TAIWANESE DISPLAY COMPANY Viewsonic has launched what it claims is the world's first thin client that works over Google's Android mobile operating system (OS).
From the outside, the Viewsonic SD-A245 looks like an average multi-touch smart display. It has full HD 1920x1080 resolution and is powered by a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. However, what makes it unique is that it has Citrix Xenmobile mobility management software pre-installed, allowing you to deploy both mobile and desktop devices virtually.
Speaking at a press launch on Thursday, Viewsonic said that the technology has been created through a fusion of its smart displays, both the 24in SD-A245 and 22in SD-A225, integrated with Citrix's Xenmobile software as well as the technology from its SC-T35 and SC-T45 standalone thin client products, which would usually slot into the back of an existing monitor.
Powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the thin client smart displays remotely secure and deliver apps and data, Viewsonic claims.
Viewsonic said it used Android on its thin client due to its growing popularity and presence in the market. The firm said it also favoured this OS as it allows enterprises to standardise apps and mobile management tools for both mobile and smart devices, while reducing IT complexity and costs.
The thin client has the ability to natively run managed mobile applications, including Worx-enabled Android mobile apps, without putting demands on backend PC servers, which Viewsonic claims will reduce network bandwidth requirements. It can also natively run multimedia, including types of video and media that a more traditional thin client wouldn't.
It's a one-step process for sign-in access to SaaS and web based applications, and there's also an Android style touchscreen user interface to promote the use of touch in software apps.
"This delivers users the modern interactive form factor of smartphones and tablets, but with a larger screen size for heightened productivity," Viewsonic said.
Viewsonic's new Android thin client smart displays have connectivity options including HDMI (MHL), two full-size USB ports, an SD card reader, an RJ45 socket, headphone jack, and a 2MP webcam with integrated microphone for video conferencing. There are also standard wireless and Bluetooth network connections for access to transfer data, documents, and multimedia files. µ
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