Kiosk Software Accessibility – New KioWare Zoom Text, EZAccess, and Cash + EMV

KioWare For Windows
KioWare For Windows

Editors Note: New kiosk software release KioWare for Windows (Version 8.7)! New accessibility features are now available (such as ZoomText and JAWS for the visually impaired).  Support for EZ® Access Keypad.  (See upcoming Accessibility Seminar). Also added are a number of new devices, including an EMV compliant option using the Elavon processor via the OTI Trio (see UCP). Other devices that have been added include Raw Windows printer device support, monitored device support, barcode readers supporting SNAPI, Bill dispensers, acceptors, and recyclers.   

Jim Kruper President of KioWare said, “New features in this release provide significant advances in our ability to support ADA compliant deployments and the expansion of options and devices available for transactional kiosk projects.

ADA kiosk
Section 508 Subpart C – Click for full size

Here are the details (note the new “Assistive Technologies” tab in the config tool image below):

Learn more about Accessibility at government site for ADA. Next seminar is 9/27.


Press Release Copy – Version 8.7 of KioWare for Windows is now available.  This version adds extensive assistive technologies for visual and hearing assistance as well as a number of new devices such as barcode readers supporting SNAPI, new bill acceptors, dispensers & recyclers, raw printer support and more.

kiosk software
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Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) has released a new version of KioWare for Windows kiosk software, with new assistive technologies for improved accessibility.

KioWare kiosk software products lock down your device into kiosk mode, which secures the overall operating system, home screen and usage of applications.

Version 8.7 of KioWare for Windows (Lite, Basic, & Full with Server) has added JAWS® (Job Access With Speech) screen reader technology support to allow blind and visually impaired users to read and interact with the kiosk screen.  Screen Reader

What is JAWS in plain english? Click to see.
What is JAWS in plain english? Click to see.

support configuration settings can be found in the KioWare Config Tool’s new Assistive Technologies tab.  Support for the ZoomText® Magnifier/Reader has also been added.  ZoomText is a fully integrated magnification and screen reading program. Also found in the new Assistive Technology tab is support for the EZ® Access Keypad, software navigation keypads for people with mobility or sensory impairments.  These features, now available in KioWare Lite, KioWare Basic, & KioWare Full for Windows, combine to help make your kiosk compliant with Section 508 and ADA regulations.  These assistive technology applications must be purchased separately.

KioWare Basic and KioWare Full for Windows Version 8.7 has added a number of new supported devices and supported device types:

  • Raw Windows Printer device support
    • Zebra TTP2030
    • Zebra KR403
    • Zebra KR203
    • Any printer that installs a Windows driver
  • Monitored devices
    • PJL Printer Monitoring Support
  • Barcode Readers supporting SNAPI
    • Symbol
    • Motorola
    • Zebra
  • OTI Trio device support providing EMV support through Elavon
  • Fujitsu F53 Bill Dispenser
  • CashCode Bill Acceptors
  • MEI Bill Acceptors
  • MEI BNR (Bank Note Recycler)

KioWare for Windows (Lite, Basic, & Full) now requires Windows 7 or higher.  With version 8.7, Vista will no longer be supported.  The browser is now updated to Chrome 52. Additional features for Lite, Basic, & Full includes:

  • Ability to use “Scheduled Actions” settings to execute a command line
  • Support for mapping key combinations to actions (HotKeys)
  • Addin support for handling downloads
  • Context (right click) menu customization and support
  • New attract screen mode (simple attract looper) features
    • Default screen delay
    • Attract screen transition style options
    • Transition time customization
    • Ability to add displays.

Support must be current to upgrade.

For a full description of features added for this and other versions of the KioWare product line,  visit http://www.kioware.com/versionhistory.aspx.

All of these products are available as a free trial with nag screen at http://www.kioware.com/download.aspx. Existing clients have the ability to upgrade at https://www.kioware.com/downloadupgrade.aspx.

KioWare has been providing OS, desktop, and browser lockdown security for the kiosk and self-service industry since 2001.

https://dev.accessibilityonline.org/cioc-508/schedule
Click for information on seminar September 27th