Monthly Archives: December 2016

The lie-detecting security kiosk of the future

When you engage in international travel, you may one day find yourself face-to-face with border security that is polite, bilingual and responsive—and robotic.

Source: phys.org

The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR) is cbeing tested to help border security agents determine whether travelers coming into Canada may have undisclosed motives for entering the country.

 

“AVATAR is a kiosk, much like an airport check-in or grocery store self-checkout kiosk,” said San Diego State University management information systems professor Aaron Elkins. “However, this kiosk has a face on the screen that asks questions of travelers and can detect changes in physiology and behavior during the interview. The system can detect changes in the eyes, voice, gestures and posture to determine potential risk. It can even tell when you’re curling your toes.”

Read more at: //phys.org/news/2016-12-lie-detecting-kiosk-future.html#jCp

Feature – Serves you right!

Good article by Elliot Maras published last week regarding jobs and the fast food kiosk. By now you’ve already heard it — the introduction of self-order restaurant kiosks is raising fears that kiosks are killing jobs. News media outlets and websites are perpetuating the story that restaurants want to replace workers with kiosks to protect their bottom lines.… Read More »

Fast Food & Biometric – KFC China Goes Facial Recog on us

KFC Biometrics TechCrunch reports that KFC China is going to try facial recognition technology.  Couple that with demographic and historical data and you can begin to approach smart ordering. //techcrunch.com/2016/12/23/baidu-and-kfcs-new-smart-restaurant-suggests-what-to-order-based-on-your-face/ Baidu is demonstrating some of its most recent tech advancements in novel ways, including a partnership with KFC China (yes, the fried chicken KFC). The search giant sometimes… Read More »

ADA Kiosk – National Council on Disability Issues Report on Technology – ADA Kiosk – Standards for Self-Service Kiosks

ADA kiosk, HIPAA kiosk, ADA tablet kiosk, HIPAA tablet kiosk, PCI, Section 508

Source: www.ada-kiosk.com

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has issued a report on measures to ensure access to information and communication technologies for people with disabilities. The document provides recommendations to the President, Congress, and federal agencies, as well as to the technology industry, the private sector, and state and local governments. NCD provided a briefing on the report at the Capitol on October 7 with representatives from industry, disability groups, and federal agencies, including the Access Board.

Even the Weed Industry Isn’t Safe From Automation

The cannabis industry’s unique financial difficulties have created a whole micro-industry dedicated to creative banking solutions for pot brokers, which range frombank-to-bank phone apps to blockchain powered peer-to-peer transactions

Source: motherboard.vice.com

KIND is not the only software and/or compliance company to be thinking about cannabis kiosks—Jane and KioWare are two other companies that also want to use automated kiosks as a solution to the cannabis industry’s financial problems. Even Jamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority is on the kiosk train and wants to install weed kiosks in Jamaica’s airports. Yet with KIND’s recent partnership with Microsoft to provide cannabis tracking solutions for governments, Dinenberg thinks that KIND definitely has the leg up on competition.

Kiosk Manufacturer and Software Developer Announces Interactive Building Directory Solution

Meridian, the Customer Experience Leader in self-service solutions, announced the launch of MzeroDirectMe, an interactive building directory solution.

Source: www.prweb.com

DirectMe enhances visitor experience through self-service wayfinding and can be tailored to meet company specifications. The user-friendly building directory was created for high-density areas including corporate offices, hospitals and government buildings. “It’s extremely customizable but also very easy to use. The interactivity and expandability allow the directory solution to be as simple or complex as needed,” said Jeff MacDonald, Director of Software Integration at Meridian.

Fast Food Kiosks Creating Jobs and Increasing Revenues – Counterpoint

Fast Food Kiosks killing jobs? Current events beg the question, but the facts say otherwise Reprinted with permission Dec. 12, 2016 | by Elliot Maras We at the Kiosk Industry Association have seen the news media running controversial headlines and opinion pieces by CEOs and ex-CEOs decrying the minimum wage increase and attributing loss of jobs to self-order.… Read More »

Kiosks killing jobs? Current events beg the question, but the facts say otherwise

Several restaurant chains are using kiosks and other technology that allow orders to be placed more rapidly and efficiently. Kiosks are fostering fears about job losses, but in reality, kiosks are serving to reallocate labor from the front to the back of the restaurant and in some cases, add jobs.

Source: www.qsrweb.com

Good writeup. The Rensi/Puzder misinformation drives me crazy. What McD needs is to sell more stuff. Just like Paneras is now doing thanks to adding self-service, expanding their kitchen, and yes, hiring more people…it’s lazy journalism catering to the controversial.  

Kiosk Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted

Periodically, the Kiosk Industry Group inducts new Hall of Fame members. Nominations are now being accepted. Inductees will be announced at DSE in Las Vegas in March 2017.

Source: pressreleasejet.com

This year the Association is including a special recognition category for media and the writers, editors and tradeshow producers who have contributed to industry. Our current candidates include: James Vande Castle, Kiosk Magazine, and Mary Carlin, Edgell Publications. Also included is a special posthumous recognition for James Bickers, who died in October 2016. Bickers was among the first editors of Kiosk Marketplace and the creator and founding editor of Digital Signage Today.

KioWare Whitepaper Review: Video, EMV kiosk, Android, Cash Kiosk

KioWare publishes a series of whitepapers and all of them are excellent whitepapers. For December we wanted to do a roundup of their 2016 Whitepapers which follow below. White Papers Below you will find white papers covering the issues and solutions involving kiosk software and security. What is Mobile Device Management? What is mobile device management, why is… Read More »

Tekview Releases PowerTxt Reboot Device Controlled by Text Messaging

UK, December 6, 2016 — tekview, a United Kingdom based technology company and developer of innovative mobile/cellular remote power solutions have developed a US version of their successful UK product, Powertxt®. Powertxt is used for a wide variety of applications, including ATMs.   How Does it Work? When your equipment hangs/freezes have you ever been told by the IT department to turn… Read More »

NEXTEP SYSTEMS Introduces the All New Touchscreen Drive Thru DT5

The DT5 offers a lower cost of ownership, a more flexible footprint, and improved ergonomics to drive thru customers

Source: www.nextepsystems.com

Very nice drive-thru order kiosk from Nextep Systems.  

 

Excerpt: The DT5 integrates seamlessly with the rest of NEXTEP’s product suite, including POS and mobile ordering. With bold graphics and a clean interface, our POS lets restaurant employees see orders in real-time and process those orders intuitively, thereby speeding up operations. Additionally, guests can order from their mobile devices and use the DT5 to tell the restaurant that they have arrived to pick up their orders.

PatientWorks Corporation Announces Marketing Agreement with CTS Healthcare

PatientWorks’ KioskWorks and CheckinWorks software is now available on CTS leading self-service interactive devices and kiosks in the healthcare market. CARY, N.C. – Dec. 1, 2016 – PRLog — PatientWorks Corporation, a patient self-service check-in solutions company and wholly owned…

Source: www.ctshealthcare.com

Enclosure and software company work together on new partnership to extend options for EHR and EMR in hospitals today. Excerpt: Hospitals and clinics are very interested in self-service check-in as another tool to improve operations in three key areas: (1) patient safety, (2) patient flow, and (3) patient satisfaction. Expansion initiatives champion the use of self-service technologies that provide a higher level of patient service while also eliminating bottlenecks from waiting rooms of new service areas.”

EXPRESS IMAGE DEBUTS NEW WAYFINDING TECHNOLOGY AT MALL OF AMERICA®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. Paul, MN – November 30, 2016 Express Image, a St. Paul, MN based print and digital solutions provider, has deployed six new interactive wayfinding kiosks at Mall of America®, the nation’s largest retail and entertainment destination. Just in time for the busy holiday season, the recently installed dynamic interactive kiosks are more than just… Read More »

Bitcoin ATM News – How Trump became bitcoin’s unlikely savior

As bitcoin’s spotlight fades and banks work to adapt its underlying blockchain technology for more traditional uses, it seemed that the world was ready to move on from the infamous cryptocurrency. And then Donald Trump was elected president of the U.S.

Source: www.paymentssource.com

Premise is that one Trump consequence is the blocking of more traditional money transfers will drive users to alternative mechanisms like Bitcoin.  I think Bitcoin is might be desperately optimistic if it is counting on Trump following thru with a blockade.  I think it more posture than possible.