ATMs, kiosks and digital signage are types of embedded devices, a computer system designed to do one or more dedicated functions, with or without user interaction. Usually these devices are located in public areas with restricted network infrastructure and and have multiple locations (e.g. shopping malls, gas stations, libraries, etc.). For this type of machine, remote diagnosis and repair has a tremendous value, so that the administrator can avoid unnecessary visits to reboot a machine or restore an operating system image. You can even remotely diagnose hardware problems, such as hard disk failure and then send the technician with the correct spare part for replacement.
The latest Intel® vPro™ release (i.e. with ME firmware 7.1), brings some improvements and capabilities to address this market segment:
I would appreciate to hear from you if you have any initiative to adopt Intel® vPro™ and what kind of usage are you thinking to adopt. Thanks in advance for feedback.