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:


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

Whitepaper: Making the most of Android’s promise for digital signage

Dozens of different options for digital signage solutions that pair the open source Android operating system with low-cost media playback devices have emerged recently in the marketplace, but choosing the right one is anything but simple. Without careful hardware selection and software optimization, the lower capital cost promise of Android-based digital signage systems can easily be offset and overwhelmed by the higher operating costs of repairing and replacing unreliable, underperforming systems.

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Signage Software Evolving And Maturing

The great thing about crowded fields, when it comes to business solutions, is how the smart buyers win.

There are scores of digital signage software solutions on the market globally, and hyper-competition has forced companies of all sizes and perspectives to steadily improve their offers. No one can afford to develop a version 1.0, and then stop and just sell that.

The result: steadily expanded capabilities, solutions that are easy to use, and lowered costs brought on by all that competition.

Some clear trends have emerged that show where digital signage platforms are at, and where they are going. Continue reading