Kiosk Meaning – defining kiosk

By | July 4, 2016
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Kiosk Meaning

What does the word kiosk meaning?  The kiosk originally began as the town square notice board for the community to post notices.  The usual reference in Wikipedia will call out Persia as the originating language for the word.  Another Wikipedia page more relevant is the Interactive Kiosk page.

For sure:

  • They allow interaction usually with touchscreen
  • Usually customers/prospects oriented
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Kiosks today are very much different than those. They are self service kiosks, usually electronic, and can be found in all walks of life.  The form factor ranges from a mobile device to a tablet to a larger enclosures (usually metal but also plastic and wood).

Answer — Here are some the “kiosk meaning” for the modern-day kiosk

  • In malls, events, tradeshows and other locations you have the RMU, which is a Remote Merchandising Unit.  Examples would be Frank Mayer Associates & Inc., Olea Kiosk and Ikoniq (main business being RMUs).
  • Airline Check-In Kiosks
  • ATM Machines
  • Electronic kiosks
  • Internet Cafes
  • POS Terminals
  • Food Order Kiosk
  • Gaming Kiosks
  • Parking kiosks
  • Outdoor kiosks
  • Hoteling
  • Information Kiosks terminals
  • Interactive Digital Signage
  • Immigration and Security Kiosks
  • Gift card kiosks
  • Retail kiosk
  • Gift Registry kiosk
  • Tablet kiosk
  • Vending
  • Pharmacy kiosk
  • Lockers
  • Charging kiosks
  • Coin Kiosks
  • Music, Movie and Media download kiosks
  • DVD kiosks
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Telemedicine and Telehealth
  • Marijuana & Cannabis
  • Photo Kiosk
  • Prison kiosk
  • Social kiosks
  • Kiosk Software
  • Survey Kiosks
  • Wayfinding kiosk
  • Wine Kiosks

From Wikipedia

Kiosk Meaning – An interactive kiosk is a computer terminal featuring specialized hardware and software that provides access to information and applications for communication, commerce, entertainment, or education.

Early interactive kiosks sometimes resembled telephone booths, but have been embraced by retail, food service and hospitality to improve customer service. Interactive kiosks are typically placed in high foot traffic settings such as shops, hotel lobbies or airports.

Integration of technology allows kiosks to perform a wide range of functions, evolving into self-service kiosks. For example, kiosks may enable users to order from a shop’s catalogue when items are not in stock, check out a library book, look up information about products, issue a hotel key card, enter a public utility bill account number in order to perform an online transaction, or collect cash in exchange for merchandise. Customised components such as coin hoppers, bill acceptors, card readers and thermal printers enable kiosks to meet the owner’s specialised needs.

Industry usage

It is estimated that over 1,200,000 kiosk terminals exist in the U.S. and Canada alone.

Groups who use kiosks in their business environment include: Delta AirlinesUnited AirlinesJetBlue AirwaysGTAAFuture ShopThe Home DepotTarget Corporation, and Wal-Mart.

 

Author: News Editor

Kiosk manufacturer experience since 1993. Engineer for Verizon Bill Pay kiosks while at KIS in Colorado. Extensive device knowledge for printers, scanners, currency, PCI, ADA, touch screen technology, outdoor, biometrics such as fingerprint and IRIS. Runs and manages the current kiosk association, KMA. Works with U.S. Access Board on ADA and accessibility. PCI SSC participating organization. Member of National Retail Federation (NRF) and National Restaurant Association.