Connected Interactive Displays

Connected Interactive Displays enable better collaboration via the cloud

Written by: 
i3-Technologies 
on: Friday, October 8, 2021

For a long time, professional interactive displays for digital collaboration and digital signage have been separate and/or standalone solutions. Cloud technology puts an end to that. Thanks to the cloud, ecosystems can now be built which connect interactive displays with countless other hardware and software solutions. This offers important advantages to end users and organizations that use these systems, especially now that hybrid working and learning environments are taking over.

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Interactive displays have become a standard in education and business in recent years. They have developed from relatively static solutions to contemporary, interactive systems. Today, these displays are equipped by default with a software suite consisting of a clear and easy-to-use (Android) operating system and a set of functional applications for whiteboarding, annotating, wireless presenting, and conferencing. In addition, these displays can be linked with numerous hardware accessories, such as cameras, smart sensors, and collaboration bars, as well as third-party applications and cloud applications. These could be cloud platforms for centrally collecting sensor data (e.g., air quality), platforms for creating project schedules and communicating tasks (e.g., via JIRA or Trello), specific cloud software for teaching, or tools that enable IT administrators to configure all displays remotely. 

Collaboration via the Cloud

An open ecosystem

The open-ended character of i3-Technologies' interactive displays, where hardware accessories and third-party applications can be used seamlessly, is a basic requirement of end users today.  

This makes it possible for end users to use interactive displays within their own ecosystem of hardware, software and accessories, that may already be present in their workplace or school. End users want displays that easily interact with the outside world and on which, they can use their own trusted applications. This makes (interactive) learning and collaboration more efficient, effective and cheaper. 

Remote management & monitoring

With this in mind (more efficient, effective and cheaper), i3-Technologies developed i3RDM, where RDM stands for Remote Display Management. i3RDM is a cloud platform that allows IT managers to monitor and configure all displays remotely. This allows the IT administrator to check technical parameters, such as uptime and memory status, and install applications remotely. It is also possible to send messages to all displays at the same time (for example in case of an emergency), or to switch off the displays at the end of the working day to save energy. i3RDM can take over the repetitive tasks of an administrator, such as applying the same configuration to an entire group of displays with one click. 

i3-Technologies makes its firmware updates available via OTA (Over The Air) and can monitor which displays may experience problems with a firmware upgrade. This data allows them to optimize support and resolve issues before the end user even notices them. 

Smart sensors & data analytics as a weapon against Covid-19 spread

 The interactive displays of i3-Technologies can also be equipped with 'smart sensors'. For example, i3-Technologies developed the i3CAIR, a sensor combination that is connected to the display via USB cable and that measures the air quality on the basis of CO2, particulate matter, humidity and temperature. When certain values ​​are exceeded, alerts appear on the display so the necessary measures can be taken. Moreover, this data is also sent to the i3RDM platform in the cloud and the IT administrator or prevention advisor can keep an eye on things in real time. The data is stored in the cloud, reports and trend analyzes can be easily made from this data. For example, large and small catering establishments, schools, sports halls, cinemas and offices could have a direct view of the air quality, spread over various locations. Think of a restaurant chain or school group with multiple locations throughout the country. i3RDM is the ideal tool to monitor the air quality in any organization, spread over different locations, in one overview.  

For an ecosystem like that of i3-Technologies, cloud technology is indispensable. It not only ensures a much smaller management burden and a more efficient use of various assets, but also supports innovations such as IoT and edge, which we are actively looking into. This means that the interactive display has evolved from a 'didactical' tool to an intelligent connected solution that creates a much greater added value for schools and companies. 

 

Read the original blog (in Dutch) from CloudWorks here: https://cloudworks.nu/blogs/geconnecteerde-interactieve-displays-zorgen-voor-betere-samenwerking-via-de-cloud


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i3-Technologies is one of the world´s leading manufacturers of interactive technologies for group collaboration and education. We ensure you can leverage your existing technology by building solutions that work in the way your teams want to work. Our innovative solutions bridge digital and analog environments, giving you technology that's easy to use and integrate into your existing infrastructure. We aspire to create environments where our interactive and integrated solutions inspire human interactions.