Google Testing Chromebook Kiosks for Business Users
The Chromebook kiosks allow businesses to let customers and employees securely check stock or place online orders without logging in.Google has been testing Chromebook-equipped store kiosks that make it easier for businesses to help their customers and employees check merchandise stock, place orders or get more information while shopping or working. The kiosks use something Google calls "Managed Public Sessions" to allow employee and customer use of the devices without the need for logging in, according to an April 30 post by Vidya Nagarajan, product manager for the Chrome for Business unit, on the Official Google Enterprise Blog. "Because Chromebooks are low cost, easy to set up and manage, and require virtually no maintenance, Chromebooks with Managed Public Sessions make perfect shared kiosks," wrote Nagarajan. "With easy personalization and built-in security, Chrome devices were made for sharing," wrote Nagarajan. "The new Managed Public Sessions feature delivers a highly customizable experience for both customers and employees without requiring a login."
Some of Google's suggested uses for the Chromebook kiosks include:
- Ordering out-of-stock items online while customers shop at a retail store.
- Searching for books and browsing the Web at the library.
- Updating machine and inventory information from the manufacturing floor of a company.
- Accessing a company portal and updating human resources information from the employee breakroom.
- Catching up on work in a hotel business center.