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Tuesday, 03 November 2009
Austin, Texas-based fd2s, a wayfinding and environmental graphic-design consultancy, today announced the completion of a donor kiosk system for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
 
According to a news release from fd2s, visitors to the cancer center can use the kiosks to browse content about M.D. Anderson and its donors, learn about volunteer opportunities and make donations via credit card. Fd2s says the kiosks feature embedded keyboards and flat-panel displays, in addition to a topper display that plays M.D. Anderson commercials on an attract loop. The center's fundraising staff is able to update the kiosks' play loops using a Web-based content management system. The kiosks' enclosures were manufactured and installed by Imagecraft Exhibits of Austin, fd2s says.
 
Steve Stamper, principal at fd2s, says interactive components are an innovative complement to traditional donor-recognition efforts:
The thing that makes these kiosks really interesting is their ability to bring so many aspects of the fundraising process together in one place. You can educate people about the institution's mission, share information about people or groups that have contributed in the past and give them a chance to participate themselves. I think that there will always be a place for traditional recognition elements like donor walls, but we believe that interactive components like these are a great complement to these types of installations and can even be integrated with them, and we're looking forward to creating similar systems for other institutions.
Fd2s has developed similar donor-recognition solutions for other medical institutions in Houston and Austin, Texas, Little Rock, Ark. and Kansas City.
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Monday, 19 October 2009
Meridian Kiosks has announced a partnership with Cornell University's ornithology lab, a wildlife preservation initiative, to deploy information kiosks at various wildlife refuge locations throughout the United States.
 
According to a news release from Meridian, the kiosks enable users to input a description of a bird and find out what species it is, as well as other details. Meridian says it has built and shipped the kiosks to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Ala.; the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Fla.; and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Mayville, Wis., among others.
 
Meridian now is working on an outdoor wildlife-information kiosk for deployment at the EB Forsythe national Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, N.J., the company says.
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Friday, 09 October 2009
North Carolina-based Meridian Kiosks has announced the deployment of five information kiosks at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum's 9/11 Memorial Preview Site in New York City. According to a news release from Meridian, visitors to the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site can learn about the plans for and progress of a memorial and museum being built at the World Trade Center, the site of a terrorist attack Sept. 11, 2001.
 
Meridian's Plynth Classic kiosks are used to inform visitors about the day-to-day progress of construction on the memorial and museum and to allow access to images and artifacts from the museum's collection. Also using the kiosks, visitors can pledge to volunteer in remembrance of 9/11.
 
Meridian says the Plynth Classic touchscreen kiosk features a slim form-factor and is designed to occupy a minimal amount of space.
 
The 9/11 Memorial Preview Site opened Aug. 26 and saw more than 100,000 visitors in its first month, Meridian says.
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Tuesday, 06 October 2009
Amber Alert Kiosk Systems, or AAKS, has announced an agreement with WDSC 15, the PBS affiliate station in Daytona, Fla.
 
Per the deal, Amber Alerts posted on AAKS kiosks also will appear on PBS stations in three counties surrounding the Daytona area. AAKS will reciprocate by posted PBS' severe weather warnings on its kiosk monitors.
 
According to a news release from AAKS, the Amber Alert kiosks can post an announcement about a missing person within minutes, rather than waiting the standard 24 to 48-hour timeframe. To fund the kiosk deployments, AAKS works with sponsors whose advertisements run on the kiosks' monitors when an Amber alert is not being displayed.
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Wednesday, 09 September 2009
United Kingdom-based software solutions provider Acquire has announced the deployment of six large-format interactive digital wayfinding kiosks at the new Gloucester Quays waterside shopping and leisure center in the U.K. The displays run on Acquire's Kiosk Developer software and were installed by ASG Media.
 
Acquire describes the "digital pods" in a news release announcing the deployment:
At 2000mm by 800 mm and just 250mm deep, the double-sided, portrait-oriented pods, manufactured by Esprit Digital and operated by ASG Media, are designed to minimize sightlines (while) ensuring impact and media presence. The pods, using Acquire to display their interactive content, show a mix of advertising and other rich media in order to provide shoppers with a touchscreen-enabled digital sign. Integrating two 57-inch full-HD LCD panels, the pods feature dynamic content designed and developed by the creative team at Working Solutions.
Acquire also says that, in addition to their wayfinding capabilities, the kiosks display live weather, traffic and shopping mall news feeds, as well as a Visa gift card balance reader. All of the interactive content is designed by Working Solutions Ltd.
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Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Manchester, England-based digital signage agency Pixel Inspiration has introduced the Way 2 Go touchscreeen wayfinding application for interactive signs and kiosks.
 
According to a news release from Pixel, the application is ideal for large buildings such as hospitals, airports, shopping centers or libraries, and provides users with a fully interactive 3D map that can be "tagged" to locate specific areas or facilities. On-screen directions can be printed or sent to a user's mobile phone via SMS/text messaging.
 
Pixel says the application also features a self-updating capability through which it automatically rebuilds itself when any changes to the layout or flow in the building are made. Nikk Smith, Pixel's technical director, says Way 2 Go's functionality represents the next generation of wayfinding technology:
Touchscreen wayfinding is the natural progression from what currently exists in the large majority of the U.K.'s hospitals, airports and shopping centers, as it provides a user-friendly and logical method of navigation. However, due to the length of time and associated costs of updating any element of the interactive maps, many organizations have been reluctant to invest. With Way 2 Go, we think we've developed a market-leading touchscreen wayfinding application with advanced functionality and the ability to change an environment in minutes. This is wayfinding 2.0.
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Tuesday, 18 August 2009
A Maryland library has joined the third "green" U.S. McDonald's in deploying Quality Automation Graphics' Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard, or EEED. The product is a touchscreen self-service solution that library-goers can use to learn about the Carroll County Public Library's green features, including a geothermal heat pump, storm water management, solar hot water, and recyclable materials. The technology also displays the building's resource use in real time.
 
Scott Reinhart, assistant director of the Carroll County Public Library, says the touchscreen is a popular educational tool for children:
 
We're delighted with the product, both technically and artistically. It's so gratifying to see kids interacting with the dashboard and learning how we are helping our environment.
 
Quality Automation Graphics worked with Johnson Controls to integrate the solution with the library's existing control system and says using the EEED can help a building earn an Innovation in Design LEED certification credit from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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Monday, 10 August 2009
D2 Sales LLC has announced the deployment of its My Patient Passport Express healthcare check-in kiosk at New York University's Langone Medical Center in New York City.
 
According to a news release from D2 Sales, the kiosk allows patients to check-in, make future appointments and update their medical history. The device features a HIPPA-compliant touchscreen user interface, and patients can make co-payments via credit card and sign documents electronically.
 
Sandy Nix, CEO of D2 Sales, says that in addition to providing convenience to the patients, the kiosks help providers streamline their operations:
 
D2's purpose-built kiosks for healthcare facilities have a proven track record of increasing patient satisfaction, while at the same time improving efficiency for the medical facility. We are proud to add NYE Langone Medical Center to our fast-growing list of clients.
 
The kiosks also will feature wayfinding and mapping capabilities and be branded with the NYU Langone Medical Center logo.
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Tuesday, 14 July 2009
MONTREAL — ITESmedia, a digital out-of-home solution-development and deployment specialist and creator of the IMMOmedia DOOH system, has announced the launch of IMMOmedia DIRECTORY.
 
According to a news release, IMMOmedia DIRECTORY is an interactive wayfinding directory that is made for deployment in office buildings and allows fast and easy access to building tenants and company employees. Users can search for a tenant or employee by category or name and obtain company information using the kiosk’s touchscreen.
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Thursday, 14 May 2009
Sun Journal (Maine): The founders of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Fryeburg, Maine, unveiled Wednesday an unconventional kiosk deployment along the 740-mile-long canoe and kayaking trail, which runs from the town of Fort Kent, Maine, to Old Forge, N.Y.
 
The informational kiosk is set within a 16-foot canoe held up by two posts and placed at the entrance of the Maine Visitor Information Center, near the state’s border with New Hampshire. The idea is to attract the attention of paddlers and inform them of the ample canoeing and kayaking opportunities in the state.
 
Though the organization has deployed other informational kiosks along the trail, this is the first to incorporate a canoe. Founders hope the deployment will inspire more creative information displays regarding the state’s outdoor recreation.
 
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Thursday, 14 May 2009
WAAY-TV, Channel 31 (Birmingham, Ala.): The city council in Birmingham, Ala., has unanimously approved a civil rights trail that will incorporate informational kiosks. The trail will trace the city’s segregation battle, including stops at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where four African-American girls were killed in a 1963 bombing, and the site of the old city jail, where Martin Luther King Jr. famously wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
 
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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
MEQUON, WI —  D2 sales, a digital media designer and manufacturer, has released the My Patient Passport Express Wayfinding Kiosk as the newest addition to its healthcare kiosk line.
 
Designed specifically for use in hospitals and clinics, the kiosk includes wayfinding software, accessible via touchscreen, and customizable hardware. It also features the capability to print a map or building directory.
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Wednesday, 06 May 2009
Gulf Times: The first "virtual police station" will come into being in Kerala by next month, officials said yesterday. An initiative of the Kochi city police, the virtual police station will essentially be a touchscreen kiosk for providing all information needed by the public. It will handle services including informing people of the status of a complaint lodged with the police and details of the progress of a police inquiry for purposes like issuing passports.

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Wednesday, 08 April 2009
WOLLONGON, Australia — iQmultimedia has announced plans to launch its IQ LINK kiosk for information accessibility solution, targeted at light and heavy industry.
 
According to a news release, IQ LINK automatically collects a broad variety of existing company information and makes it available to workforces through a smart, user-centric interface. IQ LINK is expected to be unveiled in late April.
 
IQ LINK allows users with no prior computer expertise and without personal access to a PC to access critical safety information, report issues on-site, and view current notices and advisories. Its dynamic framework allows for the production of new, customized modules per-customer, bringing all essential information into one accessible touchscreen terminal.
 
Its flagship document management module can integrate with existing document control systems, including EMC Documentum, Microsoft SharePoint, Open Text Hummingbird and IBM Lotus Notes. Integration can be tuned to specific customer needs and can be built around almost any existing system.
 
iQmultimedia touchscreen kiosk software is currently deployed with customers in Australia and the United States.
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Tuesday, 17 March 2009
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Global Software Applications, a developer of self-service software solutions, has announced the availability of Here2There interactive wayfinding software for self-service kiosks.
 
According to a news release, the software can be installed on a standalone, interactive kiosk or used as a separate Web application. The software consists of the following functionalities:
 
Where am I?
Here2There can reside on a touchscreen kiosk or wall mount near the entrance of the building. When visitors enter, the software can display a graphical representation of the entrance in relation to the rest of the building, showing visitors their current location. A navigational panel on the right-hand side can enable visitors to choose the department they wish to visit. Directions, including a map with a line detailing the appropriate route of travel, can be displayed on the screen or printed out.
 
Where to go?
Sometimes visitors don't know which department they need to visit. For example, imagine the case of a woman who knows she is visiting the hospital to view the results of her MRI, but has no idea which department she needs to go to. For these situations, the Here2There software provides a FAQ, matching services with departments.
 
Electronic messaging system
Here2There can integrate bus schedules, special announcements, advertisements, phone lists and many more useful add-ons.
 
Indoor/outdoor
Here2There specializes in generating directions, indoor or outdoor. This combination also allows for offering directions to the facility from any address in the United States or Canada, or offering directions back home after visiting the hospital.
 
Ease of use
Large fonts, buttons, contrasting colors and a consistent logic with minimal click-through provides the ease of use necessary to capture 98 percent of the visitors. Any special arrangements for the visually or mobility impaired, like compliance to section 508 accessibility standards, can be incorporated on request.
 
Back-office
To help deployers cope with changing facilities, the software integrates a back office. This allows for adding or moving of departments, generating new directions, adjusting the accompanying text directions and uploading new photos or maps.
 
Standalone vs. Web application
Here2There is Web-based, which makes management of multiple standalone kiosks or one or more campuses easier. This allows for fluid integration into other features like a patient registration kiosk. Here2There can also be offered through any Web site.
 
Options for integration in patient registry systems or self-check-in systems are available. Here2There interactive wayfinding also is available for universities, airports, cemeteries, visitor centers and casinos.
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Wednesday, 11 March 2009
The Shropshire Star Newspaper Online: A Shropshire, England-based provider of digital communications has secured a contract with the government of Rwanda to design, build, install and offer tech support for public information kiosks to be deployed throughout major Rwandan institutions and rural communities. Scream.com.uk will provide kiosks with touchscreens, printers and Internet access so residents can obtain public information, surf the Web and check their e-mail. The first kiosk has already been deployed at the Kigali International Airport.
 
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Monday, 23 February 2009
Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel: Deployers of four info kiosks are looking to a canine friend to help them promote the new technology to tourists. Data Dog, a 2-year-old boxer, will be featured in a television spot to advertise the technology. The TouchKnow&Go kiosks are being deployed by the Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corp., which is placing the kiosks at the Knoxville Visitor Center, on Market Square and at the Knoxville Convention Center. The kiosks will give tourists information on restaurants, shops, tourist sites and other local attractions.
 
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Tuesday, 13 January 2009
CHICAGO -- The InterContinental Chicago, a two-tower hotel located in the heart of Chicago, has deployed self-service kiosks where guests can check the status of flights for both O'Hare and Midway airports.
 
According to a news release, that information is provided by Flyte Systems, a company that offers cost-effective, subscription-based feeds of real-time flight information, not FAA-regulated scheduled departure times, which often fail to list delays caused by air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, crew availability and weather.
 
John Barbier, director of information technology for The Intercontinental Chicago, says reaction to the kiosks has been positive.
 
"The other day a staff member overheard a guest say he didn't care about waiting in line because the service itself was such an extraordinary and valuable convenience," he said.
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Wednesday, 07 January 2009
TradingMarkets.com: Brookwood Systems, a provider of in-store interactive self-service solutions, has donated a map kiosk to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Palo Alto, Calif. The kiosk acts as an interactive personnel directory and a wayfinding station, and will be installed at PAMF's Mountain View Center. Visitors can use a touchscreen LCD to find the location of a medical provider or department and be given the best way to reach their destination.
 
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Monday, 05 January 2009
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- BevMo!, a high-end beverage retailer, and Wine Market Assistant LLC, a manufacturer of self-service kiosks that provide information on the wine industry, have announced the installation of self-service kiosk technology. The Wine Market Assistant kiosk creates a new channel through which BevMo! can market to customers at the point of decision, while also providing them with premium self-service.
 
The kiosk arms consumers with ratings and reviews of wine, beer and spirits offered by BevMo!. Consumers can also sign up for the ClubBev! savings card at the kiosk - a discount offering that builds customer loyalty. Through the self-service device, ClubBev! members can access their Rewards status and print out coupons for a 5 percent purchase discount.
 
"The self-service kiosk has become an important offering to the overall BevMo! shopping experience," said Mark Ryan, director of marketing for BevMo! "This concept gives our customers and employees the ability to quickly find product information and easily search our wide selection of wine, beer and spirits. By enabling customers to create ClubBev! accounts and access their rewards while shopping, the kiosk provides immediate savings that our customers appreciate."
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Monday, 22 December 2008

LONDON — The Barclays branch at Picaddilly Circus is reportedly the first bank to incorporate Microsoft Surface technology.

The Surface program allows users to "grab" digital content with their hands and navigate information about Barclays’ Premier banking offering with simple gestures and touches.

According to a news release, the branch will have a large self-service area that includes a foreign ATM dispensing dollars and euros, and deposit machines for cash, checks and coins.

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Monday, 15 December 2008
The (Lakehurst, N.J.) Brick Times:  Brick Memorial High School in Brick, N.J., will soon be powered completely by the sun, as the school district has voted to install solar panels on the roof of the building. The move is expected to reduce fossil fuel consumption and lower gas emissions — something the public has asked for. The school also will install an interactive kiosk to educate students about solar power and renewable energy.
 
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Monday, 17 November 2008
(Springfield, Mo.) News-Leader: "If only I would have had this service 30 years ago," said a retired patron as he watched manager Jim Miller show a young job-seeker how to navigate JobView, a new touchscreen kiosk housed in the reading room on the main floor of the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. Certainly there are plenty of area men and women who will make good use of JobView now, said Kathy Shatto of the Missouri Career Center. This project, the first JobView kiosk in a Missouri library, was funded through a Community Block Development grant using federal, state and local money.
 
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Monday, 03 November 2008
ITProPortal.com: It seems that Microsoft is taking its "I am PC" campaign directly before the Mac user, if reports of a new Microsoft kiosk popping up before an Apple store in the United Kingdom are to be believed. Recently, an AppleInsider reader reportedly saw a video kiosk promoting Microsoft in close proximity to an Apple store in Birmingham, where employees from Microsoft were asking passsers-by to come in and express their PC experiences and thereby record their very own "I'm a PC" video.
 
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Friday, 31 October 2008
(Bismark, N.D.) KFYR-TV, Channel 5: The Library of Congress is shipping more than 600,000 documents about Theodore Roosevelt to Dickinson State University in North Dakota, and soon users of a self-service kiosk will be able to search through every one of them. With this new kiosk, users will be able to enter a search term and call up every document in which Roosevelt referred to or used the searched phrase.
 
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Wednesday, 22 October 2008
(Johnstown, Pa.) WJAC-TV, Channel 6: After coming home from war many members of our armed forces experience post-traumatic stress. A local research team is reaching out to the community and health care professionals to make sure they know how to treat the illness. Memorial Medical Center announced they are installing kiosks in the Johnstown area. They give advice to family and community members with loved ones who are having a rough time dealing with stress.
 
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Monday, 13 October 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. — Two Worcester Polytechnic Institute students have invented a whole new campus perspective — a 3-D one, in fact — with the "WPImap Kiosk."
 
The technology stems from a required-for-graduation student research project and has been adopted by the university's admissions office in the Bartlett Center as a means to help prospective students, parents and current students better explore and learn more about WPI's campus. The kiosk, which is located in the university's Campus Center, houses a 3-D virtual map of the campus and allows the user to "walk around" campus in a virtual setting. 
 
But if walking seems too "last century," users also have the option to "hop on" a Segway human transport vehicle — invented by one of WPI's most famous alums, Dean Kamen.
 
This invention started as an Interactive Qualifying Project — one of three projects WPI students must undertake before graduation — and was completed last spring by students Alexander Schwartz of New Fairfield, Conn., and Elisabeth Beinke of Norwalk, Conn.
 
"Not only is the kiosk a great tool for visitors to explore WPI's campus in a virtual environment, but it is also a great example of the innovative work our students are doing," said Edward J. Connor, WPI's director of admissions. "I enjoyed working with the team of students throughout the year, and their final product exceeded my expectations. The attention to detail and the accurate depiction of the campus in the virtual environment is amazing."
 
Akin to a 1980s arcade game, the kiosk features a joystick and trackball, and users can navigate around the 3D environment in real time, viewing all of the buildings and campus landmarks in photorealistic detail. Outside the virtual Bartlett Center, home of WPI's admissions and financial aid offices, players will notice a Segway. Upon stepping onto it, a full campus tour starts, complete with a virtual tour guide and a scripted path through all of the academic and residential buildings. The map will be continually developed and updated as the WPI campus evolves.
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Thursday, 09 October 2008
Nazret.com: The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange is soliciting to raise U.S. $26 million to create information affluence and enable prosperity by establishing an information kiosk for the inhabitants of every Ethiopian village, as part of its Commitment to Action. Over the next five years, ECX commits to establishing 5,000 information kiosks, networked into a national system, where farmers can receive up-to-date information on ECX market prices, national market and production trends, global commodity outlook and weather forecasts, as well as cropping technologies, fertilizer and seed prices and other key information.
 
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Monday, 22 September 2008
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Highmark Foundation have unveiled a Women's Wellness Guide kiosk at the Allegheny County Jail. The two organizations say the kiosk will be a critical health-information resource for women who tend to be underserved by health agencies. The first of its kind in Pennsylvania, the kiosk has an ATM-sized touchscreen portal that provides women with answers to questions about a wide range of health topics, ranging from heart disease to obesity. It will also provide information about health-insurance options.
 
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Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Retail Week: Outdoor specialist Blacks is testing an in-store kiosk that gives customers travel and healthcare advice, as well as product recommendations for foreign travel. The kiosk, which is located at the retailer's High Street Kensington store, is branded with the logo of its supplier, Lifesystems, and displays a version of the content available on Lifesystems' Big Planet Web site.
 
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Tuesday, 16 September 2008
The (Pittsfield, Mass.) Berkshire Eagle: The visitor's bureau in Berkshire County in Massachusetts has unveiled the first of five interactive kiosks that will provide visitors with an interactive portal to goods and services available on the bureau's Web site. The Visitors' Bureau unveiled the first kiosk at the Prime Outlets of Lee on Friday. The kiosk is in the food court of the outlet mall. The kiosks, which feature touchscreen technology, are powered by the Berkshire Visitors' Bureau Web site. According to Ray Smith, vice president of marketing and operations at the Visitors' Bureau, the kiosk gives a visitor access to all 800 of the businesses and organizations that are members of the Visitors' Bureau.
 
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Tuesday, 16 September 2008
(Florence, S.C.) Morning News Reporter: A new kiosk at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library features snapshots and video that detail the genesis of the Florence Veterans Park, which will open in two months. "We just believe (the kiosk) will serve to let the patrons who visit the library become more aware of the park and the beauty of the park," said Florence County library system director Ray McBride, a U.S. Army veteran.
 
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Monday, 15 September 2008
SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Opinionmeter International has released a major upgrade to their Web-based SurveyManager application, enabling customers to include multimedia content within their survey's questions and responses. The SurveyManager remotely manages a wide-range of Web-enabled touchscreen survey devices, providing real-time point-of-experience customer feedback.
 
This enhancement provides clients the option of including video, sound and image content within their survey questionnaire. Additionally, clients can run multimedia presentations and digital signage on their touchscreen Opinionmeters during idle time between surveys.
 
This multimedia enhancement is available with most TouchPoint Opinionmeters, including the TouchPoint kiosk, tablet and handheld models.
 
Opinionmeter's touchscreen survey devices collect real-time point-of-experience survey data, and transmit that data across the Internet to its Web-based reporting tool known as The SurveyManager. The SurveyManager automates the entire real-time survey process, — formulating the questions, deploying the survey, aggregating the data and reporting analyzed results.
 
The Opinionmeter System gathers large amounts of customer feedback instantly from the point-of-experience, analyzes it, and transforms that data into information it delivers to any authorized person anywhere in the world for meaningful actions. The system is quickly implemented, easy, convenient and economical to use. The result is immediate, providing spontaneous data that is not aged or dated — it is ripe for meaningful business action, or for timely response to a just occurring negative action, such as poor service.
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Monday, 08 September 2008
PHOENIX, Ariz. — OpenTech Alliance, Inc. has announced in a news release that it has exceeded the $11 million mark in rental fees collected by its INSOMNIAC kiosks at their client's self-storage facilities across North America, with the most recent $1 million dollars in revenue being collected in June.
 
In an ongoing effort to become a transparent company, OpenTech released detailed kiosk usage numbers for the first six months of 2008, giving the self-storage industry the opportunity to see for themselves how much consumers utilize and benefit from the use of self-service kiosks. 
 
Self-storage owners have already purchased over 400 INSOMNIAC kiosks to date. OpenTech reported 206 kiosks were online as of January 1, 2008, and another 56 came online during the period ending June 30, 2008.  For the first half of 2008, consumers used INSOMNIAC kiosks to rent 3,925 storage units, make 31,984 payments, and purchase 1,456 locks, representing a total of $3,719,772 in self service transactions.
 
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"The data clearly shows a high percentage of kiosk use during operating hours, which affirms my contention that while the human touch is great, many renters will use technology to execute a transaction, both from a rental and payment processing perspective," said R.K. Kliebenstein, leader of Coast-To-Coast Storage. "The reduced costs associated with a machine versus an employee are significant; a kiosk does not take a day off, very rarely calls in sick, and never presents a life safety issue when dealing with cash."
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Tuesday, 26 August 2008
(Green Point, South Africa) News24.com: Open source software costs nothing to own, and now costs nothing to obtain thanks to a group of entrepreneurs determined to get around the problem of expensive bandwidth in South Africa. The Freedom Toaster originally started in 2005 as a project by the Shuttleworth Foundation as a software kiosk where anyone can burn — or "toast" in Linux jargon — open source software such as Linux and other information onto CDs and DVDs.
 
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Tuesday, 26 August 2008
MarketingVOX.com: Five dozen bands played to thousands at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Aug. 22-24. And the three-day event was well-documented — not by local cable stations and newspapers, but by the thousands of digerati that attended. To complete the scene, pavilion kiosks were spread throughout the venue. From those kiosks, concertgoers could upload and tag digital content, which was aggregated into an online media stream. Site visitors can search by tags (e.g., "stage one tree grove") to find specific content and interact with others through posts and comments, much like on a social network.
 
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Friday, 22 August 2008
(New Delhi, India) Business Standard: State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. is converting the public call offices in Karnataka, India, into information and transaction kiosks with multiple service offerings like Web browsing, easy recharge of mobile phones amd ticket bookings. BSNL has entered into an understanding with chip maker Intel, multipurpose prepaid card firm ItzCash Card and Karnataka PC Owners' Association to launch the initiative.
 
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Wednesday, 13 August 2008
(Salt Lake City, Utah) KSTU-TV, Channel 13: Tourists visiting the Cache Valley in Utah will be able to learn about the area from new touchscreen kiosks. The kiosks are filled with information about 31 places to stop in Logan Canyon.
 
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Monday, 11 August 2008
The (Phoenix, Ariz.) Business Journal: Craig Pozen got tired of not knowing where he was going, so he developed a method to find his way. Pozen founded The Kiosk Store, a Scottsdale-based business that develops software for electronic kiosks used in public places ranging from malls to hospitals. The stations guide people to their destinations and sometimes provide a range of other services.
 
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Monday, 11 August 2008
The Dallas Morning News: On any given Sunday, about 5,000 kids come into the children's ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Families form lines and check in at 32 kiosks spread among the church's six entrances, swiping "Quick Passes" at the self-service machines. Parents register the kids for classes, then a kiosk spits out sticky name badges for both parent and child with identifying information: child's and parent's names, classroom and any food allergies.
 
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Monday, 04 August 2008
The Jerusalem Post: If you've ever had difficulty finding a specific grave in a cemetery or your designated seat at a reception, help is on the way. Lod-based Kadouri Industrial Design Ltd. has created interactive "computer kiosks." Upon keying in a name, the kiosk displays the path to your destination. A thermal printer can be integrated into any model and to print slips or documents of any kind.
 
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Friday, 20 June 2008
Arlington Business Journal: The Arlington Convention and Visitors Service released rolling concierges and a stand-alone informational kiosk to bump up tourism in Arlington neighborhoods. Segways just hit the streets of Crystal City, and an interactive touchscreen kiosk will be at Rossyln's new Waterview development in early July. The kiosk, supplied by Comark Corp., will let people print walking directions and coupons from participating Arlington retailers.
 
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Monday, 12 May 2008
ABERDEEM, N.C. — Meridian Kiosks has announced the latest addition to its outdMeridian_Outdoor_Kiosk.jpgoor kiosk line.
 
The Titan kiosk has watertight construction and a NEMA 4 rating. Heating and cooling units on the kiosk maintain a preset temperature to ensure that electronic devices function properly.
 
Standard configurations for the Titan include a UV rated weather-resistant powder coat finish, industrial PC, high-bright display with thru-glass touch technology and climate control. The Titan design can also integrate other peripherals such as a receipt printer, keyboard and card readers. Meridian also offers different powder coat options and full-color graphic wraps.
 
The Titan kiosk is already deployed at marketing agencies, car manufacturers and motorsport teams for current lead generation, product information and consumer feedback applications. The Titan is also ideal for QSR drive thru, ticketing and wayfinding.
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Monday, 12 May 2008
The (Drexel U.) Triangle: InfoNET screens and kiosks will be added around campus as part of Drexel University’s Division of Student Life and Administrative Service's Power of Ten initiative, according to Rita LaRue, senior associate vice president for Business Services. The kiosks are primarily for students to know what is happening on and around campus.
 
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Thursday, 08 May 2008
MEQUON, Wis. — D2 Sales LLC has announced that Group Health Cooperative in Madison, Wis. has chosen the My Patient Passport Express kiosk for its patient check-in program.
 
The My Patient Passport Express kiosk allows patients to check-in, make future appointments, and update their medical history, all using a user-friendly touchscreen kiosk with HIPPA compliant custom privacy overlay. The Group Health Cooperative branded kiosk allows patients to use their credit card to make co-pay payments and sign documents using the integrated electronic signature pad.
 
“The kiosk allows our clients to provide outstanding patient care and service while at the same time improving efficiency for the medical facility,” said Sandra Nix, D2’s chief executive.
 
The D2 My Patient Passport Express kiosk provides patients with the convenience of easy check-in, records updating, co-pay payment acceptance and wayfinding and mapping features.
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Tuesday, 29 April 2008
MEQUON, Wis. — D2 Sales LLC has announced in a news release that Vanderbilt University Medical Center of Nashville, Tenn., has chosen the My Patient Passport Express kiosk for its patient check-in program. 
 
The My Patient Passport Express kiosk allows patients to check-in, make future appointments, and update their medical history, all using a user-friendly touchscreen kiosk with HIPPA-compliant custom privacy overlay. Patients can use their credit card to make co-pay payments, and sign documents using the integrated electronic signature pad. 
 
“The kiosk allows our clients to provide outstanding patient care and service, while at the same time improving efficiency for the medical facility,” said Sandra Nix, D2’s CEO.
 
The D2 My Patient Passport Express kiosk provides patients with the convenience of easy check-in, records updating, co-pay payment acceptance and wayfinding and mapping features.
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Monday, 28 April 2008
AVinteractive.co.uk: London visitors can now visit the capital’s sights from the Tower Bridge Exhibition. A series of touchscreens which allow visitors to locate, virtually visit and learn about the city’s sights have been installed in the high level walkways across the bridge.
 
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Monday, 21 April 2008
TMCnet: For WVU students, finding a job will soon be as easy as swiping an ID card. New computer kiosks that will be installed around campus promise better access to job postings and internships, said David Durham, director of the WVU Career Services Center. Students will be able to put an ID card into the machine, and it will list all of the jobs that relate to their major and program year. The university bought 10 kiosks with a total of $40,000 donated by a private donor, Durham said. They are scheduled to be up and running by fall. The kiosks will be located in high-traffic areas, such as the Mountainlair, the Student Recreation Center, libraries and certain departments.
 
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Tuesday, 01 April 2008
EXTON, Pa. — Scala, a provider of end-to-end solutions for the digital signage market, has announced DDS Poland, a Scala Certified Partner, has won the prestigious POPAI Bronze Statue Award for its implementation of their Beeblue Bluetooth-activated kiosk for Samsung.
 
DDS Poland’s award entry was a self-service kiosk for Samsung. The kiosk employs the BeeBlue Integrated Bluetooth Marketing Solution for Bluetooth proximity, creating a 100 meter hot spot for Class 2.0 Bluetooth devices. Driven by Scala InfoChannel, the kiosk displays two channels of brand advertising and interactive product information. The kiosk presents two screens, a 22-inch LCD displaying brand advertising and product information, the lower screen is an interactive 17-inch or 19-inch LCD screen allowing customers to interact with the kiosk. The kiosk features directional sound systems or headphones, distance sensors and RFID sensors. The kiosk provides customers with music, videos, wallpaper images, coupons and promotions all ready for download directly from the kiosk.
 
Samsung’s goal was to show the features of their new mobile handsets. Interested customers are attracted to the kiosk with the promise of free content, using DDS’s Beeblue Bluetooth proximity solution, while learning more about Samsung’s products and services. Kiosks are deployed in mobile phone stores and other locations where the public would be likely to be attracted.
 
The first kiosks were deployed in December 2007 and Samsung has 12 kiosks in service while they prepare for their next deployment.
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Monday, 17 March 2008
MEQUON, Wis. — D2 Sales LLC has announced that Nemours, one of the nations’ largest children’s health systems, has selected the My Patient Passport Express for its kiosk-based patient check-in program.
 
"Nemours was excited to utilize new self-service kiosk technology to enhance the patient experience. We took a considerable amount of time determining what the enterprise model would look like, and D2 Sales took the time to help us make the best decisions for Nemours. They used their experience in the field to help guide us through the process. Being flexible, courteous and responsive helped make the hardware purchase of our pilot easy to manage," said Kathy Williams, business process consultant for Nemours.
 
The D2 My Patient Passport Express kiosk provides patients with the convenience of easy check-in and records updating, while providing co-pay payment acceptance and wayfinding and mapping features.
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Monday, 28 January 2008
The Minneapolis-St. Paul (Minn.) Star Tribune: This week brings the debut of an interactive way for everyone to get the latest information on the rebuilding of the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River. Touchscreen kiosks in Minneapolis will serve up bridge facts, photos and other interactive features, including animations of what the finished bridge will look like from a helicopter, a boat and a car. The I-35W bridge collapsed on Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 people.
 
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Monday, 21 January 2008
Burlington County (Pa.) Times: The Lenape Regional High School District in Pennsylvania has turned to a comprehensive computer system to monitor visitors who pass through its four schools each day. LobbyGuard, an electronic visitor-management system and kiosk, was installed before the start of the school year at several high schools. The LobbyGuard kiosk eliminates the days of paper sign-in sheets, and seems to be a major security upgrade for the schools.
 
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Thursday, 17 January 2008
ROSEMONT, Ill. — One of the largest exhibit halls in the nation, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, has gone digital with visitor information. In the main lobby, visitors and convention attendees are greeted by two AD-VantagePoint kiosk systems. These systems run TouchQuest applications designed to enhance and assist the traveling public with valuable information and services. 
 
The kiosk provides information about restaurants, events, weather, flights, news, hotels, and other local area attractions. Local tourism also is promoted through digital public education. 
 
TouchQuest systems provide touchscreen interactivity together with a secondary digital-signage monitor, allowing advertisers to promote products and services in front of a captive audience. The interactive kiosk portion of the product is the VantagePoint Sterling stainless steel, free-standing, fully integrated 19-inch LCD and touch creen system from SeePoint Technology.
 
The interactive digital-signage piece uses a commercial grade, flat panel 40”-inchLCD by NEC.
 
The digital-signage system can be configured to run independently of, or in conjunction with, the interactive kiosk system.
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Monday, 07 January 2008
The (Grand Junction, Colo.) Daily Sentinel: The grocery shopping lists of parents of some Colorado students may now include grade reports or teacher e-mail messages, in addition to the standard fare of bread, milk and eggs. Six stores in the Grand Valley area contain kiosks where parents can gain a little insight into how their children are performing in school and stay connected with teachers.
 
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Friday, 30 November 2007
The Charlotte Examiner: Brothers Mark and Michael Ionescu have developed GPS-based software for touchscreen kiosks that help people access information on restaurants, events and shopping in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The kiosks, which prints directions for free, are located at three downtown hotels · the Tremont Plaza, the Sheraton Inner Harbor and the Holiday Inn Express · as well as the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore National Aquarium.
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Tuesday, 13 November 2007
San Diego Union-Tribune: Balboa Park has three new tour guides: 12-foot-tall kiosks that provide convenient, easy-to-use information for visitors to the sprawling park. In addition to maps of the park, the computerized kiosks offer the lowdown on museums, gardens and restaurants. Visitors also can get cash from ATMs or e-mail a Balboa Park postcard to friends. The kiosks also provide Wi-Fi coverage in surrounding areas.
 
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Friday, 19 October 2007
North-West Evening Mail (Cumbria, England): The Children's Information Service is working with Kiosks4Business to install parent information kiosks in children's centers at Barrow's Bram Longstaffe Children's Centre and at the Lakes Children's Centre at Ambleside Library. If families find the kiosks useful in this pilot scheme, more will be installed in children's centres across the county.
 
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Tuesday, 25 September 2007
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. · The semester is in full swing at Baton Rouge Community College, where returning students will notice technological advancements designed to empower them, officials said in a news release.
 
BRCC chose Self-Service Networks to deliver self-service kiosks that help students perform a range of services such as class registration and tuition payment.
 
This new technology complements Self-Service Networks first project with BRCC where it created an interactive directory enabling students to find specific class locations and faculty offices. The directory also includes campus maps, which help students and visitors easily find a destination.

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Monday, 24 September 2007
APA: Azerbaijan's Labor and Social Protection Ministry will for the first time install computer-based information kiosks in public areas which will allow job seekers to have access to the database of vacant jobs.
 
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Tuesday, 11 September 2007
MONTREAL, Quebec · Integration New Media Inc. has announced that its flagship INM Reach technology is being leveraged as part of a suite-based, enhanced media/hospitality program for use by patrons attending this year's U.S. Open tennis tournament.
 
For this event, INM worked with partner Opera Glass Networks to deliver a media experience, deployed on IBM's AnyPlace kiosks, that helps improve communications with its guests to access weekend schedules and find information about entertainment options.
 
"This is the third time this year that we've teamed up with OGN to provide our INM Reach technology for sporting event kiosks," said Vahe Kassardjian, president of INM. "These innovative kiosks have been well received at each event by both the attendees and our partners."
 
The IBM Anyplace kosk hardware is paired with a custom software solution by OGN that includes the INM Reach technology to natively display high-resolution PDFs.
 
The use of INM Reach allows guests to maneuver easily through their multipage PDF itineraries with simple screen taps, and quickly zoom-in on key content. INM Reach provides OGN with the ability to update agenda content on the fly, without touching any code, to accommodate any last minute changes.
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Tuesday, 31 July 2007
The Bakersfield Californian: The first in a series of kiosks designed to promote Kern County, Calif., tourist attractions is on its way. The first two kiosks are set to roll out now, with seven more on the way.
 
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Monday, 30 July 2007
Associated Press: A group representing thousands of taxi drivers said Wednesday it will idle cabs in September if the city goes ahead with a plan to require installation of GPS tracking systems. Starting Oct. 1, as the city's 13,000 taxis come up for inspections they must have the GPS equipment along with touchscreen monitors that will let passengers pay by credit card, check on news stories and look up restaurant and entertainment information.
 
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Wednesday, 27 June 2007
ATLANTA · NCR Corp. has announced the launch of its hotel self-service kiosk solution, NCR Xpress Hotel.
 
According to a news release, NCR Xpress Hotel's software uses the same common use self-service platform that powers thousands of airline check-in devices in 285 airports worldwide.  The solution can also be equipped with a check-in module that provides multi-airline check-in as well as prints boarding passes.
 
NCR Xpress Hotel includes NCR ResortPort kiosk hardware, which includes an optional bi-directional passport reader and barcode imager.
 
NCR Xpress Hotel also can include NCR WayFinder, an interactive mapping application.
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Wednesday, 27 June 2007
ATLANTA · NCR Corp. has announced the launch of its hotel self-service kiosk solution, NCR Xpress Hotel.
 
According to a news release, NCR Xpress Hotel's software uses the same common use self-service platform that powers thousands of airline check-in devices in 285 airports worldwide.  The solution can also be equipped with a check-in module that provides multi-airline check-in as well as prints boarding passes.
 
NCR Xpress Hotel includes NCR ResortPort kiosk hardware, which includes an optional bi-directional passport reader and barcode imager.
 
NCR Xpress Hotel also can include NCR WayFinder, an interactive mapping application.
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Friday, 15 June 2007
BOISE, Idaho · Nextgen Vending has announced the rollout of its Earthpure Organic Nutrition for Education vending program for schools.
 
According to a news release, the program, commonly referred to Earthpure ONE, includes vending kiosks combined with after-school programs that focus on nutrition, fitness, environmental awareness, business/financial education and personal growth.
 
The kiosks carry organic beverages and snacks.
 
 "We are promoting the use of 'green' debit cards for students as a component of the financial/ecological after-school program,"� said Paul Frantellizzi, founding partner of Nextgen Vending. "These vending cards will be managed by students and monitored by parents in an effort to teach healthy spending habits, fiscal responsibility and the wisdom of supporting alternative energy sources."
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Thursday, 14 June 2007
Fredricksburg.com (Virginia): All Virginia state parks will soon be able to use kiosks to get GPS-based trail details, spotting guides for wildlife, extensive data on park amenities, printable guides and maps, schedules and more.
 
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Thursday, 14 June 2007
Fredricksburg.com (Virginia): All Virginia state parks will soon be able to use kiosks to get GPS-based trail details, spotting guides for wildlife, extensive data on park amenities, printable guides and maps, schedules and more.
 
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Wednesday, 30 May 2007
VietNamNet Bridge: Lam Dong's (Vietnam) departments of tourism, trade, post and telematics, and planning and investment have inaugurated an automatic information kiosk that provides free information for foreign and domestic tourists. The kiosk was supplied by IBM and is equipped with and infared touchscreen and fully loaded PC system.
 
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Wednesday, 23 May 2007

LONDON·Multimap is demonstrating the latest version of its highly-functional API (Application Programming Interface v.1.2) at the Travel Distribution Summit 2007, Islington, London, today and tomorrow.

Multimap provides online maps, point-to-point driving directions and geo-spatial ("where's my nearest?") searches to mobile, PDA, kiosk and interactive TV platforms and in multiple languages.

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Thursday, 29 March 2007
RFID World opened in Dallas on Monday, with about 3,000 attendees and 200 booths. Plano, Texas-based Media Cart demonstrated its smart shopping cart in RFID-reader manufacturer ThingMagic's booth. Media Cart CEO Steve Carpenter called it a "kiosk on wheels," which will save shoppers time and money. He said the cart was created to help customers locate products in a store, learn more information about particular products and check out more easily. The carts were deployed March 27 in a northeast grocery store chain on a pilot basis.
 
The shopping cart is outfitted with a screen on the opposite end of the shopper with a control pad on the cart's handle. Using an RFID reader, the cart will display advertising in the bottom portion of the screen as it passes RFID tags mounted on shelves. For example, an ad for a particular brand of bottled water will appear when the shopper goes near the bottled water aisle. Shoppers can also use the barcode to scan items before placing them in the cart to keep a running total. Once the designated check-out lane is reached, the cart communicates wirelessly to the POS system for quick check out.
 
Other features include store map and product locator, recipes, shopping lists and cross promotions. The carts only cost retailers about $150 each since Media Cart's main source of revenue comes from advertising.  Carpenter said the company has 31 brands participating in the pilot.
The writer is executive director of The Self-Service & Kiosk Association.
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Wednesday, 28 March 2007
CHICAGO · NEC Display Solutions of America Inc. announced a digital signage deployment project with Hospitality Partners and Omnivex software to provide a dynamic signage and wayfinding solution for Hyatt Regency Chicago.
 
The installation included 40-inch NEC MultiSync LCD4010 and 32-inch NEC MultiSync LCD3210 displays to cover the public areas and 228,000-sq. ft. of meeting space at the Hyatt.
 
Due to the high-traffic volume, traditional means of directional information were not providing timely updates as information changed. The Hyatt chose Hospitality Partners to integrate a full digital-signage, wayfinding solution to meet the needs of hotel visitors better.
 
"Not only are the NEC LCD displays and digital signage software functional and beneficial to hotel guests, but they also provide an elegantly pleasing addition to the hotel decor," said Martin Kwitschau, CEO of Hospitality Partners. "The display's sleek frame and the screen quality enable an extremely high-color scheme, which allows images on the display to match each location within the hotel. The displays look great and serve a useful purpose."
 
The combination of NEC LCD displays and Omnivex software eliminates or decreases the need for guests to read printed signs or consult hotel management for directions to their meeting rooms. The solution also can display real-time traffic, forecasted weather, or up-to-the-minute flight status. The Omnivex software customizes all content based on time of day, location, client requests and has the capability to direct individual meeting attendees to the proper meeting room by using RFID technology.
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Tuesday, 20 February 2007
Wric.com: Washington Metrorail riders are now getting more information about approaching trains even before they enter some stations.The transit agency is testing new electronic signs outside of five stations in the system.
 
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Thursday, 15 February 2007
UTC Echo: A University of Tennessee-Chattanooga food-court now includes a kiosk that provides nutritional information and updated menus. The kiosk is built from an interactive, multifunctional Web site. Nutritional information can be found on any menu item served in the dining hall.
 
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Thursday, 08 February 2007
NEW YORK · Big Apple Wallcovering announced Feb. 3-6 the introduction of its No More Books kiosks to worldwide manufacturers and distributors at the 2007 Wallcovering's Association Annual Convention in Marco Island, Fla.
 
According to a news release, the kiosks feature video instruction and facilitate electronic order placement with Big Apple Wallcovering, which processes the orders and drop-ships samples with the customer. The kiosks also provide a search engine that allows easy selection for the customer.
 
"We have invited the industry to move forward with us and recondition outlets to eliminate sample books and replace them with our No More Books kiosks," said Neal Jablon, president of Big Apple Worldwide. "We will commence the roll out of kiosks into retail paint and wallcovering stores this spring."
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Wednesday, 31 January 2007
PRWEB.com: WinesandRecipes.com and Southwest Georgia Technology Services have announced they will develop and market a second-generation wine, recipe and cheese pairing kiosk. The new product will be marketed under the name Wine Market Kiosk.

This venture capitalizes on both companies' experience in the kiosk and retail industry along with the wine and food industry. The new application pairs content from WinesandRecipes.com with enterprise kiosk technology from Southwest Georgia Technology Services. The primary focus of this joint venture is to provide the Wine Market Kiosk to the grocery and beverage retail markets.

With wine industry sales expected to grow by 62.5 percent over the next three years, many retailers are actively developing strategies to expand total sales and market share. "Wine Market Kiosk addresses the full scope of needs and requirements our grocery and wine retailers need to leverage the higher growth and profit opportunities offered by the wine industry," said Jon Holland, WinesandRecipes.com president.

Wine Market Kiosk enables retailers to select from a variety of four application modules to best suit their environment. "By providing basic wine, cheese, recipes and meal-match modules, each retailer can determine which features and functions best meet their distinct image," said John Morrow, president of Southwest Georgia Technology Services.
 
The new application is designed to be scalable to any retail environment and provides full integration with a retailer's PLU and POS servers to ensure their store's wine inventory and prices are reflected on the kiosk.
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Tuesday, 19 December 2006
Boston Globe: Sheila McMillan was struggling to pay her bills this holiday season, so she stopped at Best Buy in Dorchester to seek a seasonal part-time job. She went to a computer kiosk that allowed her to apply online. After filling out basic identifying information, job references, and a personality test, she reached two questions that stunned her.
 
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Tuesday, 14 November 2006
TULSA, Okla. - Alamo Rent A Car announced it will roll out new self-service kiosks at rental locations throughout the United States. The new system cuts check-in time for customers by about 50 percent when compared to average counter check-in times.

The kiosk roll out comes after successful testing by customers in Dallas, Las Vegas and Jacksonville, Fla.

"Self-service eliminates one more hassle from family travel," said Jerry Dow, Alamo's chief marketing officer. "Customers are already comfortable using the check-in kiosk for flights, using a self-service kiosk for car rental is a natural progression."

The touchscreen kiosk allows any customer with a valid driver's license, major credit card and an existing reservation to skip the rental counter and check in directly at the kiosk. After a customer agrees to the terms and conditions, a receipt-sized rental agreement is printed and the customer is directed to his or her rental car on the lot. At the exit booth, the customer shows the booth agent his or her rental agreement and driver's license and then drives away.

The kiosk also allows the customer to review rental information, upgrade to a larger car class, add additional drivers, and purchase option items such as child car seats, a GPS unit, collision damage waiver and pre-paid gasoline.

By next summer, Alamo expects to have nearly 80 rental locations outfitted with the new touchscreen kiosks. Besides the test markets, the first locations to install the kiosks this month are Orlando, Detroit, Denver and Los Angeles. Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, St. Louis, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco and Atlanta will all have kiosks by March.


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Tuesday, 12 September 2006
MyrtleBeachOnline.com: An interactive exhibit that tells the personal stories of South Carolina's military men and women in their own words and photos will tour the state for the next six months. The traveling exhibit includes several panels featuring military men and women who have contributed to the site, a computer kiosk for visitors to access the program's Web site, and a background display of some of the contributions.
 
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Tuesday, 12 September 2006
Ctimes.com: The Eternal Egypt kiosk located at the National Science Centre gallery lets visitors explore Ancient Egypt by extending the three-dimensional environments and rich data into a fully immersive, real-time experience.
 
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Tuesday, 29 August 2006
Salina Journal: The city of Salina, Kan., has cemetery maintenance employees who have been helping people since the caretaker position was discontinued, but they're only there during normal business hours on weekdays.
 
To help bridge the gap, the city recently installed a touchscreen computer kiosk next to the cemetery office that gives users the ability to search for names and retrieve information regarding grave site location, as well as dates of birth, death and interment.
 
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Friday, 11 August 2006
Tuscaloosa News: To the short list of good things that sprang from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, add the e-Branch Library Kiosk.

It's among 25 that were originally set up by 3M Library Systems in communities in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as information sources for people displaced by storms.
 

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Friday, 28 July 2006
RICHMOND, Va. - Thirty-one state parks are getting interactive visitor kiosks that will offer features on natural attractions as well as high-tech help for hikers.
 
According to a news release, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has contracted with Imperial Multimedia, a Wisconsin company, to develop the visitor-information system. The system is expected to be installed by next spring and will mirror a program successfully used in Wisconsin state parks.
 
The visitor kiosks will include global positioning system-based trail information, wildlife guides, in-depth information on park amenities and printable guides and maps. The stations also will provide interactive virtual tours of trails.
 
The department hopes to cover the project's development costs through advertising and sponsorships.
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Monday, 17 July 2006
AUSTIN, Texas · "World's Greatest Hamburgers" maker Fuddruckers is about to become one of the first known restaurant chains to use interactive kiosks in its kitchens. The restaurant chain plans to improve the efficiency of meal preparation and food order delivery with the IBM technology.
 
According to a news release, Fuddruckers' proprietary recipes and food preparation methods will be distributed to 125 secure, ultra-compact IBM Anyplace Kiosks in all of its corporate-owned restaurants' kitchens. This will replace paper-based procedures and recipe manuals, and will allow the restaurant chain to provide accurate and up-to-date food preparation instructions and recipes at a single source.
 
Fuddruckers will provide its general managers and cooks with easy access to recipes, via touchscreen panels and Recipeviewer software from Custom Business Solutions Inc. The restaurant chain also is using 125 new IBM SurePOS 500 systems to record customer orders. The new systems will be able to run the entire POSitouch suite that includes point of sale, enterprise reporting, employee scheduling, inventory, food costing and forecasting software applications.
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Tuesday, 11 July 2006
Miami Herald: Baseball in Pittsburgh wasn't always about Roberto Clemente, Barry Bonds or Honus Wagner. It also was about Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, too, during an 11-year stretch of championships in the 1930s and 1940s unmatched by any city in the sport.
 
The Pirates recently unveiled at PNC Park seven statues of former black baseball stars who played in the city, as part of an exhibit about the black game that includes interactive kiosks and educational films.
 

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Tuesday, 13 June 2006
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. -- Clear Channel Radio announced the successful implementation of the first and largest deployment in the broadcast industry of an electronic inspection system that ensures and certifies FCC compliance of all public files. Clear Channel Radio's proprietary Electronic Public Inspection File ("E-PIF") system was developed to maintain documents for on-demand, public viewing from all of its main studio locations.
 
Clear Channel Radio's Electronic Public Inspection File system enables field personnel to manage, contribute and update files stored in the central database over the secure Clear Channel Intranet, using a simple Web-based interface. The public is provided undisturbed access, and the ability to print files from individual kiosk machines located at Clear Channel main studios.
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Tuesday, 13 June 2006
CINCINNATI -- Electronic Art, a full-service Internet services company specializing in computer kiosks and Web-based software development, signed a contract to provide kiosks to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for an upcoming exhibit on the tragedies in Darfur, a region of western Sudan.
 
The exhibit, which opens at the Center on June 14th, 2006, features images and video taken by George and Nick Clooney during a recent visit to Darfur. The Clooneys hope their trip to the war-torn Sudan province will focus world attention on getting protection and aid for the refugees. The poignant exhibit, named Smallest Witnesses: The Conflict in Darfur through Children's Eyes, presents drawings from children in refugee camps along the border between Darfur and Chad. The children's illustrations offer a fresh, often heartbreaking perspective on the violence and suffering in the region.
 
The kiosks provided by Electronic Art will be used in the exhibit to enable guests to learn more about the struggles in Darfur and empower them to become more involved by supporting organizations that are actively helping refugees. Custom software was created to make the exhibit interactive for guests, and to allow them to visit the websites of organizations that have partnered with the Freedom Center, perhaps becoming "agents of change" in the process.
 
Along with providing kiosks and custom software, Electronic Art is also fabricating custom signage hardware to match the kiosks. For the opening night event, the Center will have five to six kiosks available and then a reduced number during the temporary exhibit, lasting for one month.
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Monday, 20 March 2006
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 3M Bookcheck Unit Model 940-Series premieres on March 22 in booth 3117 at the 2006 Public Library Association (PLA) National Conference in Boston, Mass. These new circulation accessories help library circulation staff realize productivity gains by reducing processing time and errors at checkout and return.


The 3M Bookcheck Unit Model 942 desensitizes and resensitizes 3M Tattle-Tape Security Strips on print materials, DVDs and CDs quickly and reliably. Library staff and customers benefit from efficient, virtually false alarm-free processing. 3M Bookcheck Unit Model 943 adds a bar code scanner to the list of equipment features. Each system interfaces with existing integrated library systems, can be installed into or onto a countertop and has a sleek design to complement any library decor.

"3M has been pioneer in providing reliable and innovative solutions to libraries around the world for more than 35 years," said Rory Yanchek, business manager, 3M Library Systems. "Whether it is security, productivity or information management, 3M has a proven solution that will help increase productivity, reduce costs and free staff to offer more service to customers."

Capabilities of the Bookcheck Unit Model 942 include:

  • Efficient, reliable processing that virtually eliminates false alarms
  • Enhanced ergonomics
  • Flexible, easy to use, customizable system with intuitive feedback indicators
  • Desensitization and resensitization of security strips in one unit
  • System indicates presence of active security strip when verification option is enabled
  • USB-enabled to allow future product upgrades
  • UL-listed equipment that complies with state and local regulations
  • The Bookcheck Unit Model 943 includes all capabilities of the Bookcheck Unit Model 942 plus:
  • State-of-the-art bar code scanner that allows bar code scanning, desensitization and resensitization in one unit

A global leader in library innovation for more than 35 years, 3M provides security, productivity and information management solutions that harness technology to free librarians to spend more time doing what they love -- helping people. 3M also partners with libraries to support their technological advancement and ensure their success through numerous industry sponsorships and programs. For more information about the 3M Library Systems solutions, visit http://www.3M.com/us/library or call 1-800-253-6845.

About 3M - A Global, Diversified Technology Company
Every day, 3M people find new ways to make amazing things happen. Wherever they are, whatever they do, the company's customers know they can rely on 3M to help make their lives better. 3M's brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete, Command and Vikuiti. Serving customers in more than 200 countries around the world, the company's 69,000 people use their expertise, technologies and global strength to lead in major markets including consumer and office; display and graphics; electronics and telecommunications; safety, security and protection services; health care; industrial and transportation. For more information, including the latest product and technology news, visit www.3M.com.


3M, Bookcheck, Tattle-Tape, Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete, Command and Vikuiti are trademarks of 3M.

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