Possibly the acronyms NEC are not familiar to you, it is not strange because they also seemed strange to me, but `without a doubt we will have used their services on occasion. NEC is a Japanese company specialized in visualization services and digitization aimed at large mass audiences.
Recently this company has come to an agreement with Canonocial to offer its customers a solution based on Ubuntu Core and Raspberry Pi. An economical solution but also portable and optimized thanks to the Ubuntu Core platform.
In this agreement, we will not have a simple Raspberry Pi board but we will have the Compute Module version, the Raspberry Pi version that is shaped like ram, and an Ubuntu Core version optimized for this version of the raspberry board. Along with this Free Hardware board, NEC will use panels between 40 and 55 inches that will allow a correct display of content.
NEC has chosen Ubuntu Core for its compatibility with snap packages, packages that will allow users to have interesting applications like VLC or LibreOffice; without forgetting that these types of applications take up little space, something important within these devices.
NEC is not the only company that uses Free Hardware to offer its services. More and more companies are using boards like Raspberry Pi to offer IoT services or specific platforms. Thus, we can see Raspberry Pi in cinemas, supermarkets, parking meters and even information panels.
The Raspberry Pi platform is the most popular among SBC boards, but it is not so clear in the case of operating systems for these types of devices. Raspbian and Ubuntu Core are the most popular operating systems, but there are others Like PiFedora or OpenSUSE, there is also Windows IoT, but this is not having as much success among users as it is in the desktop world. In any case, it seems that NEC will not be the last company to use Raspberry Pi for its services. Do not you think?