Manufacturers of electronic devices have thousands of demonstration (demo) devices deployed in retail environments across the world. Deploying connected retail demo devices across third-party retailers is expensive, time-consuming, unscalable, and subject to human error. This disclosure describes mechanisms for automatically deploying connected and centrally-managed demo devices at retail locations. Wireless network credentials are pre-registered with a device manufacturer and included in a configuration file that is imaged onto a demo device. Upon power on, the demo device automatically searches for and connects to a retailer Wi-Fi network. The device sends heartbeats to a centralized dashboard to enable geolocating and monitoring. The device can then be remotely configured and can transmit demo interaction analytics to the centralized dashboard.
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Dawson, Steven; Letnick, Chris; LeVasseur, Joshua; Armond, Monica De; and Halil, Aron, "Automatically Deploying Connected and Centrally-managed Retail Demo Devices", Technical Disclosure Commons, (August 12, 2020)