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Self-Service & NRF2020 – National Retail Federation tradeshow

NRF 2020 Update

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.

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.

Join Our Accessibility Research Panel

Join Our ADA Research Panel

KMA ADA Accessibility CertifiedKMA’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.

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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.

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More on Frank Mayer

FMA Magazine Fall 2019 – Accessible Kiosks, Merchandising Displays and Best Design

Fall 2019 FMA Magazine Accessible Kiosks

FMA MagThe best of in-store merchandising, interactive kiosks and store fixtures for brands and retailers nationwide. The FMA Magazine 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 FMA Magazine 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 touchscreenIP65 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

Related Bill Payment Kiosk News

Where is EMV for Kiosks in 2019? An EMV Update

Bill Payment Kiosk Provisioning – Industry Whitepaper

The benefit of bill-payment kiosks

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.

Take me to the Kiosk and Accessibility Update

QSR Self-Order Kiosks — McDonalds Flaw

McDonalds Kiosks —  Ordering Kiosks  major flaw

Editors Note: We never understood why McDonalds totally avoided cash for its customers.  The demographics would seem to require cash in order to serve customers. This is almost considering some users “disabled” and cannot be serviced at the kiosks and must go to the counter.  Cash2Card systems tied in with biometric facial recognition and loyalty would seem to be a magnitude more effective.  The only variable being cash collection at the service machine.

Excerpt from Financial Post — McDonald’s Corp. has pitched self-ordering kiosks as a key part of its plans to boost sales by improving technology and renovating restaurants. But it turns out the kiosks aren’t usable by a significant slice of McDonald’s customers: cash payers.

The Big Mac seller is leaning hard into digital ordering and technology improvements to attract on-the-go customers, but a recent test shows the kiosks may need to be replaced or retrofitted to accommodate cash transactions. About 6.5 per cent — or 8.4 million — of U.S. households don’t have a bank account or a debit or credit card, preventing them from using McDonald’s kiosks that are in about 9,000 domestic locations.

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More McDonalds Kiosk News

QSR McDonalds Kiosk News Watch

Inside Times Square McDonalds flagship – CNBC

Touchscreen FAQ – Are All Kiosk Touchscreens Created Equal?

Interactive Touchscreen Comparison

olea kioskInteractive 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 updateUCP’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.”

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​​Tel: 702-802-3504
​Email: info@ucp-inc.com

Source: Unattended Card Payments Inc.

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NFC Kiosks – Identiv Increases Focus on Kiosks, Joins KMA

Indentiv LogoCompanies 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

Sports Betting Kiosks – The easiest way to bet

Sports Betting Kiosks – Easy Bet

Contributing writer: Renato Vieira

sports betting kiosk Olea countertopA great number of businesses depend on ease of access and ease of use, and when it comes to gambling, that’s becoming more and more non-negotiable as the industry’s scenario is already set towards a booming future as more states across the country are legalizing gambling and sports betting kiosks.

Like KI mentioned in a past article: “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.

These opportunities are being capitalized in the form of Sports Betting Kiosks. They will increase revenues generated from the newly-improved customer experience – a win-win scenario already used in fast-food chains, for example.

Betting Kiosks are computer terminals that offer direct access to sports betting apps, they accept a variety of forms of payment, including cash, credit cards, voucher or money on player’s account cards, and are designed to be user-friendly. If you’ve dealt with a smart phone or a tablet before, you already know how to operate a Kiosk.

If you think of a bet that you can make at a window, you can make it at the Kiosk. This will empower the gambler to evaluate his options at his own pace and reduce waiting time as they will be able to place the bets whenever they please, not having to stand in lines. This is also more appealing for bettors with little to no experience, thus eliminating some intimidating obstacles that would prevent some people from entering the betting market.

You can opt to make live bets as the Kiosks feed you multiple sports events in real time with live odds or place several bets in one session and move on. Imagine you are betting tennis, during the US Open. You can cash out or change your bet during the course of the games.

Being able to see available balance and possible betting outcomes are features that help streamline the betting process and have better control over the session, which also entices new players.

Also, as time goes by and people get more familiarized with the digital method of betting and what a Kiosk has to offer, it will feel more natural to wager.

There are several companies (Kambi, SB Tech, IGT, etc) that distribute these Sports Betting Kiosks and between these several brands you’ll find that the wagering options available are those in your standard betting sites or apps, but also include many other advantages, such as:

  • Users profiles with their balance, live amount wagered and account info
  • Prop bets, over/unders, parlays, etc
  • Search by Player or Team
  • Quick access to preferred sports/events
  • Funding Kiosks with membership accounts
  • Event streaming selection
  • On-screen tutorials to guide bettors
  • Associated mobile apps
  • Etc.

Kambi, the provider for SugarHouse, Rivers and Parx and two OTB parlors, reported that roughly 75% of bets are made using a Kiosk, and specified that on one location, that number is a staggering 88%.

Sports Betting Kiosks are setting themselves to become a smash hit for casino owners. The required maintenance is low and there are no wages, health insurance or paid vacations to be taken into account when budgeting your operations. Seems the logical to opt for a business strategy that will:

  • Improve customer accessibility
  • Increase business volume
  • Reduce waiting time for customers
  • Simplify the betting process
  • Provide more options to cash out the winnings
  • Offer the same amount of wagering options as the traditional method
  • Display sports info updated in real-time
  • Users accounts for a more personal experience
  • Provide privacy
  • Be accessible around the clock
  • Offer a small learning curve
  • Provide continuity with mobile apps

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Facial Recognition Kiosks Come To Vancouver International Airport CBP

Vancouver International Airport will be first in Canada to use NEXUS facial recognition kiosk technology.

facial recognition kioskInnovative Travel Solutions announced today that their biometric kiosks have been configured to meet the requirements of the NEXUS program, a joint Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. CBP) operated Trusted Travellers program.

BorderXpress NEXUS features ‘tap-and-go’ technology and utilizes state-of-the-art facial recognition software to verify members’ identity, replacing the old iris recognition technology.

Chris Gilliland is the Director of Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), the innovation team at Vancouver International Airport who developed the BorderXpress technology.

Here is a link for how to use the Vancouver Facial Recognition kiosks. They are the first to deploy.

YVR’s Innovative Travel Solutions develops next generation biometric solution for Canadian trusted traveller program

ITS helps the Canada Border Services Agency modernize the NEXUS program 

 Richmond, B.C. October 30, 2019: Today, Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS) by Vancouver International Airport announced that their proprietary line of self-service, biometric-enabled kiosks, BorderXpress, has been configured to meet the requirements of the Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) modernized NEXUS program. BorderXpress NEXUS features ‘tap-and-go’ RFID technology and utilizes state-of-the-art facial recognition software to verify members’ identity, replacing the old iris recognition technology.

“This is another big first for us—being the first Canadian airport to offer NEXUS members an enhanced and more seamless border clearance process. I know our frequent travellers that utilize NEXUS will be pleased with this modernized solution,” says Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We are grateful for the collaborative relationship we have with our partners at the Canada Border Service Agency and to be once again chosen as the trusted partner for the first solution and rollout. We look forward to continuing to work together on the next phase to create a complete seamless journey for all NEXUS members.”

NEXUS is a joint CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. CBP) operated Trusted Traveller program designed to speed up border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the U.S. YVR introduced 11 next generation NEXUS kiosks in October 2019, dedicated to facilitating the trusted traveller program. Using the new kiosks, NEXUS members will tap or scan their NEXUS card and capture a photo to verify their identity using facial recognition technology before proceeding to a CBSA officer for final inspection. If you have something to declare you must do so verbally, to an officer, at a clearly marked area in the customs hall after using the kiosk.

As part of the CBSA’s objective to modernize the NEXUS program, this is intended to better serve NEXUS members travelling by air as facial biometric verification provides travellers with a simplified method of being identified. This initiative aligns the NEXUS program with international trends on traveller processing and supports the CBSA’s goal to increase efficiencies without compromising security. For more information on this initiative, including instructions on how to use the new NEXUS facial verification kiosks, please visit the NEXUS Air webpage.

ITS has also sold its BorderXpress NEXUS solution to Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, with deployments scheduled later this year.

BorderXpress technology was developed by ITS, an independent business unit within Vancouver International Airport (YVR), named Best Airport in North America for 10 consecutive years. ITS specializes in delivering industry-leading travel technology to transform the traveller’s experience. Since 2009, ITS has sold over 1,600 kiosks at 43 airport and seaport locations around the world, helping more than 250 million passengers clear the border safely and securely.

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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.

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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?

 

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Sports Betting Kiosks – G2E Writeup by Elliott Maras

What a week it was in Las Vegas when the Global Gaming Expo came to town.

Gaming continues to become a popular form of entertainment as more states permit sports betting. And while it’s not one of the larger kiosk verticals, gaming continues to grow rapidly and serves as a springboard for self service technology innovation as casinos seek new ways to enhance the guest experience.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, allowing states besides Nevada to permit sports betting. That’s been a game changer for sports, for gaming and for the technologies the industry adopts.

A new era for sports betting unfolds

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman told the expo’s sports betting symposium at the Sands Expo Center that he wouldn’t be surprised if future NHL broadcasts include sports gambling information.

Bettman, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, said the league recognizes sports betting will boost viewership, and that NHL broadcasts could integrate with sports betting.

I pondered the implications of Bettman’s comments on sports betting and professional sports business as I headed to the expo exhibit floor. Bettman connected the dots between the deregulation of sports betting and professional sports, recognizing the opportunity to engage with fans through sports betting.

Current events indicate Bettman is correct.

Earlier this month, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owner the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals and Washington Mystics, announced a partnership with William Hill US, the U.S. leading sports book operator, to introduce the first sportsbook at a U.S. professional sports venue, the William Hill Sports Book at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The operator will also become the exclusive sports betting partner of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics and Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

Sportsbook kiosks abound

Sportsbook kiosks were abundant throughout the show floor. The multinational International Game Technology PLC, for example, presented its PlaySports Bank and PlaySports Pod, featuring three self-service betting kiosks topped with multi-media displays that showcase a range of content including live sporting events, betting odds, lines, game day feeds and more.

I also noticed a slew of redemption kiosks and bill breakers that are not just for casinos, but for sports betting venues as well. Equipment manufacturers are recognizing the online sports betting business is expanding rapidly and redemption and change-making kiosks are in big demand. They also recognize that cash payment continues to be a factor in the sports betting market, and they aren’t betting (no pun intended) that this is going to change any time soon.

The growth of online gaming is also forcing casinos to become omnichannel marketers, which has significant implications for kiosks. Kiosks, after all, serve as critical touchpoints to bridge the online with the brick-and-mortar.

Read full article

More Sports Betting News

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

 

 

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

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

 

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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 KioskLOS 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/.

Detroit Smart City Kiosks Privacy Concerns

Detroit Smart City Kiosks NO Cameras Allowed

Excerpt from Detroit News – Oct 8, 2019

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Example of smart city kiosk this one by Peerless-AV

Detroit — Dozens of interactive booths with free Wi-Fi, suggestions for dining and shopping or finding an open shelter bed for the homeless might soon be sprouting up downtown.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership has entered into a 15-year agreement with Ohio-based IKE Smart City that calls for the installation of at least 30 kiosks in the city’s core and neighborhood districts, said Eric Larson, the partnership’s CEO.

The new technology is planned amid tensions in Detroit over privacy concerns tied to the use of traffic-mounted cameras, real-time feeds to the police department’s crime center and facial recognition software.

The kiosk technology — often equipped with high-definition security cameras — has also raised privacy concerns in some cities over unwanted surveillance and other features that may provide a user’s personal information to third parties.

Detroit is believed to be the first city deploying IKE kiosks without cameras, Larson said, but the terminals can be retrofitted later on “if everybody is comfortable with it.”

Read full article on Detroit News

 

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

Sports Bettings Kiosks But Not in Vegas

Originally published and written for US Bets. Republished with permission.

Sports Betting Kiosks But Not in Vegas

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh opened its temporary sportsbook in December 2018 with six self-serve betting kiosks, a feature that had been rarely seen in the large, glitzy Las Vegas casinos patrons might have visited. For customers, there was a sharp learning curve.

“At first, people didn’t even know where to put money in,” Andre Barnabei, the casino’s vice president of gaming, recalled last month, three days after Rivers debuted its larger, permanent sportsbook.

He was speaking a few steps away from a row of 27 Kambi betting kiosks that had just been fully occupied during much of a September football weekend. Six more sports betting kiosks are scattered in other parts of the casino.

The Rivers’ emphasis on the technological alternative to betting windows, with their human, conversational ticket writers, may be out of the norm from what’s traditional in Nevada, but it’s part of a national trend as state after state legalizes sports betting and new sites open.

A dozen kiosks is common, but some have many more

Whether a small casino in Indiana, a mid-sized one in Mississippi, or a large operator in New Jersey, it is common to have anywhere from eight to 20 self-service kiosks in operations that have opened in the past 18 months. Operators say they reduce lines, speed things along, allow bets 24/7, enable in-game wagering, and appeal to younger bettors accustomed to doing everything in life digitally.

Self-serve kiosks, after all, have increasingly insinuated themselves during the 21st century, whether at airports, hotels, fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, health care settings, or elsewhere. They have for years been a part of casino operations relating to player loyalty programs, and the ever-expanding sports betting world is catching on.

Pennsylvania’s casinos may be bigger into the alternative than anyone. Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia has 18 kiosks in its recently upgraded sportsbook, and Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino is expanding its number of kiosks from 12 to 22 in a new sportsbook about to open.

And much smaller Presque Isle Downs and Casino in suburban Erie, Pa., has 50 of them spread around the casino.

“The guests love it,” said Presque Isle’s general manager, Kevin O’Sullivan, estimating about 95% of bets placed at the Churchill Downs Inc.-owned property are by kiosk.

For first-time users, he said, “it only takes one of us to run through the screens for a minute or two, and they take it from there. The kiosks are definitely king … We’ve got them very well spread out, with locations where a person can just pop in quickly and place his bet so as not to tie up the ones in the sportsbook area.”

Nevada just has a different betting culture, historically

The relatively small William Hill sportsbook locations throughout Nevada have commonly made use of kiosks for years, but in the more opulent sportsbooks on the Las Vegas Strip and elsewhere, the self-serve devices are creeping in only a few at a time.

Charles Cohen, IGT PlayDigital vice president of sports betting, says the explanation lies in the longtime habits in the only state where sports wagers have historically been legal.

“The reality is it’s about the culture and style of experience that people associate with Las Vegas sports betting that makes it more of a personal, over-the-counter experience,” Cohen said. “The kind of training and expertise that ticket writers have at the windows there is very high, because they expect to have conversations with customers about the bets they’re placing.

“These guys are experts. There’s a certain social environment to the sportsbook where ticket writers are almost like hosts, and so the experience of walking into a sportsbook in Las Vegas is defined by that personal interaction.”

That’s a point agreed on by Derek Stevens, owner of the Golden Gate and D Las Vegas casinos and a large sports bettor himself. His two properties have added a total of nine betting kiosks in the past year, though they’re still seldom used compared to betting windows.

“Initially, the amount of wagering taking place on the kiosks is very modest,” he said. “It is certainly not anything similar to what I’ve read or seen on the East Coast. I think there’s an element in Las Vegas where customers are more accustomed to the windows, more accustomed to asking for information from ticket writers. From our perspective, it’s a great opportunity to provide great customer service and interact with the customer.”

Stevens is in the process of developing the Circa casino in Las Vegas with a mammoth sportsbook as a focal point, and “I’m certainly going to have kiosks — the only question is how many.”

Big bettors better off at the window

There’s one other key distinction in the Las Vegas sports betting world: the more customary large wagers placed there. Due to regulatory concerns, primarily related to money laundering, operators set limits on how much can be wagered on kiosks – such as a $3,000 maximum win through any kiosk bet at Pittsburgh’s Rivers.

Also, Cohen noted, large bettors can get slowed down instead of speeded up by kiosk use.

“People don’t want to stand there for five minutes feeding in bills to make a bet,” he said.

He said hundreds of IGT betting kiosks are in nine states, and casinos typically want a mix of kiosks and sports betting windows, with the balance varying depending on the nature of the casino.

“When you add kiosks into the environment, your volume of wagers goes up,” he said. “However, you can max it out, getting to the point where you have so many kiosks that most of the time they’re not being used, and it doesn’t have an incremental benefit.

“On a big game day, though, it’s different, when you’ve got a small period of time, a couple of hours, where 80% of the wagering is going to happen. You absolutely need to make sure people can get their bet down quickly.”

IGT is among a number of firms that are increasingly involved in providing the software platforms for sports betting kiosks in a big way, with Kambi, SB Tech, Stadium Technology Group, SG Digital, and others profiting from new business as legalization expands state by state.

In the case of IGT, it customarily contracts with a casino operator that then also partners with a sports odds provider, because IGT does not have a U.S. odds-setting operation. Kambi, meanwhile, provides both odds and kiosks for casinos in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere.

Kiosk adoption parallels rest of the world’s betting

Max Bichsel, U.S. director for Kambi, said the kiosks have for years been a popular mechanism for placing sports bets around the world, depending on the country, and it was just a matter of time and legalization before they became common in the U.S.

Kambi has hundreds of the kiosks placed in different states, and on average they represent 80% of the retail bets handled by those casinos, Bichsel said. The average size of the bet is smaller, though.

“Your high-value player with tens of thousands of dollars is going to the window — if you’re betting hundreds of dollars you’ll go to the kiosks,” he said. “There’s lots more volume on the kiosk but larger average handle over the counter.”

Though Bichsel said kiosks will never eliminate the need for or value of ticket writers, it is also customary for sportsbook counters to close down late at night, once the key televised games end. The casinos never shut their doors to customers, however, including potential sport bettors.

“A kiosk can be 24/7 and someone can still get a bet down,” he said. “There’s a lot of benefits for the customer.”

One of the benefits identified by Rusty Johnson of Fort Collins, Ky., visiting the Rivers Casino before his Cincinnati Bengals took on the Steelers at nearby Heinz Field last Monday, was just how many betting options he could see on the kiosk compared to the odds boards above the betting counters.

In that respect, scrolling through the kiosk menu is not much different from what players experience in states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania with legalized online/app sports betting. So Johnson got a small bet down on Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd’s number of catches, which would have not been a clear wager to him at the window, unless he knew to ask.

“There’s a lot of stuff on there you can look at and take your time, a lot of different options,” Johnson said, though he acknowledged he also had to ask for help from Rivers Casino staff the first time he used the machine.

Barnabei said the casino has up to three “ambassadors” available during busy times to assist customers at the more than two dozen kiosks and speed things along. By providing that service, he said, the sportsbook has actually expanded its number of employees due to kiosks, rather than reducing them.

The Rivers has already expanded its number of kiosks three times since opening, yet it still has nowhere as many as smaller Presque Isle. As to whether it will need to keep increasing — the kiosks each cost “about 8 grand,” according to Barnabei — it will all depend on demand.

“That would be a great problem to have,” said Bill Keena, the casino’s general manager.

Gary Rotstein


Gary is a longtime journalist, having spent three decades covering gambling, state government, and other issues for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in addition to stints as managing editor of the Bedford (Pa.) Gazette and as a reporter for United Press International and the Middletown (Conn.) Press. Contact Gary at gary@usbets.com.

G2E Kiosks – Olea At The Show

G2E Gaming Show 2019 – Casino Kiosks

G2E is the premier Gaming show held every year in Las Vegas.  It is a longstanding tradition for kiosk companies to be at this show. This year the G2E will be highlighting casino gaming, hospitality, player loyalty kiosks, check-in, food self order, digital signage and sports betting kiosks. Here is a preview of G2E from Olea Kiosks perspective

Here is G2E preview by GGB

Here is one of the promotional videos that will playing on one of the Olea kiosks.  The new poker mixes in other genres likes sports and more in a fantasy poker game.

Here is the current list of Olea kiosks on the floor at G2E.  Traci and Daniel will be at the show on 10/15 & 10/16.

  • Scientific Games – Booth #1116     Monte Carlo
  • SCA Gaming – Booth #1216      Milan Portrait kiosks
  • Agilysys – Booth #3800       Austin kiosks
  • JCM – Booth #4039       Franklin
  • Poker Rodeo – Booth #3418       Milan Landscape
  • Glory – not confirmed
  • Cummins Allison – not confirmed

New Product Release At G2E

Olea Kiosks Introduces The 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. (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, sports betting applications and food ordering. You can find more information here:

https://www.olea.com/events/

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/.

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Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the largest gathering of global, commercial and tribal gaming professionals in North America, showcases the latest developments in gaming technology and features new educational content that is fast-paced and actionable. Attendees will experience firsthand the new products and innovative technologies showcased on the expo floor. G2E has everything you need for your casino floor and across your entire operation—from traditional casino fare to non-gaming amenities and digital products—G2E is where business growth is accelerated.

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The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.

Parabit Kiosk Update

New updated page for Parabit, one of our Charter Sponsors.

Notable updates — Charging Kiosks and Digital Signage Kiosks and FID Kiosk

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PARABIT KIOSK SYSTEMS

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PARABIT SYSTEMS KIOSKS

Parabit designs, fabricates, and integrates enclosures and software that allow you to efficiently and effectively authenticate physical identities and manage facilities. Custom kiosk solutions provide comprehensive, enterprise level visitor registration, notifications, tracking, reporting, as well as other features including automated interaction with dynamic data sources and integration with building access control systems.

Enhance your brand with custom kiosks to improve security, provide a quick charge for mobile devices, offer on-demand visitor information, and enhance customer service.

Visitor Management Self-Service Kiosks

Boost your front-line security by safeguarding your employees and tenants. Self-service kiosks are particularly fitting for high traffic areas and unsupervised lobbies.

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Flight Information Display (FIDs) and WayFinding Enclosures

Display customized FIDs in your airport, or bus and train schedule info at transit stations.  Our WayFinding software helps your visitors to navigate to indoor and outdoor destinations.

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Interactive Digital Signage Displays

Our digital signage displays are interactive, which help engage visitors and passengers with advertising, videos, brochures, and other digital assets.

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Mobile Device Charging Stations

Mobile device charging stations provide visitors and passengers a way to get recharged. Since we have become so dependent on our tech devices, providing the convenience of charging stations is essential. Our designs offer up opportunities for advertising, providing you a revenue-generating opportunity.

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Telephone Kiosks

Our kiosks offer convenient and reliable customer assistance. Constructed with vandal resistant materials.
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Contact Parabit Systems

Parabit Systems Inc.

2677 Grand Avenue

Bellmore, NY 11710

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Russian fintech miracle — Payment kiosk

Nice article on Russian industry that really took off.

Excerpt:

Anna Kuzmina
Oct 24, 2018 · 5 min read

Once upon a time in cold Russia of 2000 something important happened. A new payment system was born. It would soon dominate the whole country, become part of daily life of every single Russian, and spread across the borders to neighbouring Ukraine, Belarus and various X-stans.

The invention so ingenious that it is still unclear why it did not take off in comparable cash markets of Africa or South-East Asia. System so smart and obvious that many would not believe it was born, designed and engineered in Mother Russia. There is no other region on Earth that would have it to this day. I am still amazed at that too.

In the late 90s, early 00s there were no smartphones, iPhone was still years ahead, and the population was increasingly accepting the idea of the personal mobile phone. Mobile phones were becoming cheaper and cheaper, and everyone got a chance to own one.

Mobile operators issued scratch-cards with the airtime value, and you could buy those either in the telco offices, or through their agents. Scratch-card had a value, and you were supposed to dial the number on the card, scratch and enter the PIN from it (guided by the voice instructions). Much like in Kenya now and before, or the rest of Africa, the agent network was the main force for the operators, and the scratch-card — the main vehicle.

The history has many names of the first companies and persons that were responsible for the birth of this new payment system, and some of them are still very much active in the fintech space even today. Anyways, a machine was designed to sell airtime and accept cash for it. It is called payment terminal — literally, when crudely translated from Russian, and up to this day there is no obvious English name for it. For the lack of such thing anywhere else. I call it — payment kiosk, ATM-like machine, payment box, etc. And then show a picture.

Payment Card Theft via PoS Malware – Four more chains hit

Noted on Bleeping Computer

Excerpt By

Hackers caused havoc at four restaurant chains in the U.S. over the summer after compromising their payment systems with malware that stole customers’ payment card information.

In the last two days, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s, and Hy-Vee disclosed publicly that their networks were infected with point-of-sale malware copying data from cards used in person at certain locations.

McAlister’s, Moe’s, and Schlotzsky’s together have around 1,500 locations spread across the U.S. and are owned by the same parent company, Focus Brands.

Contactless Card Double Tap

Noted on DailyMail

Contactless Card A security loophole is allowing fraudsters to break the £30 spending limit for contactless bank cards.

Banks and retailers are allowing customers to cover a single bill of more than £60 by making several ‘tap-and-go’ payments of £30 each.

Experts have warned this is making it easy for criminals to make more expensive purchases on stolen cards.

Contactless cards give customers the convenience of paying for items without having to input their Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Read full article on DailyMail

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Where is EMV for Kiosks in 2019? An EMV Update

Feature – EMV Self-Service Update for Self-Order Kiosks 2018

Biometric Kiosks – Casinos Testing Facial Recognition Technologies

Noted on GGB News

Excerpt: It’s called “biometrics”—a type of artificial intelligence that maps the features of the face with such accuracy, it not only can identify that person but detect their sexual orientation and, in the most advanced versions, even gauge their emotional state. Casinos in Macau and elsewhere are now testing the technology as a way to identify card cheats, problem gamblers and more. Does this go beyond surveillance to spying?

Last month, Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) acknowledged that “two to three” gaming operators in the world’s top casino market are testing facial recognition technologies, presumably to identify and eject criminals, card cheats, compulsive gamblers, underage players, dishonest employees and others whose presence in a gaming hall may be unwelcome.

DICJ head Paulo Martins Chan made soothing sounds about “strictly adhering” to privacy rules, but that may not ring true in Macau, which takes its orders from Beijing, or in the market’s billion-dollar casinos, where corporate concerns have sometimes overruled privacy concerns.

Besides, in an era where cameras are always looming, is privacy becoming obsolete? These issues are at the heart of a new report, published in June in the UNLV Gaming Law Review.

The report, And the Eye in the Sky is Watching Us All: Privacy Concerns of Emerging Technological Advances in Casino Player Tracking, looks at innovations in video surveillance, biometrics and other technologies— gesture recognition, too—that author Stacy Norris said have reached “an almost Orwellian level of intrusiveness.

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To read the complete UNLV report, visit https://law.unlv.edu/unlv-gaming-law-journal/vol9/and-eye-sky-watching-us-all-privacy-concerns-emerging-technological-advances-casino-player-tracking-1157

Biometric Kiosk Deployed by NY Mets with CLEAR, Aramark and Mashgin

NY Mets with CLEAR & Aramark Test Biometric Kiosk

News from NFCW 9/26/2019

Biometric KioskNew York Mets fans attending games at the team’s Citi Field home field can now purchase snacks and beverages at a self-checkout kiosk that uses a biometrics-based identity verification system to process payments — and check that buyers of alcoholic drinks are of legal drinking age.

The Mets have teamed up with food and beverage provider Aramark, biometric identity verification provider Clear and self-checkout kiosk provider Mashgin on the project.

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