Do you need custom development for your kiosk project?
As you begin you kiosk project, you may wonder if you need custom development. Here are a few questions that will help you determine how “custom” your project is, and what level of custom development might be needed.
You will first want to identify the purpose and function of your kiosk. If your kiosk is intended to provide users with access to an existing website or application, your project likely may not need custom development! You will want to use kiosk system software in order to lock down your device, but you can configure that software out of the box to secure a website or application. Out of the box kiosk software can provide high levels of customization or can be deployed with only minimal changes – it is completely up to you.
If your kiosk will require interaction with an input device (you want users to submit payment, for example), you can still make this happen without custom development. Either identify the external device options you would like to incorporate (make, model, specifications etc), and match that up with the kiosk system software which supports one of the devices on your list. If you can’t find your device on the supported device list, you will want to reach out to the kiosk system software company to see if the device can be added. KioWare, for instance, adds devices primarily based on customer request and many devices are already supported via existing APIs. Still, no custom development work is required. If your timing is tight, and you need your device integration escalated, payment may be required, depending on the organization with which you are working.
Tips for when you might need custom development for your kiosk project
So when do you need custom development for your kiosk? You might (definitely) need custom development when you . . .
If you are using an existing website or application but want the information to populate or integrate with a non existent or unrelated database, you might need custom development.
If you want fancy attract screens or custom start pages, toolbars, or keyboards, but do not have the development or design resources to create them, you might need custom development.
If your project exists only in your head, and you do not have an existing website or application, you might need custom development.
If you are integrating complex hardware in a manner that has previously not been seen, you might need custom development.
Example custom development kiosk project
Requesting a quote for a custom kiosk development project
Ready to get started, but not sure what information you should pull together before calling for quotes? Here is a link to (PDF) questionnaire to assist you with any calls you might make to get an accurate and consistent custom development quote.