It’s in to be thin

ThinManager was mentioned in a recent blog post from InSource Solutions about how thin client technology is more manageable, scalable and mobile.

Below are excerpts written by Jason Paquette, Product Marketing Manager at InSource Solutions, from his post regarding thin client management and mobility with an HMI. {full article}


Thin Client Management

RDP (Remote Desktop Access) allows network administrators to remotely diagnose and resolve problems encountered by users. RDP properties include encryption, smart card authentication reduction, resource sharing, and multiple display ability. The protocol has it’s security issues, however. As an example, if an administrator opens a thin client connection between computers, a hacker who is able to break into the RDP connection would have administrator privileges on both computers.

Fortunately, there are software packages such as ACP ThinManager® that allows unprecedented control and security in a sustainable, scalable platform regardless of the size of your industrial environment or number of facilities. ThinManager’s thin client architecture gives users the applications and tools familiar to them in a format that reduces management and hardware costs while increasing security.

By acting as a centralized management solution, ThinManager seamlessly integrates with your HMIs and other applications, while providing a number of features, tools, and methods of access, making it simple to monitor and adjust user sessions from anywhere. ThinManager ready thin clients can be replaced with a single click of the mouse, with the new unit assuming the old unit’s identity and displaying the old unit’s session.


For more details on ThinManager Security, check out this post »

New Security Document Outlines the Details of ThinManager Security



With mobility all around us, you can now use RDP on a phone or tablet. There are a variety of scenarios where remote desktop access provides the benefit of flexibility. People at one branch office or in the field can remotely connect to computers in another branch office or HMI on the plant floor using only their mobile device.

ACP has addressed this issue as well with a product called Relevance. Relevance extends your ability to manage every device by bringing a powerful mobile administration tool set to the ThinManager thin client management platform. Applications and information can now be delivered based on location. This will allow your staff the option to have information automatically become available on mobile devices upon entering an area or scanning an ID. Then, upon leaving the area, the information will be removed from the screen or hidden unless accessed by an authorized user. Other features include the ability to share screen information with other devices based on proximity or login. Now an administrator can see the same screen on his mobile devices that a technician is accessing on a computer without having to look over the shoulder or switch seats. The access can be view only or interactive. ThinManager Relevance is ultra-secure as all data is stored on secure central servers and no data is saved locally. If a device is lost or stolen, no information or administrative paperwork is compromised. Relevance supports Android OS, Apple iOS, and Windows mobile platforms.

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