Advantech @ Digital-in-Store Paris

Advantech will host a booth at the Digital-in-Store event at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, France. You can find us in Hall 1, stand Q018 from September 21st to September 23rd.


The Digital-in-Store event is part of the E-Commerce Paris event. Advantech will show their retail & hospitality computer solutions. Should you wish to make an appointment with one of our sales people, kindly send an email

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Smart City opportunities for a new industrial revolution

In the current information and networking age, the Smart City concept represents a new phase in the next industrial revolution and sustainable city development. The Smart City concept combines the Internet of Things with the latest communication technologies to serve citizens in a smarter manner.

By Yu Sharlene with photographs from TPG – Interview with Ken Yu, Advantech Intelligent Services Vice President

One hundred years ago, the largest city in the world was London, with a population of approximately 6.5 million. However, nowadays, numerous cities have populations of 10 million or more. According to a statistical report by the United Nations, the world’s population is approximately 7 billion, 50% of whom live in cities. This figure is predicted to exceed 65% by 2050. The number of mega-cities with populations in excess of 10 million, such as Tokyo, Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing, London, Paris, and New York, has already exceeded 30. The ongoing dramatic increase in population densities places a heavy burden on city infrastructures, local resources, and public security.

 

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Enabling new intelligent services for the future

By Wanger and Pictures from Advantech

Interview with CH Wu, Vice President of Advantech iServices & Applied Computing Group

 

What is intelligence? The term implies some mystery, and sparks imagination. But how to define it? When is life smart enough, and what is the basis of “intelligence”? Actually, intelligence does not have a single, specific characteristic, and all definitions come from the habits and preferences of users. What do users need now? And what may they need in the future? Everything must be available immediately and even be ready in advance, that is the true spirit of intelligence.

Four features to create intelligent life
Automation technology has been used in a wide range of fields for many years, but the manufacturing sector is still the largest consumer of related applications. As a result, some industries, such as medical care, automotive, finance, logistics and retail, are not familiar with the latest technologies and the ways in which they can add distinct competitive advantages. CH Wu, Vice President, Advantech iServices & Applied Computing Group, noted that hardware suppliers with rich experience in manufacturing automation need to build on prior communication and complete aftersales service, rather than just providing the best hardware.

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Empowered customer care in banking

The banking industry is being transformed. Thanks to branch automation management, banks using the Customer Visit System® (CVM) have improved services, personalizing the customer experience with a more friendly touch. 

There are plenty of people in the bank, plenty of lines to wait in, and plenty of time to be lost waiting to get to the teller window. But on this trip, it’s a little diffferent. On the way to the bank, you remotely place yourself in a queue using a smartphone app. You walk in, the bank managers wanders over and greets you by name. Maybe she asks how your last business trip went, or how you’re settling in to the new house. There’s not a lot of time for talk though, as it’s your turn at the window. The teller gretts you by name as well and asks how the new car is running. It’s all quite surreal: you might feel a bit as if the bank is being run by your best friends.

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Makes waiting for a table easier

La Pasta is a popular Italian restaurant chain in Taipei, with several locations in the city, including the upscale Tianmu area and the Neihu technology corridor. Their popularity often leads to long waits for tables which average about 20~30 minutes. Many potential customers give up rather than enduring the wait.

Restaurant owners were quick to identify the problem and wanted to find a solution that would make customers happier as well as capture the additional business…

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Swipe, pinch, zoom & tab – All you want to know about Touchscreen Technology

Medical computers with touchscreen technology need to meet stringent medical standards. Completely sealed for easy cleaning and touchable with gloves to perform accurate touch-based inputs in patient records in medical clean rooms like operating theaters are a must. Avoiding additional physical keys on the panel, or extra devices like keyboards, mouse or touchpad is efficient as these can harbor bacteria. A touchscreen can detect the presence and location of a touch within the display area, usually one or more fingers or a stylus. The touchscreen enables the user to interact with what is displayed without using an additional keyboard or mouse. Touchscreens are widely integrated in gaming consoles, all-in-one computers, tablets, navigation devices, smartphones, ATM devices and information kiosks. There is a variety of touch technologies that offer different methodologies of sensing the touch. All technologies are related to the X / Y coordinates of the touch sensitive area. The way how to sense the touch point is explained in the next paragraphs.

BICOM Increases Advantech’s Digital Signage Power

For the past two years, Digital Signage has attracted a lot of attention. Advantech has been cooperating with BICOM Information Technology, which was responsible for software design and was involved in this technological development in the early stages. In 2012, Advantech officially merged with BICOM, which has made Advantech’s Digital Signage products more competitive.

Integration Leads to Better Opportunities

Vice President of Advantech Intelligent Services R&D Development, Jim Yeh, who was the former General Manager of BICOM, noted that in addition to hardware devices, software functionality is also important for Digital Signage. And since it is a new medium, only a few suppliers can provide software services. So hardware suppliers must have long-term partnerships with software vendors, similar to the cooperation between Advantech and BICOM, who face market challenges together. Continue reading

Discover New Location for Signage Display

In order to quickly reach beneficial result, today’s marketing activities turn to focus on targeted groups in specific locations. People start to look for a new medium tool for those venues where they are never mentioned to play advertising or promotions in rich multimedia. Elevator is one of exciting places where people shuttle through every day. To meet the market’s requirement, Advantech provides an alternative – DSD-5038 stretched signage display, its super wide letterbox shape perfectly fits restricted elevator space.

The elevator is usually fast but small, so passengers do not take much time on elevators. Therefore, the display must be slim to fit an elevator’s inside limited space. Meanwhile, it should support multimedia playback to draw passengers’ attention in a short time. Lastly, the signage display is installed in the upward position, so the display is required to be viewed clearly from varied angles, especially from the bottom. Continue reading

Roving Reporter: Securing the Internet of POS

We would like to share with you again an interesting blog from Mark Scantlebury, writer for the high tech industry. Original url: http://embedded.communities.intel.com/community/en/blog/2013/11/12/roving-reporter-securing-the-internet-of-pos

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Most consumers, myself included, harbor very real fears of our private information getting in the hands of those who could steal our identity and money, as well as damage our credit ratings. Whether it’s using a credit card or virtual wallet or typing in a PIN, there’s always in the back of the mind a concern about where that data is going and who might have access to it.

Obviously, there’s good reason for this fear. As concepts such as the connected store and Internet of Things (IoT) gain speed and spread globally, so does the potential for data, security and privacy breaches. The people who commit these crimes keep right up with the technology trajectory, looking for new opportunities to create havoc and pad their pockets. This makes it imperative for retailers to constantly upgrade their ability to secure the POS systems, interactive kiosks, and any other retail devices that are part of or connected to a retailer’s transactional systems. The consequences of a security breach or failure are too great to ignore, including everything from substantial fines to loss of consumer trust and damage to a company’s brand.

Fortunately, companies like Intel, McAfee, and Microsoft are constantly upgrading security technology and the security features of their products. Equally important, board companies, particularly members of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance, are taking advantage of these security technologies and features to enable developers better ways each year to give retailers transactional products delivering ever higher levels of security. Continue reading

Fitting Into the Most Unusual Space, Stretch Your Signage Display

Digital signage is an innovative medium for targeted information, entertainment, promotions and advertising, delivered in visually rich multimedia formats designed to attract consumers. Since digital signage is so ubiquitous these days, people no longer ask what it is because digital signage has matured into a fully developed, versatile product that has adapted to many different applications and environments. Digital signage displays now come in unusual shapes or configurations but 42″ and above are the most common sizes. However, large-sized displays with conventional aspect ratios of 16:9 or 16:10 have limitations— in locations where they are restricted in height or physical space. Like on elevators, buses, train stations, and hotel hall, the installation space is limited but the requirement for digital signage is huge. LED signage seem to be a good fit for these kinds of space-limited applications; however, LEDs are usually heavy, power consuming, and display low-resolution images. The demand calls for a new design of displays. Continue reading