A Stick of Data

— January 08, 2013

A new solution from Dell extends cloud client computing and enables data mobility. The multimedia-capable device, called Dell Wyse “Project Ophelia,” is slightly larger than a USB memory stick and enables users to access secured corporate assets and convert any capable TV or monitor into a functioning interactive display without using a computer, tablet or smartphone.
 
Workers want to take and securely access content wherever they go, but it can still be challenging to share work applications, presentations and content if they are away from their usual devices, or worse, if their mobile devices are misplaced or fail during travel.
 
“People are increasingly requiring access to digital content while on the go,” said Tarkan Maner, vice president and general manager, cloud client computing at Dell. “Smartphones have small screens and not every worker will have a tablet or laptop. Even when they do, these devices require batteries that can run down. ‘Project Ophelia’ turns capable TVs and monitors into reliable Wi-Fi enabled work stations – all managed easily by IT via Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager.
 
Built on Dell Wyse software technology, the device allows business users to instantly turn a display into a flexible, securely managed, communications-enabled thin client for work, demos or presentations. These capabilities are packed into a device barely larger than a USB stick that is self-powered through a monitor and easily fits inside a pocket.
 
Features and functionality of Project Ophelia include:
  • Ability to instantly and securely access the cloud, work content and applications wherever there is an available capable display (using a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse)
  • Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth facilitates access and communication
  • Android 4 OS to support Web browsing, social networking, media playback and Android Apps with a possibility to extend to other services
  • Securely connects to Windows desktops and applications running on back-end systems from all leading infrastructure providers including Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.
  • Zero-battery device gets power from the attached display monitor via its MHL interface to the monitor’s MHL port, or separately via its own USB interface.
  • Remembers settings for each individual to enhance usability.
  • Compatible with many existing Dell Wyse thin clients and software products.
  • Managed by Dell Wyse Cloud Client Manager software-as-a-service (SaaS) which can ensure the device is being used by the appropriate person with the right permissions and access to apps and content based on role, department, and location.

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