IDS Digital Displays specialises in providing digital menu board solutions to our customers. The benefits of digital menu boards in quick service restaurants include:

Digital menu boards are quickly becoming a popular choice for restaurants and cafes looking to modernize their ordering process and enhance the customer experience. These cutting-edge displays offer a number of benefits over traditional paper menus, including increased flexibility, improved visual appeal, and the ability to collect valuable data on customer ordering patterns. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the benefits of digital menu boards and how they can help restaurants and cafes improve their operations and attract more customers.

One of the key benefits of digital menu boards is increased flexibility. Unlike traditional paper menus, which must be manually updated and replaced, digital menu boards can be easily updated with new menu items and prices. This can save time and reduce labor costs, while also making it easy for restaurants and cafes to quickly adapt to changes in demand or seasonality.

Another major benefit of digital menu boards is improved visual appeal. These displays can be designed to be highly engaging and interactive, with animations, videos, and other features that can grab customers’ attention and entice them to try new menu items. This can be especially useful for promoting specials and limited-time offers.

In addition to increased flexibility and improved visual appeal, digital menu boards also offer the ability to collect valuable data on customer ordering patterns. This can help restaurants and cafes make more informed business decisions, such as optimizing their menu, improving marketing efforts, and identifying trends in customer preferences.

Another advantage of digital menu boards is that they are cost-effective in the long run as it reduces the need for printing, paper and labor costs. They also can support multiple languages, making it easier for customers to understand the menu items and prices.

Digital menu boards can also be integrated with inventory management systems, which can help restaurants and cafes keep track of inventory levels and reduce waste. This can help reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Digital menu boards can also be integrated with social media platforms, allowing customers to share their purchases on social media and encouraging engagement with the brand. This can help restaurants and cafes to increase their social media presence and attract more customers.

Finally, it is important to note that digital menu boards should be easy to use, easy to read and easy to navigate. They should be placed in a location that is easily visible to the customers and in a location that is easily accessible.

In conclusion, digital menu boards offer a number of benefits for restaurants and cafes, including increased flexibility, improved visual appeal, and the ability to collect valuable data on customer ordering patterns. They can help attract more customers and improve operations, making them a smart investment for any business looking to modernize its ordering process.

Every system in this business world that stores, sends, and receives sensitive data is vulnerable to potential cybercrime threats. Just the act of connecting to an internal system or network alone provides a virtual gateway for cybercriminals to access and exploit confidential corporate data on mobile devices. If such devices are operated beyond their private network, it becomes easier for hackers to breach them. In such scenarios, an MDM solution proves to be really useful in managing and protecting a broad range of portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and terminals while ensuring corporate compliance. Let’s look at the importance of an MDM solution in the cybersecurity space.

Typically, an MDM tool focuses on several interrelated components, including:

  • Device and data security capabilities
  • Device management features
  • Device configurations
  • Device functionality controls

By implementing a robust MDM solution, an IT team can remotely monitor, secure, and manage all mobile devices and ensure that they are compliant with organizational policies.

What is the need for an MDM solution in the cybersecurity space?

MDM is no longer an option in modern times; it is a must-have tool. It’s key to protecting your company’s devices and data from online threats.

In particular, when a device is lost or stolen, it becomes a possible target for a cyberattack, which happens more often than you might think.

According to a study conducted by Tech Funnel:

  • A laptop is stolen every 53 seconds.
  • 70 million smartphones are lost every year.
  • The average cost of a data breach is $39,297 or 80% of the total cost of a laptop.
  • 52% of mobile and laptop devices are stolen from the workplace.

The cost of lost data is far greater than the cost of the lost device. Small businesses are also at a high risk of cyber-attacks and may suffer major damage if they do not employ effective control mechanisms to mitigate vulnerabilities.

These facts highlight the necessity of using an MDM solution to manage, monitor, and secure mobile devices used for business purposes. By implementing a smart MDM solution in the cybersecurity space, organizations can ensure that both the device and the data remain secure without having to sacrifice device functionality and usability.

Key Elements of an MDM Solution 

Although every MDM solution is uniquely tailored to a suit business-specific needs, there are certain elements common to all. They include:

  • Application management – This involves prudent management of the entire lifecycle of an application, including:
    • Installation
    • Updating
    • Managing licenses, permissions, and configurations
    • Deletion

With an MDM solution, IT teams can remotely manage mobile apps, configure policies, and blocklist and allowlist apps. Another important aspect of this is the ability to disseminate enterprise apps through an enterprise app store, auto-update the applications, and then manage them through a central interface.

  • Asset management – This policy emphasizes controlling and monitoring what company-owned and personal devices can be used for and how. Enforcement mechanisms must be put in place to ensure that your company’s policy is universally applied to all devices, platforms, networks, and operating systems.
  • Bandwidth optimization- This is centered upon managing bandwidth usage for each device and application. Personal mobile devices can account for a significant portion of your network’s resources, especially if they’re allowed to go unchecked.
  • Content management – Also known as mobile information management (MIM), this feature helps restrict access to corporate resources on any mobile device. It ensures that only authorized users can access sensitive corporate data, thereby reducing the chance of a data breach by preventing data from being:
    • Backed up on a third-party cloud service
    • Accessible via an unauthorized or unsecured device
    • Shared amongst personal and corporate apps
  • Configuration management – This includes modifying policies according to your business standards and compliance regulations as well as app blocklisting and allowlisting. It allows you to identify, control, and manage settings—both hardware and software—based on user profiles, identity, or physical location.
  • Data security—This ensures that all data is stored, sent, or received according to organizational policies and best practices.
  • Identity and access management – It serves as a screen that restricts access based on permissions. Only authorized employees are given access to the device, data, services, and network connection.
  • Profile management – This limits control of and access to policies and settings to a specific group of end-users based on job roles.
  • Risk management, audit, and reporting –MDM ensures the security of devices by keeping a close eye on the usage and any odd behavior. If there is any malicious activity, the MDM gives the admin the power to restrict access or stop the transfer of data.
  • Software updates – It gives businesses the ability to remotely control software, OS updates, and licenses across all work devices.

Benefits of an MDM solution in the cybersecurity space  

There are several benefits of an effective MDM solution, which include:

  • Easy remote management of devices—System administrators have remote access to manage all devices. In the event of equipment damage, IT admins can remotely manage and configure the system using this kind of software.
  • Improved regulatory compliance – Most industries have specific rules, regulations, and stipulations relating to cybersecurity practices, especially for sensitive information. Some of these regulations include PCI or HIPAA. An MDM solution can help ensure that workers follow best practices and that businesses comply with industry regulations.
  • Greater application control – Admins can block or restrict blocklisted applications from being downloaded or executed, which can save a company from data loss or a system crash.
  • Increased network security – Typically, an MDM solution is developed to strengthen your network’s cybersecurity capabilities. Part of this is accomplished via automatic updates, which can be applied across all company devices. Also, if a device is stolen or lost, an MDM platform can locate the device, lock it, and then wipe the data remotely before sensitive information is stolen.
  • Lower IT requirements – An MDM solution automates several labor-intensive cybersecurity processes required to monitor all enterprise devices. This frees up your IT  resources to focus on other issues that require their attention.

Cybersecurity and MDM Solution Implementation

An MDM solution is deployed to keep your corporate network safe by improving the security and functionality of any work-related mobile device. However, successful deployment of an MDM solution requires preplanning, daily management, and real-time monitoring.

With more than a decade of experience in the MDM space, 42Gears is well-positioned to help you stay protected against the ever-evolving threat of information security breaches.  At 42Gears, we offer a leading-edge Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution, SureMDM, helping businesses ensure security and abide by regulatory compliance requirements.

42Gears supports remote working with secure infrastructure to enable employees to work wherever they are, and whenever they want. Security leaders must consider building their infrastructure around comprehensive management technologies such as SureMDM in order to remotely secure and manage a vast range of endpoints. SureMDM features a built-in threat detection capability along with visibility and easy-to-use controls needed to secure, manage, and monitor any corporate or employee-owned mobile device or desktop that accesses business-critical data.

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Importance of upgrading to digital signage

The professional football club based in Kristiansand Norway founded in 1905 is without a doubt one of the highest respected
clubs in Norway. The club that got a brand-new stadium in 15. April 2007 and with that a whole new possibility for a bigger
revenue. Both with a capacity of 14.500 and have the possibility of using the stadium for more than just football matches.
On the way to a better economic forecast, they wanted to start using the stadium for more venues.
The food and beverage kiosks located within and all around the stadium had one menu that could only be changed manually.
That resulted in big problems whenever there was a different venue than a normal football match. It also limited the club to
changing prices on the products at the end of the match to reduce food waste.
And with a whole new branding and digital signage solution, there would be limitless possibilities for a new way to increase
sales and have sales and general information.

Project start – Importance of upgrading to digital signage

When the project came to light the goal was to increase sales and be able to change the menu fast and easy so that prices
could change throughout the match and be able to have specific today’s products so the manufacturers could get more out
of the deal they had with the club.
The importance of being able to have big venues in the stadium with their branding, prices and menu is a key to getting to rent
out the stadium to event companies. This would not be possible without the usage of digital signage.
So, the goal was to equip all the 8 kiosks with Screen Publishing’s public display solutions to be able to reach the goal.

Project finished – Importance of upgrading to digital signage

The finished product shows digital signage’s visual and practical usage with OnSign TV software and Philips professional D-line
screens. With our project management and solution designers in Screen Publishing, the result is stunning and with increasing
sales of 44% on the first two matches, it shows a high reward for upgrading the kiosks. And with the visual effects and easy
updates, the interest in event management is already given the club a higher interest in venues.
The way prices change at the end of the football matches decrees food waste and with digital screens, it’s a lot less paper
waste and making the club go more sustainable for a better environment
Thanks to Onsign TV, Philips and Screen Publishing.

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Digital engagement in universities has redefined student engagement in recent times globally. Engaging and interacting with a generation of students in universities, raised surrounded by media is driving significant change amongst schools, colleges, and universities. Students today expect and prefer digital communications, and as a result digital signage has become a cost-effective tool for schools to utilize. Dynamic digital signage is enabling schools to improve communications ranging from emergency notifications to wayfinding to events and employee communications.

Digital communications in education can:

Help schools to cost effectively communicate in real-time with students, staff and visitors

Improve school safety by connecting with emergency notification and alarm systems.

Enhance student, faculty, employee, and visitor experience by creating an engaging and interactive environment.

Help schools create an environment that is easy to navigate through the use of interactive wayfinding and digital signs.

Tie into existing systems such as maintenance, inventory, and other administrative systems to provide accurate real-time information to staff and students.

Be used for a number of applications including digital menu boards, donor walls, emergency notifications, staff/student/visitor communications and interactive wayfinding.

It has become obvious to global digital thought leaders that digital engagement is critical for universities and wonderful student experiences.

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Almost every day, a new study extolling the phenomenal expansion of the interactive digital kiosk in the retail sector and in automated retail industries is released.

According to a January 2019 report by Grand View Research, the global interactive kiosk market will reach $41.88 billion by 2025, increasing at a compound annual rate of 8.9% from current levels. Increased consumption in the retail sector will contribute to this expansion.

In a 2017 post on the retail news site, Luke Wilmerding, director of retail solutions at interactive touchscreen vendor Elo, argued that retailers of all sizes may profit from employing interactive technologies in-store.

Many merchants are experiencing the benefits of incorporating interactive digital kiosk in retail sector,  into their business.
To tackle the limitations of exhibiting the company’s customized closet designs in stores with limited square footage, California Closets, for example, is employing kiosks in its remodelled “Showroom 2.0” locations. Close rates and average order values have increased in stores where the kiosks have been installed.

Millennials are devoted online shoppers, but they still seem to crave the rush of physically entering a store, browsing, and selecting the ideal purchase. According to Deloitte’s 2018 Millennial Survey, about half of all young people still shop in a physical store at least once a week. It’s not just Millennials’ credit cards that are being swiped at checkout counters. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, 93 percent of shoppers visited a brick-and-mortar store during the 2018 holiday shopping season. As a result, the potential for using linked services to enhance the shopping experience in physical locations is enormous.

Retailers whether you operate a virtual or real store, a customer’s technological experience can determine whether they buy or leave. Nike’s ‘House of Innovation’ omnichannel offers convenience features like mobile-checkout and customized lockers that can be operated using the customer’s smartphone. Audi is using virtual reality showrooms to offer a personalised, immersive consumer experience, while Topshop’s ‘VR waterslide’ experience lead to a 100 percent rise in swimwear sales. To create those experiences, a technologically advanced store needs have adequate connectivity. Data is generated as a result of customers using your store: what’s popular and what’s not, typical customer stay times, and what retains customers longer and therefore more likely to buy. All data that can be used to improve a customer’s experience while also increasing profits.

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The enhanced visitor experience that arises from the use of IoT technologies in retail contexts is the most crucial benefit for a great digital in retail experience. However, experience enhancement is just one of numerous IoT benefits. Here are ways that connectivity can help you shop better:

Inventory should be optimized.
There are few things more aggravating than losing a transaction due to a lack of stock. It’s awful for the customer and bad for the business, but merchants can track how goods are selling and arrange replenishment deliveries accordingly by adopting IoT technology from product shelving to connected vending machines. IoT can also help retailers identify purchase trends, allowing them to order more of the most popular things and keep them in front of customers’ minds.

Connectivity enables retailers to update digital signage on the fly, resulting in more effective advertising and more sales. Data mining, for example, can disclose information about customer patterns and sales figures. This enables retailers to change signage over the air (OTA) to reflect real-time information, such as directing shoppers toward snow shovels, mittens, and snack items as they prepare for a sudden cold snap.

Customers who come in during the day are more likely to browse, but those who come in during the evening want to get in and out quickly. Cost-effective messages that alter to match real-time customer needs are possible with dynamic signage and certainly helps digital in retail vision.

Providing a service similar to that of a concierge
Personal shoppers are now only available in high-end department shops and luxury boutiques, but this pricey service is destined to become totally democratized owing to mPOS technology. Sales associates will be able to rely on buyers’ online and offline behaviors to create a tailored experience that converts every shopper into a VIP by allowing them to learn more about a client’s store history.

You can work from wherever.
Stores will no longer need to establish fixed lines or waste retail space with enormous cashier stations since cellular-enabled POS systems will allow them to make a sale wherever a customer is. This buy-now method not only improves service and aesthetics, but it also helps to increase sales. Completing a transaction swiftly while the customer is basking in the glow of trying on a new piece of apparel reduces the likelihood that they will consider what’s in the store around the corner!

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As hotels, restaurants, and bars strive to deliver better and more efficient services to their customers, many are turning to interactive kiosks and related technologies to help them achieve their goals.

According to the 2018 Lodging Technology Study, published by Hospitality Technology magazine, 61 percent of hotel operators questioned aim to raise their IT spending, with enhancing client loyalty being one of the top goals. And those visitors are enthusiastic about the shift to technology. According to, hotel check-in kiosks account for 11% of the overall interactive kiosk market, which grew at an average of 10.4 percent between 2013 and 2016. New capabilities like facial recognition and connection with mobile payment systems are expected to boost the value of kiosks in the hospitality industry.
Here are a few examples of how kiosks can be used in the hospitality industry.

Services provided by the hotel
Self-service check-in/check-out was one of the first kiosk-based services given by hotels, and it has proven to be one of the most popular. Guests can check in and leave, pay their money, and even get a keycard. The service is ideal for late-arriving guests who just want to get to their rooms as quickly as possible, as well as those who need to get back on the road.
In addition to those amenities, many business travelers are on their way to the airport after checking out, and they are frequently stressed for time. Allowing guests to print boarding passes and pay their bills at the kiosk can make the procedure go more smoothly. Kiosks may simply be designed to serve content in a variety of languages for businesses that cater to international travelers.

For larger hotels that host conferences or other events, a wayfinding kiosk offers event calendars and direct attendees to the right room. Kiosks also can be wont to allow guests to register for an onsite convention or fair , even allowing them to print name tags. Nearly every major hotel offers some kind of loyalty program, but they will be difficult for guests to trace . Kiosks are an excellent thanks to provide that functionality. First-time guests can check in for programs, special coupons, e-newsletters then forth, while existing members can check to ascertain what kind of rewards they’ll have earned.

One of the up-and-coming uses for kiosks during a hospitality setting is within the hotel restaurant and/or bar. Mirroring the self-order revolution already underway in QSR and fast-casual restaurants, hotels are increasingly using self-order kiosks in their dining operations as how to enhance the guest experience. Guests can use kiosks to put an order and/or settle a tab, or have those charges applied to their room bill.
In addition to assisting hotel operators with managing labor challenges, self-order kiosks are demonstrated to extend check averages through the utilization of suggestive selling. Guests can view the most recent menu items and see special prices and discounts. By integrating the software on the self-order kiosk with a loyalty program, any rewards earned are often automatically incorporated into the tab. Guests desire orders are more accurate because they’re directly involved in ordering, which perception can help improve a restaurant’s overall customer service. a group of kiosks or a tableside ordering and pay device can help speed up the checkout process by offering guests multiple places to order. consistent with the 2017 Customer Engagement Technology
Study, 49 percent of diners want to use a mobile payment solution while 46 percent say the power to use it might actually influence restaurant selection. And instead of having employees spend their time punching orders into a point-of-sale system, they specialize in creating and expediting the food and interacting with guests. this will also increase the output of food delivered, leading to higher sales, lower labor costs and improved satisfaction.