TelemetryOS is a new platform created by TelmetryTV to solve a problem for our customers. Our customers have been asking us for a stable, secure and inexpensive platform to run our digital signage application on. There's significant shortcomings of using a general purpose operating system for digital signage. At the same time we dont want to lock customers in to specific hardware, its best to use a generic platform that gives customers the assurance that they can change in the future should they need to.
We decided to base TelemetryTV on Ubuntu 20 LTS for Intel and Raspbian for the Raspberry Pi and modify them to specifically support the TelemetryTV player and remove anything that wasn't needed. Securing the operating system with CIS hardening guidelines makes it a very secure option as well.
To use TelemetryOS you will need to obtain compatible hardware, download the disk image and install it to a USB stick and then install the operating system on the hardware.
TelemetryOS is based on Ubuntu 20LTS Linux on Intel and Raspbian for the Raspberry Pi so it will have similar compatibility to those systems. It should work on a wide variety of systems and solutions. However we've decided to target three specific pieces of hardware that we test and certify that TelemetryOS will run on.
If you decide to install TelemetryOS on different hardware we will do what we can to help but you bear the burden of testing and ensuring that functionality and stability meet your expectations. We can offer a custom hardware support package for specific hardware, please contact customer support for more information.
Raspberry Pi 4
If you're looking for a low cost solution and can sacrifice some performance, reliability and features then the Raspberry Pi 4 may be a solution for you.
We only support the Raspberry Pi 4 (and compute module) with 2GB+ of RAM and a 32GB+ of storage (SD Card or EMMC on the compute module). Raspberry Pi 3 or other models are not supported.
We've partnered with The Pi Hut to build a custom Raspberry Pi kit that comes preinstalled with TelemetryOS. It's the easiest way to get going with TelemetryOS and we highly recommend you check it out:
Alternatively you can build your own Raspberry Pi solution by assembling the components together.
Please note that the Raspberry Pi 4's hardware is too slow to play video at 4k resolutions. If you have a video heavy application you should test it first to ensure that the performance meets your expectations.
The Compulab Fitlet2 is our primary recommended device for TelemetryOS and is the main device we test and deploy with. It's an inexpensive device (about $250 USD with 4GB, 32GB and WiFi) and is rugged, made from metal and has no fan or moving parts. It should be durable and long living.
We have a bundled solution coming pre-installed with TelemetryOS from Compulab on the Fitlet2. This solution is currently only available for orders of 100 or more devices. If you're interested in this please contact support and we can provide details.
The Fitlet2 has a five year warranty from Compulab. Also it has a 15 year availability commitment. This is pretty outstanding for the industry and will outclass most other devices. It's a testament to the anticipated reliability of this device.
You can order the Fitlet2 direct from Compulab on their website. Note that shipping will vary and be considerably less for multiple units ordered at once. The part number you can use for ordering if you're discussing an order with Compulab is FITLET2-CJ3455-D4-M64S-WI8260-BN
We recommend 4GB of RAM, a minimum of 32GB of SSD and the J3455 processor. You should add the WiFi 802.11ac module as well if you need WiFi.
Intel Ruggedized NUC
If for some reason you can't or do not want to use the Fitlet2 then Intel has a range of Ruggedized NUC's (small computers) that are designed to work without fans for long life in difficult environments.
You can contact your local Intel VAR for details on ordering the Intel NUC. The part number we recommend is the NUC8CCHKR kit from Intel NUC 8 Rugged PC.
You can use in theory any hardware that supports Ubuntu 20 LTS. However you'll need to test it and our ability to support your hardware is limited if you have issues. If you're interested we can offer paid hardware support packages where we test and certify your chosen hardware. Please contact our customer support for more details.
You'll need to follow our install guide which is different based on the architecture of your CPU. We currently support installation on Intel and Raspberry Pi. Please check the install guide.
For Intel systems including the Fitlet2 and Intel NUC please use our Intel Install Guide:
For Raspberry Pi 4 systems please use our Raspberry Pi Install Guide: