Editors Note: Back in 2016, four years ago, we were given an award for developing UV-C technology embedded in a patient check-in kiosk. We looked at many potential solutions, and the final two candidates were UV-C and Copper. Copper has some real advantages, and it has the data and the approvals to go along with it. Like any other solution, though, it has its disadvantages. It kills bacteria, but the rate of kill is slower. It is safer, but it is more expensive. A targeted, comprehensive approach to battling bacteria is the best approach. In the end, for the kiosk, UV-C was the clear winner.
The question might be why were more not sold then. Good question. And we think the answer is again, a combination of factors. The two primary ones are 1st; there was no subsequent independent lab testing. That costs money, and a small company must be frugal—secondly, the cost premium. Too often, customers, even those in the public health sector, see the least price, and make the short term cheaper selection.
Four years later, they are maybe adding all types of antibacterial protection, and issuing press releases how they are “now” better serving their patients. They could have been sending out PRs that from the get-go, they have always cared. Plus they would’ve saved the additional money. And likely, fewer patients might have been infected at the hospital.
For a full wrap on antibacterial solutions, including Copper and UV-C, see the main Antibacterial page here onsite. We’ve included at the bottom of the article below, the useful UV-C links.
Our recommendations for these technologies at the current time?
Copper plodding on fixtures, handles in facilities is a good idea
Spot cleaning with handheld UV-C during maintenance cycles is good
There are now UV-C systems for ceiling lights which sanitize the air in the room (think sitting in a dentist office or chair e.g.)
The following is the originally posted press release from 4 years ago.
Original Source: was — http://www.latestsharenews.com/story/83966/connected-technology-solutions-takes-innovation-award-for-uvc-disinfecting-light-for-kiosks.html
MENOMONEE FALLS, WI – 11 May, 2016 – Connected Technology Solutions, a Menomonee Falls, Wis., based manufacturer of kiosks and related self-service technology, has been named a winner of the 2016 I.Q. Innovation Awards for CleanTouch™, its ultra-effective UV-C light surface sanitizing solution.
CleanTouch™ is available on the company’s Patient Passport Express®, which is marketed as part of the CTS Healthcare Services® division. The PPE is a robust kiosk that provides check-in, bill-pay and other patient-facing functions at many of the country’s leading healthcare facilities, such as Cleveland Clinic, Ohio State University Health Systems and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
By employing a continuous bath of UV-C light across the kiosk’s touch surfaces, CleanTouch™ rapidly kills up to 99.9-percent of bacteria and viruses, leaving the screen clean for subsequent users. After each transaction, when the user steps away, a quick 30-second wash of light disinfects the screen, making it clean and ready for the next patient.
The award ceremony was held in Milwaukee the week of May 17th. Sharing the stage with CTS were such nationally known companies as Astronautics Corp. of America, Briggs & Stratton and Fiserv Inc. Accepting the award for CTS were Jared Timm and Craig Keefner.
Note – Another very cool company there in a speaking role was Scanalytics which does floor sensors for measuring footfall. Impressive stuff.
The deadline for merchants to bring payment devices into compliance with EMV standards passed more than three years ago, but there are still non-compliant devices in the marketplace.
A year ago, KioskIndustry.org published a piece looking at the state of adoption of Europay, Mastercard and Visa (EMV) requirements among kiosk deployers in 2018. The bottom-line findings were that while kiosk manufacturers were stressing the need for EMV-compliant solutions for new projects, many deployers planned to keep current non-compliant solutions in the field until the end of their lifespan.
Now that a year has passed since that analysis, has anything changed? Where do things stand now?
EMV Compliance continues to expand
To recap, EMV is defined as “a payment method based upon a technical standard for smart payment cards and for payment terminals and automated teller machines that can accept them.” EMV “smart cards” store their data on integrated circuits in addition to the traditional magnetic stripes. According to financial services firm FirstData, EMV chip cards transmit a variable algorithm that changes with each transaction, making the data more secure than what’s found on magnetic stripe cards.
Under EMV standards, merchants had until Oct. 1, 2015, to make their payment processing equipment EMV-complaint. If a fraudulent transaction occurred at a merchant who had not upgraded their equipment, the merchant would eat the cost of that transaction along with any fines or fees that might be assessed.
And while EMV standards were relatively clear for in-person transactions, such as those at an attended checkout register at a grocery store, they were a bit murkier when it came to transactions at an unattended device, such as a self-service kiosk.
Although payment card issuer Visa doesn’t break out kiosk-specific statistics, it does track overall EMV adoption. By most measures, the process seems to be rolling along.
As of December 2018, more than 3.1 million merchants now accept chip cards, according to Visa statistics, compared with just 392,000 merchants as of September 2015. There are now 511 million chip cards in circulation compared with 159 million three years ago. Ninety-eight percent of payments accomplished at the end of 2018 were done using chip cards.
In addition, counterfeit fraud dollars dropped 48 percent over the 39-month period, according to Visa statistics, while that figure was closer to 80 percent for merchants who have completed the upgrade.
Still, that doesn’t mean credit-card fraud is going to disappear. According to research by intelligence firm Gemini Advisory, as of November 2018 chip-enabled cards represent 93 percent of the more than 60 million payment cards stolen in the past 12 months, thanks to the lack of U.S. merchant compliance with the EMV implementation.
Other Gemini findings include:
45.8 million or 75 percent are Card-Present (CP) records and were stolen at the point-of-sale devices, while only 25% were compromised in online breaches.
90% of the CP compromised U.S. payment cards were EMV enabled.
The United States leads the rest of the world in the total amount of compromised EMV payment cards by a massive 37.3 million records.
Financially motivated threat groups are still exploiting the lack of merchant EMV compliance.
In addition, a new type of card fraud is gaining in popularity. Unlike the skimmers fraudsters attached to gas pumps and other devices to capture credit card information (one of the types of fraud EMV was designed to eliminate) a “shimmer,” according to Krebs on Security, fits in the card slot between the chip on the card and the chip reader — recording the data on the chip as it is read by the underlying machine. The fact that the device fits in the slot itself instead of fitting over the card reader, it’s difficult to spot.
“Data collected by shimmers cannot be used to fabricate a chip-based card, but it could be used to clone a magnetic stripe card. Although the data that is typically stored on a card’s magnetic stripe is replicated inside the chip on chip-enabled cards, the chip contains additional security components not found on a magnetic stripe.
“One of those is a component known as an integrated circuit card verification value or “iCVV” for short — also known as a “dynamic CVV.” The iCVV differs from the card verification value (CVV) stored on the physical magnetic stripe, and protects against the copying of magnetic-stripe data from the chip and using that data to create counterfeit magnetic stripe cards.”
The weakness a shimmer exploits lies with the card issuer as opposed to the payment device.
“The only way for this attack to be successful is if a [bank card] issuer neglects to check the CVV when authorizing a transaction,” ATM giant NCR Corp. wrote in a 2016 alert to customers. “All issuers MUST make these basic checks to prevent this category of fraud. Card Shimming is not a vulnerability with a chip card, nor with an ATM, and therefore it is not necessary to add protection mechanisms against this form of attack to the ATM.”
(If I needed any persuasion that payment card fraud was still a problem, I recently received a call from my bank alerting me that my debit card had been compromised. Someone had used what was obviously a cloned card to withdraw $300 at an ATM 30 miles away from where I live. The bank blocked the card when the fraudster attempted to make a withdrawal at another ATM. A few days later, my son’s debit card was compromised as well. In both cases, the money was refunded to our accounts and the dispute was closed in less than a week. When I posted a comment to the neighborhood Nextdoor social media site about the incident, dozens of people in my area said they had also been victims of payment card fraud. The speculation was that the issue occurred at a nearby convenience store, although nothing was proven.)
The current state of EMV affairs
By all appearances, EMV adoption among kiosk deployers essentially stands where it did a year ago. Deployers seem to be carrying on with existing equipment until the end of its lifespan, with any new deployments.
Part of the reason is likely, as mentioned in last year’s analysis, that the relatively low transaction averaged for many kiosks translates to less overall chargeback risk, which in turn means less incentive to upgrade. Given that risk, it doesn’t make much sense to invest in an upgrade it of the deployer plans to swap it out in a year or two.
“For kiosks we have seen very little in the way of EMV retrofits of fielded kiosks running in mag stripe even though there are surface mount devices well suited to field retrofits available,” said Rob Chilcoat, president, North American Operations with UCP Inc., a provider of EMV-compliant chip-and-pin hardware and payment gateway solutions for attended and unattended card payment terminals in North America.
In addition, some of the concerns about whether a kiosk would be considered attended, “semi-attended” or unattended under EMV requirements may have been overblown.
The Path to EMV
What are some other risks in deploying non-EMV kiosks? Comments from the experts:
There are current deployers with standard ecommerce websites using a third-party shopping cart on their kiosks that have no clue about EMV. Kiosk software like KioWare can intercept the shopping cart MSR checkout and perform the EMV transaction; however, they still need the third-party shopping cart to know the transaction has succeeded; ie, we need an API to call. This API is often lacking as most don’t care about kiosks and EMV integration, although it is slowly changing. This is definitely affecting existing kiosks going EMV, but it is also affecting new kiosk projects that had hoped to use their existing third-party shopping cart.
If a card data breach is tracked back to a kiosk, the merchant associated with that kiosk would be in hot water. This is why data in the clear between a card reader and a web hosted payment page (the old way of doing things) is such a PCI no-no.
Ultimately PCI compliance comes down to the merchant themselves, ISVs want to enable the merchants to use a PCI-DSS pre-certified solution, but that doesn’t completely relieve the merchant themselves from final PCI compliance. Implementing EMV pretty much removes mag stripe data from the environment except in cases where a card has no chip, or the chip is damaged. In the case of a card not having a chip, the issuer of the card would be the least compliant (culpable) party if the merchant is EMV capable. In the event of a damaged chip, this is why it is also important to implement end-to-end encryption, to render malware sniffing attacks unfruitful.
“’Semi-attended’ doesn’t exist as far as the PCI Security Council and EMVCo are concerned; a device is either a Cardholder Activated Terminal (CAT) or it isn’t in their eyes,” Chilcoat said.
“This ‘semi-attended’ term was coined by processors to justify using less costly attended devices at self-checkout and other indoor self-service scenarios where the kiosks are being tended to by an employee of the store,” he said. “This PCI gray area still exists and we do see people ordering attended devices from us for this purpose. We advise against it, but we can’t stop them from doing what they want with a terminal. It really comes down to what the merchant’s processor will allow.”
Still, deployers shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security by thinking a low transaction amount means they’re insulated from major losses. Yes, if a fraudulent card is used on a small transaction at the kiosk, it can just be considered a cost of doing business. On the other hand, if someone is able to collect cardholder data at the kiosk and then sell it on the dark web causing massive fraudulent transactions elsewhere, and that gets tracked back to a non-EMV compliant kiosk, it won’t be trivial to a kiosk deployer.
But for new projects, EMV is definitely the norm.
“In terms of kiosks, the biggest thing that’s changed is the move from EMV being an optional form of payment to a requirement for our customers,” said Bruce Rasmussen, director of sales with payment technology provider Ingenico Group.
“Currently we do not have any customers in the pre-deployment stage that are not already planning to support EMV now or in the next phase of their project,” Rasmussen said. “Additionally, merchants are continuing to redefine their customer interface to capture a new segment of the market, and payments continues to play a large role in this transformation.”
In particular, he said, there is a growing emphasis on supporting mobile wallets in payment solutions, which in turn drives demand for EMV contactless. With the majority of legacy cashless options only supporting magstripe transactions, merchants are putting updating their payment solutions to accept contactless at the top of their requirements.
“We see growth in contactless card payments and payments via smart phones driving growth in NFC adoption at the kiosk,” Rasmussen said. “The mandate from the card brands to support EMV contactless payments as of October 2019 is driving adoption for EMV since managing a contact and contactless certification may be the most economical and efficient use of resources to achieve a certification.”
Ultimately, although the process continues to be a gradual one, it’s only a matter of time before the vast majority of self-service kiosks in the marketplace are EMV-compliant.
“In terms of new kiosks, we have not shipped anything mag stripe only for a long time,” Chilcoat said. “I think overall EMV migration has hit a tipping point where chip card payments is the expected user experience and kiosk companies are seeing that and including it in their RFP requirements.”
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. What began as common ground notice posting location matured into RMUs (Remote Merchandising Units) that you see in malls or wherever. With advent of common internet they took on their electronic iteration in the late 90s.
For the masses it started with airline check-in terminals and photo kiosks (from Kodak and Fujifilm) and also ATMs.
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).
Definitions of Kiosks
Here are some of the main categories for the modern-day kiosk.
In malls, events, tradeshows and other locations you have the RMU, which is a Remote Merchandising Unit. Point of Purchase fixture iterations. Many current self service kiosk companies evolved from these units design and manufacture and continue to do a large business in these. Examples would be Frank Mayer Associates & Inc., Olea Kiosk and Ikoniq (main business being RMUs).
It is generally interactive but not always.
It most often provides a computer (such as Dell Optiplex) and has a 17 or 19″ 5:4 aspect touchscreen (between 7 and 84 inches).
Most often it is unattended.
It is a standalone enclosure in most common iteration.
Airline Check-In Kiosks – pioneered by Kinetics and others. Major vendors include NCR, SITA, and dwindling IBM. They have also moved into the baggage area.
ATM Machines – Historically it has been NCR, Fujitsu, Nautilus, Triton, IBM with Wincor Nixdorf and the ISOs (Independent service operators).
Electronic kiosks – this is the big category. It basically includes all categories which can be bill pay kiosks, kiosk software for lockdown, financial kiosks and more.
Internet Cafes – sometimes a keyboard can’t be beat. These are one of the originals and helped educate the masses on using the Internet everywhere. We used them all the time when we would visit London, England.
POS Terminals – includes customer facing POS terminals whether for entering loyalty number.
Food Order Kiosk – McDonalds kiosk is prime example. Order your own burger made to your preferences.
Gaming Kiosks – the military uses these for letting the soldiers relax (and train) at the same time.
Parking kiosks – whether on the street or in the garage
Outdoor kiosks – all kinds.
Hoteling – this is where office workers work at same building but can sign up for any desk for the day. Larger companies experiment with this and in this age of BYOD it is relevant.
Information Kiosks terminals – can be as simple as barcode lookup in grocery aisle or online “showrooming”. AKA Interactive kiosk.
Interactive Digital Signage – a contradiction in terms but Digital Signage often is a large touchscreen and offers Content Management Services as well as Advertising. The touchscreen provides major ROI component.
Immigration and Security Kiosks – found at airports as well as Border Control. These units typically utilize biometrics.
Registration kiosks for loyalty and membership.
Gift card kiosks such Coinstar Gift Card Exchange.
Retail kiosk – this can be many iterations. The latest ones are beginning to introduce Beacons and Facial Recognition for recording demographics and traffic patterns and customer flow.
Gift Registry kiosk – one of the originals and still going. Our teeth were cut developing the Bridal Registry and Baby Registry kiosks for Target. Multi-generational marketing at its best (kids shop where Mom shopped)
Tablet kiosk – typically used for registration and quick lookup they have the advantage of being small and can be place at eye level.
Vending – these can add nutritional information mandated by the government. They can dispense sandwiches, coffee and a large range of merchandise (Zoom is a pioneer).
Pharmacy kiosk – medicine prescription dispensing kiosks are becoming more popular.
Lockers – picking up your merchandise from Amazon or Fedx or UPS.
Charging kiosks – need to charge your mobile phone? There are kiosks for doing that.
Coin KIosks – the most famous is Coinstar.
Music, Movie and Media download kiosks – get your DVD on USB now
DVD kiosks – still going with Redbox and others. Locations and demographics are important.
Hospitality – hotel check-in kiosks
Healthcare – patient check-in kiosks
Telemedicine and Telehealth – whether at the supermarket or at corporate headquarters, remote healthcare structures are hybrid of RMUs. These extend into home monitoring and follow up for post operative patients to maximize results (and government incentive rewards).
Marijuana & Cannabis – one of the emerging markets with its high use of cash, security and new multiple form factors such as edibles.
Photo Kiosk – still going strong and one of the original heavy hitters. Kodak at one point had over 60,000 in place.
Prison kiosk – video visitation and more
Social kiosks – interacting with your friends at wanna-be-seen locales becomes fodder for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The payback is demographics.
Kiosk Software – lockdown software or Windows Kiosk Mode software is very popular. PROVISIO and KioWare are prime providers but versions for thin clients, Chrome Kiosk, and more are available.
Survey Kiosks – can be as simple as a 4 button “How Was Your Experience?” device (we like those) or a tablet. Surveys are better being short to improve response rate.
Wayfinding kiosk – despite GPS enabled mobiles navigating a large structure can require clear instructions whether consumer or corporate.
Wine Kiosks – As a recommendation and selector function these do quite well. Experiments in dispensing wine were plagued by being poorly regulated and operated.
So what might be the definition? Here is one:
A computer terminal used by public or employees for services.
We’ll continue to add details and more information in the future.
What is a Kiosk – Kiosk Definition was last modified: March 30th, 2020 by News Editor
We are constantly using kiosks and oftentimes we find kiosk implementations are less than best case to put it kindly.
Kiosk Experience 1
This is an email I received from a very experienced kiosk analyst at a Senior Living retirement facility
I used a new kiosk system last week to get a Visitor’s Pass at a big retirement facility where several canasta buddies live and where we were going to be playing that afternoon.. The touch screen was problematic but eventually I got signed up. I was told that once you registered, every subsequent visit would be much easier – you would just enter your phone number and the system would print out your visitor’s pass. Except when I entered my phone number, it said it wasn’t recognized and that I’d have to register all over again.
The people behind the desk said that if you registered at one kiosk (there are 2) you would also have to register at the other one. I was flabbergasted.
I told them that I used to evaluate these systems for a living and this was the STUPIDEST SYSTEM I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
Have you ever encountered a system so dumb?
Kiosk Experience 2
The next experience took place at a Chili’s and involved the Ziosk. I’m not of a big fan of touching units like these because I am a germaphobe and there isn’t any cleaning supplies or schedule indicated (unlike grocery stores I go into and get carts).
We had a gift card with $20 on it and decided to use it up and went to Chili’s. I had the Rib Eye steak (which reminded me of trip I once took to Abuja) but the steak was fine.
We went to pay and I grabbed the waitress and asked if she would bring the check and take care of us. Gift cards always introduce extra variable into process and I knew how long it would take to complete. I figured 5 minutes in time to catch the news I wanted to see.
Start the clock. It’s 6:00pm.
She asked me if I wanted to use Ziosk and I said not really and she asked if I was sure and I said ok.
The bill came to $37 and the Ziosk took my gift card just fine though I had to swipe it on the likely dirty card swipe three times. It said Fine and I added a $7 tip, said ok and 30 secs later it started to print my receipt out.
I was surprised since I figured there was another $24 to account for.
For a brief moment I considered just walking out and considering it done and maybe I had more on the card than I thought. People like to think they have more money than they have as a rule.
But the print got stuck halfway thru and the red light started flashing. About 4 minutes later the waitress showed up and she said she’d take care of it. I mentioned I was pretty sure I only had $21 on the gift card. She flipped the Ziosk over and opened it up where the printer was and left it on the table.
A few minutes later she came back with receipt for $37. Meanwhile the manager stopped by and wanted to make sure there was no confusion.
My wife looked at her watch and said she had cash so we got that out and waiting for the waitress to return and we just counted out the balance and then added the tip and gave her the money.
Kiosk Experience 3
And then there is technical failure. Below is a McDonalds screen on the outdoor ordering kiosk. I believe this was in Los Angeles California. You can see the burnout spots. When an LCD overheats in the sun it goes isotropic. If it happens enough it cannot recover and those pixels die. This monitor is literally fried in those zones.
Kiosk Experience 4 “Not So Bad?”
And then there was Australia this week and McDonalds kiosk hack.
In the video, they order 10 burgers for $1 each using the kiosks. Then, they remove the meat from the ten burgers, which discounts each of the burgers by $1.10—leaving enough surplus to cover the cost of a regularly priced burger at McDonald’s.
In The Wild – Not So Great Kiosk Experience was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by News Editor
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.
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
Water, Sewer Utility Payment Kiosk Opens In Alpharetta | Alpharetta, GA Patch was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Kiosk Industry
Delivery, kiosks and other digital efforts are taking more prominent roles at Yum! Brands, moves that serve as a good reflection of overall trends in the quick service restaurant (QSR) space. Yum operates the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC chains, and the company’s fourth-quarter results, released Thursday (Feb. 7), provided details about where those […]
Kiosks, too, are another area of innovation targeted by Yum in 2019. By 2020, Gibbs said, “our goal is to have 5,000 restaurants with kiosks.”
Indeed, according to that PYMNTS research, “larger chains are more likely than smaller ones to have in-store kiosks, and they’re also more likely to offer their own mobile apps.” That said, only 3 percent of QSR managers said that self-service kiosks stand as the most common method for placing orders.
Loyalty, too, is another feature that QSR customers want more of, with nearly 80 percent of them saying such programs are important to the future of success of QSRs. That compared with about 48 percent of QSR managers who said the same. Yum, according to its Q4 conference call, seems to be increasingly tilting toward those customer perceptions.
Yum Kiosks – Pushing Forward QSR Technology was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Kiosk Industry
Washington’s weather kiosk was located on Pennsylvania Avenue, near E Street NW. It happened to be directly adjacent to The Washington Post building at the time.
Initially, the kiosk was quite popular with the public, and its reports were frequently cited by the media, particularly The Post. But after a couple of decades passed, Washingtonians began to complain that the kiosk was not reporting accurate temperature readings. The kiosk’s temperature was often 10 degrees warmer than the actual temperature, particularly on sunny afternoons.
The kiosk became a Great Depression-era “fake news” controversy in Washington.
EASTLAKE, Colo., Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Kiosk Industry Group Association has formed an ADA committee and an ADA working group. And in November travel to Washington, DC to meet with the U.S. Access Board, the group responsible for writing ADA regulations. The idea is to work with the Access Board on an ongoing basis to help them better define regulations. We are also working with the ATMIA (www.atmia.com) as well and the ETA (www.electran.org) in this regard. Participation in the working group is open to all interested parties.
This report outlines the use of kiosks in hospital ambulatory and emergency departments as a way to improve efficiency and increase patient satisfaction. It describes the features and functions of kiosks, early results, the industry landscape, and provides some insights on best practices.
Research paper by CHF — Hospitals are deploying patient kiosks in two main settings: ambulatory departments and emergency departments. In the ambulatory setting, the most common uses of kiosks are for patient check-in, wayfinding assistance, collection of co-payments and outstanding balances, updating patient demographics, and to ask patients basic screening questions.
October 2017 – Check In Kiosk was last modified: October 2nd, 2017 by Kiosk Industry
Although kiosk technology is becoming commonplace in a variety of verticals, areas where it has had a particular impact include both human resources and health care.
On the human resources side, many companies are placing job application kiosks in retail stores or other highly trafficked areas, allowing them to recruit workers around the clock without having to staff a hiring booth. In addition, a kiosk in the break room or other employee area allows workers to check schedules and payroll information, request days off or make changes to their personnel file.
For health care providers, a waiting room kiosk allows patients to fill out forms or make payments on their account, taking some of the burden off the front desk staff. A kiosk in a pharmacy can perform functions ranging from blood pressure checks to telehealth consultations, while a kiosk in a hospital setting lets doctors easily check patient record, submit prescriptions for medications or schedule tests.
With the advent of tablet computers, the kiosk arena is becoming populated with units that feature a tablet at their core as well as units built from the ground up. When considering the addition of a kiosk network to supplement the HR department or modernize a health care facility, which is the better option? A full-fledged kiosk, or a tablet-based model?
Determining the need
Of course, like many things in the business world (and life in general) the answer is “it all depends.” Both have their advantages and drawbacks.
Factors to consider when choosing between a full-fledged kiosk and a tablet-based model is the function the unit is expected to perform, the space available and the number of people expected to use the device. One of the biggest factors to consider is the deployer’s budget.
“Tablets can be portable, very small, and placed nearly anywhere,” said Frank Olea, CEO of Olea Kiosks.
“The cost is low so placing multiple units becomes very easy,” Olea said. “Tablets can have one device hardwire-powered, and their built-in cameras can be coaxed into performing functions such as reading ID cards or barcodes.”
Olea Kiosks offers a complete line of tablet and full-size kiosks. Its tablet line can be mounted on a tabletop, a wall or on a freestanding mount, and units come with a card reader. On the full-size kiosk side, Olea offers several models specifically designed for the HR and health care spaces; its Verona model is the only pushbutton height-adjustable kiosk on the market. The units can be raised or lowered by 10 inches at the push of a button, making them easily accessible by a person of any height or ability.
The relative simplicity of a tablet can keep maintenance costs to a minimum. The ability to detach a tablet from its mount opens up additional opportunities, allowing a job applicant to take the device to their seat to fill out forms or giving doctors the ability to sit with patients and map out treatment plans.
On the down side, though, the ability to detach a tablet from its mount does create a greater risk of damage or theft. Some tablet management software systems leverage the unit’s GPS functionality to send an alert text or email if the device is taken outside a predefined area.
Full size kiosks, on the other hand, will cost more than a tablet kiosk but can do everything a tablet-based kiosk can do and more. Additional processing power can make it easier to implement advanced features such as telehealth services or one-on-one conferencing with the corporate HR department.
Although kiosks are certainly larger and take up a bit more space, the footprint of a freestanding tablet kiosk is only slightly smaller than a traditional kiosk, making space considerations a relatively minor concern.
“If you want to create more of a presence for your check-in area, a few full-sized kiosks lined up is often all that is required,” Olea said. “Also, a full-size kiosk can come equipped with more devices if needed like card scanners, barcode readers, printers and keyboards.”
One area of concern that can influence the choice of kiosk is compliance with privacy regulations in handling personal information. This can be particularly relevant in a health care facility, where running afoul of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can result in fines running into the hundreds or thousands of dollars.
An advantage that a kiosk has over a tablet is that things like privacy filters can be embedded between the touch glass and the LCD screen, Olea said.
“On a tablet, anything you do would have to be on the screen surface itself and is very easily damaged and picked off,” he said. “Also, kiosks can feature printers with a retract function so if a patient does not take their print out the printer and retract the print and deposit it inside of the kiosk for safe disposal later.”
Still, there are privacy screens that can be incorporated into tablet kiosks to help protect user privacy.
Whichever route a deployer chooses, of critical importance will be compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s in that area that full-size kiosks may have an edge. Full size kiosks can include headphone jacks with volume control and easily connect with external devices such as Braille keyboards or the Nav-Pad, a device that allows someone with impaired vision, restricted mobility or limited fine motor skills to use the kiosk through a series of highly tactile buttons and audio prompts.
The larger and brighter screens of a traditional kiosk also aid in the ADA compliance for self-service devices.
“ADA is becoming a major concern here in California and we suspect will become much more of an issue in other states as kiosks become more commonplace in the healthcare and HR fields,” Olea said.
“No longer can you get away with a kiosk just being ‘reachable’,” he said. “Most companies will say their product is ADA compliant, but they fail to mention they’ve only covered a very small spectrum of individuals with disabilities.Sure, someone in a wheelchair can reach the screen, but serving people with disabilities goes far beyond that.”
At the end of the day, the best way to provide a self-service solution that is accessible by all types of users, is compliant with privacy rules and helps improve operations for the deployer is to work with an experienced kiosk vendor who is well-versed in the ever-changing regulatory environment. Olea Kiosks stands ready to help.
Faceoff: Kiosks vs. Tablets in HR and Healthcare was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by News Editor
Are kiosks installed prior to 2010 ADA regulations subject to 2010 regulations?
Ok, I’ll take a shot at this. My name is Craig Keefner and I work for Olea Kiosks which is a highly skillled kiosk manufacturer and designer in ADA. Note that this is my personal opinion. The engineering design team never agrees with me 100%, usually for the better 🙂
What an answer eh…
The reason for that is that while there is no grandfather clause there is a “Safe Harbor” but it comes with conditions.
The ADA does not have a provision to “grandfather” a facility but it does have a provision called “safe harbor” in the revised ADA regulations for businesses and state and local governments. A “safe harbor” means that you do not have to make modifications to elements in an existing building that comply with the 1991 Standards, even if the new 2010 Standards have different requirements for them. This provision is applied on an element-by-element basis. However, if you choose to alter elements that were in compliance with the 1991 Standards, the safe harbor no longer applies so the altered elements must comply with the 2010 ADA Standards.
A “safe harbor” does not apply to elements that were NOT addressed in the original 1991 Standards but ARE addressed in the 2010 ADA Standards. These elements include recreation facilities such as swimming pools, play areas, exercise machines, miniature golf facilities, and bowling alleys. On or after March 15, 2012, public accommodations must remove architectural barriers to these elements listed above are subject to the new requirements in the 2010 Standards when it is readily achievable to do so.
Losing “Grandfather” Status: Between 2007 and 2014, the amount of ADA charges doubled from $54.5 million to $109.17 million, with 3,190 suits filed in 2007 compared to 5,347 suits in 2014. But some retailers may assume – incorrectly – they are already covered due to “grandfathering” rules.
Any development or remodeling completed using the previous 1991 ADA standards before the new changes became effective March 15, 2012 will be grandfathered as compliant with the ADA. However, if any element that meets the 1991 requirements is altered, it must then meet the newer standards, and the “safe harbor” no longer applies.
Complicating things here can be local and state laws (Unruh in California for example).
That’s why I will say, “it depends..”.
TO BE SURE — having said all that doesn’t mean people are not going to necessarily sue. Some lawyers are more concerned with how much they can negotiate from you than whether it is right or wrong.
And if the units do not meet 2010 requirements, is it also “the better thing to do” to bring the units up to code, or at least mitigate in some way. That could forestall a frivolous suit which will cost thousands no matter what.
For more “opinion” like this on all types of subjects be sure and visit The Lab website which is run by Olea. I’ll be doing a writeup on the kiosk market size and get into what exactly is a kiosk when we talk market size and units. Are ATMs a kiosk? Or POS checkouts? Or are they there own singular purposed market which just so happens to incorporate some characteristics of a typical kiosk. If anything, I can gurantee you that am opinionated..
On the article, the Safe harbor or even the ABA architectural barriers act according to the DOJ no building is supposed to have to comply if built prior to the enactment of implementation 1992. However, lawsuit judgements have been altering that course even though the DOJ claims Old construction vs. new construction. So grandfathering in is only a delay phase.
When Capitol Hill had to change things up.. Old building right. 🙂
I would add in the ABA in your article. It mainly pertains to the Government buildings, but it slings over to the Accessibly through barriers in the ADA with no mention of safe harbor.
KIOSK, the Market Leader in Self-Service Solutions, announces new CEO. Bill Butler succeeds Tom Weaver, KIOSK’s CEO since 2012.
Owen Chen, CEO of Posiflex (KIOSK’s new parent company) also selected Bill Butler to help execute his vision of introducing new kiosk solutions to expand and diversify Posiflex’s point of sale product portfolio. Owen adds that “Bill will be very instrumental in our success as we introduce new self-service solutions into Posiflex’s Global Distribution channels.”
Bill is the successor to Tom Weaver, KIOSK’s CEO since 2012. Tom is transitioning into an Executive Consultant role, and will continue to actively guide the strategic direction of the company. Tom has been with KIOSK since 2003 in C-Level Sales and Management roles.
[Editors Note: Here’s hoping to play a few rounds of golf with Tom now that he is clear]
Look for SlabbKiosks at booth # 8477 on the HIMSS16 exhibition floor in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) February 28, 2016
SlabbKiosks will showcase two (2) of its healthcare kiosks on the exhibit floor for the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from Feb. 29 – March 4, 2016. More than 40,000 healthcare industry professionals are expected at the conference, where they will learn about and discuss health IT issues, and on the exhibit floor, view innovative solutions designed to transform healthcare.
As an exhibitor, SlabbKiosks will launch a first-of-its-kind medical self-service and payment kiosk. They will also highlight the work they do in the healthcare industry with some of their partners including Crane Payment Innovations (CPI), PatientWay and PayEase.
“We are very excited to be a part of one of the largest healthcare tradeshows and thought it would be fitting to launch our new medical self-service and payment kiosk in an arena that brings so many healthcare professionals together. As with the many other industries we work in, we are always looking to provide solutions that facilitate more efficient and effective systems that ultimately enhance customer service”, stated President of SlabbKiosks, Peter te Lintel Hekkert.