PowerTouch – secure web browser for kiosks, Linux
PowerTouch is a stable and secure Internet browser designed for information kiosks with a touch screen operating under the Linux OS. In the current version, it is working on the RedHat distribution with the latest updates configured for kiosk mode. Other necessary components for the full version of the program are the mcrypt and mhash libraries.
The main emphasis in the development was placed on ensuring safe, stable and uninterrupted operation of the self-service Information Kiosk. For this reason, the Linux operating system was also used.
The browser itself is based on the Mozilla Application Programming Framework and the user interface is written using the GTK library.
Because all components required to function as a browser are distributed under a license other than the GPL, they allow the development of commercial software.
- Automatic start to kiosk mode – the user does not have access to the operating system.
- Automatic start of the application in case of a fall.
- Disable keys “CTRL+ALT+DEL” and “CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE”.
- These features are only guaranteed when setting up the system according to the installation instructions.
- Defined homepage displayed automatically after kiosk start.
- Opening new windows (as bookmarks in the main window).
- Support for selected printers (if there is a driver for OS Linux).
- Remote kiosk management using secure shell (ssh).
- Log program activity to a file.
- The installation does not depend on the hardware used and the installed hard disk can be used in any other PC in case of failure.
- The only condition is to use the same network card (physically, not just the same model).
- Configure PowerTouch parameters in a text file.
- Screen resolution from 800×600.
- Option to rotate the image vertically (if supported by the graphics card driver).
- Control via touchscreen (if there is a driver under Linux), keyboard and mouse or trackball or a combination of both.
- Virtual keyboard (EN,CZ).
- Access only to defined pages or without restrictions.
- Internet access via proxy server (without authorization) or directly.
- Setting the time interval for automatic bounce to a defined homepage.
- Set the kiosk to reboot automatically at a specified time.
- Possibility of a local web server with its own application – the kiosk does not have to be connected to the Internet.
- Possibility to create your own graphic appearance.
- Set print properties (page size, color or black and white, etc.).