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Antibacterial Kiosk Touchscreen Wipes Coatings

AntiBacterial Kiosk Solutions

antibacterial kioskAntimicrobial and antibacterial solutions for touchscreens and kiosks  have been around a long time and there has been improvements over the years.  Important in the self-service terminal that the treatment does not affect the touchscreen

The primary difference between antibacterial and antimicrobial substances is the types of microorganism they act upon. While antibacterial products prevent the development of bacteria, antimicrobial agents such as alcohol-based hand sanitizers prevent the spread of bacteria, fungi, and some viruses. This is a much broader scope of protection than the protection found in antibacterial products.

Cleansing wipes are one type of product that is available as both an antibacterial product and an antimicrobial product. Antibacterial hand wipes kill bacteria, while antimicrobial wipes kill bacteria plus other microorganisms that can cause human illness. Both antibacterial and antimicrobial wipes can be a component of effective hand hygiene.

Antibacterial Kiosk Solutions

PDI Easy Screen

Compatible touchscreen cleaner that works.

• Features the power of 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA)
• Fast-drying, No residue, Anti-fogging, Anti-streaking
• Rapidly cleans dirt, grime, fingerprints, and smudges
• Compatible with touchscreen healthcare equipment, including Corning® Gorilla® Glass (3 and 4)1, Sapphire glass, Aluminum silicate, Acrylic Glass, Etched glass, Stainless steel, and more!  MSDS Sheet.

Sanitech Information

SurfaceClean is a hospital-grade cleaner disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces.

SurfaceClean- enhances the effectiveness of our antimicrobial coatings by properly preparing surfaces for antimicrobial treatment

SurfaceClean is designed for use prior to the application of long lasting antimicrobial products. It is also recommended for regular maintenance cleaning.

SurfaceClean is a cost effective and easy to use solution. SurfaceClean is available in 32 ounce spray bottles and 1 or 5 gallon containers.

 SurfaceClean Disinfects and Eliminates:

      • 99% of Germs and Bacteria
      • Healthcare associated MRSA
      • Community associated MRSA
      • H1N1 Flu Virus
      • SARS
      • Avian Influenza
      • Hepatitis
      • Mumps
      • Rhinovirus
      • Rotovirus

For how long?

SurfaceAide XL delivers durability, safety and affordability to protect vital surfaces from the growth of bacteria, mold and fungi 24/7 for up to 90 days.

SurfaceAide XL

  • Generates an environmentally friendly, non-leaching antimicrobial barrier on surfaces that is non-toxic and non-sensitizing
  • Promotes long-term reduction of harmful bacteria, mold and fungi on surfaces
  • Minimizes the presence of microbes on touch points that can serve as transfer routes for bacteria from surface-to-skin
  • One application effectively fights the growth of bacteria, mold and fungi, non-stop on surfaces for up to 90 days
  • Proactively and continually prevents odor, staining and deterioration caused by bacteria, fungi, mold and mildew
  • Can be safely and easily applied without affecting day to day  operations
  • Invisible, odorless and will not affect the appearance or performance of treated surfaces
  • Since SurfaceAide XL does not leach, the organism cannot emerge as a new resistant microbe or “super bug”
  • Essentially dimethyl ammonium chlorides

DISINFECTANTS SUCH AS PDI

          • Spec Sheet
          • Safety Data Sheet – link – ingredients/etc
          • Technical Data sheet – link
          • Fast contact time allows for a quick room turnover
          • Compatible with a broad range of surfaces and equipment in healthcare
          • Meets CDC, OSHA and CMS Tag F441 guidelines
          • Bactericidal, Tuberculocidal, Virucidal
          • 55% Alcohol and dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides
          • Effective against 30 microorganisms in 2 minutes including the following MDROs, bloodborne pathogens and viruses:1
          • Acinetobacter baumannii
          • Klebsiella pneumoniae
          • Candida albicans
          • ESBL producing E. coli
          • Influenza A
          • MRSA
          • VRE
          • HIV
          • HBV
          • HCV

Clorox ProfessionalLink – competes with PDI.  Using “Quat Alcohol”.

Here is the Clorox info.  Same as PDI but percentages are not revealed.  Price is different I am guessing.

clorox-info

 

 

AEGIS INFO

Treated vs. Untreated Surface — The unique AEGIS Microbe Shield is a fabric enhancement that gives the treated surface active antibacterial action. The germ-killing action is the result of a micro polymer coating, which mechanically destroys bacteria, mold, fungus and their allergens on contact. AEGIS contains no chemicals, is not consumed by microorganisms, and remains effective for the life of the product.

COPPER AND ALLOYS

copper-surfaces

Copper alloys have the advantages of not only killing “bad bacteria” but they continue to kill it.  Chart compares copper, brass and stainless.

 

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And yes copper has an ROI model based on cost savings.

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UV-C Antibacterial Light

Another antibacterial  tool is UV-C light. It however has many cautions.

What Are Germicidal Lamps?

Germicidal lamps emit radiation in the UV-C portion of the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum, which includes wavelengths between 100 and 280 nanometers (nm). The lamps are used in a variety of applications where disinfection is the primary concern, including air and water purification, food and beverage protection, and sterilization of sensitive tools such as medical instruments. Germicidal light destroys the ability of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens to multiply by deactivating their reproductive capabilities. The average bacteria may be killed in 10 seconds at a distance of 6 inches from the lamp. The wavelength with the greatest effectiveness is 253.7 nm, which defines the germicidal lamp category with optimized wavelength for maximum absorption by nucleic acids. Germicidal lamps that generate energy wavelengths shorter than 250 nm (particularly 185 nm) are very effective in producing ozone, which is required for certain applications to oxidize organic compounds.

Hazard and Risks from Germicidal Lamp UV Radiation

UV radiation (UVR) used in most germicidal bulbs is harmful to both skin and eyes, and germicidal bulbs should not be used in any fixture or application that was not designed specifically to prevent exposure to humans or animals. UVR is not felt immediately; in fact, the user may not realize the danger until after the exposure has caused damage. Symptoms typically occur 4 to 24 hours after exposure. The effects on skin are of two types: acute and chronic. Acute effects appear within a few hours of exposure, while chronic effects are long-lasting and cumulative and may not appear for years. An acute effect of UVR is redness of the skin called erythema (similar to sunburn). Chronic effects include accelerated skin aging and skin cancer. UVR is absorbed in the outer layers of the eye – the cornea and conjunctiva. Acute overexposure leads to a painful temporary inflammation, mainly of the cornea, known as photokeratitis. Subsequent overexposure to the UV is unlikely because of the pain involved. Chronic exposure leads to an increased risk of certain types of ocular cataracts. Working unprotected for even a few minutes can cause injury. It is possible to calculate the threshold for acute effects and to set exposure limits. It is not possible, however, to calculate threshold for chronic effects; therefore, because no exposure level is safe, exposure should be reduced as much as possible.

UV-C Resources
More reference and useful links

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 and even accepted an award for UV-C. Craig is also a senior manager for Olea Kiosks Inc.

Voice assistants set to revolutionize commerce and become a dominant mode of consumer interaction in the next three years – Capgemini Worldwide

Voice Assistants

Source: www.capgemini.com

voice assistantsThe research found that today around a quarter (24%) of respondents would rather use voice assistants than a website. However, in the next three years, this figure will rise to 40%. Close to a third – 31% – said they will prefer a voice assistant interaction to visiting a shop or a bank branch, compared to 20% today.

More on Voice Assistants

Here are some of the more interesting gadgets adding voice-assistant capabilities.

Tell your mirror to start your shower

Kohler’s Vendera mirror is the only one of its connected-bathroom products with microphones to hear Alexa commands. It has waterproof speakers, so you can ask it to play music or the news. You can also ask it to control the PerfectFill bathtub or start the DTV shower. And, of course, you can ask it to flush the $5,625 Numi toilet for you. The products are all due out later this year.

Soothe your baby

Project Nursery Smart Baby Monitor System is a $229 setup that lets you tend to you baby with voice controls. You can ask Alexa to play white noise in the baby’s room while you’re reading in another. Similarly, the Nanit baby monitor, $299, will track your child’s sleep in detail. You can ask Alexa how long the baby slept last night or when she woke up.

Feed the cat without seeing the cat

Your pet is hungry. You don’t want to stand up. Ask Alexa or Google Assistant to release some chow on the $149 Petnet SmartFeeder 2.0. The voice assistants can also share updates about a pet’s eating habits and, if you have a connected camera, take photos of them while they’re eating.

Tell your cleaning robot it missed a spot

The Aeolus robot will be able mop or vacuum, pick up your messes, and detect human movements — such as a senior citizen falling. The robot, which is currently a prototype, will have Alexa and Google Voice integrated so you can tell it what to clean while you do lazy human things.

Turn your surveillance robot into a radio

Lynx is a smaller, cuter robot that can double as an $800 Amazon Echo. It can hear all the regular Alexa commands, and tell you the weather, news, or trivia. The robot is primarily meant for security, and uses facial recognition to spot and record intruders. Lynx can also act as a rolling video-conference robot if you want a far-away family member to feel like they’re in the room.

Ask your fridge to buy milk

The LG InstaView ThinkQ refrigerator has a giant 29-inch screen on the door, so you already know it’s dying to be the fridge of the future. LG actually added Alexa powers to a fridge last year. Now it’s making the various devices (fridge, stove, dishwasher) communicate with each other as well.

Pre-heat the oven

Also in the kitchen, Google Assistant and Alexa can control a Jenn-Air connected oven. You can switch the temperature while something is cooking or turn it off altogether.

Feel less lonely in your augmented reality glasses

The $1,000 Vuzix augmented reality smart-glasses will have a microphone built in so you can ask Alexa any of the usual questions. It will whisper replies in your ear, but also show some visual answers, such as weather, on the glasses’ heads-up display.

See http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/17/technology/ces-voice-alexa-google/index.html for more

Retail Technology Landscape Infographic – retail kiosk

Nice graphic showing various technologies (albeit incomplete for retail kiosks).

retail technology landscape

Technology has certainly seen a big evolution over the last few decades.

In the consumer world, we’ve moved from large desktops and rotary dial phones to razor-thin laptops and smartphones with 10 times the amount of computing power. With each new gadget faster than the one before it, consumers’ expectations for retail interactions have seen a significant shift.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that the technology used in the retail industry has evolved over the past thirty years. In an effort to keep up with consumers’ demands, and with the internet pushing them into the eCommerce era, retailers have been searching and experimenting with ways to satisfy target audiences.

Brick-and-mortar technology. It’s a hot topic for debate and many have questioned whether or not integrating technology into physical stores will help or hinder their existence.

Full article on Pymnts.com recommended

http://www.pymnts.com/news/retail/2017/brick-and-mortars-technology-evolution/

 

Card Scanners – How They Work!

Good demo for Drivers License, Medical Card scanner.

http://www.IDWedgePro.com Scan Drivers Licenses and Credit card to the Web. IDWedgePro captures drivers license and other card data, including images to Java enabled web forms. Eliminates cursor based keyboard autofillers – data is pulled by Java Code into browser.

Charles C. gives a great runthru of M280 scanner.

News for Elotouch – EOL Notice for Elo Touchscreen & New Website

Editor note: Elotouch is one of the must watch touchscreen vendors in the self-service kiosk space and they have a bit of news going on. The 17xx and 19xx openframe monitors have gone end of life and included here are the official notices from Elotouch. They have the new 90 series which is replacing them. Also Elotouch has just revamped their entire website and gone modern. Lots of whitespace and a little sparse. I think right now I like the old site better for getting part numbers and drawings.

ELO Notices for End-Of-Lifetouchscreen EOL

 

 

 

 

12 Month Transition Plan – 9 Months last time buy + 3 Months last time shipment

When products are obsolete, every effort is made for a smooth transition:

  • Last-time buys for the 1537L, 1739L, 2243L, and 2244L models will be accepted until February 27th ,
    2017 with last-time shipments made by May 27th , 2017
  • Last-time buys for the 1930L, 1931L, 1937L, 1939L, 1940L, and 2740L models will be accepted until March
    29th , 2017 with last-time shipments made by June 29 th , 2017
  • Please note that it is possible that some of these models such as the Infrared and SCAP units
    cannot be ordered as their components may have gone EOL already. Please consult with your
    sales representative for specific part numbers and details
  • Please work closely with your Elo sales representative on specific ongoing run-rate projects to
    develop a transition plan to the new units.

 

Elotouch Touchscreen official EOL notices

PMB 622

PMB 621

 

Whitepaper – Smart Technology & Interactive Retail

Smart technology consumer products are breaking the interactive retail barrier in creative, educational and experiential ways. Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. sponsored a white paper, “Interactive retail opens the door to market growth”, delving into this topic and what to watch for in the coming year.

An excerpt from the whitepaper:

While more and more retailers offer experiential retail, VR, wearables and connected products offer unique interaction that, as of yet, is nearly untapped. According to David Anzia, senior vice president of sales, Frank Mayer and Associates Inc., “The potential is endless, and that’s where brick-and-mortar companies can use their imagination to drive traffic. The possibilities are absolutely limitless.”

The white paper can be found here, http://www.frankmayer.com/whitepapers/list/

More about Retail Kiosk

SlabbKiosks partners with Ingenico Group to provide EMV-enabled unattended payment devices

SlabbKiosksLas Vegas, March 29, 2016 – SlabbKiosks, a leader in self-service technology, announced today that it has partnered with Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, to bring secure, EMV-enabled unattended payment devices to the market. SlabbKiosks, well known for its customized kiosk solutions, will utilize Ingenico Group’s unattended payment solutions, and become a member of the company’s Unattended Partner Program.

According to Mike Masone, Sales Director at SlabbKiosks, “Ingenico Group’s iSelf series represents a departure from typical payment devices. The solutions were designed from the ingenico kioskground up for unattended environments, and Ingenico Group provides unparalleled support, by making in-house engineering and support personnel available to our customers. These customers are spread across many verticals but their needs remain the same – to have simple and secure payment applications developed for their unattended applications.”

Ingenico Group’s Unattended Partner Program will allow SlabbKiosks to provide secure, EMV- and NFC-enabled unattended self-service payment solutions via its various kiosk models and customized hardware solutions. The Program was designed to facilitate integration among partners allowing them to offer turnkey unattended solutions for a wide variety of uses with secure EMV and NFC payment acceptance built in.

Bruce Rasmussen, Director of Strategic Verticals for Ingenico added, “We’re seeing high demand for unattended payment solutions. Companies such as SlabbKiosks want to protect their customers from post-EMV deadline fraud liability, while enabling consumers to pay using the latest payment methods, including Apple Pay and Android Pay. We’re looking forward to working closely with SlabbKiosks to bring its new turnkey solutions to market.”

About SLABBKIOSKS

SlabbKiosks is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of cost effective, interactive kiosks. The company has installed and customized interactive kiosks for thousands of clients in over 150 countries and distinguishes itself from the competition by offering the latest in technological advancements including the wireless kiosk, while utilizing high quality components with designs that facilitate quick and efficient maintenance of their units.

Additional information can be found at:

http://www.slabbkiosks.com

For further press information about this release, please contact:

Kisha Wilson (Marketing Manager)
SlabbKiosks

Tel: 702-605-4845
Email: kisha@slabbkiosks.com

Full release of SlabbKiosks partners with Ingenico_v2.1

The Do-It-Myself Generation | NACS Online

Newest survey on Millennials shows almost a quarter prefer self-service kiosks to interacting with cashiers.

Source: www.nacsonline.com

May 1, 2015

CHICAGO – A new survey released by location-based mobile platform Retale showed that 20% of Millennial shoppers don’t like interacting with cashiers at checkout. The survey examined consumer self-service checkout adoption and preferences among brick-and-mortar retailers, evaluating convenience, challenges and desired improvements.

Highlights of the survey include:

  • 91% of Millennials have used a self-service kiosk versus 81% of those 35 and older.
  • 33% of consumers overall find that self-checkout is actually inconvenient, with scanning items the hardest part.
  • 26% of Millennials want to use mobile devices (including smartwatches) at self-service kiosks.

Of the 85% of consumers who have used self-service kiosks, the most popular reasons for doing so were: “I have a limited number of items” (72%); “there was no line” (55%); “I prefer to keep my transactions and financial information private” (13%); and “I don’t like interacting with cashiers” (12%). Among Millennials, “I don’t like interacting with cashiers” was eight percentage points higher than the average (20%).

Two-thirds (67%) of all respondents said that self-service kiosks are convenient versus 33% inconvenient. Of the 67%, however, 41% said that, despite its convenience, the experience “could be a lot better.”

Across all respondents, 43% say that they often need help from an associate when using self-service checkout. Millennials were less likely to need support (37%) compared to older customers (47%).

The top challenges in using self-service kiosks include: scanning items (35%), entering coupons (24%), understanding the service screen (16%), paying with cash (15%) and entering product codes (14%).

Despite current self-service checkout limitations, nearly half of all respondents (49%) would like to see more kiosks at every retail location to help streamline the checkout process. At the same time, as the number of kiosks increases, a majority of respondents (53%) want at least one store employee overseeing kiosks to ensure devices are used smoothly.

When asked about the retailers that should add more self-service kiosks, 49% picked mass merchandisers, followed by supermarkets (46%), drugstores (42%), convenience stores (27%), department stores (24%) and specialty stores (24%).
Also, as technology advances, 20% of those surveyed wish to have the option to pay via a mobile phone or smartwatch at each kiosk. Among Millennials, 26% want to be able to pay at self-service kiosks using mobile devices versus 16% for those over 34.

“Almost a quarter of all Millennials use self-service kiosks to avoid any sort of interaction with cashiers,” said Pat Dermody, president of Retale. “As a result, there is a growing demand for more automation and innovation throughout the checkout experience, via integrations with smartphones, wearables and other mobile devices. This will add to the convenience factor that already appears to be key to the experience.”

A Zappos pop-up shop becomes a test to change the nature of mom-and-pop retail

Online retail giant Zappos.com has just launched a 20,000-foot physical retail store in its home of downtown Las Vegas. The experimental space is run in partnership with retail logistics startup OrderWithMe, which just raised $28 million for an ambitious project to change the nature of mom-and-pop retail.

Source: venturebeat.com

Cool unit

Walgreens Android App Best in Class

Walgreen’s Android Lollipop AppAndroid Walgreen application

MobileCommerce Daily article on Walgreen’s new Android app as being one of the best

Excerpts:

Regarding appearance, Lollipop offers a design concept called Material Design, which is more dynamic and intelligent. The icons are simplified, it features bright colors and a tile-like feel, as well as a cleaner navigation system.

Android Lollipop also features interactive push notifications. The notification panel is being merged with the lock screen so users can see an overview of the most important information before they unlock their phone. A learning tool is also incorporated, which learns what users open or do not open and will prioritize the most relevant information deemed by the user.

The Ok Google search tool allows users to interact with brand apps through voice commands. A recent Google study found that 55 percent of teens use voice search everyday, while 56 percent of adults said using voice search makes them feel tech-savvy.

NN4M also believes there are certain Android features that are underused.

Read the entire article at MobileCommerce Daily article

Final Take
Caitlyn Bohannon is an editorial assistant on Mobile Commerce Daily, New York

EMV – MasterCard Roadmap and Liability Shift

EMV Liability Shift

– October 2015 is when the “liability shift” happens. As it stands now (this could change) – as of October 2015- if you are not accepting EMV – that’s OK, but MasterCard will not accept liability for any fraud that merchants incur. That excludes ATM & fuel, which are graduated in annually for some reason. Likely lobbyists.

MasterCard_EMV_Timeline

EMV Liability Shift

Kiosk London – The UK Exhibition for the Self Service Industry

The UK’s only conference and exhibition completely dedicated to the self-service industry returns to The Barbican Centre on the 15th-16th October 2014. This will be the show’s fourth year and with all of the U.K’s leading solutions providers exhibiting this year, it is promising to be an exciting event.

Source: www.kiosklondon.co.ukoct2014009(167 x 74)

Co-located with Digital Signage London, the show acts as the central meeting point for strategic customer service mangers, managing directors, VPs, Marketing and brand managers, kiosk and self-service project managers, purchasers and heads of IT responsible for the implementation self-service solutions and technologies throughout the UK.

KIOSK LONDON EXPO 2014

Introduction

KIOSK LONDON EXPO will return to The Barbican in London on the 15th and 16th October 2014. This will mark the shows fourth year and reflects its status as the favoured event for all those responsible for the implementation of self-service solutions and technologes throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

This year, for the second time, the show will be co-located with DIGITAL SIGNAGE LONDON, providing a unique opportunity to discover the best that the consumer interactivity industry has to offer, from the comfort and convenience of London’s Barbican Centre.

The Show

KIOSK LONDON EXPO 2014 and DIGITAL SIGNAGE LONDON 2014 is the United Kingdom’s combined self-service and digital signage event. With a high number of self-service and digital signage solutions companies exhibiting this year, it is promising to be an insightful and exciting event. The show acts as the central meeting point for strategic customer service managers, managing directors, VPs, marketing and brand managers, purchasers and heads of IT responsible for the implementation of self-service solutions and technologies. “The UK is at the forefront of self-service and digital signage deployment,” commented Jens Schindler, managing director, hf media & events. “KIOSK LONDON EXPO 2014 and DIGITAL SIGNAGE LONDON 2014 will provide an unparalleled platform to showcase the latest advances in customer service solutions from top suppliers and innovators, bringing the industry together and strengthening the UK’s self-service and digital signage market.” Preregistrations include well-known managing directors and decision makers from the UK’s top retail brands, leading high street banks, transportation firms, hospitality companies, fast food retailers and healthcare providers.

Industry Know-how

Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see, experience and discuss the very latest advances in customer service solutions from top suppliers and innovators from Britain and beyond.

There will be a forum programme featuring an extensive series of presentations, all of which are free to attend. These presnetantion will explore a wide variety of issues relating to self-service  and digital signage including some you will probably not have thought about before. The forum has attracted some of the industry’s most influential and authoritative speakers.

The full programme is available online at www.kiosklondon.co.uk and www. digitalsignagelondon.co.uk.

Gold Sponsors

The 2014 Gold Sponsors for KIOSK LONDON EXPO are Star Micronics, Protouch, Cammax and Provisio.

“Kiosk London Expo provides Star with an excellent platform to demonstrate its extensive portfolio of industry-leading products, advanced driver and platform support for mPOS applications and pioneering approach to a wide range of high quality end users and system integrators. With an ever increasing number of relevant visitors each year, Kiosk London is clearly going from strength to strength. We look forward to another successful show this year.”, said Annette Tarlton, Marketing Director, Star Micronics EMEA.

10 Reasons to attend

Customer service – customer service is key to repeat sales and customer satisfaction. The event will feature Kiosk and digital signage technology built to improve and satisfy the customer experience.

Influential speakers – this year we have some well known influential speakers keeping you up to date with the best advances in technology and an insight into what customers really want. Along the way, you’ll get to explore a wide variety of issues relating to self-service and digital signage markets.

Topics to be covered include multi-channel retailing and the effect of a digital culture on consumers.

Networking – connect with industry professionals, share knowledge and make new business contacts.

Interactive technology – experience the latest advances in interactive consumer technology for yourself.

Free consultancy – discuss your business plans informally with experienced professionals.

Your technical questions answered – informed technical support is a key reason for attendance.

Future-proofing your technology – gain a better understanding of what is on the technology horizon, and discuss the opportunities they offer your business in the future.

Understanding capex, opex and ROI issues – with the financial imperative now firmly installed at the boardroom level, there has never been a better time to get a better grasp on these accounting issues.

Understanding convergence – technology is evolving rapidly. As a result, previously disparate businesses are now converging on the technical level. This show will help you gain a solid understanding of how these issues affect you and your business.

 

Feature – EMV hardware reference list

EMV Capable Card Readers, PIN Pads and Contactless Readers for Self-Service Kiosks

KioskSimple CEO Andrew Savala
KioskSimple CEO Andrew Savala

[Thanks to Andrew Savala of KioskSimple for offering this up-to-date reference list of EMV capable hardware]

Ingenico kiosk EMV chip and PIN and contactless readerThe following is a list of EMV capable card readers, PIN pads and contactless card readers that are designed specifically for self-service environments like a kiosk.  As we’re beginning research and development on adding EMV capabilities to our US-based kiosk applications it makes sense to take inventory of the available EMV capable devices specifically designed for the self-service kiosk industry and weigh all of our options.  This is why I’m taking the time to assemble this list of EMV capable payment devices which will likely grow as the looming October 2015 EMV liability shift draws nearer.

Kiosk EMV chip and PIN

Ingenico iUP 250 + iUR 250

Ingenico makes the iSelf Series which includes EMV Chip and PIN devices designed specifically for self-service kiosk applications.  Combining iUP 250 & iUR 250 allows EMV Chip & PIN transactions in your kiosks while respecting PCi 3,x certification.

Ingenico iSelf-Series kiosk EMV chip and PIN

VeriFone UX 100 + UX 300

VeriFone makes the UX “Unattended Devices” for kiosks and other unattended environments.  PIN pad features LCD graphic screen that securely displays payment amount and engages customers through targeted messaging.

VeriFone Unattended Devices Kiosk EMV chip and PIN solutions

Kiosk EMV chip and contactless readers

IDTech ViVOpay Vend III

The ViVOpay Vend III contactless NFC, contact EMV, and magnetic stripe all-in-one payment device provides self-service kiosk operators with an integrated device that allows all three types of payment acceptance technologies.

IDTech ViVOpay kiosk EMV chip and contactless readers

MEI CASHFLOW® EasiChoice 4 in 1

With the EasiChoice bezel from MEI your self-service kiosks can accept any payment type the consumer has in their wallet: bills, coupons, magnetic stripe cards, NFC/contactless payments, and contactless EMV cards. MEI 4-in-1 kiosk EMV chip and contactless readers

Kiosk EMV contactless NFC card readers

Ingenico iUC 180

The Ingenico contactless reader focuses on contactless transaction only, the iiUC 180 is the ideal solution for small transactions, especially in the vending industry.

Ingenico iSelf-Series kiosk EMV contactless NFC card readers

VeriFone QX 700

The VeriFone QX 700 provides rapid transaction speeds for all card types, including public transportation, stored value and other value-added applications.

VeriFone QX 700 EMV contactless reader NFC

IDTech ViVOpay Kiosk II

The ViVOpay Kiosk II is a flexible stand-alone contactless reader comprised of a compact controller module and an RFID antenna module packaged individually giving equipment manufacturers flexibility to integrate contactless payment functionality with their host systems.

IDTech ViVOpay kiosk EMV contactless NFC card readers

Which EMV hardware should I buy for my kiosks so I don’t have to replace it in the next 3 years?

This is a good question that is discussed in the video of the 2014 CPI EMV technology panel below.  The answer boils down to personal preference.  CPI makes the point that just because a card reader is EMV capable doesn’t mean your entire solution will be EMV compliant.  Your entire solution needs to receive end-to-end EMV certification and according to MEI this has not happened in the US using the MEI 4-in-1 at the time this video was recorded.  I’m not here to recommend EMV hardware for your kiosks just to spell out the options, so watch the video for more information and form your own opinions.  We plan to add EMV support to KioskSimplekiosk software for Windows in 2015.

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Tech News – ambient light enhancing

AmbiLED HD adhesive strip – no additional cabling or construction needed. Attach the strip to the back of their monitor to enhance the experience. AmbiLED HD ontrols up to 256 LEDs . The adhesive LED strip basically projects the nearest color to the background to improve the viewer’s visual experience.

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