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An Internet kiosk with a touchscreen in Vienna, Austria in 2005
An Internet kiosk with a touchscreen in Vienna, Austria in 2005

An Internet kiosk is a terminal that provides public Internet access. Internet kiosks sometimes resemble telephone booths, and are typically placed in settings such as hotel lobbies or airports for fast access to email or web pages. Internet kiosks sometimes have a bill acceptor or a credit card swipe, and nearly always have a computer keyboard, a mouse (or a fixed trackball which is more robust), and a monitor. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1457x2519, 821 KB)Photo by KF. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1457x2519, 821 KB)Photo by KF. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Podium touchscreen Touchscreens, touch screens, touch panels or touchscreen panels are display overlays which are typically either pressure-sensitive (resistive), electrically-sensitive (capacitive), acoustically-sensitive (SAW - surface acoustic wave) or photo-sensitive (infra-red). ... Vienna (German: Wien [viːn]; Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian: Beč, Czech: Vídeň, Hungarian: Bécs, Romanian: Viena, Romani: Bech or Vidnya, Russian: Вена, Slovak: Viedeň, Slovenian: Dunaj) is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. ... Template:Diffgggtgerent calendars 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... E-mail, or email, is short for electronic mail and is a method of composing, sending, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems. ... A webpage or web page is a page of the World Wide Web, usually in HTML/XHTML format (the file extensions are typically htm or html) and with hypertext links to enable navigation from one page or section to another. ... It has been suggested that Credit card industry be merged into this article or section. ... Logitech Marble Mouse Trackball A trackball is a pointing device consisting of a ball housed in a socket containing sensors to detect rotation of the ball about two axes—like an upside-down mouse, but with the ball sticking out more. ...


Integration of technology allows internet kiosks to perform a wide range of functions. For example, kiosks may enable users to enter a utility bill account number in order to perform an online transaction, or collect cash in exchange for merchandise. A kiosk that functions as a digital minilab allows users to insert a memory card to print photographs. Customised components such as coin hoppers, bill acceptors, card readers and thermal printers enable kiosks to meet specialised needs. A digital minilab is a computer printer that uses traditional chemical photographic processes to make prints of digital images. ... A 32 MB High Speed CompactFlash Type I card A memory card or flash memory card is a solid-state electronic flash memory data storage device used with digital cameras, handheld and laptop computers, telephones, music players, video game consoles, and other electronics. ... Direct thermal printers create an image by selectively heating coated paper when the paper passes over the thermal print head. ...


Reliability is an important consideration, and as a result many specialised software applications have been developed for the industry. These applications interface with the bill acceptor and credit card swipe, meter time, prevent users from changing the configuration of software or downloading computer viruses and allow the kiosk owner to see revenue remotely. Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... In computer security technology, a virus is a self-replicating/self-reproducing-automation program that spreads by inserting copies of itself into other executable code or documents. ...


Some Internet kiosks are based on a payment model similar to vending machines or Internet caf├ęs, while others are free. A common arrangement with pay-for-use kiosks has the owner of the Internet kiosk enter into a partnership with the owner of its location, paying either a flat rate for rental of the floor space or a percentage of the monthly revenue generated by the machine. It has been suggested that Vend counter be merged into this article or section. ... E-Corner First internet cafe, was located at Waverley station An Internet cafe or cybercafe is a place where one can use a computer with Internet access for a fee, usually per hour or minute; sometimes one can have unmetered access with a pass for a day or month, etc. ...


Internet kiosks are used around the world. Several countries have already implemented nation-wide installation of kiosks for various purposes. One example of such large scale installations can be found in the United Kingdom, where thousands of special-purpose kiosks are now available to aid job-seekers in finding employment.


The first self-service, interactive kiosk was developed in 1978 at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. The first successful network of interactive kiosk used for commercial purposes was a project developed by the shoe retailer florsheim. Today internet and interactive kiosks can be found in a multitude of environments and for many purposes including: self-checkout lanes, e-ticketing, information and wayfinding, and vending. An excellent example of a vending kiosk is that of McDonald's Redbox kiosk [1].


The kiosk industry surpassed $1 billion in worldwide annual revenues in 2004. Groups who use kiosks in their business environment include: Northwest Airlines, JetBlue Airlines, The Home Depot, and Wal-Mart. It is estimated that over 131,000 kiosk terminals exist in the U.S. alone.


Several tradeshows based around kiosk technology exist. The first and largest is KioskCom, which is an annual show typically held in Las Vegas. [2] The other tradeshow is The Kiosk & Self-Service Show [3], which is owned and operated by the same group who owns Kioskmarketplace.com and KIOSK Magazine.


Believe it or not, the internet and kiosk industry actually has several annual awards competitions and even an industry Hall of Fame. Inductees into the Kiosk & Self-Service Hall of Fame include: Craig Keefner, Dr. Sylvia Berens, Dr. Peter Berens, Lief C. Larson, Lawrence Dvorchik, Francie Mendelsohn, and Alex Richardson. All have been recognized for their pioneering work and lifetime achievements in kiosk technology.


Historically the development and supply of kiosk technology has been dominated by three companies: IBM Corporation, NCR Corporation, and Kiosk Information Systems.


See also

E-Corner First internet cafe, was located at Waverley station An Internet cafe or cybercafe is a place where one can use a computer with Internet access for a fee, usually per hour or minute; sometimes one can have unmetered access with a pass for a day or month, etc. ... a pagoda-like kiosk in Lausanne. ... A classic red telephone box. ...

External links

  • KING Products and Solutions Inc. - kiosk Manufacturer - Turnkey Kiosk Solutions
  • The Kiosk Factory
  • Kiosk Resource Links, a comprehensive directory for system integrators to have quick access to all kiosk-related resources.
  • Kiosk Design and Manufacturer
  • Kiosk Browser Software
  • Kiosk Software Provider
  • Ipoint Highlands, example large scale deployment of informational kiosks across the Scottish Highlands.
This article was originally based on material from the Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, which is licensed under the GFDL.

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Internet kiosk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (659 words)
An Internet kiosk with a touchscreen in Vienna, Austria in 2005
Internet kiosks sometimes resemble telephone booths, and are typically placed in settings such as hotel lobbies or airports for fast access to email or web pages.
Internet kiosks sometimes have a bill acceptor or a credit card swipe, and nearly always have a computer keyboard, a mouse (or a fixed trackball which is more robust), and a monitor.
Kiosk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (388 words)
Kiosks like this one in Patmos can be found all over Greece.
Kiosks were common in Persia, India, and in the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century onward.
Computerized kiosks may store data locally, or retrieve it from a computer network (see also Internet kiosk).
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