Acante have been supplying kiosks technology touch screen information kiosks and touch screen solutions for over 10 years having now deployed thousands of touch screen Information kiosks, touch screen Internet Kiosks and touch screen Wall Mount Kiosks across the UK, Europe and Worldwide.
Touch screen Information kiosks have been used for many years to interact with customers and visitors in order to convey specific messages, relay information and allow public access to the internet.
Touch screen information kiosk technology has improved dramatically in recent years with the introduction of larger touch screens, more powerful PC technology and the greater accuracy within the touch screen itself.
When considering a kiosk solution it is important to identify the location it will be going into and the target audience it is going to be aimed at. The kiosk represents only a part of the entire solution and just as importantly, consideration needs to be given to the software application that will run on the kiosk. Ensuring a good combination of suitable kiosk and usable software will go a long way to making the kiosk solution usable and enjoyed by the audience.
Location – The location of any kiosk is key to its usage and overall success. Some kiosks are designed for high footfall sites, others are designed to grab peoples attention, whilst some may be hidden but offering payment type services. Whichever the case it is important that studies are undertaken to ensure that the location of the kiosk fits with the target audience and expected usage patterns.
Software – The software, in most cases, needs to be tailored to each kiosk solution. Whilst there are a number of “off the shelf” solutions available on the market today, it is vital that time is spent understanding what the kiosk is designed to do, what it is intended to offer the customer and how the kiosk will communicate with any back office software. Acante have worked with a number of specialist companies over the years all of which have differing skills and specialties in relation to kiosk software and kiosk software applications.
Audience – The audience can dictate the kind of kiosk chosen. For example many kiosks may look sleek but are in fact too tall to be used by wheelchair users and young children. Other kiosks may be very thin in their design but are unable to take kiosk peripherals such as coin mechanisms, note validators and printers. Finally some audiences will require tough kiosks to ensure they cannot be damaged or broken if being used in harsh environments such prisons.
Acantes ability to build touch screen Kiosks, touch screen Internet Kiosks and touch screen Wall Mount Kiosks in the UK allows full client interactivity and has ensured a long and successful business life span. Whilst Acante has continued to grow over the years it does, by comparison, remain a relatively small business enterprise. Despite this Acante have secured significant business deals with large corporate organisations such as O2, Vodafone, Toyota and Deloittes for the supply of volumes of kiosks made, in each case, in the UK to their specific requirements
It is without doubt that our ability to build in the UK, our ability to adjust to client requirements and their ability to have a hands on approach throughout the build process which has given all of our clients a great sense of control and ultimately a product which fits their needs.
Acante have a full range of kiosk solutions which allow the client to choose a best fit solution for their environment and target audience. Most of our kiosk solutions are DDA compliant and usable by wheelchairs and children. Some of our kiosks can be adapted to have special keyboards to assist visually impaired people whilst other kiosks can include chip & pin units for payment solutions. Other options include 12mm toughened glass touch screens for use in prison environments, hearing loops and additional repeater and advertising screens.
To ensure quality across all our products Acante are one of a select few companies that actually control the manufacture and assembly process of their touch screen information kiosks in its own offices in Reading, Berkshire, UK. We use our own work force and are intent on sourcing as many of our components as possible from local UK based companies, further supporting the local economy and insuring a close relationship between us and our supply chain. This allows us greater control over both manufacturing standards and timescales.
For further information or to visit our showroom and factory in Reading Berkshire please call us on 01189 885522 or visit or website at www.acante.co.uk