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Outdoor Kiosk News – New UL/CSA Certification for Indoor/Outdoor Kiosk Cooling

TECA Corp., Chicago IL: The presence of the ETL-Listed Mark on an
electronics enclosure cooler shows that the cooler has undergone and passed testing to rigorous industry product safety requirements. It is an important step in the product cycle because it demonstrates a commitment to the safety and quality of the product. With new certification for the 24 vdc & 48 vdc input
products (AHP-1200 and AHP-1800 series), TECA announces all versions (AC and DC input) of our two most popular legacy product families are now ETL listed (Intertek) to UL & CSA safety standards.

AHP-1200 Outdoor kiosk cooler
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Ideal for outdoor kiosk projects and other outdoor enclosures, the 525 BTU/HR Model AHP-1200-Series and the 1100 BTU/HR Model AHP-1800-Series are both are available for indoors, outdoors, AC input and DC input. As always, environmental mounting hardware and gasket are included. Optional drip pans, heat function and various temperature control choices are available as well. TECA now offers these legacy products as UL/CSA certified cooling solutions
whether used in systems with AC or DC power input.

Email TECA for more information or visit their website!

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Resource – Sunlight Readable High Bright Displays & panelbrite

Sunlight Readable Displays (High Bright)

sunlight readable displays by panelbriteSunlight-readable displays (or high bright)  are a core component of outdoor kiosks and self-service.  Along with the enclosure and typically the PC, the high bright display is a main economic component and reliability is paramount. And that means in some very challenging environments. A parking lot unprotected in Dallas Texas in the summertime can get well over 130 degrees.

Panelbrite is one of our members and is the premier outdoor display provider (along with Litemax).  I personally have many years of experience with their products and I have never been disappointed, only pleased.

Here is a background primer on Panelbrite with Keith Grapes.

More on Outdoor Kiosks and Sunlight Readable

New kiosks offer convenience for state park visitors – Journal Advocate

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North Sterling State Park has a new feature to make it easier for visitors to purchase a parks pass.
The park is one of eight state parks to receive a new self-service kiosk so far. These outdoor kiosks are also solar kiosks and provide ticketing and registration via 3G/4G modem.

Source: www.journal-advocate.com

“Not a lot of people have exactly seven dollars [for a daily park pass] in their pockets,” said CPW Statewide Business Operations Coordinator Kirk Teklits. “As far as customer service goes, being able to pay by credit card is definitely a desirable service option.

15 stations are currently installed at nine parks and more will be coming later this summer.

“This helps our state parks become more modernized,” Teklits said. “Most of the kiosks run on solar power, provide multiple sales channels to our customers, and help our staff with money collection and counting. It also helps our law enforcement officers quickly determine who has bought a pass and who hasn’t.”

Teklits said there have already been more than 800 daily passes and 55 annual passes sold through the kiosks since the first ones were installed June 13. The kiosks accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards.

Outdoor Kiosks Notes

We asked for some more background information on the outdoor kiosks and learned deployment began in June 2018 with 15 stations. And already the other parks have requested their own solar kiosks. Business at the kiosks has been very good so far and expanding to all the parks in Colorado is just a matter of time (and money).

Each kiosk costs around $6K is our estimate and looking at the kiosks it looks like Parkeon is the vendor.  They have a 3 year contract we are guessing.  The original RFP went out last quarter of 2017. That’s 8 months from spec to deployed.

Connectivity is managed thru a 3G/4G modem.

For more on Outdoor Kiosks see our reference page on Outdoor kiosks.

Craig is a  senior staff writer for Kiosk Industry Group Association. He has 25 years of experience in the industry. He contributed to this article.

Peerless-AV Outdoor Displays Webinars – 3/21, 11 am CT

Peerless-AV Outdoor Displays Webinar Tomorrow 3/21, 11 am CT

Outdoor KiosksThis special webinar training focuses on the two types of outdoor displays offered by Peerless-AV. The webinar will cover the Xtreme™ outdoor display, which is fully weather proof and impact resistant, making is perfect for commercial applications. The webinar will also feature the UltraView™ outdoor TV, which is perfect for residential and light commercial applications.


Outdoor Displays

There has never been an outdoor daylight readable display built to withstand the harsh outdoor elements like the Peerless-AV® Xtreme™. The fully-sealed weatherproof design provides the ultimate protection, while the patented Dynamic Thermal Transfer™ system passively cools and thermally heats the display eliminating the need for filters, vents or fans. With the highest water and dust ingress protection ratings in its class, the Xtreme display is a perfect choice for any indoor or outdoor location.

For more information on Outdoor see Outdoor Kiosks here on KI.


Meridian Taking Tech to Next Level for Kiosk Business

Meridian Next Level Technology
Meridian Next Level Technology

A slice of next-gen technology born in Moore County was exhibited earlier this month in New York City when more than 35,000 retail industry professionals attended the National Retail Federation’s

Source: www.thepilot.com

“We’re seeing two big trends. Our clients are looking for outdoor kiosk applications and the locker system, which can be used indoors or outdoors,” said Rebecca Swibes, Meridian marketing specialist.

Lockers can be deployed in a variety of settings and are picking up speed in the marketplace alongside mobile ordering, which is on the rise. Potential clients include fast food establishments, pharmacies and grocer applications, plus unattended equipment rentals, short-term real estate key pickup and drop-off, and similar services for auto repair and vehicle rental agencies.

Updated FAQ – NEMA Ratings & Outdoor Kiosks Enclosures

NEMA Ratings and What They Mean Here’s our quick, in-a-nutshell rundown of the most commonly called-for NEMA ratings, and what each one means: NEMA 1: Indoor-use enclosures that protect inter…

Source: kioskindustry.org

Updated listing and explanation of NEMA ratings for outdoor enclosures.

Outdoor Kiosk At Large – Pics of Space Needle & Drive thru units by Olea

Kiosk Pictures

Here are a couple of pics of units in the field by Olea.

Outdoor kiosk by Olea
Olea Drive Thru Kiosk – these have been deploying since Sept 2014



Here is the unit just deployed at Space Needle

Space Needle outdoor kiosks by Olea
Space Needle kiosks by Olea

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QSR Kiosks Are the Next Big Thing in Fast Food

Outdoor kiosk : A one-stop experience for Huron County visitors

Kiosks will provide information about businesses, services and attractions.

Source: www.norwalkreflector.com

James said the goal was to place kiosks where visitors are most likely to stop. Chamber and bureau officials plan to add a couple more kiosks each year at different locations, also funded through bed taxes. Those taxes are part of a hotel guest’s bill.

James estimated the four kiosks cost $30,000 to $35,000, including the kiosks themselves and the necessary software.

The first priority is placing information about Huron County services, business and attractions into the kiosk before getting attractions in the surrounding area. James said getting details about Cedar Point, for example, could lead to Huron County visitors staying longer.

People will be able to operate the touch-screen kiosks as follows. They touch the screen to start and a directory pops up, which contains categories such as accommodations, attractions, automotive, banks, churches, fast food/take-out and services.

As users select a specific location, a map on the screen shows them where the place is located in relation to the kiosk’s address.

FAQ – NEMA Ratings Outdoor Kiosks

NEMA Ratings and What They Mean
Here’s our quick, in-a-nutshell rundown of the most commonly called-for NEMA ratings, and what each one means:

    • NEMA 1: Indoor-use enclosures that protect internal components from solid foreign objects and contaminants (like falling dirt), and also provide limited protection to personnel by restricting their access to potentially hazardous components.


    • NEMA 2: Indoor-use enclosures that restrict worker access to hazardous components, and protect the equipment stored inside against the ingress of solid foreign contaminants and dripping or lightly splashing water.


    • NEMA 3: Indoor- or outdoor-use cabinets that limit personnel access to hazardous parts, and protect enclosed equipment from the ingress of contaminants like wind-carried dust and falling dirt, as well as moisture in the form of rain, sleet or snow. In addition, Type 3 enclosures are designed to remain undamaged even if ice forms on their outer surfaces.


    • NEMA 3R: NEMA 3R enclosures are used indoors or outdoors, and not only provide workers with a degree of protection against making contact with hazardous parts, but also protect interior components from solid contaminants, water ingress in the form of rain, sleet or snow, and the formation of ice on the cabinet’s exterior.


    • NEMA 3S: 3S enclosures are used indoors or outdoors, and help to protect personnel by limiting their access to potentially harmful components. They guard enclosed equipment against the ingress of windborne and falling solid foreign contaminants, like dirt and dust, as well as water in the form of rain, sleet or snow. In addition, the external mechanisms on NEMA 3S cabinets are required to remain operable even when ice-laden.


    • NEMA 3X: Used either indoors or outdoors, these enclosures prevent the ingress of water in the form of rain, sleet or snow, as well as solid particulate like dirt and windborne dust. A NEMA 3X cabinet reduces risk to personnel by limiting access to hazardous components, provides internal components with an extra degree of protection against corrosion, and isn’t damaged by the formation of ice on its exterior surfaces.


    • NEMA 4: Made for indoor or outdoor use, these cabinets and enclosures help prevent worker access to hazardous components, and guard against the ingress of water in the form of rain, sleet or snow, as well as water that is splashed or sprayed by hose. NEMA 4 enclosures prevent the entry of solid contaminants like dust and dirt, and are required to remain undamaged by the formation of ice on their outer surfaces.


    • NEMA 5: Indoor-use enclosures that prevent personnel from accessing potentially dangerous components, and protect enclosed equipment from the ingress of solid foreign contaminants and objects like airborne dust, dropping dirt, lint, fibers, and fly-off particulate, as well as dripping or lightly splashing water.


    • NEMA 6: These indoor or outdoor-use enclosures help prevent personnel from accessing hazardous parts, while protecting enclosed equipment against the ingress of solid foreign objects and water, whether exposed to hosing or temporary, limited-depth submersion. NEMA 6 cabinets must remain undamaged in the event that ice forms on the external surface of the enclosure.


    • NEMA 6P: Made for indoor or outdoor use, these cabinets prevent workers from making contact with hazardous components, and help to block the entry of solid foreign matter, such as falling dirt. They also prevent the ingress of water, whether exposed to hosing or prolonged, limited-depth submersion. NEMA 6P enclosures provide an extra measure of protection against corrosion, and are required to remain undamaged in the event of exterior ice formation.


    • NEMA 12: Knockout-free NEMA 12 enclosures are used indoors to help restrict personnel access to hazardous components, and protect enclosed equipment by preventing the ingress of solid foreign contaminants like airborne dust, dropping dirt, fibers, lint and fly-offs, as well as dripping and lightly splashing water.


    • NEMA 12K: Indoor-use enclosures that are manufactured with knockouts and used to prevent personnel contact with hazardous components, as well as protect enclosed equipment from the ingress of solid foreign contaminants like dust, dirt, loose fibers, lint, fly-off particulate, and dripping or lightly-splashing water.


  • NEMA 13: These indoor-use enclosures prevent workers from coming into contact with potentially hazardous components, and also protect enclosed equipment against the ingress of solid contaminants like dirt, dust, circulating fibers, lint, fly-off shavings, dripping or lightly splashing water, and oil and non-corrosive coolants that seep, spray, or are splashed.


For the complete specs and details on all of the NEMA enclosure ratings, check out their NEMA Enclosure Types report.

Here is explanation of NEMA rating.


Outdoor Consideration for Displays

Great article by Peter Kaszycki


To successfully deploy digital displays in outdoor environments, many factors must be considered.

By Peter Kaszycki

With indoor environments, everything is nice and comfortable. It does not rain inside, temperatures and humidity are controlled, the sun does not shine indoors, ambient light conditions do not change, the air is clean, power is consistent, the wind does not blow and vandalism is rare. Basically, digital displays that are deployed indoors are in a controlled environment in virtually every respect.

However, with outdoor environments, everything changes – and it changes dramatically. Outside, digital displays are in an uncontrolled, harsh environment that is constantly changing, meaning anything can happen to them. Therefore, it’s important to consider the following factors before choosing and deploying outdoor digital displays:

Direct SunNoneYes
Temperature65 to75°F-20 to 110°F
HumidityUnder 30 %Over 80%
Rain, snow, dust, dirtNoneYes
Brake dust, fumesNoneYes
Wind LoadNoneYes – up to 140 MPH
Ambient LightSame all dayChanges throughout the day
Duty Cycle8-12 hours/day16-24 hours/day

The table above shows just what severe conditions outdoor digital displays have to endure. They must be built to withstand direct sunlight, extreme temperatures and humidity, rain, snow, dust and dirt, harsh windy conditions and also be protected from vandalism. It’s imperative to keep all of the above factors in mind when evaluating outdoor displays. But, now that I’ve covered the range of considerations that must be thought over prior to purchasing and installing outdoor displays, let’s take a deeper dive into one specific factor – the impact of the sun.

Before placing displays in direct and indirect sun conditions, consider that:

  • Sunny environments require high-bright displays for optimum viewing;
  • Display’ luminance should normally be between 1,500-2,500 nits or candelas;
  • Brightness should be measured through cover glass/film, not just at the surface of the LCD;
  • Versions that maintain set brightness levels over time are preferred;
  • Some displays will lose 10-12 percent brightness/year;
  • Some displays will lose 10-15 percent brightness in hot or cold ambient conditions;
  • Solar Clearing of the LCD screen is a concern. With direct sunlight, the LCD crystals could go through a phase change and cause black blotches on the screen.
  • Some LCDs are rated at 68°C, others 80°C and some at 110°C. The higher rating, the better.
  • Solar Clearing will reduce the operating life of the displays.
  • CCFLs are not recommended for outdoors. Only use LED backlight systems.
  • Avoid digital displays that are optically bonded to cover glass.
  • The sun is worse in winter with clear skies/lower haze.
  • Employ ambient light sensors to automatically adjust brightness based on light conditions.
  • East/West orientations are worst. North/South orientations are best.
  • Rising and setting sun are the worst times of the day, not high noon.

There is a great deal to consider when thinking of how the sun alone will impact outdoor displays. But also consider the following when it comes to the impact of temperature and humidity on outside digital displays.

Displays must:

  • Be designed for temperatures down to – 20°F and over 110°F.
  • Be designed to be based for high temperatures and direct sun load.
  • Have a display that is “sealed” to prevent condensation forming inside the cover glass.
  • Have a start-up procedure for low-temp power up; at -20°F
  • Have a start-up procedure for high-temp power up; at +110°F
  • Have a plan for when the display is not to be run. Consider just turning off the backlight, not the entire digital display
  • Have embedded electronics (player, modem, etc.) that are rated for internal display temperatures.
  • Have a plan for cooling. Conventional A/C systems will drip, require maintainance and consume significant power. Consider alternative cooling methods.
  • Have a plan for heating when operating in freezing conditions
  • Be prepared for how temperature fluctuations can affect brightness.

While the considerations related to sun, temperature and humidity may seem overwhelming, once they are factored into your outdoor display purchase and deployment, you can rest easier knowing you have taken every precaution to protect your investment. Beyond environmental conditions, also mull over installation, operational and service conditions.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are there any city/state permits required?
  • Does the mounting need to be certified by a Professional Engineer?
  • Must design digital display AND mounting structure for wind loads. Have you thought about Gail winds, hurricane force?
  • Are Unions/safety personal required for installation or for service?
  • How is power to be run to the unit?
  • How is connectivity to be achieved? Consider 3G Modem/Antenna.
  • What is the cellular service like for the area?
  • What are the restrictions relative to full-motion video content?
  • What are the restrictions relative to type of transition, frequency of transition?
  • What are the codes/requirements for auto-dimming/shut-down at night?
  • What power is available? Consider displays with a universal power supply of 85 V to 265 V.
  • Who will be paying for power? Outdoor displays consume three to five times more power than indoor.
  • Consider brown-out conditions in summer. Current draw will spike and may trip breakers.
  • Most outdoor displays run 18-24 hours/day. Is your display designed for this duty cycle?
  • If unit is to be “turned-off” at night, consider just turning off backlights and not entire display.
  • What type of cover/safety glass will be used? It must resist breakage
  • The glass should have an anti-reflective (AR) coating to reduce reflections from eight percent to under two percent. (AR coating helps with reflections from buildings, cars, and direct sun.)
  • Glass should be separate from LCD screen. That way you can replace glass without replacing LCD.
  • Can the digital display be serviced in the “installed” position?
  • How easy is the service and will repairmen be working in outdoor conditions (cold, rain, wind-blown dust)?
  • How modular are the replacement components?
  • How intelligent is the display? Can it verify that the image is being displayed on the screen?
  • Can the display report back to the NOC operational data and alerts?
  • Can the display be controlled and updated remotely?
  • Can the embedded player, 3G modem and switch be automatically or remotely re-booted?
  • Provisions for mini-UPS system so unit can “phone home” if it experiences a failure?
  • What is the “sealing” rating of the display? NEMA 3, IP 65, etc. Will it be washed down?
  • How is the unit protected from insects, rodents?
  • Does the paint finish provide protection against harmful UV rays over time?

Other considerations for outside displays:

  • Some cities do not allow for full-motion video, while some cities do.
  • Also, cities may only allow for digital static ads and then they may or may not allow for transitions from one ad to another.
  • If your area allows for digital static ads, then you may only be allowed to change the ad every 10-15 seconds or 30 seconds.
  • Some cities do not allow for the digital side to be facing traffic, like a Bus Shelter application. It has to be opposite the traffic flow as to not distract drivers.
  • Many cities have nighttime restrictions requiring the display to be dimmed down at night or turned completely off after 11 p.m.

Though there are many considerations and questions that come with properly deploying outdoor high-bright digital displays, the benefits of reaching the OOH (Out Of Home) marketplace are significant. It’s worth the time and thought to carry out your deployment after taking all points suggested here into consideration.

In summary, remember that:

  • True outdoor digital displays are NOT re-packaged indoor displays.
  • The environmental conditions are significantly harsher than indoor conditions and are every-changing
  • The sun is the #1 enemy of Digital Displays.
  • Common failure points include overheating, solar clearing, fading brightness and insufficient power.

Peter Kaszycki is president and CEO for Alpharetta, GA-based LG-MRI, which provides indoor and outdoor digital displays ranging in size from 47 inches to 84 inches. He can be contacted via email at peterk@lg-mri.com.

For more information, please contact:

6415 Shiloh Road East
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Testing out Subway’s drive thru kiosk – YouTube

Testing outdoor touchscreen Subway drive thru kiosk – YouTube

Outdoor kiosk drive thru by Subway
Outdoor kiosk drive thru by Subway
Craig Keefner‘s insight:

The outdoor kiosk replaces the regular drive-thru completely. Customers drive up and, if they manage to get close enough, roll down their windows and start pressing buttons. The computer takes them through the entire ordering process and allows them to choose whether they want a sandwich or salad, which bread they want, which veggies they want, whether they want to add chips and a drink and more.

See on www.youtube.com