The kiosk software focuses on control and security to enable the creation of a fully locked down self-service kiosk, purposed device, interactive digital signage, public-facing device, or self-service payment system.
FREMONT, CA: The kiosk software business is evolving and faces more competition from new system solutions and external peripheral software industries. These industries include hardware manufacturers, operating systems, producers of digital signage software, mobile device management solutions (EMM and MDM), and software for Windows restoration.
Solutions for Peripheral Industries
Management of Mobile Devices: In the case of mobile device management, users frequently require the ability to answer their phone and use it fully functionally, while the phone's owners (companies) want to understand how the phone is being used—where, when, and for what reason. When the primary objective is to monitor a device and its behavior, mobile device management solutions are frequently a more flexible solution, allowing users to use the device freely. MDM makes sense in this case only if the device has a single end-user.
Group Policy Objects (GPO): The preceding use case also applies when a computer is used for daily work and complete access to the operating system is required. In this circumstance, GPOs can impose sufficient restrictions on device settings to prevent damage while allowing the end-user to access the numerous programs and files required. This enables the device's owner to save and access their files and is only optimal in the situation of a single user.
If the machine is a public access device and behavior and privacy are not an issue, other choices include restoring software (formerly known as Windows Steady State). Again, this does not regulate user behavior or protect user privacy, but it does safeguard the device from accidental or intentional damage. Typically, restore software recovers and protects the computer in use; it does not restore or protect network assets or connected devices. If use and privacy are irrelevant to the deployment and network/device data is irrelevant, restore software will suffice. If consumption must be limited and user privacy must be protected, kiosk software is a more viable solution.
Software for Digital Signage: Although the worlds of digital signage and kiosk software have long overlapped, digital signage is often viewed as an add-on feature or application for use with kiosk system software. While digital signage has a long history of non-interactive use, it is only in the last few years that both deployments and software requirements have evolved to enable users to interact with the program. While there are numerous options for digital signage software available, only a few support the addition of external devices for payment acceptance, and none are created with a primary focus on control and security over digital views and advertising capabilities. If the signage is interactive, kiosk software can be used with additional custom or out-of-the-box digital signage applications or as a stand-alone product. Additionally, it can track advertising interaction rates and page visits through kiosk management capabilities offered by some kiosk software manufacturers.
Kiosk Mode: Recent OS updates frequently include features such as Kiosk Mode. Kiosk mode is a feature that enables the device to be configured to use the browser exclusively in the manner specified. The difficulty with kiosk mode is that it often grants access to the operating system and file system while imposing few restrictions on other activities or user control functions such as automated browser history clearing or resetting to the homepage.
While kiosk mode is an efficient method of restricting browser/website access, it does not secure the device or the user. While kiosk software normally enables a browser to function in restricted access mode, it prevents users from accessing the operating system and performing other tasks.