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NRF2020 Preview – National Retail Federation

NRF 2020 Kiosk Self-Service Update

NRF2020 National Retail Federation Member Logo
KMA is a member of the National Retail Federation

NRF is the largest retail exposition in the world and we will be there. KMA will be in booth 1703. We’ll represent over 50 companies from across the world.

Standards & Regulations Opportunity

ADA and Accessibility

You can participate for free in our ADA and Accessibility Working Group. See the KMA About page for current participants.

EMV Credit Card Committee

We also invite you to participate in our just forming EMV Credit Card committee. Simply stop by the booth and have your badge scanned (or send an email to craig@kma.global).

In the KMA booth

Sponsors participating in the 2020 booth include Olea Kiosks, KioWare, Pyramid, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc., and Vispero.  Available for meetings are key people from Olea, KioWare, Pyramid, Frank Mayer, and Vispero. Send an email to craig@catareno.com to schedule a time or stop by 1703.

Attendees present at the show include: Frank Olea CEO of Olea Kiosks, Jim Kruper CEO of KioWare, Josef Schneider and Frieder Hansen (CEO) of Pyramid, Randy Amundson (KMA ADA Chairperson) and David Anzia, SVP of Sales at Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. Matt Ater CEO of Vispero and Laura Miller Anthony Palchek of Zebra and representatives for Verifone.  Additionally at the show, around the corner from our booth will be Peter Jarvis Managing Director of Storm Interface and our new ADA and Accessibility Co-Chairperson.

For inquiries and meeting times, please contact craig@catareno.com  or stop by# 1703.

The KMA booth will have two kiosks in it both oriented for QSR and both with integrated accessibility.

One will be a tablet kiosk by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.  See additional details — Floor Standing Tablet Kiosk Spec Sheet.  Integrated with a Storm Audio Nav device for ADA accessibility, Ingenico IUC285  and  running ADUSA, Inc’s Qi™ software showcasing software for  NYC-based Kung Fu Tea / TKK Chicken.

Pyramid will have the PE-4000 with QSR Self-Ordering. It comes equipped with accessibility devices and is running KioWare KioPay application with JAWS Kiosk Windows software from Vispero.

Pyramid-PE4000-V02 (1) from Kiosk Manufacturer Association on Vimeo.

Here are locations for seeing and meeting with KMA members.


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.

More Member Information Links and News

 

JAWS Kiosk Vispero

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Jaws Kiosk – Vispero Storm Collaborate on Accessible Kiosk Solution

FMagazine Fall 2019 – Accessible Kiosks, Merchandising Displays and Best Design

Pyramid self-service kiosks – the perfect fit for retailers – Booth # 5860 NRF2020

Solutions showcased include Smart Fitting Room, Self-scan and Gift-card kiosks   

Freiburg, Germany, January 8 2020 – Pyramid Computer, a leading manufacturer of self-service kiosks, will be showcasing a selection of innovative in-store retail applications based on its versatile range of polytouch® kiosk solutions – Booth # 5860A number of ISV partners will be joining Pyramid including Detego, Framen, InTouch, Intuiface, Menu Technologies, NTS Retail and Re-Vision.

Additionally Pyramid will announce at NRF its own North America operation to better serve and cater to local US based customers.

Pyramid polytouch® is the ideal interactive self-service kiosk hardware platform for retailers looking to optimize the in-store customer experience and help drive Omni-channel sales opportunities. Highly customizable and easy to maintain, the slim, elegant and extremely modular polytouch® kiosk design offers maximum flexibility for enabling numerous application possibilities, from endless aisle/shelf and point of purchase to point of sale and self-checkout.

 “Pyramid and our international network of ISV and systems integrator partners create innovative kiosk solutions which precisely address the immediate and future requirements of retailers,” said Patrick Hagemeister, International Account Director for Pyramid Computer. “We can meet the in-store experience and Omni-channel objectives of retail businesses of all shapes and sizes.”

Pyramid kiosk solutions highlights at NRF 2020:

Ø  Smart Fitting Room solution

The polytouch® Interactive Mirror offers customers an unprecedented shopping experience while helping transform regular fitting rooms into smart ones. Beneath the mirror’s flat, semi-transparent surface is an interactive 32″ PCAP touchscreen with an integrated PC-Box. The Smart Fitting Room solution is also fitted with an RFID reader automatically detecting the items a customer takes in to try on. RFID tags are attached to price labels which transfer data to the mirror. The 32″ touchscreen allows the customer to ask for another size or colour without having to leave the fitting room.

smart fitting room
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By recommending complementary products for cross-selling purposes, it also provides quick access to information about the products in the store, available models and sizes. During the try on, the mirror recommends suitable complements and accessories. Store assistants can be called (via help button) to bring other items and/or sizes into the dressing room, making it easy and time efficient for customers to make their choice. As required, customers can also create personal profiles for recording and saving their choices for future visits. Should potential buyers not be ready to make a purchase on-site, information about the products concerned can be sent to their mobile devices (if requested).

“For a fashion retailer, the fitting room is the key touchpoint for converting customers into buyers,” said David Frei, Head of Solutions at Pyramid Computer. “Our smart fitting room solution offers the potential for real customer interaction and to gain additional competitive advantage by meeting the exact wants and needs of today’s shoppers. Our solution tells the retailer exactly how many items the customer tried on and how many were finally bought. It will track a customer’s purchase history in the given store or chain and will accurately calculate the conversion rate.”

  • Promotes up- and cross-selling potential
  • Facilitates interactive dialogue between customers and store personnel
  • Shows full range of products (Virtual-Endless-Shelf)
  • Retail analytics: insights on customer preferences
  • Increased operational excellence, optimization of merchandise plan
  • Omni-channel: Integration of online and bricks-and-mortar retail
  • Engagement with store and brand
  • Personalised customer offers

Ø  polytouch® Self-scan kiosk

self-scan kiosk
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The self-scan kiosk demonstration is designed to show retailers the latest innovations in scan-as-you-shop, combining a polytouch® 32” double-sided kiosk with the very latest handheld scanners from Zebra and powerful self-scanning software from Re-Vision/InTouch. The self-checkout terminal is equipped with a printer, payment module and an optional scale. It is the latest model from the polytouch® peter kiosk line. The heart of these unique kiosks is the central stand: The PC’s are space saving and installed inside it which guarantees low susceptibility to failure of the complete system and maximum performance of each individual kiosk. Thanks to the optically bonded displays, there is a drastic reduction in reflections, increased light yield and better legibility. In addition to customer-specific branding, the kiosk can also be individually adapted to customer requirements in terms of the number of displays and screen sizes.

  • Additional queue busting customer convenience
  • Large screen kiosk display provides ample space for high impact product advertising, and notifications about in-store special offers
  • Potential to link solution to the customer’s own shopping list and provide relevant product information
  • Integration with loyalty programs to push targeted promotions, based on the customer’s purchase history and location within the store

Ø  polytouch® Self-service Gift-card kiosk

Using the easy to use touchscreen display, customers can select a gift card of their choice from different service vendors and retailers. A range of designs is then presented to choose from, including seasonal options, and a desired cash value amount selected. A personal message can also be added. The personalized gift card is then printed directly at the kiosk.

  • Generates revenue from cross-promotional offers and upselling
  • Drives and promotes value-added services within retail stores
  • Provides an attractive personalized last-minute gift option for customers
gift card kiosk Pyramid
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Depending on the application, Pyramid polytouch® kiosks may be fitted with a broad range of peripherals including 2D or 3D scanners, thermal printers, and payment modules of various makes and models. For special applications that may involve AI technology, Pyramid can integrate peripherals such as cameras into the display frame to achieve the best results. In all cases, Pyramid works closely with all parties involved to determine the best hardware configuration, no matter the complexity of the application.

All Pyramid polytouch® kiosks are manufactured under German quality control for shipment and installation via worldwide OEM and distribution partners. These can be branded to create a highly individual look for retailers.

For further information about the polytouch® range:

Website:  https://pyramid-computer.com/productcategory/pos-automation/

About Pyramid Computer

Pyramid Computer has focused on the development of high performance and tailor-made IT solutions since 1985. The company has produced more than 30,000 customized kiosk terminals for retail and QSR customers throughout the world. In addition, it has developed a uniquely precise system for localization and automation in hospitality and retail – Pyramid Location System. All IT hardware, indoor localization, and network & security and industrial PC & imaging products are engineered and designed in Germany by Pyramid for shipment and installation via worldwide OEM and distribution partners.

Further information

Pyramid Computer GmbH

Marketing Department

Boetzinger Strasse 60

79111 Freiburg, Germany

Email: marketing@pyramid.de

Media contact:

Nigel Parker
Strategic Public Relations Limited

M +44 (0) 7778 872 457
nigelp@strategicpr.net
www.strategicpr.net

Kohls Partners With Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. on Checkout

NEW SELF-SERVICE CHECK-OUT SOLUTION FOR KOHL’S CUSTOMERS

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. engineers self-checkout option for Kohl’s shoppers

GRAFTON, WI – Popular department store chain Kohl’s has partnered with Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. to design, engineer and produce self-service checkouts at the retailer’s store locations.
Initially, Kohl’s sought to do an initial test in two stores to analyze the success of the program. After data showed the self-checkouts had been well-received, the company announced plans to roll out the units to select sites across the nation.

kohls checkout kiosk Throughout the design process, Kohl’s had specific requests for the self-service checkouts, including, but not limited to, an elevated design that complemented existing registers and fixtures, materials and engineering that could withstand the rigors of the store environment, and special bins for hard and soft tags and hangers.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. worked closely with the Kohl’s team to ensure designs and engineering not only met the corporation’s objectives, but exceeded them.

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. Visit www.frankmayer.com for more information.

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CONTACT:
Cheryl Lesniak, Integrated Marketing Manager
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
1975 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 834-1489 | cheryl.lesniak@frankmayer.com

Additional images from Kohls

Photos Kohls

Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA) at NRF 2020 Showing Accessible Kiosks

BusinessWire 1/7/2020

WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Kiosk Manufacturer Association aka KMA is in booth 1703 at the upcoming NRF 2020 Big Show in New York City Jan 12-14. For a preview of KMA kiosk companies at NRF read our NRF 2020 Preview.

NRF Booth Information

Sponsors participating include Olea Kiosks, KioWare, Pyramid, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. and Vispero.

For inquiries and meeting times, please contact craig@catareno.com or stop by #1703.

The KMA booth will have two kiosks in it, both oriented for QSR and both with integrated accessibility.

One will be a tablet kiosk by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. See additional details — Floor Standing Tablet Kiosk Spec Sheet. Integrated with a Storm Audio Nav device for ADA accessibility, Ingenico IUC285 and running ADUSA, Inc’s Qi™ software, it showcases software for NYC-based Kung Fu Tea / TKK Chicken.

Pyramid will have their revolutionary 4-in-1 PE-4000 showing QSR Self-Ordering. It will show accessibility features with JAWS kiosk software from Vispero and KioWare.

KMA Regulatory Initiatives

Kiosk Accessibility ADA

Join the KMA ADA research panel today and help shape the future of accessible kiosks. KMA also invites you to take our ADA Accessibility Quiz and qualify for a free consultation review. Register for a free copy of our MCR (Mandatory Current Requirements) ADA Guidelines as recommended by the KMA and presented to the U.S. Access Board in Washington, DC. Take the quiz here.

EMV Unattended Committee

Join our EMV committee for creating Code of Practice for EMV, in the US and internationally.

KMA News

If your company, organization, association, local, city, state or federal agency would like to participate at some level with the KMA either with ADA or with EMV, please contact craig@kma.global or call 720-324-1837

Thanks for the generous financial support of our GOLD sponsors Olea Kiosks | KioWare | Nanonation | Pyramid | Frank Mayer | Vispero | Zebra | ZIVELO

Retail Kiosk News – Frank Mayer Launches New Website

Point-of-purchase industry leader Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. reveals new website for 2020

GRAFTON, WI – Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. recently launched its new website design to provide brands and retailers with an industry-driven experience when accessing detailed information about the company’s solutions in the point-of-purchase industry. The website is found at: www.frankmayer.com.

Frank Mayer website image The updated website showcases Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.’s wide array of work in the merchandising display, interactive kiosk, and self-service kiosk verticals and features a resource page with the company’s latest blogs, white papers, and issues from its industry publication, FMA Magazine. The site also highlights the point-of-purchase company’s longstanding history in an About Us section.

Our new website is comprehensive while also being user-friendly, making it a perfect tool for visitors to easily peruse the extensive scope of work we’ve done for national brands and retailers,” says Cheryl Lesniak, Integrated Marketing Manager. “In addition, the new look is complementary to our brand and illustrates our commitment to custom design and exceptional experience.”

Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. is a leader in the development of in-store merchandising displays, interactive kiosks, and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The company helps retailers and brands utilize the latest display solutions and technologies to create engaging customer experiences. Visit www.frankmayer.com for more information.

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CONTACT:

Cheryl Lesniak, Integrated Marketing Manager
Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
1975 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 377-4700 | cheryl.lesniak@frankmayer.com

Kiosk Interactivity Redefined – Kiosk Voice Recognition and Voice Command

Voice response promises to add a new interactivity for self-service devices, but there are some hurdles that will need to be overcome.

By Richard Slawsky contributor

When we think of interactive kiosks, what typically comes to mind is the touch-enabled displays that are a nearly ubiquitous component of today’s self-service devices. Trained in part by the tap, pinch and swipe actions that are the main feature of smartphones, we’ve come to expect to be able to interact with kiosks through touch. Although touch-enabled displays have been around in one form or another for more than 50 years, it’s only recently that they have become mainstream thanks in part to Apple’s introduction of the iPhone. 

Over the past few years, though, the concept of interactivity has taken on a new dimension. Driven in part by home automation devices such as Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, people are becoming increasingly comfortable with a new way of interacting with self-service devices: by voice.

A growing number of technology vendors have been introducing voice-enabled kiosks over the past few years. The question remains, though: what does the future hold for interactive voice response and what needs will it fill when it comes to interactive kiosks?

Challenges slowing adoption

Simply put, an interactive voice response system is a computer interface that accepts input by voice rather than mouse, keyboard or touch. The technology has been around at least since the 1970s but has become increasingly widespread as large organizations deploy such systems to handle customer service. And when combined with artificial intelligence, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish VR from communication with a live person.

When it comes to self-service kiosks, a quick Internet search shows dozens of vendors offering devices outfitted with a VR interface. Such interfaces are touted as a way to provide access for those with limited hand mobility as well as those who can’t read. As is the case with on-screen touch menus. It’s relatively easy to incorporate a variety of languages into VR, allowing the deployer to serve those with a limited command of English.

But while the technology improves on nearly a daily basis, it may be a while before VR-enabled kiosks become commonplace. One of the key reasons is that deploying VR will mean either retrofitting existing kiosks with new hardware or deploying new devices outfitted with the technology.

“Voice recognition is ready for kiosks and companies like Zivelo are already looking at ways to begin rolling the technology out on a wider scale,” said Rob Carpenter, CEO and Founder of Valyant AI, an enterprise-grade conversational AI platform for the quick-serve restaurant industry. 

“The biggest hindrance to adoption and scale is going to be the inclusion of microphones and speakers in kiosks, which are required for conversational AI, but hadn’t been included in past hardware iterations because they weren’t needed at the time,” Carpenter said.

The environment where the kiosk will be located will also be a consideration.

“It’ll be important to look at the hardware’s ability to handle conversational AI (it’ll need embedded microphones and speakers), but it’s also important to consider the noise level in the environments,” Carpenter said.

“Conversational AI might struggle in high traffic areas like airports where there is so much noise it’s hard for the AI to hear the customer,” he said. “It’s very likely that for the highest and best use of conversational AI in kiosks, it may also require other capabilities like lip reading and triangulating the customer in a physical space to separate out disparate noise channels.”

As such, deployers will need to incorporate design considerations that include microphone arrays focused on specific areas where a user might be standing. They’ll also need to incorporate design considerations beyond the kiosk itself, including noise-absorbing carpet and walls in the area where the device will be located.

Privacy Concerns

Privacy concerns will come into play as well. Amazon’s Echo devices, for example, store a record of what they hear when activated. And while such recording is only supposed to occur when the user says a “wake” word such as Alexa, anyone who owns such a device knows similar words can prompt a wakeup as well. In addition, when someone is using a VR-enabled kiosk there’s a distinct possibility that nearby sounds will be picked up and recorded as well.

“[It’s a concern] not only for the person ordering train tickets, but for the person who might be standing next to that person who’s having a quite high-level conversation on the phone with a business colleague—or his mistress,” said Nicky Shaw, North American distribution manager with Storm Interface. Storm designs, develops, manufactures and markets heavy-duty keypads, keyboards, and custom computer interface devices, including those that provide accessibility for those with disabilities.

“Now that’s also been picked up and sent to the cloud,” she said. “Privacy needs to be given more consideration in my view because just deploying a microphone on a kiosk with no visible or audible means of letting people know it’s always on needs to be factored into the design.”

Accessibility Protocol

The protocols and practices for implementing voice in kiosks are not addressed in any U.S. Access Board standards and the KMA with Storm have incorporated a proposed voice framework for accessibility and more.  The Access Board has these standards to consider as a baseline for when they create actual standards. In that sense KMA is setting the table for them.

ada KIOSK CERTIFICATION
The KMA guidelines for voice are our suggested best practice for self-service.

The degree to which companies mine voice data for advertising information creates its own set of privacy concerns. Because most voice user interfaces require cloud processing services, any time the voice leaves the device makes the process more susceptible to a privacy breach. 

That can also create branding issues, with potential confusion as to who exactly the kiosk represents. Is it the foodservice operator, ticker or retailer, or is it a company such as Google or Amazon?

And at the end of the day, making it easy for the average person to use will go a long way toward determining how successful VR in interactive kiosks will be.

“Voice input is the collection method, while the platform collecting the command is the brain/processing power to take the correct actions,” said Tomer Mann, EVP for Milpitas, Calif.-based software company 22Miles.

“We are moving forward with integration but there is a long way to go,” Mann said.  “We have the input command solution but the processing machine learning technology needs to improve. It will happen with a few more iterations and innovation.”

Applications Impact

One of the obvious applications for VR in self-service kiosks is for accessibility, enabling their use by those with impaired vision or limited hand mobility.

VR can also be used to create the “wow” experience business operators are looking for. Imagine, for example, the opening of the latest blockbuster superhero movie.

“Let’s say a video wall at the theater senses that someone is approaching,” said Sanjeev Varshney, director, Global SAP with Secaucus, N.J. based Cyntralabs, a developer of integrated solutions that help retailers drive sales. 

“It could display a character from the movie, who says something such as ‘what movie would you like to see?’,” he said. “The character could then point to a card reader and say ‘just insert your credit card here” and have the tickets printed out or have an SMS sent to your phone.”

“One driver for voice relates to efficient and faster transactions” said Joe Gianelli, CEO & cofounder of Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Aaware Inc., a developer of technology that enables voice interfaces.

Consider tasks that may require an excessive amount of screen navigation or drilling down, Gianelli said. Voice is usually much more efficient if the user needs to navigate beyond three levels of touch.

Of course, VR won’t be a catch-all solution. Still, VR could be part of a menu of accessibility options.

“Speech command technology will never replace the need for other interface devices because people with speech impediments won’t be able to use it, just like there are people who are blind and can’t use a touchscreen,” Shaw said. 

 “A deployer would still need to provide tactile interface devices as well as the speech command,” she said. “This needs to be seen as another element in multimodal accessibility. There’s not a one-size-fits all solution.”

The technology is at its infancy, but with further innovations and feature updates, the solutions will only be more agile to day-to-day user experiences,” Mann said. 

“Technology is getting there,” he said. “22Miles just wants to stay ahead of that innovation as we do it all other digital or content triggering capabilities.”

And when it comes to industries, some of the key applications insiders are seeing are in the ticketing and restaurant ordering fields, with initial results showing promise. Catalogue lookup in a retail setting might also be a prime candidate.

“Imagine being able to find, filter and sort any item through voice,” Carpenter said. “It would eliminate the tedious tasks of searching through pages and pages of items to find your favorites. Just tell it what you want and then be on your way.”

More Information

WHITEPAPER – VOICE RECOGNITION & SPEECH COMMAND ASSISTIVE INTERFACE

 

MASTERCARD ZIVELO VOICE ORDERING WITH AI

 

KROGER LAUNCHES VOICE ASSISTANT ORDERING FOR GROCERY ECOMMERCE

 

ALEXA SELF-ORDER VOICE COMMAND VOICE RESPONSE QSR W/ CUSTOMER & EMPLOYEE. BEACON TECH

JAWS Kiosk

JAWS Kiosk by Vispero

JAWS kiosk
Jaws Kiosk by The Paciello Group and Vispero

Vispero®, the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired, is excited to announce an addition to the Vispero family: JAWS Kiosk. A collaboration between The Paciello Group (TPG) and the Freedom Scientific brand (owned by Vispero), JAWS Kiosk is focused on delivering accessible kiosk solutions whether it’s through the incorporation of Freedom Scientific’s industry-leading screen reading software, JAWS®, or by utilizing TPG’s accessible design and technical implementation services. Beginning with the June 2019 release of JAWS, JAWS software will revolutionize self-service kiosk accessibility.

JAWS Kiosk for Accessibility

“Kiosk accessibility has always been a consideration but is becoming a standard rather than a ‘nice to have.’ In order to meet this growing demand, the kiosk team leverages industry-leading accessibility software from Freedom Scientific, expert consulting capabilities of The Paciello Group, and a strong kiosk industry knowledge base,” explains Matt Ater, Vice President of Business Development at Vispero and a subject matter expert on user experience when developing solutions for people who are blind or have low vision.

JAWS Kiosk Features

JAWS has been modified in order to meet the specific needs of an accessible kiosk deployment. New kiosk-specific features of JAWS include:

  • Thinner version of JAWS for closed environments
  • Locked down features for use in closed environments
  • Support for Storm Assistive Technology Products (NavPad™, NavBar ™ and AudioNav™)
  • Multi-language/Multi-voice JAWS support
  • User session management
  • Auto start JAWS upon insertion of audio device
  • Session end is automated upon withdraw of audio input (Auto Stop)
  • Compatible with kiosk system software
  • Fully customizable through JAWS scripting
  • Does not require an internet connection for full functionality

“Storm Interface are proud to be working in cooperation with TPG and JAWS Kiosk”, said Storm’s SEVP Peter Jarvis. “The application of Storm Assistive Technology Products (NavPad™, NavBar™ and AudioNav™), fully supported and integrated within JAWS, will bring a new dimension of accessibility and a powerful contribution to independent living. A truly impressive combination!”

Spearheading this initiative is Laura Boniello Miller, who recently joined Vispero after spending the past six years driving strategic sales for KioWare Kiosk Software where she built partnerships with kiosk hardware manufacturers, kiosk device manufacturers, and kiosk application developers. Laura is a past co-chairperson of the Kiosk Manufacturer’s Association Accessibility working group and an author of multiple articles on the accessible kiosk user experience. According to Miller, “Vispero is committed to the kiosk accessibility space and now brings kiosk experience to these efforts. The kiosk team leverages JAWS software and The Paciello Group’s accessibility expertise to help customers create a complete accessible kiosk solution.”

Learn more at www.paciellogroup.com/products/jaws-kiosk/. Contact Laura Boniello Miller at lmiller@vispero.com

About Vispero: Vispero is the global leader for assistive technology and accessibility solutions. Freedom Scientific® and The Paciello Group, both Vispero brands, have a long history of innovation for customers with accessibility needs. Freedom Scientific is the leading provider of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments, offering brands such as the market leading screen reader JAWS for Windows and ZoomText screen magnifier. The Paciello Group is an accessibility solutions provider passionately dedicated to helping organizations make their technology equally accessible to all people. Other Vispero brands include Enhanced Vision and Optelec. For more information, visit www.vispero.com.


About TPG team

TPG partners with organizations around the world, to provide them with both strategic and targeted expertise that enables them to realise their accessibility goals. With our partners we believe we can create a positive impact on global accessibility.

Vispero ADA kiosk solution

Integrating Storm Keypad

https://www.storm-interface.com/news?id=49

Announcing the newest addition to Vispero: JAWS Kiosk
https://www.paciellogroup.com/news/2019/09/announcing-the-newest-addition-to-vispero-jaws-kiosk/

Mastercard Zivelo Voice Ordering with AI

Press release from Mastercard May 16, 2019 on Zivelo initiative to be shown at National Restaurant Show

Mastercard and ZIVELO Leverage Artificial Intelligence and Voice Ordering

Sonic Drive-In will be first to pilot the new innovative voice AI powered ordering and dynamic menu experience at their drive-in locations

PURCHASE, NY — May 16, 2019 — Today, Mastercard announced a partnership with ZIVELO, a leader in self-service kiosk technology, to enhance the drive-in and drive-through ordering experience for quick service restaurants (QSRs) with a first-of-its-kind AI-powered voice assistant and personalized dynamic menu. Sonic Drive-In will be the first partner to pilot the new experience at selected Sonic locations in the U.S. this year. The technology will first be showcased at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago from May 18-21, 2019.

Upon arrival at the QSR’s drive-in or drive-through, consumers will be prompted to order from an AI-powered voice ordering assistant, which will integrate with a dynamic menu display. The menu will automatically update using a proprietary AI solution developed by Mastercard, which will allow the display to be customized either for a specific customer or for external factors such as weather, time of day, seasonality and location.

“We are excited to be partnering with ZIVELO to help QSR merchants further enhance their ordering experience to provide even more contextual interactions with their customers and ultimately allow them to get their food faster,” said Stephane Wyper, senior vice president, new commerce partnerships, Mastercard. “This builds on Mastercard’s continued focus on leveraging our payment, loyalty and analytics capabilities to innovate within the retail space alongside our merchant and technology partners.”

“We see facets of our brand, our restaurants, and AI technology converging in a way that makes for a special customer experience.  Sonic is known for a fun environment and a full menu with extensive customization options that allows guests to personalize every meal,” said Jon Dorch, vice president of integrated customer engagement. “Voice AI promises to provide carefree conversational ordering that complements the overall experience.  We anticipate AI integration will also provide opportunities to streamline repeat orders, personalize suggestions based on data, and offer rewards that are truly relevant.”

The artificial intelligence engine that powers the voice ordering experience to provide a dynamic menu was developed through Mastercard Labs and can be adapted for the needs of each specific merchant partner. The solution is built on OakOS, ZIVELO’s software operating system for public computing experiences, and relies on ZIVELO’s expertise within the self-service display industry, having successfully deployed tens of thousands of kiosks in restaurants to date. Mastercard also provides innovation support through an off-the-shelf voice AI solution for merchants that can be designed, developed and launched without significant effort, allowing them to quickly deploy the experience in-market.

“Drive-thru accounts for 70% of QSR transactions, yet the experience has remained more or less untouched by innovation,” said Healey Cypher, CEO of ZIVELO. “As customer expectation continues to move towards faster, personalized, and contextual experiences, we are excited to partner with Mastercard to bring this transformative solution to market and hopefully exceed those expectations.”

The voice ordering experience and dynamic menu solution was designed by Mastercard and ZIVELO to be flexible for each unique quick service restaurant environment. Additional partners will pilot the technology as it continues to roll out in 2019.

About Mastercard

Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MastercardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

About Sonic

SONIC, founded in 1953, is the largest drive-in restaurant brand in the United States with more than 3,600 restaurants. SONIC is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit SonicDriveIn.com and InspireBrands.com.

About ZIVELO

ZIVELO’s mission is to revolutionize the way brands use technology to interact with their consumers on-premise and in the physical world. Founded in 2008, ZIVELO has rapidly grown to become the leading self-service technology brand, offering a sleek and sophisticated product design, intuitive user experience, and cutting-edge modular hardware solutions. In 2018, ZIVELO acquired Oak Labs, the creators of OakOS – the world’s first operating system for public computing experiences. Through the acquisition, ZIVELO now provides brands with an end-to-end solution for the roll-out of kiosks and digital signage and is one of the only full-service kiosk providers to offer world-class hardware, software, services, and financing under one roof. ZIVELO is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in San Francisco and Seattle. For more information, please visit http://www.ZIVELO.com/.

Mastercard Communications Contact:

Sarah Ely

sarah.ely@mastercard.com

914.249.6714

 

ZIVELO Communications Contact:

Mary McCauley

press@zivelo.com

877.494.8346

Which Platform OS to use for Kiosk Deployment?

From THEPACIELLOGROUP website 12/17/2019 by Laura Miller of Vispero

Which Kiosk OS?

There can be many reasons for selecting one operating system over another. During the process of choosing your operating system, you will want to consider the following questions.

Accessible Windows-based Kiosk from KIOSK
Windows-based Apex kiosk with payment capabilities from KIOSK Information Systems

For which OS is the kiosk application available?

If you are running an application on a kiosk in kiosk mode or using kiosk software, the deciding (or limiting) factor can be the operating system upon which the app runs. Kiosk mode is a method or mode utilized for limiting user access and behavior. Windows kiosk mode, Android single app mode, and iOS kiosk mode all function to limit the device to allow access to only a specific application. The app availability will limit the OS options available to choose from. Most apps are available across multiple operating systems or are browser-based and can be run in any kiosk browser (found in kiosk software) on any operating system.

Which external devices are needed for the kiosk?

Like the application, certain external devices may only be available for a single operating system. Traditionally, those devices were Microsoft Windows-based and required a Windows OS in order to integrate. In more recent years, Bluetooth and cloud-based technologies have increased the number of options available for iOS and Android solutions as well. Kiosk devices such as credit card readers, barcode readers, receipt printers, facial recognition devices, and accessibility keypads are typically not available across all operating systems. Many use APIs available only for Windows devices. In most cases, the devices that do work with iOS and Android operating systems require an internet connection in order to communicate and do not work locally, as Windows options do.

Payment Devices

In the case of Android and iOS, payment devices (such as credit card readers), communicate via the cloud, and communication is only available if there is an internet connection. However, if the app is a native Windows solution, the communication can be local (negating the need for a connection), which allows for accepting payment transactions when the device is offline. For payment devices, there’s greater flexibility and reliability with Windows-based apps in comparison with Android and iOS. With iOS and Android operating systems, connectivity as well as potential latency with cloud-based solutions that can cause potential points of failure.

As explained by Kim Kenney, President, KIOSK Information Systems

“The majority of our kiosks and devices are either Windows-based or compatible with Windows giving customers flexible and scalable interoperability. Our focus is on the customer and what we’re hearing is the need for future-focused, self-service solutions like kiosk technology that can adapt as organizations grow. Windows helps to enable this capability.”

Printers

Many printers now make use of onboard Bluetooth technology. This means that they may be compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems. However, Bluetooth options tend to be more expensive. Additionally, printer manufacturers have historically developed hardware with a Windows driver and may not have iOS or Android support.

Europay/Mastercard/Visa

From an EMV (Europay Mastercard Visa) compliance standpoint, there are more Windows solutions (both from a hardware perspective and from a payment solution provider selection) available. Future-proofing and backward compatibility are extremely important and Windows typically provides that support but Android and iOS do not. This means that when the OS is updated, often legacy programs will not work with the updated OS.

Rob Chilcoat of Unattended Card Payments writes,

“While I can typically find a payment solution to meet just about any kiosk project’s payment requirements, it is always easier when the application developer is working in Windows. There are so many more feature-rich, pre-certified payment solutions to choose from working in Windows. When developing for Android or iOS the selection becomes much more limited, and their capabilities less robust.”

Kiosk accessibility?

Microsoft has invested heavily in infrastructure for accessibility on the Windows platform. In addition to OS support, there are more options for accessibility hardware and software. Freedom Scientific’s JAWS text to speech software, for instance, is only available for Windows, not for Android or iOS. It can be highly customized for each kiosk implementation. Native Android and iOS solutions are not very customizable and are only updated when Android or iOS are updated. There are a variety of hardware input devices that can be used with Windows, such as keypads and keyboards. Some of these devices only have Windows APIs, so it is important to check with the manufacturer before selecting an operating system or device.

If accessibility seems like an afterthought for your kiosk experience, consider that over 20% of the United States identifies with having a disability. People with disabilities are an oft overlooked demographic with disposable income like anyone else.

Which OS provides a more secure kiosk experience?

Windows offers native kiosk security functions and kiosk management capabilities for both kiosk management and configuration. Kiosk security and features are available across multiple operating systems, but Microsoft has invested heavily in improving the setup, configuration, and management experience for kiosks. Kiosks running a Windows operating system are typically more easily monitored, updated, and managed remotely due to the extensive native Windows management tools. Android and iOS have not invested in this area as heavily, nor do their platforms offer the same robust focus on business support.

It’s important to consider a variety of factors from application, external devices, accessibility, features, and security, when selecting an operating system for a kiosk.

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Mass Notification System (MNS) & Emergency Alert Systems

Dec 14 2019 (Westminster) by Craig Keefner and Kiosk Industry Manufacturer Association

Mass Notification Systems

We see more and more of RFPS for Mass Notification Systems (MNS) and Emergency Alert Systems.  These include Crisis Alerts and Alert Systems.  Many schools.

As far as Free Mass Notification Systems there are very inexpensive CMS systems that can utilized in that regard and several of them have scope for specific MNS systems.

Below are a couple for review with scope of work examples (real life).

Seems like it would be a great adjunct function for digital signage and CMS systems to offer.  They generally are in search of ROI and this would satisfy that requirement and minimize liability for customers with many public customers in mainly unprotected public areas. An idea.

Mass Notification System RFPs


California MNS December 2019 Scope of Work

Product (RFP/RFQ/RFI/Solicitation/Tender/Bid Etc.) ID: SW-29806 California

Government Authority located in California; USA based organization looking for expert vendor for emergency mass notification system.

[A] Budget: Looking for Proposal

[B] Scope of Service:

(1) Vendor needs to provide emergency mass notification system.
– Provide a robust, interactive, reliable, high-speed notification system that can send notifications to thousands of recipients
– Ability to import private, listed, and unlisted call numbers to be updated at a minimum of half-year intervals
– Proposed solution must be an integrated public alert and warning system compliant and compatible and usable at initial installation
– Solution must be designed specifically for emergency notifications using a secure internet-based system
– Solution must have the capability to initiate at least 10,000, 30-second voice messages per hour
– Ability to send multiple notifications at the same time to the same or different recipients
– Ability to prioritize emergency notifications over standard notifications in the message delivery queue
– Able to publish a self-registration web page for residents to opt-in and opt-out
– Ability to initiate and deliver notifications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year (24/7/365) with 99.99% availability
– Ability to export existing recipient and contact information to excel or a csv file
– Ability to customize the greeting that precedes a message delivered by voice
– Ability to store and use multiple contact numbers and addresses for each recipient
– Ability to send both a recorded message and a text message in a single notification to all recipients for delivery to appropriate devices
– Ability to create and save pre-recorded voice and text messages for later use in notifications
– Ability to schedule any type of notification to be sent at a future date and time
– Ability to leave a message when a voice-delivered message reaches an answering machine or voicemail
– Ability to search for a geographic location using different criteria
– Ability to use an interactive map through a standard geographical information system format to select a geographic area using polygons and drawing tools.
(2) All questions must be submitted no later than January 10, 2020.


Saint Charles MNS SCOPE OF WORK

The City of Saint Charles, Missouri (hereinafter, the “City”) is a local government in the St. Louis metropolitan area with a population of approximately 65,000. The City is seeking a vendor to provide a Mass Notification & Emergency Alert System (hereinafter, the “System”) that has the capability of mass notification to individuals, as well as targeted messaging to individuals and groups through customized lists and geographic selection.

The proposed solution shall be a single, integrated solution offering comprehensive security and built-in redundancy of operations based on the concept of a unified messaging and communication
application. It should provide for a single, common process to issue alerts or other communication requests over multiple protocols and devices.

SYSTEM FEATURES
Any proposed System shall, at minimum, include the following features:

  • Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS)
  • Multiple Groups for Messaging (i.e. General Public, Employee Groups, Other Internal Groups, etc.)
  • Public will be allowed to opt-in and/or opt-out at any time, editing their own information and desired alert types
  • Emergency & Non-Emergency Messaging via Text, Mobile App, Phone Call (Cellular & Landline), Email, and City’s Social Media
  • Geo-Targeting Capability (at minimum, point with radius; City prefers free form selection
    for targeted distribution)
  • Unlimited System Users
  • Unlimited System Administrator Users
  • Unlimited Calls and/or Text Messages
  • Initial Training for Administrators (Train the Trainer Approach)
  • Capable of Creating & Storing Template Messages
  • Reporting Capabilities (i.e. Pre-Formatted & Ad Hoc Reporting Tools)

SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE, INFRASTRUCTURE & SECURITY

  • System shall be fully hosted by Vendor requiring no additional hardware, equipment, storage, etc. by City
  • System shall be web-based providing the City the ability to access the System via a secure internet connection from any computer, tablet, or smartphone to send alerts and notifications.

The Christina School District is soliciting competitive proposals to provide a modern, robust communication and engagement solution. This solution must include website design, development and hosting, a mass notification system, and a mobile application.

This request for proposals (“RFP”) is issued pursuant to 29 Del. C. §§ 6981 and 6982.


Issued By:Virginia Community College Shared Services Center
Type:Request for Proposals (RFP)
Category:Non-Professional Services – Technology
Work Location: Various
Description:The purpose of this RFP is to solicit sealed proposals to establish a contract(s) through competitive negotiations for the purchase of a commercially available web based emergency alert notification system including implementation and training for the Virginia Community College System including its 23 colleges.

Fire and Medical Alert Systems (34015)
Emergency Radio/Telephone Systems (411, 911 etc. Dispatch) (83845)
Audiotex Voice Response Systems (88316)
Voice Mail Systems (88390)
Telecommunication Services (Not Otherwise Classified) (91579)
Warning System Services, Citizen (91595)
Alarm Services (99005)
Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Planning Services (99029)


Summary

Emergency Mass Communications Solution Bid Solicitation: S-16500-00000005 Header Information Bid Number: S-16500-00000005 Description: Emergency Mass Communications Solution Bid Opening Date: 05/13/2019 02:00:00 PM Purchaser: Erin Smith Organization: Secretary of State Department: 16506 – Information Systems Location: ISCIO – Office of the CIO Fiscal Year: 19 Type Code: Allow Electronic Quote: Yes Alternate Id: Required Date: Available Date : 04/22/2019 02:00:00 PM Info Contact: Contact Erin Smith at 503-986-2270 or via email at erin.m.smith@oregon.gov Bid Type: OPEN Informal Bid Flag: No Purchase Method: Open Market Pre Bid Conference: Bulletin Desc: Proposers are required to submit a written proposal covering the content requirements specified in the attached solicitation document. Vendors proposing qualifying products may be invited to perform a virtual demo for the agency. See the Attachments tab for complete information. Ship-to Address: Information Systems Division 255 Capitol St. NE Suite 180 Salem, OR 97310 US Email: servicedesk.sos@oregon.gov Phone: (503)986-0505 Bill-to Address: Business Services Division 255 Capitol St. NE Suite 180 Salem, OR 97310 US Email: purchasing.sos@oregon.gov Phone: (503)986-2204 Print Format: File Attachments: Intermediate RFP – Emergency Mass Communications Solution.pdf Form Attachments: Item Information Item # 2: ( 990 – 39 ) Vendors must attach their pricing, as per the Proposal Content Requirements (see the Attachments tab). Agency is seeking a web-hosted, software-based Emergency Mass Communications Solution, and is requesting pricing and proposed costs for software and support. (Note that pricing has been disabled for this item. All pricing must be included as an attachment to your Quote.) NIGP Code: 990-39 Emergency Systems Monitoring Service to include Alarms and Operational Readiness Reporting Qty Unit Cost UOM Total Discount Amt. Tax Rate Tax Amount Total Cost 1.0 LUMP SUM – Lump Sum Manufacturer: Brand: Model: Make: Packaging:

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.

Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA) Announces Research Panel, MCR and NRF

Press release BusinessWire Dec 13, 2019

WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KMA’s ADA & Accessibility Research Panel serves as an ongoing feedback mechanism between KMA and the community. We invite companies interested in accessibility, associations dedicated to accessibility as well as users who are blind or partially sighted to join and share insights and opinions on accessible technology and more through focus groups, online questionnaires & telephone surveys. Join the KMA ADA research panel today and help shape the future of accessible media.

In tandem with the research panel, KMA invites you to take our ADA Accessibility Quiz and qualify for a free consultation review. Register for a free copy of our MCR (Mandatory Current Requirements) ADA Guidelines as recommended by the KMA at our recent meeting with the U.S. Access Board in Washington, DC. Take the quiz here.

NRF 2020 – Visit with us in NYC on January 12-14 at NRF 2020 at booth 1703. For a complete preview of KMA companies at NRF you can read our NRF 2020 Preview.

KMA News

If your company, organization, association, local, city, state or federal agency would like to participate at some level with the KMA, please contact craig@kma.global or call 720-324-1837

The KMA ADA Committee consists of Olea KiosksKioWareKioskGroupStorm InterfaceFrank Mayer and Associates, Inc.VisperoPeerless-AVMimoMonitorsKIOSK (KIS)Turnkey KiosksDynatouchAudioEye and Tech For All Consulting.

Thanks for the generous financial support of our GOLD sponsors Olea Kiosks | KioWare | Nanonation | Pyramid | Frank Mayer | Vispero | Zebra ZIVELO

Contacts

KMA
Craig Keefner
craig@kma.global
720-324-1837

Retail Cannabis Store Need Cannabis Self-Order?

Marijuana Kiosk News

FrankMayer and Paywana will be at the MJBizCon in Las Vegas Dec 11-13

Have a retail cannabis store in need of a self-ordering kiosk? Look no further. Watch how easy Paywana, our cannabis self-ordering kiosk software, is to use! Our Paywana kiosk software pairs perfectly with a Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.interactive kiosk. Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. offers wall-mounted, standing and countertop kiosks to best accommodate any environment. Learn more about Paywana by clicking the on the following link – https://paywana.com/. Check out the kiosk machines by Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. by clicking on the following link – https://lnkd.in/eNpu2bf. hashtagkiosk hashtagkioskmachine hashtagcannabiskiosk hashtagcannabis hashtagretail hashtagcannabisindustry hashtagselforderingkiosk

Pictures from the Marijuana Cannabis Show

Jaws Kiosk – Vispero Storm Collaborate on Accessible Kiosk Solution

Vispero And Storm Interface Collaborate To Provide Accessible Interactive Kiosk Solution

  • December 4, 2019

JAWS ADA Logo CLEARWATER, Fla.Dec. 4, 2019  — Vispero, the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired, is excited to share news of a partnership between Vispero and Storm Interface, combining the JAWS® screen reader with Storm’s assistive technology products to create the most accessible kiosk experience for users who are blind, have low vision, or limited dexterity.

Storm Interface logo for assistive technology According to Matt Ater, Vice President of Business Development at Vispero, “Storm Interface’s dedication to a usable and accessible experience equals Vispero’s ongoing mission to serve users who are blind or who have low vision. The partnership between Storm and Vispero brings together two leaders in assistive technology and establishes greater usability of kiosks.”

The kiosk version of JAWS software has added support to make it easier than ever to integrate Storm Assistive Technology devices into a kiosk solution. Peter Jarvis, Storm Interface Vice President, shares, “Storm is delighted with the additional functionality provided by the screen reader in JAWS. This additional functionality will deliver a more complete and accessible experience for users of Storm ATP (Assistive Technology Products).”

JAWS Kiosk features that support Storm-ATP Devices include the ability to autostart JAWS upon insertion of headphones, the delivery of a custom welcome message, standardized keypad integration, the ability to customize additional button functionality, and an auto stop/session end function upon the removal of headphones.

Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind states, “Members of the National Federation of the Blind applaud the collaboration between Vispero and Storm Interface toward the continued development and implementation of accessible kiosk systems. As kiosks are an ever-growing gateway to banking, shopping, accessing healthcare, and applying for and receiving public services, it is essential that the blind have access to these systems in order to live the lives we want. We appreciate that both Vispero and Storm Interface have been, and will continue to be, receptive to the feedback and recommendations of the nation’s blind.”

This collaboration will help kiosk manufacturers meet accessibility requirements for federal government, banking, healthcare, hospitality, retail, transportation, and more.

About Storm
Storm Interface have designed and manufactured secure, rugged and reliable keypads, keyboards and interface devices for more than 30 years. Storm products are built to withstand rough use and abuse in unattended public-use and industrial applications. Storm Assistive Technology Products are recognized by the Royal National Institute for Blind People under their “RNIB Tried and Tested” program.

About JAWS Kiosk
JAWS Kiosk is a collaboration between The Paciello Group (TPG) and Freedom Scientific (sister companies under Vispero) which provides JAWS screen reading software for kiosks, technical implementation, and consulting services.

Contact Laura Boniello Miller at lmiller@vispero.com or your TPG sales representative for information.


JAWS Kiosk Vispero

Gold Sponsor – Vispero – ADA Accessibility Software Consultant

Peerless-AV Joins the Baseball Trade Show During the MiLB Winter Meeting 2019

Outdoor TV & Smart City Kiosk

Outdoor Kiosks The latest news from Peerless-AV.
The Official Digital Display Partner of the MiLB will be exhibiting at the upcoming Baseball Trade Show during the MiLB Baseball Winter Meetings (Dec 8-12).
The company will be showcasing technology ideal for stadiums and arenas, including its UltraView UHD Outdoor TVs and Smart City Kiosks.
Below and attached please find the press release with more details.

SAN DIEGO – December 6, 2019 – Peerless-AV®, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of innovative audio and video solutions and accessories, is pleased to be exhibiting at this year’s Baseball Trade Show during the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Baseball Winter Meetings, December 8-12, 2019.

Exhibiting at Booth #514, Peerless-AV and its team of experts will be showcasing a variety of AV solutions, including the UltraView™ UHD Outdoor TVs as well as the Smart City Kiosk. The solutions on display have been incorporated into stadiums and are proving to create a positive experience for fans and staff alike, keeping attendees and staff updated with scores, weather trends, social media updates, and more. In attendance from the Peerless-AV team include CEO, John Potts, Executive Vice President, Nick Belcore, Vice President of Sales, North America and APAC, Brian McClimans, Senior Director of National Accounts, Rich Fiorino, and Senior Director of Business Development, Kevin McDonald.

“Working with MiLB and collaborating together on optimizing fan engagement in stadiums across the U.S has demonstrated the positive impact that digital signage and AV can have on the fan experience,” said Nick Belcore, Executive Vice President, Peerless-AV. “With new sports venues costing up to one billion dollars, franchises are deploying partners like Peerless-AV to consult on and implement technology to provide a digital platform for fans to engage in a way that is most relevant to them. The result is an optimized experience for a significant diversity of fans.”

Earlier in 2019, Peerless-AV began a multi-year partnership with the MiLB to become the league’s “Official Digital Display Partner.” By the end of 2020, Peerless-AV plans to have its AV technology in over 40 MiLB stadiums across the U.S.

The MiLB Winter Meeting brings baseball executives and industry leaders together for 5 days of networking, informational workshops, discussion of innovative industry trends, and the exchange of new ideas as well as best practices. Events include the Diversity in Sport Forum, the PBEO Job Fair, the Women in Baseball Leadership event, Baseball Gala, and more.

To learn more about the 2019 Baseball Trade Show and MiLB Winter Meetings, visit https://www.baseballwintermeetings.com/.

Connect with Peerless-AV via social media on TwitterInstagramLinkedInFacebook, and YouTube.

About Peerless-AV

Driving Technology Through Innovation

For over 75 years, passion and innovation continue to drive Peerless-AV forward. We proudly design and manufacture the highest quality products, ranging from outdoor displays to complete kiosk solutions, digital signage mounts to wireless systems. Whether a full-scale global deployment or custom project, Peerless-AV develops meaningful relationships and delivers world-class service. In partnership with Peerless-AV, you are trusting an award-winning team of experts who will support your business every step of the way. For more information, visit peerless-av.com.

Media Contact

Beth Gard

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(732) 212-0823

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Join Our Accessibility Research Panel

Join Our ADA Research Panel

KMA ADA Accessibility Certified KMA’s Accessibility Research Panel serves as an ongoing feedback mechanism between KMA and the community. We invite companies interested in accessibility, associations dedicated to accessibility as well as users who are blind or partially sighted are invited to join and share insights and opinions on accessible technology and more through focus groups, online questionnaires and telephone surveys. Join the KMA ADA research panel today and help shape the future of accessible media.

Your privacy is very important to us and we want you to feel comfortable engaging with us online. KMA’s Privacy Policy is posted here and we encourage you to review it and contact us at info@kma.global with any questions or concerns.

How to Join

To register for the KMA Research Panel please fill out the form below or call 1-720-324-1837.


Types of Research

​KMA is committed to learning more about the interests of the blind and partially sighted community across the world. Panel members will be asked, at different times during the year, to participate in information-gathering projects, which may include:

Focus Groups

​A focus group is a form of research in which a group of people share their perceptions, opinions, beliefs and attitudes towards a product, service, concept or advertisement. Questions are asked by a moderator in an interactive group setting.

Online Surveys

​Online surveys are usually used with a large group of people so the answers can be statistically reviewed and analyzed. This type of survey can range from being short with just a couple of questions or long with in-depth areas being explored with many questions.

Telephone Interviews

​A telephone interview is a process of data collection using a standardized questionnaire and calling panel members. It is a great alternative when online access isn’t the preference for respondents.

Roundup Kiosk News

Interesting Self Service news we’ve seen.

Here is a blog post where we make note of interesting news from around the globe. We don’t formally post these but we do find them notable for multiple reasons usually.

December Kiosk News Roundup 2019

Californians are turning to vending machines for safer water. Are they being swindled?
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/02/california-water-vending-machines-quality

November Kiosk News Roundup 2019

Senecas to open sports betting at three WNY casinos10 shareshttps://www.newyorkupstate.com/casinos/2019/11/senecas-to-open-sports-betting-at-three-wny-casinos.htmlHogansburg in northern New York. Under New York state law, sports bets can only be placed in person, through a betting window or kiosk physically located inside a casino. There is no online or mobile sports betting through phones or other devices. Bets can be
Moe’s Southwest Grill To Open First All-Digital Restaurant In Oakland136 shareshttps://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/11/26/all-digital-moes-coming-to-pittsburgh/Mayer and Associates, a company that designs and sells kiosks to restaurants. Anzia said both customers and restaurants like them. “One of the biggest impacts we’ve seen with self-ordering kiosks, restaurants are seeing an uptick of 25 to 30 percent on
CLEAR’s Latest Expansion: Chicago-O’Hare Terminal 1by Kyle Potter . 37 shareshttps://thriftytraveler.com/clears-latest-expansion-chicago-ohare-terminal-1/signed up (more on this shortly) and finalized your registration, you simply head to the CLEAR lane, confirm your identity at a kiosk, and get whisked away to the front of the TSA line by a CLEAR ambassador.     So what’s stopping you? Likely the high price
Three Square Self Pay Market opens at CherryVale Mall2 shareshttps://www.wifr.com/content/news/Three-Square-Self-Pay-Market-opens-at-CherryVale-Mall-565492691.htmlself-pay basically comes from not being bothered by lines and such.” Ward says there’s a tutorial on the check procedure at the kiosk. The market is also under 24-7 surveillance, so if a customer has a question, they can reach someone within minutes.

 

 

First All-Digital Restaurant In Oakland

By Jon Delano

Excerpt:

“There are 750 Moe’s Southwest Grill locations in the country. We’re going to be the first of what we’re calling all-digital Moe’s,” Mike Geiger told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Tuesday.

All digital restaurant image
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All-digital, meaning you order and pay for your food on an app or at a kiosk, said Geiger, who owns eight Moe’s in this region with his partner.

“With the age of the audience and the desire of less interaction and quicker service of that audience, we want to meet what our customers want,” added Geiger.

“Millennials love the kiosks because they grew up in the technological realm where they’re interacting with phones and with tablets all the time. So this is just a natural progression for them,” said David Anzia, senior vice president at Frank Mayer and Associates, a company that designs and sells kiosks to restaurants.

Anzia said both customers and restaurants like them.

“One of the biggest impacts we’ve seen with self-ordering kiosks, restaurants are seeing an uptick of 25 to 30 percent on the orders that are being placed by the customers.”

According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association, 38 percent of millennials have already ordered food via kiosk versus 18 percent of baby boomers.

Read full article at

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FMagazine Fall 2019 – Accessible Kiosks, Merchandising Displays and Best Design

 Accessible Kiosks – Fall 2019 FMagazine

FMA Mag The best of in-store merchandising, interactive kiosks and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The FMagazine Fall 2019 issue includes articles on:

  • How self-service kiosks will shape the future of grocery
  • Making kiosks accessible for everyone
  • Merchandising displays – getting the best design without blowing the budget

The FMagazine this issue includes a writeup by Peter Jarvis of Storm Interface on recent activities of the KMA and ADA.

Peter Jarvis article
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TDS touch introduces IP65 industrial touch display

ip65 touchscreen IP65 Touchscreen Announced

As digital signage and kiosks of self-service devices gradually move from indoor lobbies to semi-outdoor and outdoor locations, TDSTOUCH has introduced the 37 series industrial touch displays to meet the needs of a stable 7 day X 24 hour operation in a complex external environment. 37 series industrial displays have the following features:

  • 3MM thick aluminum alloy front panel, anti-collision
  • front frame conforms to IP65 level protection standard
  • 10 point projection capacitive touch screen
  • touch cover explosion-proof treatment, hardness up to 7H
  • anti-interference industrial grade driver board
  • brightness can be customized
  • automatic adjustment according to ambient light
  • both rear mounting hole and VESA hole can be installed
  • support operating temperature range -10 degrees to 55 degrees

IP65 touchscreen

TDS37 series can provide 10.1 inch / 21.5/15.6/17/18.5/19/10.4/15 inch a variety of sizes, according to the customer can choose different application configuration. For more product information, please visit our website or contact our office. 

Contact Info:

Website:WWW.USTDSTOUCH.COM

Tel:408 850 7128  Emailtdstouch@gmail.com

Address5201 Great America Parkway, Suite 320

Santa Clara CA 95054.

 

Turnkey Bill Payment Kiosks

New Turnkey Bill Payment Solution

Olea has released a new bill payment website.   Payment Kiosk by Olea.

Excerpt: Kiosks that handle cash and other forms of payment are the most complex of self service kiosk designs. Don’t trust just anyone to design and manufacture your next financial service kiosk.  Led by Olea Kiosks we work with best-in-class partners to bring you a complete bill payment solution.

Franklin Bill Payment Kiosk
New Franklin Payment Kiosk

Payment Solutions cover a large range of situations from the simple purchase to more complex deployments.

We offer two turnkey solutions at this time: The Caddo and also the The Creek. Bill payment available for purchase, lease or operation (revenue share) and beginning at $30K complete solution.

We offer three different base  + custom models for bill payment.

Applications range from your basic bill payment (paying your Comcast bill for example) to alimony to robust mobile bill pay. Indoor, Outdoor, Wall Mount, Standup, Countertop, Drive Thru.
Underbanked, non-banked and the kiosk industry
Some of the strongest growth the kiosk industry is seeing these days is in the self-order arena, specifically in fast-food restaurants. Those transactions are typically $20 or less, right in the sweet spot for cash usage.
Billpay kiosks are growing in popularity as well, targeting underbanked consumers or those who don’t have the ability to pay bills online. Some of the deployed applications include water bill payment, electricity bill pay, gas bill pay and light bill pay. 30% (and rising) of the US population is lower class living in apartments, renting housing. 25% of the US population is unbanked or underbanked according to a 2017 survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp and that number is considered low. Again, the type of people who are likely to favor cash.
So if credit cards are the only payment option, a company that relies on self-service kiosks may be missing out on substantial revenue opportunities.
Still, accepting cash does present obstacles deployers need to overcome. And with the use of alternative forms of payment on the rise, deployers need to plan for those as well.

Payment Kiosk Franklin Olea PDF Brochure

Bill Payment Functionality Examples

Centralized electronic bill presentment and payment portal for customers of the city.

– Provide custom API’s or batch process to support non-integrated systems.
– Provide self-service abilities such as AutoPay, interactive pay by text, interactive email, and scheduled payment sign ups.
– Provide ability to pre-authorized payments including sending notification for expiring credit cards and utilize available database from visa and Mastercard. Manage rejected payments, sending notification to the customer and notifying city staff.
– Provide self-service to start or stop utility service or edit customer information on existing utility account. Or automatically generate orders for agency and provide an upload process for ownership and lease documents.
– Customer service rep assisted IVR capability. Provide the ability to track a customer’s call in-progress when passed to IVR for payment and assist customer needs if they need CSR (customer service rep) assistance.
– Ability to send friendly reminders, courtesy interactive email notifications and SMS text to accounts with a balance due.
– Automatic account linking for customers with multiple accounts, including linking of different bill types in single customer view.
– View multiple bills with a ‘consolidated’ view.
– Single payment capability for multiple bills and multiple bill types, and correct application of relevant service fees.
– Provide an itemized detailed receipt where one or multiple services are being paid for, and indicate where service fees are being charged to the customer.
– Provide ability to make payments via Web, Mobile, IVR, Kiosks, and POS systems.
– Reconciliation and reporting capabilities. Create adhoc and custom reports during implementation phase to meet our requirements.
– Implementation services.
– On-going technical support and maintenance of the portal site.
– Detailed reporting for fee statements and most efficient solution for charging fees.
– Flexible solution allowing the city to absorb credit card fees for most transactions and pass along credit card fees for selected transactions.
– Product and solution will be in compliance with city specific rules governing transaction fees or service fees.
– Allow the following transaction types: Credit Card, Debit, Check, Cash, ACH and trust account payments.
– Portal shall provide for payments and funds from different departments to be directly deposited into proper city account with unique identifiers to ensure that the funds are appropriately credited to the respective accounts.
– Handle dispute resolution and repudiation for non-ACH transactions.
– PCI Level 1 compliance and other information security standards.
– Allow point-of-sale (POS) transactions in various locations across multiple departments to include cashier stations, wireless transactions (kiosks) and portable device card transactions for use in the field. Provide necessary equipment for these services.
– Provide necessary equipment for these services.
– Provide citizen mobile application for web portal (iPhone, Android, tablet device, etc.) or provide mobile adaptive website
– Provide continuous availability of web portal with system redundancy and “up-time” guarantees or contingencies.
– Help desk and assistance point of contact for both the citizens or users of the portal and city administrators and accounting personnel.
– Provide the ability to utilize chip technology or develop in the future.
(2) Contract term will be one year.


Bill Payment News Release — Here is preliminary presss release on the Franklin

Olea Kiosks Introduces The Franklin Bill Pay Kiosk

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 9, 2019 — Olea Kiosks of Los Angeles welcomes the Franklin Bill Pay kiosk as the newest addition to its self-service line-up.  This secure and versatile kiosk is built to handle payments of any kind, anywhere.

The Franklin Bill Pay kiosk has the ability to accept and dispense dollar bills, dispense coins, read checks and take credit card payments.  Because it’s a modular solution, it can be customized in a number of pre-designed configurations which make it easy to deploy in situations with first to market opportunities or where time is of the essence.

This kiosk was introduced for those industries that still have a high number of cash-paying customers.  “In the past, cash-handling kiosks were very costly to deploy, but with this solution, we’ve implemented some standardizations, which makes complete self-service operation attainable,” explained Frank Olea, CEO of Olea Kiosks. The unit can be equipped with several different models of bill acceptors and dispensers to accommodate all manufacturers and compatibility with almost any software application.

The Franklin is perfect for any cash-paying application including Bill Payment, Retail Transactions, Ticketing, Food Ordering, and Hotel Check-in which makes it an ideal candidate for casinos as they can deploy the same look and feel across a number of different guest services. (if we can get the Casino page updated we can link it here)

The Franklin will be on display at the JCM Global booth 4039, at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, October 15 to 17.  Olea Kiosks can also be seen at work in a number of other booths demonstrating a range of applications including player loyalty, player games and tournaments, betting applications and food ordering. You can find more information here:

About Olea Kiosks:

Olea Kiosks Inc., is a Los Angeles-based self-service kiosk manufacturer in business since 1975.  Its technologically advanced, in-house manufacturing and services have made it an industry leader.

For more information, visit https://www.olea.com/.

Major Bill Pay Kiosks Projects Background

  • Verizon Mobile Bill Payment
  • AT&T Mobile Bill Payment
  • Comcast Cable Payment

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Self Order Kiosk for QSR – Broncos Technology – Mashgin, Aramark, Appetize

A fan uses the visual-recognition system to purchase concessions at Empower Field at Mile High earlier this fall. Credit all photos: Paul Kapustka, MSR (click on any picture for a larger image)

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Can technology finally help improve one of the biggest pain points in the game-day experience, namely waiting in line for concessions? At the Denver Broncos’ Empower Field at Mile High, a number of new technology initiatives debuted this year, all designed to improve the fan experience around concession purchases by providing more choice and streamlined checkout procedures.

While there are no hard numbers yet on the experiments, a Mobile Sports Report visit to Mile High earlier this year saw heavy use of the new technologies, which mainly include touch-screen ordering and payment systems as well as an innovative visual-recognition device to tabulate items in grab-and-go scenarios. A few quick interviews with fans at the stands got mixed reactions on whether or not the new technology actually speeded up the processes, but some stopwatch clocking showed speedy checkouts, especially those using the visual-recognition technology, where items are placed on a scanner bed which then quickly recognizes and tabulates the total on an attached payment screen.

For those of us who are now (maybe unwillingly) becoming accustomed to checking out our own items at supermarket self-checkout terminals, the Broncos’ stands that utilize the visual-recognition devices (from a company called Mashgin) are far easier to use than trying to scan a barcode for each item. At Mile High, the scanners are the perfect endpoint for a series of stands called “Drink MKT,” which are basically spaces with coolers filled with multiple beverage choices, from bottled water through multiple types of beer and other alcoholic drinks, including $100 bottles of John Elway Cabernet. At those stands fans simply walk in, choose what they want from a cooler and queue up for the scanners. When items are placed on the scanner beds the system’s cameras detect the items and generate a total bill, which is paid for by credit card on an attached terminal. Human-staff intervention is only needed to check IDs and to help fans open up the beverages before they leave the stand.

Editors note: lots of pictures included in original article

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Dennys Tablet Kiosk – Presto Selected Exclusive Pay-At-Table Technology

Denny’s Tablet Kiosk is Presto Pay-At-Table

Press Release

Presto has been selected to deploy its industry-leading pay-at-table tablets at participating Denny’s restaurants across America

Dennys tablet kiosk
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Presto, the restaurant industry’s end-to-end front-of-house (FOH) technology platform, has been selected by Denny’s, one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, as the exclusive provider of its guest-facing pay-at-table solution. The solution is designed to provide a superior guest experience, real time payments, and a range of operational benefits.

This partnership with Presto will enable Denny’s to offer their guests a powerful, next generation pay-at-table experience. It will also deliver a significant return on investment by generating additional revenue streams, faster table turns, low processing costs, and improved loyalty program enrollments leading to more repeat visits. The Presto tabletop tablets have an intuitive user interface offering other rich guest features such as consumer feedback surveys and loyalty program integration. They have a low profile and space-saving industrial design, which does not intrude upon the dining experience.

Before making this strategic decision, Denny’s conducted a thorough evaluation of Presto through pilot testing. The Presto tabletop tablets proved to be easy to use and were well received by both restaurant staff and guests. Denny’s was also able to identify and measure a variety of tangible benefits generated by Presto. These include improvements in staff efficiency, generation of a robust premium content revenue stream, and a significant increase in guest feedback via Presto’s survey feature.

“We like to empower our operators with solutions that make sense for their business,” said Dave Coltrin, Denny’s Vice President of Guest Experience & Marketing Intelligence. “Presto’s next-generation tabletop tablets present a unique, cost-effective opportunity for our operators to deliver a superior guest experience and streamline in-restaurant operations.”

Presto tabletop tablets are the most secure and support the widest range of pay-at-table options in the industry. They are also a unique platform to offer promotions, upsells, entertainment, and guest surveys — all of which can be refreshed every couple of days. Presto’s pay-at-table experience supports all the latest EMV and mobile payment technologies, including Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, Chip-and-PIN, Chip-and-Signature and PIN-Debit.

“We are excited to be selected by Denny’s as their exclusive pay-at-table technology partner,” said Rajat Suri, Founder and CEO of Presto. “This is a validation of the strong value offered by the Presto platform and Denny’s desire to bring the most innovative technologies to their operators.”

With Presto, Denny’s guests will also benefit from the industry’s highest standard of payment security (that includes full P2PE encryption) and the fact that they can pay at the table without giving up control of their credit or debit card. After payment, receipts can be automatically emailed for signed-in guests, saving paper and maximizing convenience.

About Denny’s

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating more than 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Philippines, New Zealand, Honduras, the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Guam, Guatemala, the United Kingdom, Aruba, El Salvador, and Indonesia.

About Presto

Founded in 2008 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now based in Silicon Valley, California, Presto is transforming the age-old restaurant industry through the creation of innovative, enterprise-grade technologies. Offering the industry’s end-to-end front-of-house (FOH) technology platform, Presto enables revenue growth and profitability while enhancing guest experience. The highly customizable platform includes powerful solutions for guests (kiosk, mobile, tabletop), servers (server handheld, line buster, wearable), and managers (analytics, AI, computer vision). Presto is currently the leading provider of front-of-house technology in the industry and is used by 10 out of the top 20 restaurant chains in the U.S. including Applebee’s, Denny’s, and Outback Steakhouse.

How Self-Service Solutions Drive QSR Through Improved Customer Experience

QSR Customer Experience – Customer Study Survey

Excellent study from KIOSK Information Systems and Hathway on self-order kiosk CX and business impact

  • 75% of under 30s have used self-order kiosks
  • 60% of under 45s prefer kiosks over cashier ordering
  • 75% that order online also order in-store
  • And drum roll… – Customer that create their own order 30% more – >60% leave when more than 7 customer are inline

QSR consumers have heightened digital expectations and restaurant operators struggle to keep pace. Consumers are increasingly savvy and expect a highly personalized experience, one that is consistent across channels. Each time a consumer is exposed to an improved digital experience (i.e., Amazon, Google), their expectations are reset to a new higher level. How can restaurant operators gain a QSR advantage in this digital transformation?

To better understand this growing trend, KIOSK Information Systems and Hathway developed an industry survey and white paper. Results from this survey provide insights into QSR purchasing behaviors and customer preferences that pinpoint which factors can actually improve the customer experience and help drive significant gains.

Download the full case study


Why some shoppers steal at self-checkout

Self-Checkout Theft

Article excerpt originally posted on CBC 11/17/2019 and referred to us by QwickMedia

Self-checkout theft is an acknowledged problem, but what’s less talked about is who’s committing the crime.

Turns out, it may be someone you know — even you.

Perhaps an item you tried to scan didn’t have a barcode, so — pressed for time — you slipped it into your bag without paying, instead of flagging down a store employee for assistance.

You felt justified given the circumstances and figured the risk of getting caught was low. U.K. criminologist Adrian Beck calls this a crime of opportunity, one that’s turning average shoppers into “part-time thieves.”

“These aren’t people who are setting out in the day going, ‘You know what, I’m now going to go and steal some items from retailers,'” he said. “They’re just taking the opportunity that they are presented with at these machines.”

From 2016 to 2018, Beck studied retail sales losses caused by self-checkout theft and honest mistakes made by customers scanning their own items. The emeritus professor at the University of Leicester said it’s hard to differentiate between the two acts, because a customer’s intent is unknown.

Read full article posted on CBC 11/17/2019

ADA and Accessibility Quiz and MCR Guidelines for ADA

Self Service ADA Accessibility Requirements and Quiz

Kiosk Industry and KMA are offering a free consultation for ADA and Accessibility for your self-service project.  Also to assist, a downloadable PDF with current ADA, Section 508 and ACA regulations that are currently mandated.

Excerpt below —

Are your kiosks ADA-compliant? Typically prospects and customers will include a stipulation that the units be ADA-compliant.  We see many requests for proposals from city, state and federal agencies where that one line is the only line about ADA.

Section 508 and the ACAA only apply to federal correct?  The long answer is No [see Accessibility FAQ on kma.global]. They apply to everybody.

Almost all kiosks are ADA-compliant, to a degree. Most all likely will observe basic reach requirements but that is only one of over 30 standing regulations concerning hardware. And there are another 30 or so which apply to the software and interface.

So, go ahead and test your knowledge. You can also schedule a free consultation.

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Touchscreen FAQ – Are All Kiosk Touchscreens Created Equal?

Interactive Touchscreen Comparison

olea kiosk Interactive touchscreens come in several varieties. Here’s a quick overview of the types and the applications to which each is best suited.  Whitepaper by Olea Kiosks

Although interactive touchscreens have been around in one form or another since the late 1970s, over the past 10 years or so they’ve become an integral part of our lives.

In fact, thanks to the iPhone, tablet computers and similar devices, we’ve become accustomed to the idea that we should be able to touch the screens we see and get a reaction. Interactive touchscreens are a central feature of devices ranging from ATMs to wayfinding kiosks to the photo kiosks common in drugstores around the country.

A Research and Markets study valued the size of the interactive display market at $9.9 billion in 2015, with that market estimated to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 15.5 percent over the next five years, reaching $26.9 billion by 2022.

Interactive displays include a variety of technologies, though, and not every technology is suited to every application.

Touchscreen Type

Stacking them up

According to the industry trade publication Control Design, there are five main types of touchscreens: resistive touch, infrared touch, surface capacitive, surface acoustical wave and projected capacitive. Each has its advantages, disadvantages and applications for which it is best suited.

Resistive Touchscreen

A resistive touchscreen is made up of several thin layers, including two electrically resistive layers facing each other with a thin gap between. When the top layer is touched, the two layers connect and the screen detects the position of that touch.

“Resistive touch is a very old technology that some companies still offer as their go-to,” said Frank Olea, CEO of Olea Kiosks.

“It works great in places with dust and grease, such as fast food restaurants, and its low price point can make it attractive for those with a limited budget,” Olea said. “I personally don’t care for it because it makes the image on the screen appear hazy and it wears out over time.”

In addition, resistive-touch screens are unable to perform the multitouch functions that are becoming increasingly popular.

touchscreen technology OleaInfrared Touch

For very large displays, infrared touch is the most common application. Instead of a sandwich of screens, infrared touchscreens use IR emitters and receivers to create an invisible grid of beams across the display surface. When an object such as a finger interrupts the grid, sensors on the display are able to locate the exact point.

Advantages of infrared touch are excellent image quality and a long life, and they work great for gesture-based applications. In addition, scratches on the screen itself won’t affect functionality. In many cases, touch capability can be added to a display through the use of a third-party overlay placed on the existing screen.

On the downside, infrared touchscreens are susceptible to accidental activation and malfunctions due to dirt or grease buildup. They’re also not suited to outdoor applications. In addition, while adding an overlay is a relatively quick way to convert a large display into a touchscreen, extra care must be taken in mounting that overlay to ensure touches match the image displayed on the screen.

Surface Capacitive Touchscreeens

Surface capacitive screens have a connective coating applied to the front surface and a small voltage is applied to each corner. Touching the screen creates a voltage drop, with sensors on the screen using that drop to pinpoint the location of that touch. Advantages of surface capacitive technology include low cost and a resistance to environmental factors, while disadvantages include an inability to withstand heavy use and a lack of multitouch capability. Those screens are also limited to finger touches; the technology won’t work if the user is wearing gloves. DVD rental company Redbox uses surface capacitive screens in their kiosks.

Multitouch Touchscreen Technology

Other types of touchscreen tech offer the potential of more complicated functions thanks to their ability to sense several touches at the same time. Multitouch applications might include functions performed with two or more fingers, such as pinching or zooming of images. Larger displays might allow for interaction using two hands or even two users.

SAW Touchscreen

Surface acoustic wave or SAW displays use piezoelectric transducers and receivers along the sides of the screen to create a grid of invisible ultrasonic waves on the surface. A portion of the wave is absorbed when the screen is touched, with that disruption tracked to locate the touch point.

“We tend to lead with surface acoustic wave,” Olea said.

“The transparency of the glass on an SAW panel is pretty good and the touch tends to be very stable and not require frequent calibration,” he said. “On the other hand, it doesn’t work well outdoors or anywhere there is grease or high amounts of dust, such as near parking lots, in warehouses things like that. Also, you can do 2-point touch on SAW although pinching, zooming, and applications such as on-screen signatures don’t work very well.”

Projected Capacitive or PCap Touchscreens

Last on the list of dominant touch technologies is projected capacitive technology. PCAP is a relative of capacitive touch, with the key difference being that they can be used with a stylus or a gloved finger. Projected capacitive touchscreens are built by layering a matrix of rows and columns of conductive material on sheets of glass. Voltage applied to the matrix creates a uniform electrostatic field, which is distorted when a conductive object comes into contact with the screen. That distortion serves to pinpoint the touch.
Milan Digital Kiosk - touchscreen technology
Projected capacitive and its cousin surface capacitive are relatively new technologies, similar to what’s in a smartphone. Both offer opportunities not possible with resistive and infrared touch screens.

“Capacitive technology is born and bred for multi-touch,” Olea said. “And because the touch technology is embedded in the glass it offers superior resistance to wear, vandalism and gives you a very clear, bright screen.”

Olea uses projected capacitive technology in all of its outdoor kiosk products.

“Projected capacitive screens are still fairly expensive compared with other types of touchscreens, mostly because the technology is new and there isn’t a ton of high-quality manufacturers out there making them,” Olea said. “Metal can also interfere with the function of the PCAP technology, so the integrator or kiosk designer should know what they are doing to ensure the product works as advertised.”

Choosing a Touchscreen

The final determination

Ultimately, the type of touchscreen a deployer chooses to incorporate into their application will be determined by factors including the deployer’s budget, the environment in which the device will be placed, the function the device will perform and the deployer’s plans for any future applications.

Order entry screens in the kitchens of a small fast-food restaurant chains would obviously call for resistive touch technology, for example, while a 72-inch display in a hotel lobby or shopping mall would call for infrared touch. An “endless aisle” or catalogue lookup kiosk where a shopper may want to enlarge an image of a particular product might work fine with a surface acoustic wave or surface capacitive screen, while wayfinding kiosks on a college campus or city street would likely call for projected capacitive technology.

Perhaps the deployer has plans to implement more advanced functions down the road, and wants to future-proof their investment. In that case, they may need to choose between a surface capacitive or projective capacitive screen.

At the end of the day, the best way to choose a touchscreen best suited to the application for which it will be used is to work with an experienced kiosk vendor who is well-versed in the ever-changing regulatory environment. Olea Kiosks stands ready to help.

ADA and Accessibility Touchscreen Access

One interesting aspect of touchscreens is which ones should I use for disabled users with prosthetics?

The answer is you need to use Infrared or Resistive touch technology as the prosthetic will generally not have a path to ground and that is required for something like PCap.

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Credit Cards – PCI P2PE Validation – UCP

Unattended Card Payments Inc. KIF Now PCI P2PE Validation

PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: NOV 6, 2019 07:00 PST

Unattended Card Payments Inc. (UCP), a leading Value Added Reseller of payment devices for self-service kiosks, announced today that its Key Injection Facility (KIF) located in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been validated for Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) by the PCI Security and Standards Council.
UCP Logo PCI Validation

UCP’s KIF is a secure facility where the injection of point-to-point encryption keys takes place. The KIF is in compliance with strictly defined procedures concerning the sharing, safeguarding, and injection of P2PE keys, as well as the proper storage and tracking of payment terminals throughout their journey to the merchant’s deployment location. UCP’s KIF is purpose-built to support the injection of unattended payment devices, also known as Cardholder-Activated Terminals (CATs). Many self-service PIN pads and card readers are equipped with anti-removal sensors that play a role in ensuring devices in the field cannot be removed and substituted with rogue devices that cybercriminals use to collect credit card information. These anti-removal sensors also come into play when these devices are configured and key-injected, which is the catalyst behind UCP’s unique KIF design.

emv kiosk update UCP’s President of North American Operations, Robert Chilcoat, said, “Having our KIF PCI P2PE Validated will open a lot of doors. It gives us the opportunity to partner with industry-leading P2PE Solution Providers and help their merchant clients provide their customers with the security and privacy of data they expect. At UCP, we strive to stay up to date and in the know with ever-evolving industry standards in parallel with offering top-notch services and support.”

Media Contact:
Rob Chilcoat
​​Tel: 702-802-3504
​Email: info@ucp-inc.com

Source: Unattended Card Payments Inc.

Get More Information – Contact UCP

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Where is EMV for Kiosks in 2019? An EMV Update

NFC Kiosks – Identiv Increases Focus on Kiosks, Joins KMA

Indentiv Logo Companies are always looking for ways to engage with their customers and involve them in the sales process. In addition, these same practices can ease the workload of a business’s employees as an added benefit. Many businesses, including fast-food restaurants, airports, and gaming companies, have been utilizing self-service terminals or kiosks for those very same purposes. Identiv has been working with these point-of-sale technologies to help them incorporate the most fitting contactless near field communication (NFC) solutions.

It’s common knowledge that people rely on their cell phones for just about everything. Customers have been increasingly using their mobile devices for product verification and scanning — for everything from boarding passes to movie tickets. As Apple recently has begun opening up the capabilities for NFC on its devices, this trend stands to grow even more within the kiosk industry and with other point-of-sale (POS) technologies.

To that end, Identiv is proud to announce that, to further develop our presence among these solutions, we have joined the Kiosk Manufacturers Association (KMA). The KMA is a global, not-for-profit organization that devotes itself to best practices for kiosks or self-service options, and it is supported by kiosk software, manufacturing, and support companies. This association releases white papers and other valuable pieces of research and market insight that share valuable and specific knowledge for kiosk- and POS-related companies.

We’re thrilled to be a part of KMA, and plan to stay up-to-date and involved with the industry. By being more closely tied to this organization and the needs and concerns of its members, the developments of the member companies, and their aims for expansion, we hope to act as a resource and advisor for how they can best utilize the latest NFC technologies.

Identiv offers a host of smart card modules that fit kiosks, terminals, vending machines and many other applications. This includes our uTrust 3712, 4511, 4501, 5501, 3501, and 3500 offerings, among others. We certainly think this area is expanding and well poised for growth into the future. Check out the complete line-up of Identiv’s Smart Card Reader Modules and feel free to reach out to sales@identiv.com or call +1 888.809.8880 with any questions

An Accessible Kiosk

Ensuring an Accessible Kiosk Experience

Editors Note:  Worth noting the image shows QSR self order kiosk by Olea Kiosks and you can see the Audio Nav pad by Storm Devices integrated.

Restaurants are increasingly reliant on self-service technology to improve the customer experience. From handheld or desktop tablets used to collect payment to kiosks used for self-service ordering, technology allows restaurants to provide a variety of options to customers to enhance their visit. However, it is incumbent upon restaurants to provide an accessible and equal experience for all their customers when utilizing these new technologies.

Customers with disabilities are often left out of the interactive experience due to the misconception that guests who are blind or who have low vision are more easily satisfied with the assistance of an in-person attendant. Yet this alternative does not provide an experience comparable to that of a non-visually impaired patron. Most people with disabilities do not want to be treated any differently from anyone else, and an in-person attendant often serves as a reminder of their disability.

The Future of Kiosks in the Restaurant Industry

Kiosks allow users to avoid lines and oftentimes allow them a greater ability to customize their order.  Kiosk deployers typically attempt to design the kiosk interface to decrease the time it takes for a user to place an order. No one – neither the restaurant nor the restaurant patron – is well-served if the time it takes to place an order on a kiosk is significantly slower for users with disabilities and requires additional human assistance.

Restaurant self-service kiosks are currently deployed in leading restaurant chains such as Taco Bell, KFC, Panera Bread, Wendy’s, Subway, and Dunkin’ Donuts via both pilots and full international rollouts.  Additionally, tabletop ordering or payment tablets are used in TGI Fridays, Olive Garden, Friendly’s, Tropical Smoothie, and Chili’s, to name a few.  Self-ordering and self-service POS solutions are running apps such as Appetize, Tillster, and Ziosk. In these examples, the user experience should be accessible for all patrons, whether on a robust kiosk enclosure or a small handheld tablet.

Read full article at Modern Restaurant Management

Interested in Accessibility Consulting for your kiosk or website? Contact us.

Sports Betting Kiosks: The Future of Sports Wagering

Sports Betting Machines: The Future of Sports Wagering

Last updated – November 2019

In-Depth Articles

Sports Betting Kiosks A Growing Favorite All Over U.S. — But Not In Vegas

Bulging Wallets

Interesting Sports Betting Kiosk Related News

Until May 2018, a federal law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) limits most legal sports betting to Nevada and three other states. That (PASPA) was overturned by the Supreme Court in favor of New Jersey, allowing state-sponsored betting.

What to Expect in a World Where States Can Legalize Sports Betting

Anticipating PASPA’s repeal, a handful of states have started the process by passing enabling legislation. Pennsylvania is one notable example. These changes to the law are paving the way for states to start offering legal sports betting in the next couple years.
betting kiosk betting machine

What can we expect the future of sports betting to look like? According to a May 2017 Oxford Economics report, legalized sports betting is projected to generate $8.4 billion in new tax revenues, create more than 200,000 new jobs and add over $22 billion to the nation’s GDP. With a budding new industry on the horizon, businesses are working tirelessly to capitalize on the new opportunities being presented in the world of sports gambling.

Casinos will need to be well-prepared for the influx of new customers that will be flocking to their venues in hopes of placing their first legal sports bet. As a result, many casinos are finding that sports betting kiosks provide the needed automated self-service solution to handle a higher volume of sports wagers without requiring the need for additional customer service staff.

The Impact of Sports Betting Kiosks

With such anticipated economic growth in the gambling industry, casinos will need to do their best to streamline their betting services. Sports betting kiosks will be a key factor in perfecting this process as they will improve the customer experience and will increase betting revenues for operators.

Wagering kiosks will improve the customer experience by cutting down wait time. Customers will not be waiting in line to place a bet. With multiple betting kiosks available, customers will be able to place a wager whenever they please. In turn, this will also increase revenue with more total bets placed.

Where can I place a legal online sports bet?

New Jersey sports betting sites

New Jersey sports betting kicked off in June 2018, less than a month after the fall of PASPA. Online sports betting officially went live in New Jersey on August 6, 2018 when DraftKings Sportsbook launched. FanDuel Sportsbook launched its mobile app three weeks laster.

To date, there are 13 NJ sports betting apps on the market.

Pennsylvania sports betting sites

Pennsylvania sports betting started late in the game considering it had a law on the books in 2017, only launching in November. The Keystone State changed its law to allow legal sports betting anywhere within the state.

State regulators approved this year a set of rules for sports betting that includes mobile wagering. Retail sports betting is under way, and mobile sports betting is legal and will launch in spring 2019.

Nevada sports betting sites

Legal sports betting in Nevada did not change after the Supreme Court decision. Many Nevada casinos feature online and mobile sports betting platforms allowing you to wager anywhere in the state.

Geolocation technology on your device will ensure that you are located in Nevada before allowing you to bet. Bettors also must first establish an account in-person at a physical casino location before betting online. This includes verification of identification and a minimum cash deposit of between $50-$100 to fund the account.

West Virginia sports betting sites

West Virginia opened its sports betting operation in September. Only two public sportsbooks opened in 2018, and another started up at The Greenbrier, a private resort. West Virginia sports betting added the ability to bet via mobile in December 2018.

The state’s mobile app remains shut down as of March 2019 because of a dispute between technology providers.

Rhode Island sports betting sites

Rhode Island sports betting will go mobile by fall 2019 after Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a bill into law in March.

Rhode Island’s sports betting operation runs through the state lottery in partnership with William Hill, so the well-known bookmaker will provide the state’s app technology.

Mississippi sports betting sites

Sort of. Mississippi sports betting must be done within a land-based or water-based casino. However, state regulations allow for mobile wagering while on casino property, though only one tribal casino has launched it.

Benefits of Betting Kiosks

  • Line queue management for burst cycles
  • Increased betting revenues for operators
  • Higher wagering levels
  • Operators optimize their labor costs
  • Accept cash, winning tickets, and vouchers
  • Provide ADA accessible betting options for customers

Background – Fixed odds betting terminal

A fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) is a type of electronic slot machine normally found in betting shops in the United Kingdom. The terminals allow players to bet on the outcome of various games and events which have fixed odds, with the theoretical percentage return to player (RTP) being displayed on the machine by law.[1] Typically slot machine FOBTs have an RTP of 90% to 94% depending on the chosen stake, and standard roulette FOBTs have a long-term average RTP of 97%.[2] Fixed odds betting terminals were introduced to UK shops in 2001.[3]

The most commonly played game is roulette. The minimum amount wagered per spin is £1. The maximum bet cannot exceed a payout of £500 (i.e. putting £14.00 on a single number on roulette). The largest single payout cannot exceed £500.[4] Token coins can be of value as low as five pence in some UK licensed betting offices (LBOs).[citation needed] Other games include bingo, simulated horseracing and greyhound racing, and a range of slot machine games.

Like all casino games, the ‘house’ (i.e. the betting shop) has a built-in advantage, with current margins on roulette games being between 2.7% and 5%.

Other Links

https://kioskindustry.org/gaming-kiosk-and-player-loyalty-kiosk-how-kiosks-are-revolutionizing-gaming/

Contact KI for more information on sports betting kiosk

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.

Kiosk Company – Evoke Creative

New Sponsor Evoke Creative Kiosks

We welcome Evoke as our latest KMA sponsor. Evoke works in all types of complete kiosk solutions as well as OEM standard models for people such as McDonalds.

WHO WE ARE

Evoke have been at the forefront of interactive digital technology since 2003 and work with some of the world’s biggest brands designing and manufacturing the latest in self-service solutions.

At our purpose-built UK headquarters, we combine dynamic workspace, showroom, warehouse, factory and production lines.  In total we have over 50,000 sqft of the very latest energy efficient facilities where we are investing in extensive R&D and creating a dynamic, flourishing workplace.

Our highly trained production engineers work to continuously improve lean manufacturing processes and we deliver large scale roll outs of the highest quality to locations all over the world. With a culture of innovation and the best talent from around the country, evoke creative have the experience and capacity needed for your digital transformation.

We’ve won awards for our cutting edge design, our manufacturing quality and our people-centric business.

Evoke

Evoke works with forward-thinking businesses around the world to design, manufacture, and implement the latest digital solutions both out-of-box and as part of our bespoke service. Our product range includes everything you need for your digital transformation: self-service ordering, digital signage, interactive experiences, video walls, RFID and payment, all supported by tried and tested software solutions and integrated with your existing systems.

UK HEADQUARTERS

Evoke Creative Ltd

Units 6 & 7, Power Station

Thermal Road, Bromborough

Wirral, CH62 4YB

0151 334 3716

 

USA OFFICE

Greenville, South Carolina

USA

+1 864-313-7602

info@evoke-creative.com

Kiosk Touchscreen Surface Treatments

Surface Treatment Touchscreens

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.

Sometimes it seems the last thing we put on a touchscreen is our finger. There are so many ways to customize a touchscreen and over the years they have continued to multiply. Whether its reflections, or vandals or privacy or what…There is always something new. Women with long fingernails are problematic. The only technology I have not seen is smart proximity sensing so people can’t look at the screen over your shoulder.

Introduction

What customers want when they ask for AR coatings is to reduce the ability to see oneself when looking at the display, especially when you are outside. AR coatings make the display easier to see.

In legacy touch products, glare reduction was done using anti-glare (AG) coatings. AG treatments are made by either coating the touch surface with silica “bumps” or lightly etching the glass. The result is that some of the light hitting the touch surface is diffused or scattered, and not reflected back at the user. This was good enough for 25 years of touch technology.

Then came Apple and their beautiful high-resolution display. To preserve that super display image, polished glass was used on the iPhone instead of the traditional AG treatment. It is kind of OK for mobile devices because you can tilt the surface to reduce reflections, but less easy to “fix” on bigger devices such as pads.

So the market is asking for something that reduces reflections but preserves that pretty little picture on the display. This has traditionally been done using anti-reflection treatments. Reflection reduction can be achieved in a number of ways, including moth-eye treatments, circular polarizers, eliminating the reflective surface, or that which I will talk about, multi-layer thin film interference coatings.

AR (Anti-Reflection)

AR Anti-Reflection Diagram
Diagram 1.1 (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

This treatment applies a film or coating of a specific thickness to the surface of a cover lens. The film reduces the reflections on the surface by canceling out a specific wavelength of light as it is reflected back to the consumer. When a specific wavelength of light passes through the AR material, some of it is reflected back to the consumer at the surface of the AR film (R1) and some of it is reflected at the surface of the cover lens (R2). The thickness of the AR film causes the reflected wavelengths (R1, R2) to be reflected exactly out of phase with each other (see diagram 1.1) so that they cancel each other out. Thus the consumer will not see their own reflection. Instead, they will see a brighter and more vivid display.

      • Problems/Fixes

        • Fingerprints – The fingerprint problem has been fixed with anti-fingerprint (AF) coatings. Recalling the description above, you know that the thin film coating must be the precise thickness of a light wave (say ¼ of the width) to work. Along comes your dirty, oily fingertip, laden with hand cream, to touch the screen. Boom, the oil you left on the AR coating has changed the thickness of the coating which reduces the ability to trap the light and most often shows up as a fingerprint. AF coatings work by resisting the ability of the oil on your finger to “stick” to the AR coating; these are called hydrophobic (fear of water) coatings. Of course, for the AR coating to work, the AF coating must be built into the precise thickness of the thin-film stack. Touch Guy is not impressed with the aftermarket spray-on AF coatings over AR stacks. Not impressed at all.
        • Wears Off – fact is you have an angstroms thick material in an abrasive and chemically active environment, and you have limited time before its anti-reflection properties go away, especially on frequently touched areas. There seem to be two solutions…the first is that the AF coating on the AR stack is made of (secret) tough material that will wear-off your fingertip (just kidding) before it gives up. The other is to use thicker, but less effective (2% reflection) organic AR coatings, that seem to have better resistance to finger wear. Another way around the AR wear problem is to eliminate the reflective surfaces in the first place.
        • Fix: An AG coating and an optically bonded p-cap touch panel eliminates the wear, and anti-fingerprint issues, with only a minor loss in display sharpness.

AG (Anti-Glare)

AG Anti-Glare Treatment
Diagram 1.2 (Courtesy of Information Displays)

This type of treatment involves creating a rough surface on the cover lens via an etching process. As light reflects off of the rough surface, it is scattered at different angles (see diagram 1.2) which reduces the clarity of the reflected image. Thus, the consumer will not see the bright glare of any reflected light source.

AF/AS (Anti-Finger Print)

This type of treatment reduces the ability of the cover lens retaining oils from your finger. AF/AS treatment is typically applied by vacuum deposition or by a liquid chemistry process, which creates an oleophobic top coating. Since this layer is a chemical modification of the glass surface, it is very durable compared to aftermarket AF/AS spray-on films and it is very thin with little or no impact on the optical quality of the display.

It has to be noted that AF/AS treatments do not perfectly prevent fingerprints. They only cause finger oils to bead on the surface, which makes them less noticeable and also much easier to clean off the screen.

Another benefit of the AF/AS coating is the “feel” or user perception of the treated surface. Because the surface is smooth, the finger will glide more easily compared to a non-treated surface. A non-treated cover lens surface can cause the user’s finger to stick, skip, feel like it’s being dragged, or even make drawing a singular line on the screen difficult so that it becomes a dotted line.

Oleophobic Coating

An oleophobic coating is an oil repellent coating. This means that it does not allow oil to absorb. A common oleophobic substance is water, but this quality can be produced on other materials with the help of treatment processes. The most useful aspect of oleophobic coatings are that they can make materials fingerprint-resistant because they repel the oils that are produced by the skin.

Sunglasses (Yes, sunglasses..)

Some outdoor high NIT touchscreens can come with what’s called “Circular Polarization Filters”.  This allows people with sunglasses to see the screen.  How Circular Polarizers work.

Protection Treatment

Many outdoor touchmonitors come with Tempered Glass and Anti-Reflective.

Tablets

Many tablets (and mobile phones) come with Gorilla Glass by Corning. Here is the pitch — Tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass is enabling slimmer, more lightweight laptops, notebooks and tablets with exceptional visual quality, while providing damage- and scratch-resistance from everyday handling and use.

AntiBacterial Coating AntiMicrobial Coating

This is a touchy subject for many…We have an entire page devoted to this subject. Our typical recommendation is treat it like your mobile phone, but better. Clean it everyday. There are excellent cleaners like PDI Easy Screen. Use them. It is not rocket science and oily, dirty, unwashed hands are a fact of life. It amazes me when I go to the airport or Costco and see how many men do not wash their hands leaving the lavatory. See AntiBacterial Coating page

UV Treatment

We have some experience here having won an award for developing such a system. These systems though are not to be taken lightly; there are liabilities that come with them. If you want to utilize UVB light treatment we recommend having employees manually do it off-hours when they are cleaning the screens. A high quality (and safe) manual system is less than $500.

ADA and Accessibility Touchscreen Access

One of the considerations for Accessibility is with Prostethics.  Some touchscreen technology does not work since there is no path to ground. PCap for example.  For those situations we recommend Resistive or Infrared touchscreen technology.

Privacy Screens for HIPAA and Privacy

Here is an example of kiosks with privacy screens on them. Typically 3M is the most popular. There are two-way and four-way screens and they act like windows blinds basically.  They orient generally horizontally but they can also do vertical.

Example of privacy screens. Image courtesy Olea Kiosks

 

More Site Related Information

Glass Treatments for Touch Screens: Anti-Reflective, Anti-Glare, Anti-Fingerprint

What are the differences (if any) in anti-reflective, anti-fingerprint, anti-smudge, and anti-glare?? Every piece of information I find ends up as a sales pitch. Can you clarify things for me?

 

http://www.en-touch.com/what-is-an-oleophobic-coating/

http://www.crizal.ca/en/the-benefits-of-crizal/smudge-resistance/

https://www.corning.com/gorillaglass/worldwide/en.html

How are Privacy Filters Made and How do they function?

 

Contributing Companies

 

Global Entry Kiosks Biometrics Change

We’ve got some exciting news for frequent flyers: Global Entry is making its kiosks even more efficient by eliminating passport and fingerprint scans, and relying instead on facial recognition technology.

Passengers who have Global Entry and arrive at some airports from international destinations don’t need to scan their passport, put their fingers on a fingerprint sensor and then answer a questionnaire. They just have a picture taken and then collect a printed receipt from the Global Entry kiosk, which they give to an officer. Then they can exit the airport immediately afer baggage claim.

Using Global Entry is about to get even easier

 

More Related links

A Discouraging State of Affairs – what has happened to the Global Entry Kiosks?

Global Entry Kiosk Program Kicks Off at SJC

Global Entry Kiosk at Newark Liberty Airport | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Using Global Entry is about to get even easier

Radius Networks and Evoke Partner to Provide In-Store and Curbside

By integrating Evoke’s digital kiosks with Radius Networks’ customer location technologies, businesses can dramatically improve both the in-store and curbside experiences for customers and employees.

Radius Networks and Evoke Partnership

Washington, DC — Radius Networks, a leading provider for location services, and Evoke, an interactive digital technology provider, announced a partnership to help businesses across Europe provide innovative technology solutions in-store, curbside, and drive-thru. With the simple integration of Radius Networks and Evoke technologies, businesses can simplify and complete the customer journey.

“Our goal is to create a turnkey end-to-end journey for customers, meeting the needs of restaurants and retailers across the globe,” says Chief Strategy Officer Dan Estrada. “With our proprietary technologies, we can calculate the exact location of the customer throughout the entire customer journey, alerting employees at pivotal moments along the way. This automates the entire process for the customer and ensures that the order will be ready upon the customer’s arrival.”

Radius Networks builds a platform that uses machine learning to help businesses conduct location-based transactions with their customers. The platform core services include location-aware table service, curbside and in-store pickup, mobile loyalty and redemption, and mobile payment at the table. By using FlyBuy Pickup, a Radius Networks product designed to enhance the existing in-store pickup, curbside, and drive-thru experiences, restaurants and retailers can ensure they prepare the right order, for the right customer, at the right time. Through a combination of proprietary location technologies, businesses can accurately predict customer arrival time, monitor customers when they arrive on property, and pinpoint their exact location for order delivery. Additionally, restaurants and retailers can gather personalized analytics, including customer wait time, trip origination, activity metrics, and more.

For in-store customer location, customers can place their order via mobile, at the counter, or using Evoke’s self-service digital kiosks. After ordering at the kiosk or counter, the customer is invited to sit anywhere and relax as their food is prepared. When the order is ready, the Radius Networks platform pinpoints the exact location of the customer for order delivery.

Evoke works with innovative companies to design and implement digital solutions to streamline operations and increase sales. From self-ordering kiosks to interactive digital signage experiences, Evoke helps improve efficiencies for both the front and back of the house. “By leveraging the Radius Networks product suite, we can bring additional value to our customers,” says Neil Clark, Founder and CEO Evoke. “By implementing their innovative in-store and curbside solutions, restaurants and retailers will quickly see a dramatic increase in customer satisfaction and staff efficiencies.”

To learn more, visit www.radiusnetworks.com and www.evoke-creative.com.

About Radius Networks

Radius Networks is a software company that uses machine learning to help companies conduct location-based transactions with their customers. The platform core services include customer and asset location, curbside and in-store pickup, mobile loyalty and redemption, and mobile pay-at-table. Our clients include some of the world’s largest brands and span multiple markets such as restaurants, hospitality, gaming, grocery, and retail.

About Evoke

Evoke have been at the forefront of interactive digital technology since 2003 and work with some of the world’s biggest brands designing and manufacturing the latest in self-service solutions. Evoke’s highly trained production engineers work to continuously improve lean manufacturing processes and we deliver large scale rollouts of the highest quality to locations all over the world. With a culture of innovation and the best talent from around the country, Evoke has the experience and capacity needed for your digital transformation.

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Olea Kiosks Introduces The Franklin Bill Payment Kiosk at G2E

Olea G2E Press Release

Franklin Bill Payment Kiosk LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 10, 2019 — Olea Kiosks of Los Angeles welcomes the Franklin Bill Payment kiosk as the newest addition to its self-service line-up.  This secure and versatile kiosk is built to accept payments of any kind, anywhere.

The Franklin Bill Payment kiosk has the ability to accept and dispense dollar bills, dispense coins, check acceptance and take credit card payments.  Because it’s a modular solution, it can be customized in a number of pre-designed configurations which make it easy to deploy in situations with first to market opportunities or where time is of the essence.

This kiosk was introduced for those industries that have a high number of cash-paying customers.  “In the past, cash-handling kiosks were very costly to deploy, but with this solution, we’ve implemented some standardizations, which makes complete self-service operation attainable,” explained Frank Olea, CEO of Olea Kiosks. “The unit can be equipped with several different models of bill acceptors and dispensers to accommodate all manufacturers. In addition, we work with a suite of turnkey application providers including M3t Financial Services, Nanonation, Self-Service Networks and Dynatouch that can be integrated into the kiosk,” added Olea.

The Franklin is perfect for any cash-paying application including simple bill pay, bill breaking, ATM services, and check cashing.  With its loyalty features like club enrollment with card printing, point redemption, promotional games, TITO ticket printing for promotion vouchers, and bar code/QR code scanning for text/email promotions, it’s an ideal candidate for casinos as they can deploy the same look and feel across a variety of guest services.

The Franklin will be on display at the JCM Global booth 4039, at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, October 15 to 17.  Olea Kiosks can also be seen at work in a number of other booths demonstrating a range of applications including player loyalty, player games and tournaments, sports betting applications and food ordering. You can find more information here:

About Olea Kiosks:

Olea Kiosks Inc., is a Los Angeles-based self-service kiosk manufacturer in business since 1975.  Its technologically advanced, in-house manufacturing and services have made it an industry leader.

For more information, visit https://www.olea.com/.