Thursday, 03 February 2011
PFU Invests in Digiboo, Strategic Partnership to Grow Service Internationally
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PFU Systems, Inc., the North American subsidiary of PFU Limited, a Fujitsu company, today announced that it has been named the exclusive supplier of kiosks worldwide for Digiboo, LLC. Digiboo’s service allows consumers to rent full DVD-quality movies by simply plugging in a small, portable USB 3.0 flash drive, or other faster generation memory device, into kiosks at high traffic locations such as airports and major retailers. PFU’s kiosk division has been designing, developing and manufacturing a custom solution to be deployed across an estimated 7,000 locations over the next three years. PFU has also made a strategic cash investment in Digiboo, partnering with the company as it continues to grow internationally.
Founded in 2008 by MGM Studios home entertainment veterans Richard Cohen, Jeff Karbowiak and Blake Thomas, Digiboo offers more than 1000 movies to be simply purchased or rented via a PFU-designed kiosk. Consumers can choose their movie and download most standard definition movies in less than 30 seconds to any USB 3.0 flash drive or other faster generation memory device, which can then be watched on any PC, TV, Laptop or Netbook.
“The Digiboo movie service is the fastest, easiest movie purchase and rental option available to customers today. To ensure delivery of a quick and consumer friendly experience, we turned to PFU for help with one of the most important elements of our business, the kiosk – the ultimate interface with customers,” said Richard Cohen, CEO of Digiboo. “We chose PFU for their kiosk capabilities because they are proven experts, understood our needs and provided custom solutions that will be perfect for our customers worldwide.”
The compact and easy-to-use PFU kiosks customized for Digiboo will be deployed in early 2011, beginning with key airport locations across the country.
PFU’s Kiosk Solutions
PFU offers a full range of interactive kiosks and a unique Kiosk Integration Platform which provides enterprises and developers a simple approach to deployment that accelerates time-to-market and reduces costs over the entire kiosk lifecycle. PFU has been in the industry for 17 years and is the #1 kiosk supplier in Japan, and the company has delivered over 60,000 kiosks worldwide in the last five years.
PFU’s kiosks are high quality and extremely reliable, resulting in lower support costs, lower operations costs, increased availability and higher ROI. The company’s comprehensive platform leverages its in-house expertise to ensure all aspects of kiosk projects – application development, hardware integration, deployment and on-going maintenance and support – are tightly integrated and secure.
PFU’s kiosks also offer a unique remote management system giving customers the only solution which can report accurate and detailed status information of the kiosk and each I/O device; automatically and instantly diagnose problems and offer instructions; and proactively provide notice for scheduling maintenance.
Built on Japanese developed technology, PFU kiosks boast product life spans among the best in the market, and have been the choice of leading companies in the healthcare, retail, higher education, government and hospitality/travel industries.
PFU Systems’ ProDeS™ customization services are available to provide any customer with turnkey, end-to-end product design and manufacturing services. The company offers design consultation, hardware design, BIOS and firmware customization, enclosure design, manufacturing, assembly, and quality assurance. For more information on PFU and its kiosk solutions, please visit: http://www.pfusystems.com/kiosk/overview/.
Based in Santa Monica, California, Digiboo is expanding consumer access to fast, higher quality digital downloading through its digital movie kiosks to be located in airports and other high traffic public spaces. Consumers will be able to purchase or rent more than 1,000 movie titles via download in less than 30 seconds to any USB 3.0 flash drive or other faster generation memory device, for viewing on a variety of devices including PCs, TVs, Laptops and Netbooks. The Company, founded by MGM Studios home entertainment executives Richard Cohen, Jeff Karbowiak, and Blake Thomas, offers consumers new levels of convenience and portability for viewing films, television and other content.
About PFU Systems
PFU Systems Inc. (PFU) is a leading customer centric technology solutions company – empowering its clients to achieve greater success through superior quality hardware, innovative software and reliable customer service. PFU makes the customer its first priority, helping to develop customized solutions based on its superior quality, and reliable embedded systems, kiosk and network security products and services.
PFU, the U.S. operation of PFU Ltd., is headquartered in the Silicon Valley and markets and sells PFU’s products in North America.
About PFU Limited
PFU Limited, a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, is a $1.2 billion global enterprise that designs, develops, manufactures, sells and maintains computer hardware, imaging scanners, peripheral products, enterprise software, systems and network security solutions. Based on its over 50 years of IT experience in Japan and proven, high quality products, PFU Ltd. is recognized as a leading technology company. For more information, visit http://www.pfu.fujitsu.com/en/.