Monthly Archives: July 2018

Android Kiosk Software Supports ADA Assistive Technology

NEW to KioWare for Android – Support Added for Storm Assistive Technology Products “Accessibility should be a strong consideration for any kiosk deployment. With this release, both KioWare for Windows and KioWare for Android support the heavily tested and well-respected Storm ATP suite of keypads, keyboards & other accessibility products.”  ~ Laura Miller of KioWare. KioWare has released… Read More »

Kiosk History Fond Farewell To Ronald Bowers

Kiosk History – A Fond Farewell to Point of Purchase Expert Ron Bowers Written by Katie Kochelek of Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.   Original full article. July 17, 2018 It isn’t often you come upon those people whose enthusiasm for their work and industry is so outright contagious. But if you know Ron Bowers, Frank Mayer and Associates,… Read More »

Kiosk Vending Automation – Swyft Acquires Utique

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26, 2018 — Swyft, Inc. announced the strategic acquisition of Utique, Inc., a high-tech US automated retail technology company. The cash and equity transaction enables Swyft to deploy new technology into its platform and buil

Source: www.vendingmarketwatch.com

"Utique is a synergistic technology company that further adds functionality and efficiency into our automated retail product," said Lincoln Smith, Swyft’s VP Product & Marketing. "With the acquisition comes an exceptional user experience in high-end consumer retailing." 

 

Utique was awarded the "Best New Airport Retail Concept in North America" by ACI, the "Gold Innovation Award for Best Store Design" by NAMA, and was named to McKinsey & Company’s "Ones to Watch in Retail" report. 

 

The acquisition also strengthens Swyft’s growing portfolio of patented inventions by adding ten (10) granted US patents. Utique’s technology includes mechanical patents, a back-end management system patent and user experience and lighting patents. One patent builds on Swyft’s own filings for use of vending machines as distributed micro-warehouses for e-commerce delivery.

New kiosks offer convenience for state park visitors – Journal Advocate

North Sterling State Park has a new feature to make it easier for visitors to purchase a parks pass.
The park is one of eight state parks to receive a new self-service kiosk so far.

Source: www.journal-advocate.com

"Not a lot of people have exactly seven dollars [for a daily park pass] in their pockets," said CPW Statewide Business Operations Coordinator Kirk Teklits. "As far as customer service goes, being able to pay by credit card is definitely a desirable service option.

 

15 stations are currently installed at nine parks and more will be coming later this summer.

 

"This helps our state parks become more modernized," Teklits said. "Most of the kiosks run on solar power, provide multiple sales channels to our customers, and help our staff with money collection and counting. It also helps our law enforcement officers quickly determine who has bought a pass and who hasn’t."

 

Teklits said there have already been more than 800 daily passes and 55 annual passes sold through the kiosks since the first ones were installed June 13. The kiosks accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards.

 

Peerless-AV® Introduces New Large Venue Projector Mounts for Rental and Staging Applications

Peerless-AV® Introduces New Large Venue Projector Mounts for Rental and Staging Applications New mounts offer quick, safe, and easy installation, supporting a wide range of large venue projector mount brands AURORA, Ill. – July 17, 2018 – Peerless-AV®, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of the highest quality audio and video solutions and accessories, today announced the availability of its Large Venue… Read More »

ADUSA and Frank Mayer Announce Partnership

ADUSA and Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. Announce Partnership Combined Self-Service Kiosk Technologies Target QSR & Fast Casual Restaurants Hoffman Estates, Ill. (July, 5 2018) – ADUSA, Inc. today announced that it has established a partnership with Grafton, WI-based manufacturer Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. The partnership will combine ADUSA’s Qi™ Digital Engagement software with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s Approach line of… Read More »

People – Ron Bowers Retires After 35 Years

Ron Bowers Retires From Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. After 35 Years Senior Vice President of Retail Technology Business Development Ron Bowers will retire from Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. on July 31, 2018. GRAFTON, WI – After 35 years as a member of Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s staff, Senior Vice President of Retail Technology Business Development Ron Bowers… Read More »

Pyramid Computer Kiosk

Pyramid Computer Kiosk Welcome to Pyramid as our newest Gold Sponsor of the kiosk association. Pyramid kiosk is a 30 year old, mid sized (120 head count/40m revenue) systems manufacturer with factories in Germany and Taiwan and sales offices in UK and USA. In opposite to most kiosk manufacturers, Pyramid builds its own PC technology and touch screens. This… Read More »

Watch Amazon VR kiosk transform the future of shopping

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it has opened virtual reality kiosks in 10 shopping malls to promote its upcoming Prime Day shopping event. Now you can see the Amazon VR experience for yourself. Prepare to be impressed: It’s significantly more elaborate than expected, and shows how a top re…

Source: venturebeat.com

Rather than taking the obvious retail angle and depositing you in a computer-generated facsimile of a brick-and-mortar space, Amazon instead transports the shopper into a city filled with Prime Day products — beginning with the fun of a hot air balloon ride. Viewed through an Oculus Rift with full head tracking, the ride lets the shopper briefly see some of the brands and promotions Amazon is featuring before landing in a serene park.

Whitepaper – The Present-Day Kiosk and Its Benefit to Today’s Consumer

The Present-Day Kiosk and Its Benefit to Today’s Consumer Kiosks are an effective tool in branding efforts targeting the modern connected consumer. Offering customers everything from convenience to personalization, kiosks maximize the patron’s experience while delivering steady opportunities for a brand or retailer’s return on investment. Download More News From Frank Mayer

Water, Sewer Utility Payment Kiosk Opens In Alpharetta | Alpharetta, GA Patch

Fulton Opens New Water, Sewer Payment Kiosk – Alpharetta-Milton, GA – Fulton County has rolled out the kiosk and a walk-in window for North Fulton residents at the Customer Service Center at 11575 Maxwell Road.

Source: patch.com

JACK – Utility Payment Kiosk gets installed at Fulton County for utility bill payment. Check or Credit Card (no cash)

 

ALPHARETTA, GA — Residents in North Fulton who need to make payments to their county water and sewer bills will now have a more convenient way to do so.

Fulton County recently opened a new water and sewer bill payment kiosk and walk-in window in Alpharetta. The window and kiosk is located in the same location of the Fulton County Customer Service Center at 11575 Maxwell Road.

Residents can pay by check or credit card at the kiosk

YVR’s Innovative Travel Solutions Cyprus Border Control kiosks for Entry and Exit

YVR’s Innovative Travel Solutions becomes first in Europe to provide permanent border control kiosks for Entry and Exit border control Cyprus airports install 74 BORDERXPRESS kiosks to enhance security, speed of service and improve experience for passengers Big news today for the airport industry with the installation of 74 BorderXpress kiosks at Pafos International Airport and Larnaka International Airport in Cyprus.… Read More »

Four Providers of Smart City Kiosks Named IDC Innovators | Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International Data Corporation (IDC) today published an IDC Innovators report profiling four providers that are considered key emerging vendors in the Smart City kiosks market. The four companies named as IDC Innovators are CIVIQ Smartscapes, Smart City Media, SmartLINK, and Soofa.

Source: www.businesswire.com

Smart City kiosks are specifically designed units, most of which include (interactive) display panels for local information, Wi-Fi signaling, and emergency call services. Kiosks typically use advertising as a revenue model while providing the public with a variety of information and services. Smart City kiosks also use sensors and digital platforms to collect street-level data and engage local residents, businesses, and tourists throughout the city. IDC believes that Smart City kiosks are important civic engagement tools that enable cities to collect, analyze, and share information as well as offer services such as Wi-Fi and phone charging.

"As cities look for ways to provide ubiquitous public Wi-Fi, market local businesses, generate new revenue opportunities, and provide quick access to services and information for the public, Smart City kiosks are emerging as a one-stop shop for these services," said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president of IDC’s Government Insights and Smart Cities practice. "The fact that they offer ad-based revenue opportunities makes them an attractive option to extend urban services to the hyper-local level."

CIVIQ Smartscapes offers several smart kiosk solutions, each of which is designed to address urban needs ranging from improving city mobility and wayfinding to public Wi-Fi offerings, emergency alert systems, smart lighting, and environmental monitoring.

Smart City Media offers a platform for Internet and mobile applications, IoT sensors, and location-based media with the aim of engaging local residents, empowering small business owners, and helping tourists maximize their visits.

SmartLINK kiosks can provide events monitoring, security alerting, Wi-Fi, wayfinding, communications, environmental monitoring, and traffic study solutions that deliver usable data for the city along with several revenue generating options to fit the city’s needs.

Soofa uses a Web-based platform that allows locals to share information with each other and cities to communicate directly with residents about local events, emergencies, and other relevant information with no installation cost to the city.

Do cashless restaurants discriminate against the poor? D.C. lawmakers think so.

Fast-casual places are ditching cash for safety and efficiency. Critics say this shuts out poor people, some immigrants and those who just prefer cash.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

The global cashless movement has reached Washington, where a growing number of fast-casual establishments and other spots are saying no to greenbacks in favor of plastic and mobile payments. Sweetgreen, the national salad chain founded by Georgetown University graduates, went cashless in most of its locations last year. Other cashless spots include a Menchie’s frozen-yogurt shop downtown, the posh Barcelona Wine Bar on 14th Street NW and the Bruery beer store at Union Market.

 

Soon, they may be breaking the law.

 

The decision to go cashless also has broader implications in the global battle between the credit-card and ATM industries.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Visa has been a major booster of the cashless movement. The credit card company in March awarded 50 businesses $10,000 each for rejecting cash payments and has released reports touting the benefits of a cashless society.

 

 
Comments: This will be a very interesting fight over the next decade.  Governments obviously want no cash, as an all electronic economy means every transaction everywhere is known to it.

The push back due to the unbanked was quite predictable.  However, when you see a country like India has gone cashless in many spots — well, if they can figure out how to do it, we should be able to figure out how to do it.  I believe even poor countries in Africa have large cashless segments now.

This really is not a battle of if, but rather when.

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