Controlling digital signage networks from one cloud-based spot

25 April 2017

Retail computing specialist Distec has expanded the selection of commercial and retail products it offers by partnering with global digital signage expert AOPEN.

The deal will see Distec become a distributor of AOPEN’s range of digital signage products, including the Chromebase and Chromebox series of commercial computers. This partnership makes Distec the only UK-based distributor of AOPEN’s commercial Chrome range.

The Chromebase and Chromebox computers, which operate using Google’s Chrome operating system, are designed for use in busy retail environments. The Chromebase is a multi-touch device that is ideal for interactive displays and in point-of-sale kiosks, while the Chromebox is a discrete solid-state system that connects to peripheral digital signage screens. Each PC is housed in a robust enclosure and is fitted with an Infineon trusted platform module (TPM) to secure the device against intrusion.

In addition to the Chrome range, Distec will also be distributing various other AOPEN products, including the digital engine range of media players and the eTILE All-in-One devices. In particular, Distec will sell the In-Store Showcase. This is a commercial PC with a transparent LCD display, allowing retailers to place physical products inside the display box and complement them with digital graphics, video and audio. Retailers can use this in place of standard display units to create a novel customer experience. 

As well as physical systems, Distec can also provide Chrome device management (CDM) to customers. This is a cloud-based management system that allows retail managers, regardless of IT proficiency, to control Chrome-powered digital signage networks from one location. This provides a simple means of rolling out system updates and malware protection, as well as preconfigured apps for use by the end customer.

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