Google and AOPEN have today announced a new partnership which will see Google enter into the digital signage, POS and kiosk market.
Google is moving into a new area with AOPEN who is an acknowledged leader in the field with 19 years experience dealing with digital signage, POS and Kiosk solutions. This relationship opens up new ground for Chrome devices which Google has previously explored with devices such as Chromeboxes from various manufacturers and the Chromebase form factor from LG.
Matthew Blumberg, Program Manager on the Chrome Product Team for Kiosk, Digital Signage, Interactive Display solutions says of the new partnership:
We are moving to a world where all signs will be digital, and Chrome devices are the ideal platform for digital signage and kiosk applications. It features hardware-level security, it’s stable, fast and with Chrome Device Management it can be centrally deployed, managed and monitored. We look forward to collaborating with AOPEN on future products with our entry into the commercial devices market.
The partnership will see the release of three new Chrome devices in the second quarter of this year, including a Chromebox and two new Chromebase units. All three units will be aimed for use with Chrome Device Manager, offering businesses an easy to use deploy and manage solution for Kiosks, Point-of-Sale and digital signage.
The Chromebox will be aimed as a plug-and-play device for digital signage, but so far no specs have been released, while the Chromebase units will come in two screen sizes: 19″ and 22″ and as with the original Chromebase from LG will offer an all-in-one solution but with touchscreen capabilities.
The new devices will all come with a 3 Year Warranty and are said to be designed for round the clock usage.
We approached AOPEN for more information regarding specs and pricing on their devices and AOPEN didn’t immediately respond.