So today we began another revolution – to drag the humble “web-kiosk” into the 21st century.
Our goals were clear:
- Create kiosk software that actually works and allows users to browse the web un-hindered by previous users
- 100% remotely controlled by a central web-based information management system
- Allow for whitelist of approved websites
- Must run on low-power Atom-based PCs (but still require Windows 7 - for now)
- Must use Internet Explorer 9 (or an implemention of the IE browser engine)
- Must have “session” management – allowing for the creation of individual session logons
- Must provide reporting on time-spent, number of users etc
- Must have a catchy name
- Must be very very very easy to use and manage
- Must be “self-fixing” – and require zero maintenance call-outs
- Must allow for the recording of activity
- Must allow for the remote termination of a session
A visual basic (framework 4) custom browser application that replaces Windows Explorer, connects using web services to an information management system written in ASP.Net Framework 4 with Microsoft SQL Server running behind the scenes and automatically re-sets everything at the end of the browsing session.
the work continues!