UTC-315/318/320 Now Support the Latest Intel® Core™ i5 6300U Processors, Wide Voltage Input and Full HD

All UTC-300 series multi-purpose all-in-one computing systems are equipped with wide format, touch based LCD panels. They are easy to integrate key peripherals for diversified self-service and interactive signage deployment in different application areas. With removable frames, the systems also could fulfill industrial or control system applications with their panel mounting designs. All UTC-300 series touch panel computers are fanless and quiet, they provide IP65 protection, and have standard VESA mounting holes for flexible integration.


The AR enabled UTC-542 revolutionizes retail

Breda, The Netherlands, August 2017 – Advantech, a leading industrial computing platform provider, is pleased to announce its UTC-542 all-in-one (AiO) touch computer. Powered by a sixth-generation Intel® Core™ i5-6300U processor and equipped with up to 16 GB of memory, UTC-542 delivers excellent high-performance computing. Designed to support diverse interactive display applications, UTC-542 features a 42.6-inch 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD monitor that offers 1920 x 1080 resolution and 450-nit brightness, and can be mirror coated to support smart mirror and interactive augmented reality applications. Rich I/O ports, including 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2 COM, and up to 4 USB ports, increase the system’s extendibility and flexibility, while the IP65-rated front panel and fanless design offer industrial-grade reliability that ensures stable operation. With the provision of Wi-Fi connectivity and multiple OS support, as well as the ability to integrate diverse optional peripherals, UTC-542 provides the ideal solution for interactive signage in retail stores, industrial signage in factories, self-service kiosks in transportation hubs, and information signage in public spaces.

Industrial-Grade AiO System Offers Excellent Performance and Multiple OS Support

UTC-542 is powered by a sixth-generation Intel® Core™ i5-6300U processor that delivers 250% faster computing speeds, 30-fold superior graphics performance, and 3 times longer battery life compared to that provided by previous generation processors. To ensure flexible installation and suitability for a wide range of applications, UTC-542 supports multiple OS, including Windows® Embedded Standard 7/8, Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise, Linux Ubuntu 14.04, and Android 4.4.2. Like the other models in Advantech’s UTC series, UTC-542 features a low-power, fanless system design for superior energy efficiency and to ensure quiet operation and prevent the accumulation of dust and foreign contaminants, which extends the overall product lifecycle. Moreover, in accordance with environmental specifications for industrial and commercial operation environments, the system’s front panel is IP65-rated for water and dust protection, ensuring industrial-grade reliability for stable operations.

42.6” TFT LCD with Optional Mirror Coating for Diverse Display Applications

Featuring a 42.6-inch 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD monitor that supports 1920 x 1080 resolution and 450-nit brightness, UTC-542 offers a wide viewing angle and enhanced visuals aimed at industrial-grade display applications. To satisfy diverse usage requirements, the UTC-542 system is available with either a clear glass or mirrored monitor. The mirrored model is equipped with a 3H surface hardness anti-glare mirror coating that offers scratch resistance and an enhanced viewing experience for interactive augmented reality applications. Meanwhile, the clear glass PCAP touch model offers unrivalled optical clarity, high durability, and long-term temperature stability. Regardless of the monitor type, both models feature an ultra-thin bezel design (only 21 mm for the mirrored model, and 34 mm for the PCAP model) that maximizes the display space, and an extremely responsive touchscreen that supports multi-touch control to enable simultaneous multi-user operation.

Hot-Swappable HDD/SSD and Rich I/O Ports for Flexible Expansion

UTC-542 is also equipped with dual HDD/SSD slots that support RAID storage for improved performance, enhanced reliability, convenient database recovery, and advanced data protection. Moreover, the HDD/SSD slots feature a hot-swappable design, which enables easy upgrades without dismantling the entire system. Another key advantage of UTC-542 is its high expandability for diverse applications. In addition to rich I/O ports, including 2 Gigabit Ethernet (with Wake-on-LAN support), 2 COM, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, and up to 4 USB ports, UTC-542 can be equipped with a wide variety of application-oriented peripherals, such as a camera, magnetic strip reader, barcode scanner, IC card reader, and NFC/RFID modules, to extend the system functions according to specific usage requirements. With its durability to withstand industrial operations and expandability to support diverse applications, Advantech’s innovative UTC-542 touch panel computer provides the ideal display solution for enhancing customer engagement and increasing brand awareness.

Key Features

  • Sixth-generation Intel® Core™ i5-6300U processor with 4 GB of DDR3L memory
  • 42.6-inch 16:9 TFT LCD monitor with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 450-nit brightness
  • Low-power, fanless system design with IP65-rated front panel for reliable operation
  • Dual hot-swappable HDD/SSD slots with RAID 0/1 support
  • Rich I/O, including 2 Gigabit Ethernet, 2 COM, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, and up to 4 USB ports
  • Easy cable routing and management
  • VESA standard (200 mm) mount holes for flexible installation
  • Supports Windows® Embedded Standard 7/8, Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB 2016, Embedded Linux Ubuntu 14.04, and Android 4.4.2
  • Optional anti-glare 3H mirror coating for smart mirror and interactive augmented reality applications

Advantech’s UTC-542 AiO ubiquitous touch computer will be available for order from end of August 2017. For more information about this or other Advantech products, contact your local sales support team or visit our website at www.advantech.eu.

The RFID Retail Revolution

A very big part of every retail business happens behind the scenes –  in a place where the customer does not know what is happening. Behind the shiny floors and decorative show rooms of every retail store there are inventories and crucial logistic operations happening everyday. With RFID chips the process behind the scenes might finally get its overdue revolution. Read the whole story by Barbara Thau at forbes.com HERE

The Payment Jungle is approaching fast

Continuing our story of Tuesday, it seems that mobile payments are going to be crucial for the retail industry in the future. This future is, unsurprisingly, much closer than we think. Already in 2021 UK retailers are planning to fundamentally change the shopping experience of their customers, especially regarding waiting times and queuing. This is realized through the intelligent mix of mobile payment systems and the thought that every customer will have a smartphone that is able to process the aforementioned details.
Have a look at what UK retailers are planning for their retail and hospitality business in the upcoming four years HERE

The Digital Payment Jungle

Are you planning to digitize you retail or hospitality business? Then maybe you are confused on the various payment methods that are popping up on every corner of shops, restaurants and hotels? This article by foodnewsfeed.com gives an excellent overview of the so called “mobile wallet” we are or are going to have integrated soon in our mobile devices. Have a look at the article HERE

Intelligent Customer Visit Management System

Location: Bank branches in the Middle East

The wealth of most Arab nations makes the Middle East a highly competitive market for the banking industry. Banks have invested considerable resources into attracting and retaining VIP customers, with many banks hoping to expand their business and gain new customers by offering additional services and opening more branches. However, as the number of customers visiting branches increases, identifying VIP customers and maintaining a high service quality are becoming considerable challenges for bank staff.

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Creating more engaging shopping experiences in the IoT-Era

1.2 Trillion US-Dollars – that’s how critically the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) will be on the retail market alone in the next few years according to a report by McKinsey. With solutions like “Automated Checkout”, “Real-Time In Store Promotions” and “Customer Experience Optimization” , retail is  undergoing a change as big as the step from mom-and-pop stores to supermarkets. Advantech supports retailers to face this challenge by providing the technology needed to create engaging shopping experiences in the IoT-Era. After heading the transformation in Asia Advantech now answers the call for intelligent retail solutions in the European market. At this year’s EuroCIS from 23rd to 25th February the company has presented itself, its solutions and its experiences from Asia.

The shopping mall of the future has interactive self-service terminals which will give the consumer information, directions and show favored products. Multimedia displays will recognize their audience and show advertisements which will most likely effect the consumers – depending on age and gender. And reportings from the intelligent video analytics can immediately show how effective these ads have been. While retailers in Germany are only starting to grasp the impact of the digital revolution for their business, in other parts of the world digital iRetail solutions are already common. Especially in modern and dynamic cities of Asia, these futuristic visions are already reality.

One successful case is from one of the Europe’s leading manufacturers of premium travel and carry-on luggage. The German luggage brand adopted Advantech’s digital signage solution at its flagship store in Taipei 101 for interactive promotion broadcasting.

Advantech partners with local system integrators to bring its customers the most innovative retail and hospitality solutions, including POS, self-serving-kiosks, interactive digital signage, smart mirror, digital menu boards, indoor navigation, and cloud queue service.

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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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