Manage Android TV Devices for Digital Signage

Aug 17, 2017 | 42Gears Team

Android TV Devices as Digital Signage

Digital signage is the use of digital display technologies in order to showcase content. Common use case for digital signage includes displaying advertisements, news, product information, etc. to capture customer attention. Signage can be placed in stores, trade shows and any high traffic area to deliver a specific message. Screening devices such as TV Boxes and TV sticks are commonly used for this purpose. These devices transform a regular TV or display monitor into a Smart TV via an HDMI connection.

A plethora of TV Boxes are available on the market today. One of 42Gears’ clients chose Minix Neo X9 TV Boxes as their hardware of choice. The Neo X9 brings the Android experience to the screens, including 1080p streaming, web browsing, and much more. When mated with a monitor, the Neo X9 can provide video content through playback.

42Gears’ digital signage product SureVideo offers a way to play videos in a loop and at the same time secures the TV Box from tampering by the end-users. The audience will only see what you intend for them to see, free from any interruption. Using SureVideo you will effectively deliver content to your targeted audiences and prevent any unwanted disruption.

In many cases, the video content and the mobile devices are not located in the same area. They can be spread across hundreds of locations. As the number of devices and locations increases, so does the difficulty of managing the video content as well as Android TV devices. Troubleshooting a device usually requires traveling to the location which is costly and time consuming.

You can use SureMDM to manage large number of mobile digital signage devices. With a click of a button, the administrator can deploy select video playlists to all devices. SureMDM also offers features such as remote control and app deployment functionality. With the device screen mirrored, you can remotely control the device as if it were in front of you. The user can also silently install and update software  applications on multiple devices with a single click.

42Gears often works with hardware manufacturers to provide customers with the ideal combination of devices integrated seamlessly with 42Gears software. While SureMDM remote control and silent install functionality works on certain mobile devices, additional permissions granted by the manufacturer are required to unlock these capabilities. 42Gears has worked with major companies such as Samsung, LG, Lenovo, Blackberry and Panasonic to make sure our software and their hardware is utilized to the fullest capability.

With Minix Neo X9 devices, remote control was not possible out of the box. Minix and 42Gears teams worked together to allow additional support for SureMDM.

Manufacturers of digital signage hardware aim to ensure that their customers are satisfied and stick to their products. They can achieve this by supporting SureVideo and SureMDM on their platforms.

If you are an Android TV box manufacturer, we would love to partner with you.

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