There are ideally 3 key components for a self-service kiosk project for determining its success. They are the software for kiosk system, the user-end application and the hardware.
Prior to selecting the required hardware, the function of kiosks, software and the application, and the software should be ascertained. When the kiosk’s tasks are outlined properly, it becomes easier to use the kiosks as intended. For example, if a kiosk is used for selling some items, how can you draw the attention of your potential customers who would otherwise overlook it?
On the other hand, if a kiosk shows secure information, how can such information be made secure on that kiosk and ensure that a user feels that he or she is physically secure while in front of the kiosk? The reply to all such questions is a successful integration of application, software and hardware.
Your project’s needs should determine the hardware type for a kiosk
Once you have ascertained the aim of the kiosk, you need to do a comparison of the hardware on the basis of their features, materials, quality and price. For instance, when the kiosk shows sensitive information, it should feature privacy screen to black out the panels and the screen so that the monitor is invisible to all those people who are standing on both sides of the kiosk.
The enclosure materials for your kiosk can be made of injection-molded plastic, wood to metal. Moreover, the kiosk’s function should determine the ideal enclosure material. Usually kiosks whose enclosure is made of metal are more secure and durable. Kiosks made of injection-molded plastic material look eye-catching and great and are available in a variety of colors while those made of wood can add a refined touch to its appearance.
Use proper peripherals for a kiosk to improve your project
He kind of hardware is not only limited to a kiosk itself, it also includes any other peripherals that have been used to improve a kiosk’s functionality. For instance, if a printer is used for printing sensitive and secure information, it should be enclosed within that kiosk, secured and locked. Such a printer must also make use of security mats and printer retractors thus making sure that whenever a user steps away from a kiosk, the print-out should retract back inside the kiosk. The configuration of a security mat can be also done with the kiosk software so that when a user steps on that mat, the start page is displayed by a kiosk. Whenever a user steps away from the mat, the cache and the cookies are automatically cleared to get ready for another user.