deployment in the past but that technology was now outdated. Glen wanted to revisit this option because he had seen it working very successfully in other environments.

After trying thin client hardware from some of the leading manufacturers and being dissatisfied with the results, Glen and the team turned to IGEL technology, attracted by the availability of IGEL thin client hardware and its desktop conversion software.

IGEL provided the college with a demo IGEL UD3 thin client, 10 licences and its Universal Desktop Conversion 3 (UDC3) software for testing. “We took our oldest PCs and converted them to IGEL-like devices using the conversion software and they just worked,” said Glen. “It meant that we could have a mixture of old PCs and laptops running as IGEL devices and IGEL thin clients all operating in exactly same way.”

Repurpose existing hardware

With IGEL’s UDC3 software it’s simple to repurpose existing desktop hardware bringing an end to replacing outdated hardware or patching systems with ever-changing applications. The UDC converts any x86 device, regardless of manufacturer or form factor. It takes only minutes to turn old devices into a universally deployable IGEL Linux-based thin client. Converted devices are then instantly integrated into IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) for remote support, zero-touch deployment and easy central management.

Working with Circle IT, its trusted IT partner and an IGEL reseller, the college refreshed its IT infrastructure and created a Windows virtual environment. It has replaced its oldest PCs with new IGEL UD3 thin clients and converted a large number of the ageing Windows XP PCs and its library laptops to IGEL-like devices using the UDC3 conversion software.

The backend IT system is completely Microsoft Server 2016 with a Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 platform for all the virtual servers. The thin client platform is split between thin client infrastructure servers (virtualised servers and Dell blades) and end user servers with Office 2016 installed. Microsoft App-V is used to stream the applications across the network to the devices.

Using Microsoft Secure Gateway, staff and students can also enjoy the same simple computing experience wherever they log in from, using their own PC, laptop or thin client device. Students now always have the option of saving work to the college system, to their own allocated personal cloud storage or to their own device, eliminating the need for using the USB port and further eliminating security risks.

 

Benefits

“The IGEL deployment has been a huge success for the college”, concluded Glen. “It has been a complete game changer – just by moving to IGEL we have addressed so many problems.”

The college has seen multiple benefits from the new way of working. The new thin clients are significantly less expensive to buy than new PCs and use less electricity to operate, so there are financial savings every time an old device is replaced.

“The conversion of the library laptops to IGEL devices has also been incredibly successful,” said Glen. “The devices now boot in seconds and can be managed centrally and updated at the click of a button. You just make a change in the IGEL management software and it updates all devices at the same time – it just happens. The same couldn’t be said of Microsoft Systems Centre when managing the Windows PCs. The library staff were so impressed with the IGEL converted laptops that they volunteered money from their own budget to pay for more licences.”

And Glen says the support from IGEL has also been second to none. “We had one laptop where the wireless connectivity stopped working when we converted it to an IGEL device. IGEL asked us to send the device to their development team in Germany so they could update their solution. Within 4 weeks we had new firmware and drivers and the machine was working perfectly. Not only are we saving a lot of money and solving problems, but the support we have been getting from IGEL has been fantastic.”

Based on the positive feedback from the library, the team then converted all their Windows XP PCs to IGEL-like devices over the summer holidays. “Normally when you roll out a new technology project you spend the next few weeks solving problems but not with this IGEL project,” said Glen. “Everyone logged in when they came back from holidays and there were literally no problems.”

Lastly, the team spends much less time having to firefight and manage the devices, meaning they can spend that time more proactively, helping staff and the students at the college use technology to find smarter ways of working.

 

The future

Moving forward, the technology team is keen to continue to use IGEL to further increase the flexibility of its computing devices. “At the moment, we have lots of classrooms equipped with PCs and they are left unused for long periods. In the future, it would be great to replace these devices with a fewer number of IGEL converted laptops that could be moved from classroom to classroom as needed – maximising their use and cutting the number of devices required,” said Glen.

 

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About IGEL

IGEL delivers powerful unified endpoint management software that is revolutionary in its simplicity and purpose-built for the enterprise. The company’s world-leading software products include the IGEL OS™, Universal Desktop Converter™ (UDC), IGEL Cloud Gateway™ (ICG), IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions enable a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management platform across nearly any x86 device. Additionally, IGEL’s German engineered and manufactured thin, zero and all-in-one client solutions deliver the industry’s best warranty (5 years), support (3 years after end of life) and management functionality. IGEL enables enterprises to precisely control all devices running IGEL OS as well as Windows OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visitwww.igel.com.

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Raspberry Thin Client – Pi 3 Model B+ arrives: Faster CPU, Wi-Fi, 300Mbps Ethernet

Raspberry Thin Client

Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, its newest model in the Raspberry Pi 3 lineup.

Source: www.zdnet.com

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, offering a faster CPU and faster wireless throughput than its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ comes exactly two years after the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and is in line with Raspberry Pi Foundation’s two-year B+ ‘evolution’ upgrade.

In other words, the changes don’t warrant calling it a Raspberry Pi 4, but there are noticeable improvements, including a faster processor, higher Wi-Fi speeds, and faster Ethernet.

Download now: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+: An insider’s guide (free PDF)

Are thin clients affected by Spectre and Meltdown?

Side-channel attacks

The two vulnerabilities exploit the possibility of a side-channel attack of the processor.

A side-channel attack is any attack based on information acquired from the physical implementation of an information system. Timing information, energy consumption, electromagnetic losses or even sound can be exploited to break the system. By using statistical analysis of these physical operations, it is possible to obtain data from protected memory (for example passwords and cryptographic keys).  It is not a simple attack to perform, and cannot be enabled remotely because the malicious code must be executed locally on the machine. It is still unclear whether it is really possible to corrupt or modify data.

Some clarifications

You can find a lot of information about this matter on the Internet, but we still want to report some important comments obtained directly from our discussions with Intel:

  • The attacker can observe the protected memory content, bypassing the level of privilege of the application.
  • It exploits a flaw of speculative execution, common in all modern processors.
  • It is not unique to a processor or on the implementation of a specific processor.
  • It is not the result of a product that does not comply with the specifications.
  • There are various techniques to mitigate the vulnerability, starting initially from the software and the operating system, then from the bios/firmware to finally arrive at a hardware redesign.

The impact on thin client devices

The vulnerability in thin client devices has less impact than other systems, because in thin devices, the information that is processed is the output of virtual machines, and therefore more difficult to interpret by an attacker.

Praim’s commitment to safety

At Praim we are always committed to keeping our products up-to-date, with a special attention to security.  To repair the issue necessitates working in depth on the hardware system, which then requires a thorough testing phase to exclude the occurrence of collateral problems.

ThinOX

In our ThinOX 10 models we are working to provide an updated version of the operating system to fix the vulnerability as soon as possible. The Linux kernel community has already released some patches, which are being tested in our labs.  In addition, Intel has provided a new version of the microcode for its CPUs, which is currently under test.

Windows 10 IoT and Windows 7 Embedded

Microsoft is releasing patches for its operating systems, which will be integrated into future versions of Windows 10 IoT and Windows 7 Embedded.

For customers who have older Windows devices and for which patching problems may arise, Praim recommends the use of ThinOX4PC, the software that installs the Linux-based Praim ThinOX operating system, extremely secure thanks to the total disk write security

Read the original post at: www.praim.com

Are VDI environments vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre?

Are VDI Environments Affected by Meltdown and Spectre?

VDI environments can be affected when taking into consideration the hardware platform used to connect to the backend VDI environment, the hypervisor, as well as the guest operating system presented via the hypervisor. As an example, many VDI environments are running Microsoft Windows virtual machines for which Microsoft has released patches to change how user and kernel mode code is allowed to interact. However, there are facets of VDI architecture that help mitigate the effects of Meltdown and Spectre attack surfaces. Let’s take a look at what those are.

VDI Environments Help Mitigate Meltdown and Spectre Attack Surfaces

When it comes to securing a VDI environment, the security is only as good as the person or team that configured the solution, including a VDI solution. However, VDI solutions holds definite architectural advantages that can help when we think specifically about the Meltdown and Spectre exploits and the patching process involved to remediate the vulnerabilities. The key advantages with VDI as relates to Meltdown and Spectre are as follows:

  • Centralized Management of compute resources and backend virtual machines provides better tooling and automated means of patch management.
    • Having a means to effectively patch and remediate security vulnerabilities can be much easier to accomplished with VDI solutions as resources are maintained centrally. After the single “Gold Image” is patched with the recommended Microsoft Meltdown and Spectre patches, all the resulting virtual machines provisioned will by default be patched.
    • Patching the underlying hypervisor generally requires no downtime as VMs are simply shifted around to alternate compute and memory resources.
  • Information that is processed is the output of virtual machines.
    • By design, VDI processes the output of the underlying virtual machines. There is the abstraction layer that helps to create a barrier between an attacker and potentially interacting with the thin client CPU.
  • Thin Client devices and Thin Client OS software are highly customized packages that by their nature provide a much more restricted environment to attempt an exploit of speculative execution. VDI software running on top of a thin client such as Praim ThinOX, are stripped down and customized operating systems that are more difficult to exploit when trying to compromise any underlying speculative execution processes.
  • Many vendors like Praim have centralized management of thin client hardware that makes operations such as BIOS updates and other firmware upgrades highly automated and efficient.
    • By using ThinMan Server, Praim provides powerful control of thin client devices.  This allows installing new firmware and security updates to the ThinOX operating system.

Specific vendors of certain thin clients interoperating with VDI environments have noted their systems are not vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits. As an example, Teradici PCoIP zero client endpoints remain secure. Vendors utilizing the Teradici models such as the Praim P Series which make use of the Teradici TERA2321 PCoIP and Teradici TERA2140 PCoIP, are totally secure.

Additionally, many organizations running Windows thin clients have noted the patches issued by Microsoft have been very heavy from a disk usage standpoint. This has resulted in some experiencing disk space issues on certain thin clients running Microsoft Windows. By utilizing a very small footprint purpose-built VDI operating system such as Praim ThinOX4PC, businesses can alleviate disk space issues that come with patching their Windows based thin clients. On those devices, simply installing ThinOX4PC allows utilizing the same hardware while eliminating the need to install the heavy Microsoft kernel software patches.

 

Read the original article at: www.praim.com

NComputing to bring Citrix Ready workspace hub to enterprises

NComputing Citrix Ready

SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — NComputing to bring Citrix Ready workspace hub to enterprises. NComputing showcase

Source: www.prnewswire.com

NComputing will evolve their RX-HDX thin client into the Citrix Ready workspace hub, bringing innovation and use-case driven features to enterprises.

The Citrix Ready workspace hub is an enterprise-ready software and hardware solution.  Citrix Ready verification ensures that it meets the performance, security and manageability demands of an enterprise-grade zero client.

The NComputing RX-HDX thin client is available through authorized NComputing resellers with a MSRP of $119*. The Citrix workspace hub update will be available as a technical preview and available for download on March 31st, 2018. And, if you’re attending Mobile World Congress you can also see it in the Citrix booth.

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Zero Client Released HP 310 – t310 G2 AIO All in One Computer

HP Thin Client 310

HP Unveils HP t310 G2 All-in-One Zero Client

Reinventing zero clients with HP’s first narrow bezel AiO

PALO ALTO, Calif., January 3, 2018 — HP announced its first narrow bezel HP t310 G2 All-in-One Zero Client (HP 310) with seamless visuals, improved ergonomics and maximum data security. Powered by Teradici1 and compatible with VMware®2 and Amazon3 virtual workspace environments, the HP t310 G2 AiO Zero Client allows customers to take their work to new heights with the design and performance they want, and the security they need.

HP AIO 310 With a virtually borderless full HD display, customers can enjoy an impressive visual experience with one or more monitors to create a seamless and aesthetically beautiful workspace. The comfort designed stand can be adjusted up, down, tilted, swiveled or rotated to support landscape and portrait mode, so customers can customize their workspace to meet their unique needs.

“Customers are looking for a secure solution that is simple to manage,” said Jeff Groudan, vice president and global head, Thin Clients, HP Inc. “The new HP t310 G2 All-in-One Zero Client provides customers with maximum data security, easy management with Teradici’s PCoIP Management Console and simplified setup right out of the box.”

Additional features include:

  • Stunning visual experience. Watch your images and graphics come to life on a 23.8-inch diagonal Full HD (1920×1080) IPS display with a wide-viewing angle and sharp, detail-rich color reproduction.
  • Seamless multi-display setup. Enabling seamless multi-display arrangements is now easier than ever. The DisplayPort™ makes attaching a second display simple and fast.
  • Quiet, work-friendly design. Reduce noise distractions at your desk with a focus-friendly fanless design and thermal controls.
  • Powerful performance. The high-performing Tera2 PCoIP zero client processor delivers full frame rate 3D graphics and high-definition media even over high-latency networks.
  • Teradici Desktop Access.1 Manage your Zero Client with a one-year subscription to Teradici Desktop Access which is included with the purchase of every new HP t310 Zero Client.

Pricing and Availability

The HP t310 G2 All-in-One Zero Client is available now starting at $529. More information is available here.

Footnotes

  1. Teradici Desktop Access one (1) year subscription included. Proof of purchase required. Trial begins on date of hardware
  2. VMware is sold separately, subscription required.
  3. Amazon WorkSpaces requires subscription from Amazon. See http://aws.amazon.com/workspaces/ for complete details. Amazon Workspaces requires Teradici firmware version 4.6 or higher.

 

Christina Dalit Wahl
Product PR/AR Manager

Personal Systems Communications

[email protected]

M 831.402.1896
HP Inc.

University of Florence: The largest university library in the city becomes centrally managed with Praim

The University of Florence is an important and influential centre for research and higher training in Italy, with 1,800 lecturers and internal research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff.

At the beginning of 2016 approximately 230 PCs were replaced with thin clients and a centrally managed VDI system. Appreciated by users and IT staff, it was decided to extend the project to the computer classrooms as well. The replacement of devices began, initially with the obsolete units. Currently, SIAF provides about 320 workstations, some with dedicated graphics hardware , and the forecast is to expand to about 800 workstations in 2018.

The first workstations that migrated to the VDI system were configured as kiosks providing access to: databases, web based and client-server consultation, the use of office applications for dissertations/research and Internet browsing.

Discover all the benefits of implementing VDI infrastructure with Praim thin clients and ThinMan Platinum: www.praim.com