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Olea Showing New Healthcare Offerings at HIMSS

Note: Olea announces new healthcare products at HIMSS 2017 and includes new models for patient check-in. New tablet offering will be there with telehealth telemedicine demo.  

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New Healthcare Kiosk, Telemedicine Telehealth and Tablet Products at HIMSS

Olea Kiosks has announced it will launch an all-new line of healthcare kiosks for patient check-in at HIMSS 2017 next week in Orlando, Fla.  Booth 4379.

The company’s healthcare kiosks have completed millions of patient check-ins across the U.S. for leaders such as Kaiser-Permanente, Cedars-Sinai, BlueCross BlueShield and others.

“Healthcare is very important to us,” said Frank Olea, CEO of the Los Angeles-based tech and manufacturing company.

“It’s a huge opportunity right now to do great things and really make a difference in the way patients interact with their providers, and the way providers can streamline the business side of their facilities and become more competitive.”

That’s why his company decided to invest the time and other resources to improve their product line, focusing on two models the company believes will lead the industry going forward.

“After last year’s show, we examined our existing products, the needs we were meeting in the market, and how we could serve the market better. This year, you’ll see the results of that thinking.”

The 2017 Olea Kiosks healthcare line includes:

Verona—Olea’s flagship model. Verona includes a powerful set of features with the industry’s only no-effort height-adjustability to ensure the kiosk can be accessed easily by all patients, whether standing or in a wheelchair.Verona Healthcare Kiosk Patient Check-in Self-Service

“There are other kiosks on the market that can be raised and lowered, but we believe the strength required to move the monitor could be too much for some frail or elderly patients—some of the people who most need the functionality,” Olea said. “Ours requires no more than the push of a button to raise or lower the screen over a true 10-inch vertical range.”

What’s more, because Olea has expertise in working with kiosks across multiple industries, it’s been able to keep the cost of Verona to thousands less than some competing kiosks.

Standard components—including 19” Elo capacitive touch technology with accurate onscreen signature capture, privacy filter, full EMV-compliant payment devices, duplex ID scanner and printer—are all designed for easy use by all patients. The quick-change hardware system can be accessed and serviced quickly and efficiently. The kiosk is ADA-compliant, and all internal systems are accessible through the front of the unit, making it perfect for placement against a wall or with another Verona unit back-to-back.

Optional components include:

  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Magnetic card reader
  • Biometric identification device (fingerprint, iris or palm)

Boston 2.0—the next generation of Olea’s most popular healthcare kiosk. Olea will debut the second generation of its most popular healthcare kiosk at the show, the Boston 2.0.

Olea said the kiosk has been re-designed from the ground up. Features include:

  • New 19” Elo IntelliTouch (SAW) touchscreen with privacy filter
  • Choice of energy-efficient LED upper light box or 19” LCD monitor for ads, internal marketing, branding and more
  • Newly engineered internal layout for easier access and more room for components
  • Ability to add the most recent EMV hardware
  • Expanded internal space for added components and maintenance ease
  • Recessed touchscreen for added privacy
  • Barcode scanner
  • Magnetic card reader
  • Electronic signature pad
  • 8.5” thermal printer
  • High-volume cooling fan
  • Audio jack

Optional are Wi-Fi connectivity, web camera, stainless trackball and biometric devices.Boston 2.0 Healthcare Kiosk Patient Check-in Self-Service

“There are thousands of Boston kiosks deployed across the country. They have seamlessly completed millions of check-ins. We knew we had big shoes to fill with the new generation. We believe we got it right.”

Asked why Olea should be on the short list of any kiosk vendors for healthcare facilities, he pointed to the company’s history and manufacturing diversity.

“Olea has been around now for more than 40 years. We do great work in some of the most demanding environments where you can place a kiosk. Transportation venues. QSRs. Casinos. We can take what we’ve learned there about durability, efficiency and providing a great user experience and bring that to healthcare, where the expectations and stakes are the highest,” he said.

HIMSS 2017 takes place in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 19-23. Olea will exhibit at Booth 4379. Call 800-927-8063 to schedule a personalized demo of Verona or Boston 2.0 during the event.

About Olea Kiosks

Olea Kiosks is a Los Angeles, Calif.-based designer and manufacturer of kiosks for multiple industries, including QSR and fast casual dining, healthcare, gaming and financial services. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the company builds “better kiosks through intelligent design” and serves clients across the globe.

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PayPal to Acquire TIO Networks – TIO Networks Investor Relations

Expands PayPal’s Reach Into the U.S. Bill Payment Channel with More Than 10,000 Supported Billers, 65,000 Over-the-Counter Locations and 900 Operated Kiosks

Bill Pay TIO
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Source: corporate.tionetworks.com

SAN JOSE, Calif. & VANCOUVER, BC – PayPal Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: PYPL) and TIO Networks Corp. (TSXV: TNC), a cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processing and receivables management company, today announced a definitive agreement under which PayPal will acquire TIO for $3.35 CAD ($2.56 USD) per share in cash or an approximate $304 million CAD ($233 million USD) equity value. The purchase price represents a premium of 25.2% to TIO’s 90-trading day volume-weighted average price as of February 13, 2017, and 22.6% to the 20-trading day volume-weighted average price as of January 9, 2017, the trading day immediately preceding the date TIO entered into exclusive negotiations with PayPal.

TIO is a leading multi-channel bill payment processor in North America and processed more than $7 billion USD in consumer bill payments in fiscal 2016. TIO serves 14 million consumer bill pay accounts* and offers convenient solutions for expedited bill payment services to financially underserved consumers. The company has more than 10,000 supported billers and numerous direct relationships with billers, which enable TIO to quickly process telecom, wireless, cable and utility bill payments for TIO’s customers. Using TIO’s approximately 900 operated self-service kiosks, approximately 65,000 retail walk-in locations, and mobile and web solutions, customers can conveniently pay their bills while avoiding the service interruptions and financial penalties associated with missed payment deadlines.

Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal, said, “By acquiring TIO and integrating bill payment into our global payments platform, PayPal adds another key service in our efforts to become a part of a consumer’s everyday financial life. Worldwide, more than 2 billion** people do not have affordable access to basic financial services, making it difficult and expensive for consumers to carry out basic financial tasks, including bill payment. TIO’s digital platform, and physical network of agent locations make paying bills simpler, faster, and more affordable. We are excited by the opportunity to extend this valuable service to our existing customers and welcome new billers and customers to PayPal.”

Hamed Shahbazi, Chairman and CEO of TIO, remarked, “We founded TIO to make speed and access part of the bill payment experience for the underserved, and we believe that we have created affordable products to serve the needs of all customers. Our mission fits perfectly with PayPal’s vision to democratize money. As part of the PayPal team, we believe we will accelerate our growth through expanded distribution and continue increasing access to more billers and services.”

Expected Strategic Benefits of the TIO Acquisition

  • Aligned with PayPal’s Vision: TIO supports PayPal’s vision of democratizing money by giving consumers more convenient and affordable ways to pay their bills.
  •  Expands Market Opportunity: TIO accelerates PayPal’s entry into bill payments with 14 million consumer bill pay accounts*, approximately 60 million transactions processed in TIO’s fiscal 2016 and a processing network that includes more than 10,000 billers.
  • Extends Consumer Value Proposition: PayPal’s intention is to offer TIO’s valuable service to PayPal’s customers within its online and mobile experiences.

Upon closing of the acquisition, TIO will operate as a service within PayPal.

 

Financial Highlights of Acquisition

PayPal intends to fund the transaction with cash on its balance sheet. There will be no change to PayPal’s previously communicated fiscal 2017 guidance and three-year outlook based on the acquisition of TIO. For the fiscal year ended July 31, 2016, TIO generated $74.7 million CAD in revenue ($57.1 million USD) and $10.6 million CAD in adjusted EBITDA ($8.1 million USD). TIO defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization and adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus stockbased compensation, non-recurring transaction and restructuring expenses.

Transaction Details

The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2017, and will be completed by way of a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia). The completion of the transaction will be subject to the approval of at least two-thirds of the votes cast at a special meeting of TIO shareholders and optionholders present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting, by: (i) TIO shareholders; (ii) by TIO shareholders and optionholders, voting together as a single class; and (iii) a majority of the votes cast by TIO shareholders present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting, excluding for this purpose votes attached to the TIO common shares held by persons described in items (a) through (d) of Section 8.1(2) of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Take-Over Bids and Special Transactions.

The meeting of shareholders and optionholders is expected to take place in April, 2017. In addition to TIO securityholder approvals, the transaction is also subject to other closing conditions, including the receipt of approvals relating to TIO’s money transmitter licenses, the expiration or early termination of the applicable pre-merger waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, and court approval in British Columbia, Canada.

The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of each of TIO and PayPal, and the TIO Board recommends that TIO shareholders and optionholders vote in favor of the Arrangement. The recommendation of the TIO Board was based on the recommendation of a special committee of independent directors of TIO. The financial advisor to TIO, Raymond James Ltd., has provided a fairness opinion to the special committee and board of directors of TIO that, subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications set out in such fairness opinion, the consideration to be received by TIO shareholders pursuant to the plan of arrangement is fair, from a financial point of view, to the TIO shareholders.

In addition, TIO shareholders, directors and officers, including funds managed by Core Innovation Capital, Napier Park Financial Partners, Edison Partners, Inter-Atlantic Advisors and Inductive Capital, representing approximately 50.4% of the issued and outstanding common shares have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the transaction. The transaction includes customary deal protection provisions, including non-solicitation of an alternative transaction and a termination fee payable to PayPal under certain circumstances.

Further information regarding the transaction will be contained in the management information circular which is expected to be mailed to TIO shareholders in March in connection with the special meeting of TIO shareholders to be held to consider the transaction. Copies of the definitive agreement and the management information circular will also be available under TIO’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. In addition, free copies of the documents may be obtained from TIO’s investor relations website at http://corporate.tionetworks.com/ or by contacting TIO investor relations at investor@tio.com. All TIO shareholders are urged to read the management information circular as it will contain additional important information concerning the transaction.

Advisors

Perella Weinberg Partners LP is acting as financial adviser to PayPal, and Sidley Austin LLP and Blake, Cassells & Graydon LLP are acting as legal advisers on the transaction. Raymond James Ltd. is acting as financial adviser to TIO, and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP, are acting as legal advisers for the TIO Special Committee and TIO, respectively.

NOTES:

$1 CAD = $0.764 USD

* Consumer bill pay accounts represent the total number of accounts between consumers and billers. A consumer may have a relationship with more than one biller and may have more than one account.

** Source: World Bank Global Findex 2014.

About PayPal

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (Nasdaq: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s nearly 200 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit https://www.paypal.com/about. For PYPL financial information, visit https://investor.PayPal-corp.com.

About TIO Networks

TIO is a cloud-based multi-channel bill payment processing and receivables management provider, serving the largest telecom, wireless, cable, and utility bill issuers in North America. TIO integrates with the back office of billing systems to accept, validate, and collect payments via self-service kiosk, retail walk-in, mobile, and web solutions. With approximately 60 million transactions processed in fiscal 2016 and a processing network that serves more than 10,000 billers, TIO symbolizes fast, convenient, and secure access to expedited bill payment services.

Visit www.tionetworks.com or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

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KioCall Announced – new video conference kiosk software

KioCallKioWare has added a new video conference kiosk product called KioCall that works with KioWare for Windows to add video conferencing to a kiosk.

Video conferencing (via externally run applications) has been available in the past but never has it been so simple to implement and cost effective to run.

KioCall
Example KioCall video call window. Click for full size

KioWare has also released a new version of KioWare for Windows (version 8.9) with support for KioCall, and the addition of a few new supported devices.

From Jim Kruper President of KioWare, “KioCall is a game changer for adding video conferencing capabilities to your kiosk. With KioCall, video conferencing is reliable and robust while also extremely inexpensive and requires trivial effort to add to your device.”

About KioWare:

KioWare kiosk software secures your application or website on Windows or Android devices, restricting user access to approved behaviors and protecting user and network data.

KioWare is fully customizable and offers solutions ranging from browser lockdown to full server-based kiosk management. From simple out of the box configurations to more complex integrations, KioWare is trusted by developers, IT professionals, marketers, Fortune 100 corporations, and small business owners. The KioWare team is based in York, Pennsylvania, with an office located in Reading, UK. Choose the best KioWare product for your self-service project and download a fully functioning free trial at KioWare.com.

Contact:

Laura Miller

KioWare Kiosk Software

Analytical Design Solutions, Inc.

+1 717 843-4790 x220

lmiller@kioware.com

http://www.kioware.com

Press Release PDF — PR KioWare Windows 8.9 – KioCall




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SlabbKiosks Acquires Phoenix Kiosk & RedDotNet

Phoenix Kiosk is well-known for its extensive line of American-made modern kiosks including table and floor series models while RedDotNet specializes in more compact commercial grade units. The acquisitions will bring three companies with similar values and philosophies together, to provide a wide range of kiosk products and services to their clients.

[press release on PRWeb]

“We are very excited about the new additions to the company which will allow us to extend our product line by including the current kiosk models of both companies. It will be a great benefit to our customers as they can now choose from a wider selection of high quality kiosk designs along with superior support, sales and management from the experienced and dedicated team at SlabbKiosks” stated President of SlabbKiosks, Peter te Lintel Hekkert.

The two companies will operate under the SlabbKiosks management team; however, Phoenix Kiosk and RedDotNet products will continue to be marketed under their own brands. The move will also further increase the team with the addition of two industry veterans from RedDotNet. The company’s former President, Scott Johnson, an accomplished entrepreneur who led a group of investors to acquire RedDotNet in 2012 and also founded a computer service parts company that he built it into a full-service technology company. Brian Horsley, the company’s former CTO, brings his extensive experience in product design, desktop application software programming, web/cloud-based software management and project management.

The acquisitions will enhance SlabbKiosks’ manufacturing capabilities of standard and customized kiosk units to support the needs of the company’s increasing client base. SlabbKiosks has been manufacturing kiosks across various industries for over 20 years. They offer one of the shortest lead times in the industry, free quotes and renderings and a collaborative consultation process. These and many other benefits will now be available to Phoenix Kiosk and RedDotNet customers as well.

About SLABBKIOSKS
SlabbKiosks is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of cost effective, interactive kiosks. The company has installed and customized interactive kiosks for thousands of clients in over 150 countries and distinguishes itself from the competition by offering the latest in technological advancements including the wireless kiosk, while utilizing high quality components with designs that facilitate quick and efficient maintenance of their units.

Additional information can be found at:
http://www.slabbkiosks.com
http://www.phoenixkiosk.com
http://www.USAkiosks.com
http://www.reddotnet.com




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Fingerprint checks and iris scans are coming to LAX — but you have to pay for them

clear kiosk

Clear, a biometrics security company, plans to add lanes at Los Angeles International Airport.

Source: www.latimes.com

The kiosks, which resemble ATMs, will be expanded by the end of March to three more airports: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and LAX.  Editor note: Kiosks are designed and made by Olea Kiosks.




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Global Kiosk Market 2017 Report

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 – Industry Marketing Management

A market study based on the Kiosk market across the globe, recently added to the repository of Market Research, is titled ‘Global Kiosk Market 2017’. The research report analyzes the historical as well as present performance of the global Kiosk market, and makes predictions on the future status of Kiosk market on the basis of this analysis.

Worldwide Kiosk Market 2017 includes Lobar Cost Analysis, Major Regions Status, Applications, Manufacturing Process, R&D Status, Classification, Growth Rate, Specifications, Capacity, Production, Cost, Revenue, Supply, Import, Export and Consumption

The report studies the market for Kiosk across the globe taking the existing industry chain, the import and export statistics in Kiosk market & dynamics of demand and supply of Kiosk into consideration.

Download Sample Copy of Report Here :
http://www.qymarketresearch.com/report/106203#request-sample

[We have a request in process and will include sample here once we get it]

Major Manufacturers are covered in this research report are,
NCR Corporation
Kiosk Information Systems
Diebold
Slabb Kiosks
Olea Kiosks
DustShield (Phoenix Kiosk)
Kontron
Wincor Nixdorf
Meridian Kiosks
Fujitsu
Optical Phusion
RedyRef
ZIVELO

The ‘Kiosk’research study covers each and every aspect of the Kiosk market globally, which starts from the definition of the Kiosk market and develops towards Kiosk market segmentations. Further, every segment of the Kiosk market is classified and analyzed on the basis of product types, application, and the end-use industries of the Kiosk market. The geographical segmentation of the Kiosk market has also been covered at length in this report.

The competitive landscape of the global market for Kiosk is determined by evaluating the various market participants, production capacity, Kiosk market’s production chain, and the revenue generated by each manufacturer in the Kiosk market worldwide.

The global Kiosk market 2017 is also analyzed on the basis of product pricing, Kiosk production volume, data regarding demand and Kiosk supply, and the revenue garnered by the product. Various methodical tools such as investment returns, feasibility, and market attractiveness analysis has been used in the research to present a comprehensive study of the market for Kiosk across the globe.




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Ingenico Group’s Unattended Partner Program Drives Deployment Of Cashless Terminals On Kiosks

Ingenico Unattended Partner Program Drives Kiosks

Ingenico Unattended

TAGS: cashless vending, mobile payments, unattended payments, Ingenico Group, Ingenico unattended partners program, Self Series readers, Greg Burch, Vengo Labs, Steven Bofill

NEW YORK CITY — Ingenico Group said year-over-year shipments of its

Source: www.vendingtimes.com

Excerpt — NEW YORK CITY — Ingenico Group said year-over-year shipments of its iSelf Series cashless payment systems grew more than 200%. New additions to Ingenico’s unattended partners program, launched a year ago, have accelerated sales, the company reported. Ingenico products are used by the vending, education, retail, hospitality and parking industries.

Ingenico Group said it saw its single largest deployment of unattended payment solutions in 2016. New unattended partners include Vengo Labs, which makes a wall-mounted touchscreen vending machine, along with Bank of America, Bluefin, Shift4 and Vantiv. The program’s 22 members consist of kiosk, value-added and payment solutions providers. It also serves system integrators that create the ecosystem necessary for secure unattended payments.

Ingenico’s PCI-certified iSelf Series is EMV and NFC capable. The all-in-one iUC285 contact and contactless standalone module for self-service businesses is the most popular terminal/reader in the series. Over the past two years, the company says it created more than 10,000 purchase points with its unattended terminals.

Connected Technology Solutions, Flex, Image Manufacturing Group, Kiosk Information Systems, Olea Kiosks, SlabbKiosks and Zivelo are other kiosk makers that use Ingenico’s products. Intouch, Livewire and Nanonation are among the system integrators working with Ingenico.




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Walmart settles disability-rights suit over payment machines

Walmart has agreed to settle a disability-rights suit by installing equipment in its stores in California that will enable people in wheelchairs to read the screens at checkout display terminals and make credit card purchases on their own. The proposed settlement in federal court in San Francisco is intended to make the point-of-sale machines at Walmart’s more than 200 stores in the state accessible to the more than 300,000 Californians who use wheelchairs or motorized scooters. 

Source: m.sfgate.com

Big deal for NCR who now needs to fix their design?




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Press Release – Marijuana Legalization, Vending and Automated Self-service Payment

kiosk industryEastlake, Colo., January 9, 2017Just two years into the state’s experiment in marijuana legalization for recreational use, Colorado businesses are on track see more than $1.3 billion in revenue from the sale of weed and related products. That’s a whopping 30 percent higher than the $1 billion those businesses took in last year.

One of the difficulties faced by the industry has been the primarily cash only transaction.  Employees (or budtenders) end up handling a significant amount of cash.  In any retail environment employee theft is the largest loss component for retail. Over $50 billion a year.  

Recent self-service innovations have emerged which eliminate the employee from that chain.

“What we’re doing with the kiosks is taking the money straight from the customer’s hands and putting it right into the vaults in our kiosks,” said Cannabis Cash Solutions CEO Andrew Savala. “The marijuana business doesn’t touch the cash at all.”

Malvern, PA-based Crane Payment Innovations is taking a similar tack, providing kiosks that include cash acceptors, bank note recyclers and coin dispensers.

Bassam Estaitieh
Director of Business Development – Acquisitions
CPI | Crane Payment Innovations

“It seems to be quite an up-and-coming market,” said Bassam Estaitieh, director of business development – acquisitions with CPI. And the next step for marijuana retail may be vending the product.

“I was reading an article recently about a company deploying kiosks to dispense packages of tea,” Estaitieh said. “If a kiosk can dispense tea it could easily dispense marijuana.”

You can read our full story on Cannabis and cash automation for self-service payment here [http://kioskindustry.org/cannabis-and-the-kiosk-industry/]

Editor Picks This Week – 

Kiosk Industry Association on Social Media

About Kiosk Industry Group

The Kiosk Industry Group is a professional news and marketing association for  the kiosk and self-service manufacturers. It is for the benefit of kiosk manufacturers, developers, resources and client companies who are involved in self-service and kiosk systems. News about the industry and by the industry is published on our website when it is relevant to companies that deploy or may deploy automated self-service, or to companies that support those deployers with hardware, software or applications. The Kiosk Industry Group has been active since 1995. Visit http://kioskindustry.org for more information.

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Craig Keefner

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Posiflex Debuts POS Tablet, Terminal and Kiosk at NRF 2017 | Business Wire

Posiflex debuts three new retail POS products at the National Retail Federation Big Show 2017 – self service kiosks, patented and award winning tablet

Source: www.businesswire.com

A US patent has been issued on MT series accessories for engineering innovation for transforming a tablet into a pistol grip bar code reader, then an all-in-one POS. The MT series is ideal for line-busting, inventory management, mobile payment and customer engagement.




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KIOSK Information Systems Announces Licensed Bill Pay Software Product | Business Wire

bill pay software

KIOSK Information Systems to Demo New Bill Payment Software at the 2017 NRF Big Show, Booth #3805

Source: www.businesswire.com

KIOSK Information Systems Announces Licensed Bill Pay Software Product

Reduces Development Costs, Speeds Time to Market, and Increases Store Productivity

LOUISVILLE, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KIOSK Information Systems (KIOSK) is announcing a new bill pay software platform at the NRF Big Show, 2017, Booth #3805. The modular application provides a complete user flow for payment of multiple bills (via cash, card, and check) and common account inquiries. While unique customer features or additional flow paths can be readily integrated by KIOSK’s Application Development team, the base product license accomplishes the most common transaction functionality KIOSK has encountered with other major retail bill payment and money services clients.

KIOSK Information Systems to Demo New Bill Payment Software at the 2017 NRF Big Show, Booth #3805

KIOSK CEO, Tom Weaver, states, “Without question, bill payment is KIOSK’s most consistent and dominant market application. Many of our clients are in their second or third generation of self-service having already proven the enormous impact of automating literally millions of transactions each year. The ROI on in-store bill payment has moved it from a ‘nice to have’ in-store feature to a ‘must-have’ element to maximize store profits.”

Having worked with most of the dominant phone and cable service providers as well as leading electronic bill payment and money transfer clients, KIOSK’s Development Teams embarked on creating a more turnkey and modular software product, with a pre-established user flow for multi-bill account look-up and payment processing. By offering this as licensed functionality, KIOSK can reduce development timelines by 50% or more, leaving only specialized requests and client-specific API integration to complete.

KIOSK CTO, Charley Newsom, adds that “Our team has integrated our bill payment software with CORE K-NECT to include our proprietary remote monitoring and real-time alerts on connectivity, application status, and advanced payment component-level monitoring in the base product license. This capability, combined with our Intel Security Suite software stack options, creates a secure and PCI compliant total solution that has been vetted and deployed with Fortune 500 client applications. The custom hardware has always been a ‘given’ with KIOSK, but over the course of several years, we have developed a fully secured and finished TOTAL payment solution that we are very proud and excited to bring to market.”

For a closer look, please visit us at NRF’s Big Show, Booth #3805.

About KIOSK Information Systems:

As the Market Leader in Self-service Solutions, KIOSK provides proven expertise in design engineering; application development, integration, manufacturing, field support, and managed services for even the most sophisticated self-service platforms. An exceptionally broad portfolio of standard and custom KIOSK designs are deployed among Top 100 Retailers and Fortune 500 clients in virtually all self-service vertical markets. www.kiosk.com, 800.509.5471.

Contacts

KIOSK
Press Contact:
Cheryl Madeson, 303-661-1648
cmadeson@kiosk.com
www.kiosk.com

Brochure

KIOSK Bill Pay Brochure




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Opinion – The Coming Tech Backlash

job automationForget foreign scapegoats. Tech innovation is what’s killing jobs. And the revolt after Trump will resemble the real Luddite movement.

The tech industry played an influential role in the outcome of the US Presidential election. Not just in providing the medium for fake news and propaganda. The root cause is job destruction by automation , which drove a base of dissatisfied Rust Belt voters to support Trump. Job destruction is accelerating — and if tech doesn’t get ahead of this problem there will be a significant populist backlash against the industry and its ability to progress.

This post was inspired by Bianca Al-Shamari, who is writing an article on job automation and the impact on future generations.

Link to article on LinkedIn

Job Automation Opinion Excerpts:

A recent study found 50% of occupations today will be gone by 2020, and a 2013 Oxford study forecasted that 47% of jobs will be automated by 2034. A Ball State study found that only 13% of manufacturing job losses were due to trade, the rest from automation. A McKinsey study suggests 45% of knowledge work activity can be automated.


The canary in the coal mine is trucking. Truck driver is the No. 1 job in the US of A. Driving a truck is a respectable job that pays well enough to provide for a family without a lot of education. It’s in trouble. The autonomous Uber Freight is taking orders, powered by Otto. Uber’s $680M acquisition of Otto’s 91 employees equals an effective valuation of $7.5M per employee. Or you could say $200 per US trucking job killed.


Being a Luddite in modern terms has been broadly defined as “people not adopting technology.” Like people that didn’t “get blogging.” But the term comes from the people who destroyed labor-saving devices in the British textile industry during the industrial revolution. They acted on orders from a mythical general Ned Ludd to rebel against the technology that was destroying their jobs.


Followup from Contributor

Yesterday I posted The Coming Tech Backlash, on how my industry is due for a reckoning with the job destruction caused by automation. The key question people asked, and hopefully of themselves, is what can I do about it? As a small startup founding CEO, here’s my answer.

I signed an entrepreneur pledge to safeguard civil liberties and advance new economy jobs.

I’m leaning my product towards augmentation and job creation. And supporting emerging communities. These points are admittedly self-serving, but are therefore sustainable.

  • Pingpad is already collaboration software that augments the abilities of teams. We fall on the side of Augmentation from the Doug Engelbart lineage in the Automation vs. Augmentation debate.
  • There are hundreds of use cases for a bot-augmented wiki knowledge base. We are prioritizing those that drive job creation — customer success. Focusing on how Customer Success Teams can onboard new customers faster, resolve customer issues faster and ultimately drive more revenue through people working together. This enables customers to grow and create more jobs.
  • Pingpad is free for up to 100 Notes, ample enough not just for many business use cases, but great for communities organizing on Slack.

I’m also looking for opportunities to advance education for the disaffected. My particular interest is enabling junior colleges (I went to Foothill and gave a commencement speech there), which are best positioned to solve these problems, but need resources, technology and knowledge.

I’m going to keep bringing attention to the issue within the industry. And I’m looking for even better ideas that require a range of resources.




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Cannabis and Marijuana Kiosk

As marijuana legalization continues to spread, the marijuana kiosk is helping to simplify and secure the sales process.

By Richard Slawsky contributor

Just two years into the state’s experiment in the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, Colorado businesses are on track see more than $1.3 billion in revenue from the sale of weed and related products. That’s a whopping 30 percent higher than the $1 billion those businesses took in last year.

Those results are similar to what’s being seen in Washington, the second state to go 420-friendly. Washington reached the $1 billion mark in July 2016, just 12 months after the first legal sale of recreational pot.

And that growth is sure to continue, especially as more and more states hop aboard the cannabis train.

But as with any business, a growing customer base brings with it an opportunity to serve those customers with technology. Cannabis and kiosks are proving to be a perfect match.

Growing like a weed

With the results of November’s election, the use of both recreational and medicinal marijuana has been entirely legalized in eight states, with medical marijuana legal in 28 states.

While the approach of the incoming administration in regards to legalized marijuana remains to be seen, it’s likely that the movement has passed the point of no return.

Still, there are some sticky issues associated with the sale of marijuana. First and foremost is that despite it being legal at the state level, federal law still considers marijuana to be a Schedule 1 drug, putting it on the same level with heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

Because federal law prohibits financial institutions from processing payments from the sale of a Schedule 1 drug, for the most part the cannabis industry is an all-cash affair. Credit and debit card transactions just aren’t allowed.

Unfortunately, conducting business on an all-cash basis is fraught with risk. First and foremost is that having large amounts of cash on the premises makes a marijuana business a prime target for a robbery.

In June 2016, for example, a security guard at a suburban Denver dispensary was shot and killed during a robbery attempt. The killing of the guard, former Marine Travis Mason, was the first known on-the-job death at a licensed marijuana business in Colorado.

The same month, a medical marijuana dispensary owner in the Los Angeles area survived a shootout with two would-be robbers wearing masks and armored vests. The owner escaped unharmed, although the robbers were wounded when the owner fired his own weapon.

In addition to the outside threat, dispensary owners also face the potential of internal theft. Despite the amount of money flowing into the pot industry, dispensary workers start at or near the minimum wage. Handling thousands of dollars a day while taking home $10-12 an hour is likely to prove to be an overwhelming temptation for some seeking to supplement their income.

And that’s where the kiosk industry can help.

Fresno, Calif.-based Cannabis Cash Solutions, for example, is providing cash-handling kiosks for marijuana dispensaries that eliminate the need for employees to handle money. In addition, the devices store the cash in a secure vault until pickup by a manager or an armored car service

“What we’re doing with the kiosks is taking the money straight from the customer’s hands and putting it right into the vaults in our kiosks,” said Cannabis Cash Solutions CEO Andrew Savala. “The marijuana business doesn’t touch the cash at all.”

With Cannabis Cash Solutions kiosks, customers come up to the dispensary counter and interact with the dispensary’s “budtender,” who explains the different product choices available. Once the customer has made their choice the budtender directs them to the counter-mounted kiosk, where they insert their cash payment into a bill acceptor and receive their change. The kiosk recycles the cash inserted for use as change, minimizing the need for replenishing the change fund.

“Customers are still able to have that one-one-one interaction with the budtender,” Savala said. “The budtender can still spend as much time with them as they need answering the customer’s questions, they just don’t handle the cash.”

automated cashier

 

[Video demo of automated cashier]

Malvern Pennsylvania-based Crane Payment Innovations provides the cash recyclers and coin dispensers in these kiosks.

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Bassam Estaitieh Director of Business Development – Acquisitions CPI | Crane Payment Innovations

“It seems to be quite an up-and-coming market,” said Bassam Estaitieh, director of business development – acquisitions with CPI.

See related story on Crane, Olea Kiosks and KioWare.

[Editor note – A total of 3.6 million vending machines will be online by 2020. CPI is the leader. Reference.]

And Denver-based ordering and payment platform provider Jane LLC has deployed its kiosks in Oregon, Nevada and Colorado, with plans to expand to California, Alaska and several other states. With Jane’s kiosks, customers can make their choice from a list of products displayed on the device’s touchscreen and pay at the kiosk. The customer then takes the receipt to the pickup counter to receive their purchase.

“We have been received with open arms in some locations, where others shut the door, priding themselves on the theory of ‘one-on-one customer experience, that’s our specialty and we don’t want to lose that.’,” said Karla Guarino, VP of Marketing/Operations with Jane LLC. “Every state has different rules and regulations which all have to be worked through. It’s an ongoing process, but an exciting one!”

Jane also offers a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. With the app, customers place an order via their mobile device and enter their order number at the kiosks when they arrive at the dispensary. Those customers are also issued a receipt to be taken to the counter.

Jane’s devices also include EMV compliant card readers that are ready to accept transactions in anticipation of the eventual legalization of credit and debit card transactions for marijuana.

“We have been working very closely with our banking partner to ensure our processes are 100% compliant and ready to accept transactions at any time,” Guarino said.

On the horizon

San Francisco-based cannabis investor network The ArcView Group predicts legal sales to top $22.8 billion by 2020, meaning the opportunities for kiosk deployments are only going to continue to expand, both in the United States and around the world. In addition, the expected growth is driving the development of new solutions for the industry.

Several companies have introduced kiosks that actually dispense marijuana, verifying customers via biometrics. Most of those efforts have struggled, though.

Tempe, Ariz.-based American Green recalled all of its Zazzz cannabis vending machines in December 2015 in response to feedback from dispensary vendors and customers, and is retooling its automated vending program.

And Los Angeles-based vending kiosk provider Medbox rebranded itself as Notis Global in February 2016, shifting its focus to cultivation, production and consulting.

Still, the technology that would be required to dispense packages of marijuana is already being used to dispense other products. There may come a time when marijuana vending kiosks are as commonplace as those renting DVDs.

“I was reading an article recently about a company deploying kiosks to dispense packages of tea,” Estaitieh said. “If a kiosk can dispense tea it could easily dispense marijuana.”

The current struggle for acceptance of those types of kiosks may be due to the fact that they have been primarily located in dispensaries. If a customer is already in a dispensary, they may be inclined to simply go to the counter and talk with a bud tender.

Depending on traffic, though, there may be a day when customers will prefer to use a kiosk for convenience. And as medical marijuana becomes more accepted around the country, pharmacies may look at those types of kiosks as a way to compete with dispensaries.

There also may be opportunities for marijuana-dispensing kiosks outside the United States as other countries seek to cash in on changing attitudes. Jamaica, for example, is in talks on a plan to install cannabis kiosks at airports and seaports as part of a plan to boost government revenues.

Jamaica decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2015 and has legalized the use of medical marijuana, part of a plan to market the Caribbean nation as a destination for “wellness tourism” and the accompanying flow of cash.

“The thought is that if you are coming out of the airport, there is a kiosk that you can go to,” Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) Chairman Hyacinth Lightbourne told the Jamaican publication The Gleaner.

“It would primarily be for people who have a prescription and, in effect, you’re doing it for medicinal purposes with a permit from the Ministry of Health,” Lightbourne said. “If they don’t have a prescription, then they can do what we call ‘self-declare,’ and this will allow them [to purchase] two ounces while they are here.”

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How the payments industry came to accept marijuana – from Payments Source. Excerpt:

Despite this progress, most financial services providers still see compliance as a hurdle. Only about 300 of the more than 11,000 banks currently operating in the U.S. work with legal pot vendors.

“Paradoxically, most of the institutions nationwide that offer business to marijuana suppliers are small and very unhealthy; most are the ones desperate for income,” said Lamine Zarrad, founder and CEO of Tokken, a Denver-based blockchain startup.

Tokken sees the marijuana industry’s situation as comparable to other industries, and thus it can apply solutions that other markets use. Tokken uses bitcoin blockchain to peg marijuana transaction information to its blockchain so that banks and regulators have an immutable, time-stamped record. Information about each transaction is hashed and input on the bitcoin blockchain. In this way consumers, businesses, banks, regulators and law enforcement agencies can view the system and ensure there’s no tampering, Zarrad said.

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Will automation take away all our jobs?

Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. Why hasn’t human labor become redundant and our skills obsolete? 

Source: www.ted.com

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