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Intel® Active Management Technology: Digital Signage Over 3G

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Intel® Active Management Technology: Digital Signage Over 3G

Digital signage displays are everywhere, even in out-of-the-way fuel stations in the countryside. Today, the widespread availability of 3G and emerging 4G cellular-based wireless broadband networks enables digital signage to be deployed virtually anywhere. This is a good alternative when wired broadband service isn’t available to provide a connection for downloading and updating content.

Network connectivity is also used by technicians who monitor and manage displays centrally from a remote console. Compared to sending someone onsite for ongoing support and repairs, remote management saves cost and time. For a display that’s so secluded as to need a 3G connection, the savings are even greater.

Advanced Remote Management
Taking remote management to a new level, Intel® vPro™ technology with Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) allows consoles to fix a wider range of systems issues, even when the operating system is down. For example, it’s possible to repair corrupted drivers, application software, or the operating system for a non-responsive signage system that won’t run or boot. This can be done on an Intel® vPro™ technology-enabled display through a capability called out-of-band (OOB) management.

The advanced capabilities of Intel AMT can help reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) for digital signage, especially when systems are deployed at distant locations. For such cases, this paper describes how to set up Intel AMT over 3G using permanent site-to-site IPSec VPN tunnels. VPN tunneling virtually extends the network of management servers to man-aged devices, thus allowing the management console within the corporate firewall to discover and communicate with digital signage systems outside the firewall more securely. In addition to digital signage, this approach is applicable to other embedded devices, such as vending machines, kiosks and medical devices that may be located outside the corporate firewall and connected through wired or wireless high speed network. There are additional ways to utilize Intel® AMT for managing devices over 3G or other networks outside corporate firewall that will not be discussed here.
Read the full Intel® Active Management Technology Digital Signage Over 3G White Paper.