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Mobile apps are a necessity rather than a luxury

Mobile apps are a necessity rather than a luxury by David McCracken

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David McCracken LivewireDigital

Sometimes, you just have a technology moment. I was using the Open Table app on my smartphone recently to check wait times at local restaurants when the technology moment struck. This tiny device in my hand fascinated me – it connected me to the entire world with a tap on its touch screen. It provided a remote portal to other digital technologies, things like schedulers, interactive payment kiosks, digital directories, and way-finding resources, right at my fingertips.

Apps as Necessities, Not Luxuries
The reason my technology moment was so powerful is because I usually just take the connection for granted. Following along with the ideas of omni-channel networks, apps build the experience around the user and make things intuitive and effortless. So we’ve gotten spoiled to the unlimited digital world at our fingertips. Unless we’re having a technology moment, we just expect to use our phones in this way. It’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Mobile Apps for Smart Marketing
Modern marketers are tapping into this mindset and are providing a sense of digitalconvenience and connection for customers through apps. Here are a few interactive, self-service apps that I think are awesome:

  • Travelocity: search and book hotels and flights, while accessing additional savings and app-only deals
  • My Disney Experience: schedule experiences, save places in line, and make changes on the go (also connects with interactive kiosks in hotels and parks)
  • Evernote: store notes, images, urls, tasks lists on in one place
  • Starbucks: consolidate gift cards and make purchases using the virtual gift card

Beyond the App Store – Apps Within Your Business
Not every awesome app is available for public purchase…in fact, many of the best apps out there never reach the public eye. Forward-thinking professionals in industries like retail and sales will commission custom mobile apps to help their businesses run more smoothly. These apps incorporate intuitive design and location freedom to connect managers and employees, which ultimately makes for a more profitable business experience.

Some uses of inter-business mobile apps include:

  • monitoring staff utilization
  • managing loss prevention
  • monitoring stock
  • assisting in merchandising
  • gathering/organizing customer insight
  • establishing a secure link to senior management
  • providing snap shots of sales and profitability by department, by person, day by day, even hour by hour

What mobile apps do you find most useful? What companies are using apps in creative and effective ways?

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Kiosk Cloud Service – KioCloud by KioWare released

KioWare has expanded its long standing Kiosk Management product line with KioCloud, a KioWare hosted, subscription-based kiosk management solution. KioCloud will enable those running KioWare or Kiosk Pro client side kiosk software (running Android, Windows, or iOS) to manage their kiosks remotely, view usage statistics, and monitor kiosk health via any connected browser.
Analytical Design Solutions Inc. (ADSI) announces an addition to their Kiosk Management product offerings, new subscription based KioCloud.
Kiosk Management consists of two components: the client side kiosk software and the browser-based server console. The client side kiosk software (KioWare Full for Windows, KioWare Full for Android or Kiosk Pro Plus & Kiosk Pro Enterprise for iOS) runs locally on the machine to secure the device, and the server console (KioCloud, KioWare Server, or KioWare Server ASP) is used to interact with and provide reports for the secured devices.
With KioCloud, KioWare manages the technical kiosk server hosting, allowing users to get started quickly and focus on deploying and managing client side kiosks rather than setting up and managing an internal kiosk server. A subscription is required, with annual billing currently available and quarterly/monthly billing coming in future updates. KioCloud supports one site per subscription.
For large scale, long-term deployments, KioWare Server, KioWare’s perpetual, self-hosted kiosk management option will likely provide a more cost effective solution for Windows & Android device management.  To manage multiple client sites, KioWare Server ASP provides enterprise management options.
All KioWare client side products can be used to secure devices such as tablets, desktops, and smartphones running Android or Windows Operating Systems.  KioWare kiosk software products lock down your device into kiosk mode, which secures the overall operating system, home screen and usage of applications.  KioWare Kiosk Management tools (KioCloud, KioWare Server, & KioWare Server ASP) allow for remote kiosk management, usage statistics, reporting, monitoring kiosk health, content management and more.
For a demonstration of KioCloud, contact KioWare online, via phone (+1 717.843.4790) or email  You can also request a quote or download a trial of KioWare Server or KioCloud.
KioWare has been providing OS, desktop, and browser lockdown security for the kiosk and self-service industry since 2003.
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
Laura Miller
KioWare Kiosk Software
Analytical Design Solutions, Inc.
+1 717 843-4790 x220