How to Access Local Hardware From Browser Apps
Browser-based web applications are relatively cheap to develop and fast to deploy. However, these applications suffer from one major limitation. For security reasons, web apps cannot access the peripherals attached to your PC.
Instead of writing a desktop application to access local hardware, this server can be used to access the same resources from a much cheaper, friendlier, easier to maintain web application.
Bring any peripheral into your web app
Hardware Gateway Features
The E7 Systems local hardware Gateway will enable your web application to access:
- Fingerprint readers
- ID scanning devices
- Point-of-sale devices
- Internet of Things – Arduino controlled devices
The design benefits of the local hardware gateway:
- Runs in windows as a service – transparent to user
- Supports auto-updating
- Web Sockets or HTTP service
Anything you connect to your PC can be accessed and managed from the E7 Systems Local Hardware Gateway.
Auto Update Manager
With your browser app you enjoy the freedom to deliver updates at will to some or all of your users. This requirement will extend to the local hardware gateway.
Adding support for new peripherals such as scanners, card swipes, EMV teminals, and even printers, will be easy.
Since the Local Hardware Gateway Service is installed on your PC we developed a facility for auto-updating that software. In a managed network environment, we need to be able to control updates and run specific clients with unique versions.
E7 will integrate the Local Hardware Gateway version manager into your network management software.