Monthly Archives: July 2015

DBIR Verizon Breach Report

70 page Verizon breach report for 2015 detailing the many ways data is breached and to what extent. Whether it is malware, or virus or whatever. Source: thinclient.org 70 page PDF detailing for 2015

JPay Kiosk and Prison Kiosk – The real story behind the Apple of Inmate Kiosks

Prisons are finally getting a high-tech upgrade to whatever wherever. 

The only hitch: everything comes at a cost, including emails, which require a paid virtual “stamp” to go through to recipients. Stamp pricing varies depending on the prison, but each one goes for about the same cost as a physical stamp.

Source: www.businessinsider.com

The company’s various services are now offered at over 1,200 facilities in 34 states, ranging from low-security outfits to supermax prisons. In 2014, inmates sent over 14.2 million emails and 650,000 mobile payments through JPay’s systems. Over 40,000 JP4 Android tablets — the most up-to-date JPay tablet at the time — were purchased.

5 Kiosk Design Tips for Scalable Kiosk Applications

Blog article on designing kiosk application to scale.  Creating a kiosk application capable of scaling from a handful of kiosks at a single location, up to thousands of kiosks spread across multiple regions requires that you design for scalability from day one. 

Source: blog.kiosksimple.com

1. Offload computation to the kiosk to reduce the workload on the server

2. Choose the right database engine based on the nature of your data

3. Use a reliable content delivery network with geo-location to rapidly deliver content

4. Ensure maintainability through modular design and loosely coupled layers

5. Regularly analyze your code to ensure it’s running efficiently

Cash Usage – The truth about the death of cash

In the US, cash in circulation grew 42% between 2007 and 2012 (Credit: Getty Images)

Source: www.bbc.com

Read the entire article on bbc.com It’s tempting to forecast the demise of cash. In fact, people have been predicting the end for physical money for nearly 60 years. With the rise of credit cards, contactless payments and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin the death knells  have only gotten louder. 

The Netherlands is an interesting case study to look at more closely, because their retail sector has recently embraced card payments in a big way. There are now 1,400 supermarkets in the Netherlands with registers that don’t accept cash.

In the UK, half the transactions by consumers in 2013 were with cash

As a result, card payments in the Netherlands have been growing by about 7 to 8% annually over the past few years. And yet, cash is still king. In 2012, there were 2.7 billion card payments, but an estimated 3.5 to 4 billion payments were made with cash. “Even in supermarkets which all accept debit cards, cash is still used heavily,” Jonker says. “For the time being we think cash will keep on having an important role.”
 
Studies of other nations tie in with these finding

Mobile kiosk – NFC kiosks aim to ‘take paper out’ of dealerships

F&I documents, vehicle sales agreements, brochures and more, we all know that dealerships are businesses that rely heavily on printed products.

Source: www.autoremarketing.com

The company has made NFTouch available in a variety of dealer packages. FRG shared the base package for the product includes four “wheel” kiosks (digital stands next to a showroom vehicle) and a showroom Master kiosk (which provides discount coupons, showcases campaigns, monthly features and specials). The Digital Wheel Stand allows the sales manager to instantly change vehicle pricing and offers.

The packages are customized in an effort to suit dealer needs, and the kiosks are leased over a set term, with delivery and installation within 60 days of ordering.

And for shoppers that might not have made it to the dealership within store hours; they can receive information, as well. The company also offers an After-Hours kiosk, which sits just inside the dealership window and works through glass.

Premier Tax Free Shopping self-service kiosk refund platform

Premier Tax Free Shopping unveils self-service refund platform

Source: www.moodiereport.com

The kiosk is connected to all till points in-store, and automatically recalls the purchase information as soon as the receipt is scanned. 

Using inbuilt scanners, the tourist can simply scan their passport and sign the form using an inbuilt signature pad. Respecting all local and international regulations, the printed tax-free form is fully compliant, and in some countries, such as France, it is linked to Customs to synchronise with local systems. 

Bill Pay Kiosk – Outdoor thru wall Jack

Announcing newest Bill Pay Kiosk Outdoor thru wall JACK in a small city market. JACK Flash Update: The city of Winnsboro has a population of around 3400 & about 1000 water accounts. Winnsboro JACK went live Sunday, July 19th, & during only the first three days of operation JACK completed over 60 successful transactions (payment times range from… Read More »

Merchant Acquirers Think the EMV Migration Is a ‘Big Joke’

If you’ve been sifting through your wallet and counting the increasing number of chip-enabled cards you can find in there, you’re probably becoming more and more confident that EMV is finally happening in the U.S.

Source: www.paymentssource.com

Key basis — According to a DDPR survey of 26 ISOs and acquirers in the first quarter, only 30% had an interest in pursuing a partnership or a vendor relationship for EMV. That compares to 72% for mobile point of sale, 68% for digital loyalty, 62% for semi-integrated payments solutions, 58% for integrated payments and 46% for e-commerce gateway.

The 12th China International Self-Service, Kiosk & Vending Show will Move to Shanghai New International Expo Centre this September

SHANGHAI, China, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As the biggest event dedicated to the Vending and OCS industry in…

Source: www.prnewswire.com

SHANGHAI, ChinaJuly 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As the biggest event dedicated to the Vending and OCS industry in Asia, the 12th China International Self-Service, Kiosk & Vending Show will move to Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) and will be held from 16-18 September, 2015Covering an area of 25,000 square meters, the show is expected to attract more than 500 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors from home and abroad.

Concurrent show: China International Digital Signage, Audio Visual Integration and Equipment show.

Exhibits Profile

The show offers an excellent networking platform for all participants to experience the latest innovative technologies and market development trends in   Vending and OCS industry at home and abroad. Exhibiting products include vending machines; machine accessories, components and spare parts, services; currency recognition system; self-service terminals and solutions; payment systems; mobile payment terminal equipment; self-help printing equipment; vended beverage, coffee and foods; remote data transmission, and other products and solutions. China Self-service, Kiosk & Vending Show provides an incomparable platform for exhibitors and visitors to exchange ideas, promote businesses and reinforce relationships in the vending and OCS industry.  

On-site Events

A series of educational programs will be held concurrently including 2015 Worldwide Vending Operators Conference; Award Ceremony in Vending Industry; Intelligent Innovation and Transformation in Retail, etcAttendees can learn about advanced and successful experiences from developed countries including USAJapan, European countries and the current market status in Chinafrom our event. All these educational programs can help us to tap international trade channels between Chinese and overseas markets, to jointly explore the solutions to challenges and development opportunities and to promote the steady, healthy and sustainable development of the Chinese Vending & OCS industry.

“Smart Day”, presented by five experience sections including Smart  Mall, Smart Hotel, Smart Class, Smart Restaurant & Smart Waiting Room will be decorated by the newest technologies and products provided by our exhibitors to offer audiences an interactive experience of smart life in the future. Decision makers from leading brands in Retail, Hotel, Education, Catering and Transportation industries will be invited to experience by themselves. The effective interaction will comprehensively demonstrate how digital signage can improve customer communication across a wide range of industries.

Overseas Partners

The China International Self-Service, Kiosk & Vending Show has been held successfully for 11 years and is the most influential event dedicated to Vending & OCS industry in Asia. Our show has receivedstrong support from overseas associations such as: NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association); EVA (European Vending Association); ANEDA (Asociación Nacional Española de Distribuidores Automáticos) and JVMA (Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association). China is a rapidly-developing country and a huge potential market. As a professional organizer of China Vending Show for more than ten years, we are dedicating ourselves to Chinese market and will continue learning from mature markets in developed countries. We work hard together with everyone engaged in this industry to contribute to the sustainable development of China Vending industry.

2014 Overview

2014 China International Self-Service, Kiosk, Vending Show has attracted 13197 visitors from more than 50 countries and witnessed a growth of 23.4 percent compared with the previous year. The total exhibition area reached 25,000 square meters, more than 500 well-known companies including Fuji Bingshan, Aucma, CPI(MEI), Easy Touch, Leiyun Feng, Snow, Miquan, Zhongji, Junpeng, Le Vending, Jinhe, Fulei, ITL, Fujitsu, JCM, Minhao, Kubota, Intel, Hantai and others came to our large event. Among all the visitors according to statistics, 39.81 percent attended for collecting market information; 32.23 percent were looking for a partner; 11.37 percent visited the show for future exhibiting; 13.51 percent came to purchase, and 3.08 percent  attended for on-site conference. The China Vending Show promotes a better and more functional interaction between sellers and buyers.

Exhibition Space is now on sale!

Leading companies have confirmed their participation in the 12th China Self-service, Kiosk & Vending Show including Fuji Bingshan, KUBOTA, AUCMA, Sanden, FUJITSU, Panasonic, KIMMA, LEIYUNFENG, EASY TOUCH, UBOX, LOTTE and others. Exhibition space is now on sale. Come and join us to showcase your products and solutions in front of more than 20,000 professional visitors dedicated to the Vending & OCS industry.

Special reminder: For booth reservations, please note that the only organizer and sales company is Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd.

Contact us for more details:

Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. VDS Team
Tel: +86 21 3339 2569
Contact: Ms. Kim Chen
Email: [email protected] 
Website:www.chinavending.com.cn

SOURCE UBM Sinoexpo

LCSD to launch upgraded Leisure Link Self-service Kiosks

LCSD to launch upgraded Leisure Link Self-service Kiosks – up-to-the-minute news and headlines. 7thSpace is a online portal covering topics such as Family, Business, Entertainment, Headlines, Recipes and more. A place for the whole family featuring many different sections to chose from. Source: 7thspace.com

Digital Signage – Forward Conference 2015 by Fourwinds on tap for October 21-23

After 10 years, 5,000+ customers and over 300,000 screens deployed, we’re gathering the innovators, thought-leaders and pioneers that have shaped this industry to join us at the inaugural Digital Experience Conference. Source: www.cvent.com Impressive speaker list for Fourwinds Interactive user conference. Vidya Nagarajan Google – Product Manager, Chrome for Work “Google’s Global Vision for the Future of Digital… Read More »

TriMas Picks SlabbKiosks as Kiosk partner

TriMas Corporation has selected manufacturer, SlabbKiosks to provide kiosks for its Benefits Program. | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.

Source: www.virtual-strategy.com

The kiosks are being used as an Employee Health and Wellness Resource Center that includes a variety of electronic resources for employees. The Center currently uses six (6) customized X7 kiosks that provide online health management programs along with other employee services with two additional units which will also be included as part of the Center.