In the business world, enterprise mobility is the buzz. Companies are using more and more of mobile devices at the workplace and are leveraging various functional apps. In this scenario, kiosk mode feature enables organizations to ensure that their provided mobile devices are used for the work purpose only and not for the person or the entertainment purpose. Reason for such restriction is required because unnecessary usage distracts the employees and affects their productivity, downloading irrelevant apps or accessing any unsecured websites which can put business data and devices into jeopardy.
So, what is kiosk mode? In general, kiosk mode is meant the same as a specific mode that most of the browsers offer. It is the mode, which enables to run the application without any user interface such as toolbars and menus and is offered by browser applications like Chrome or Firefox or Internet Explorer. The most prominent use case for setting up kiosk mode is to run only the browser-based content in full screen and prevent the user from running anything else.
Kiosk mode in mobile devices locks down the devices, enabling only the work-related apps which are deemed required for your business. Users can access only those apps which are enabled by IT admin of the organization.
In Kiosks mode, mobile devices like tablets or iPads can also be turned to (POS) Point Of Sales or digital signage or as kiosks to showcase the products or services. For e.g.
Kiosks are in fact used in any use-cases in which business want to limit the functionality of devices and make the user access a specific app only. Kiosks are generally found in retail stores, airports, hospitals, school campuses, company cafeterias, conferences, and other places. According to the requirement, kiosks are also interactive, for e.g. self-service access to products or services, automated check-in systems, surveys and other are for displaying information like showcasing catalogs.
The kiosk mode on the corporate-owned devices which are provided to employees is important as it increases the employees’ productivity by helping them to focus on the task at hand. This will eventually increase the work efficiency and boost overall business growth.
iOS, as well as Android devices, can be set in Single App mode, by which only a single App can be run in the kiosk mode. With this mode, companies can either turn the device into a dedicated kiosk for a function or prevent access to other applications and data on it.
In Multi App mode, the organization can enable a couple of selected apps to run on the devices. Single App or the Multi App mode can be enabled with the help of Mobile Device Management Solution for iOS and Android devices.
With cutting-edge mobile technology, mobile devices have become affordable to deploy in bulk in the organization, plus the advantage of small size and its handiness, the enterprise is taking the risk of investing big on achieving good results with enterprise mobility. Kiosk Lockdown Software like MobiLock Pro can help them achieve their return on this investment by offering various features like Kiosk Mode to solve the business problems streamline their processes.
If your organization has Android or iOS devices to be locked into kiosk mode, follow the below link to get a step by step guide as to how to do it.
Nema Buch is a Research & Marketing professional, also writes for MobiLock Pro on Enterprise Mobility trends, SaaS, and different Industry Verticals.