Kontron has introduced a new open pluggable specification (OPS) compliant modular solution designed to make digital signage applications more connected, intelligent and secure, which results in devices that are easier to install, use and maintain. Featuring the latest technology, the Kontron KOPS800 system has at its core the Kontron COMe-bSC6, a proven COM solution that provides high-end graphics and display support features. Utilizing the COMe-bSC6 gives OEMs a modular approach that enables optimized and cost-effective scalability of application-specific implementations in terms of graphics and processing performance. This 100 percent OPS v1.0 compliant system integrates the powerful 2nd Generation Intel Core processors (up to 2x 2.7GHz), and is pre-validated for use with a Microsoft Windows Embedded OS (such as WES7 Pro 64-bit) and Intel Audience Impression Metric (Intel AIM Suite) technology based on Anonymous Viewer Analytics software. Digital signage systems employing the Kontron KOPS800 with the AIM Suite and running a content management system (CMS) can simultaneously play high-definition video while gathering valuable viewer demographics without invading their privacy to push custom-tailored messaging to the target audience, which results in delivering a rich, immersive user experience that can offer significant infrastructure cost savings.
To illustrate how the Kontron KOPS800 is integrated with other devices, a simplified example of a fast food ordering kiosk application explains the advancements it delivers. After the Kontron KOPS800, which includes a Microsoft WES7 Pro 64-bit OS, is plugged into any OPS-compliant display, the developer has access to the pre-validated Intel AIM software and content creative and management software. This makes it possible for the system to push tailored information to the customer as well as communicate information about user preferences back to the business in real time. For instance, when a mother with a small child goes to the kiosk to order food, the Intel AIM Suite software allows it to recognize the aspects of the buyer, and is able to display a promotional screen about healthy child meals with a toy. The customer has the choice of either buying the promoted item(s) or going to the regular menu. The kiosk is equipped for credit card or cash transactions, provides a receipt and then communicates the order to the kitchen. When ready, a staffer gives the selected meal to the customer and scans the barcode on the receipt to confirm that the meal has been delivered. At the same time that the order is communicated to the kitchen, this customer data is also communicated to the corporate marketing team enabling them to have important customer data on the effectiveness of their kiosk promotions.
The Kontron KOPS800 is based on the Intel Core i7 processor architecture and the Intel 6 Series HM65 /QM67 chipset. It features a comprehensive range of externally accessible I/O including Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45, two USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI connector and audio jack. The Kontron KOPS800 also supports OPS JAE interconnect I/O such as HDMI, DisplayPort and USB 2.0 and 3.0. For added security, it supports Intel vPro with Intel Active Management Technology and features 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity. It also offers up to 8GB of dual channel DDR3-1600 non-ECC system memory and 80GB mSATA HD integrated storage.