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Reducing log in time for roaming workforce with hot desktop feature.

IGEL Technology : 04 June, 2007  (New Product)
XPe thin client technology from IGEL enables roaming workers to gain speedy access to thin clients with fast login through Citrix Password Manager.
IGEL Technology has announced the inclusion of Citrix Password Manager and its Hot Desktop feature
in the latest version of its Microsoft Windows XP Embedded firmware. Roaming workers in industries such as healthcare can now reduce log-in time by up to 90 percent using the Hot Desktop functionality, which comes pre-installed with its necessary components and applications on IGEL's XPe thin clients. The latest IGEL firmware also provides fast user-switching with integrated Gemalto smart cards to solve the authentication and single sign-on challenges of busy roaming workers.

For IT administrators, the IGEL firmware offers simplified, out-of-the-box configuration, while providing quick and easy log-in for shared workstations or roaming users. Using IGEL's Remote Management Suite, which comes bundled with every IGEL thin client, IT administrators also can manage user credentials to meet security and compliance regulations.

'The Hot Desktop feature of Citrix Password Manager keeps a locked-down shared account always logged-in for fast access, while adding an additional layer of explicit user authentication for access control and
automated connection to Citrix delivered applications,' said Edward Rodriguez, director of Citrix Password Manager Sales for Citrix Systems, Inc. 'By incorporating Citrix's Hot Desktop functionality into IGEL thin
client devices, industry sectors such as healthcare eliminate generic log-on accounts to meet compliance regulations. Specifically, user log-ons, log-outs and password changes can now be logged for accountability and auditing, while walk-away timeouts increase security.'

Powered by Citrix Password Manager and its Hot Desktop feature, the IGEL firmware can also:.

* Deliver workstation and application access in less than 10 seconds for both server-based applications running on Citrix Presentation Server and local thin client applications such as terminal emulation or Web browser sessions.
* Enforce unique log-ons with a Gemalto. Net smart card and the IGEL XPe thin client with built-in smart card reader.
* Automate launching and log-ons to applications.
* Present the same application screen from one IGEL workstation to another.
* Prevent walk-away security breaches.
* Prevent workstation denial of service.
* Audit shared workstation access events.

Users simply remove the smart card from the IGEL thin client and their current profile is stored. When the card is inserted into an IGEL device, users are asked for their security PIN and the desktop is replicated onto the new device without the need for a lengthy, traditional log-on.

'What is revolutionary about this announcement from IGEL is that the Hot Desktop feature is fully integrated in the Windows XP Embedded firmware. Administrators do not need to customise the firmware to enable this feature. Even the configuration of Hot Desktop is possible with the IGEL Remote Management Suite,' said Stephen Yeo, worldwide strategic marketing director for IGEL Technology. 'Our customers, such as ACS in the United States, have shown in trials that besides easy administration this approach can improve healthcare worker productivity by over 20 percent a day.'

'In an emergency situation - when a matter of seconds can make all the difference - healthcare professionals are often faced with the dilemma of either acting immediately to attend to a patient or taking an extra moment to secure sensitive patient information,' said Greg Appel, technical director for ACS Healthcare Solutions, a premier provider of diversified business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology outsourcing (ITO) solutions to commercial and government clients worldwide. 'By tightly integrating with Citrix Password Manager and Gemalto smart cards, IGEL thin clients allow healthcare
professionals to make the natural choice -- treating their patients quickly without fear of jeopardizing patient confidentiality.'

IGEL's latest XP embedded firmware is available immediately.
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