Coinstar investing in Solohealth.
Bellevue-based Coinstar said last night that it has made an investment in SoloHealth, a developer of health screening and information kiosks. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. Coinstar said the move was made because it is looking for "kiosk concepts that are innovative and compelling." SoloHealth offers up both a vision testing kiosks and a kiosk for providing overall health screening of blood pressure, weight, and body mass index (BMI).
Phoenix Kiosk has provided 10 networked Spiire kiosks to Albany (Ga.) Technical College to enhance its student services.
Albany Technical College (ATC), located in Southwest Georgia, is placing 10 self-service Phoenix kiosks in various campus locations in order to enhance its student services.
The Tempe, Ariz., company’s kiosks are being placed in select common and administrative areas where students often perform tasks essential to their education and campus life. The kiosks make the lives of ATC students easier because they can use one conveniently located kiosks instead of having to visit numerous departments or buildings. All of the kiosks will be connected to the same network.
“The kiosks provide a substantial improvement for student services,” said Wendy Howell, ATC’s director of public relations and information. “Our students can now manage many of their activities simply by accessing a kiosk. The kiosks provide added efficiency, as well as cost savings.”
Phoenix Kiosk provided its Spiire models to ATC. According to the company, this model’s versatility makes it among its most popular. The Spiire can handle a number of peripherals such as printers, cash and coin accepters, and more. ATC students can now quickly perform a wide range of tasks and transactions at the kiosks.
ATC has named the kiosk network TiO (Titans Online) in honor of the mascot for the school’s basketball teams. The College is placing instructions, with screen shots and other visual aids, next to each unit. ATC also is holding student training sessions in several of its campus lab areas. The school is even marketing its kiosks with giveaways that include the TiO logo.
“The Albany Technical College project … provides some great, new opportunities for the students,” said Don Lineburg, VP of business and operations for Phoenix Kiosk.
According to Phoenix Kiosk, education is a market in which the kiosk industry is growing very rapidly. Schools ranging from pre-schools, to high schools, to universities and colleges are taking advantage of the many benefits that kiosks bring to campus, including such purposes as wayfinding, class registration, purchasing books, supplies or meal plans, etc.
Free Kiosk Design Live Event to Feature Experts from Olea Kiosks, Elo TouchSystems, Arrow Electronics, and Seiko Instruments
TORRANCE, Calif., Oct 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Seiko Instruments USA Inc. (SIU) Thermal Printer Division, http://www.siiprinters.com, a globally recognized leader in thermal printer technology, today announced sponsorship of a kiosk design webinar on October 19, at 9:00 AM PST. The free online event, hosted by the Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA), will focus on critical kiosk design issues and potential pitfalls that must be addressed to ensure successful kiosk deployment. Featured speakers include:
Frank Olea, CEO, Olea Kiosks George Papajohn, Director of Marketing, Arrow Electronics Neeraj Pendse, Global Business Development Manager, Tyco Electronics Elo TouchSystems Adam Ortlieb (moderator), Associate Director of Marketing, Seiko Instruments
"We are thrilled to be hosting this educational event for kiosk users, deployers, vendors, integrators, agencies and network operators," said David Drain, Executive Director, Digital Screenmedia Association. "The DSA's charter is to help address the needs of association members and to promote the growing use of self-service, digital signage, and mobile technologies. This blue-chip panel will provide valuable insights and we anticipate a large audience."
The non-profit DSA (http://www.digitalscreenmedia.org) was formed in 2010, with the merger of the Digital Signage Association and the Self-Service and Kiosk Association. The organization provides advocacy, education, and networking for the high-growth self-service and digital signage markets.
About the Speakers
Frank Olea is CEO of Olea Kiosks, Inc. and is vastly experienced in the areas of kiosk design, manufacturing, and deployment. Olea Kiosks offers a full range of self-service and multi-media kiosk services, including consulting, industrial design, mechanical and structural engineering, OEM manufacturing, integration services, certification services, and patent services.
George Papajohn is Director of Marketing at Arrow Electronics, OEM Computing Solutions Division (OCS). George has more than 20 years of experience with displays and embedded computing solutions, working extensively with kiosk and digital signage technology. Arrow OCS provides kiosk and digital signage vendors with a complete array of outsourcing services, including engineering, integration, logistics, and financing.
Neeraj Pendse leads business development for interactive digital signage and kiosk solutions for Tyco Electronics Elo TouchSystems. Neeraj has extensive technology and management experience and has numerous publications, patents, and a book to his credit. He earned a masters degree in engineering and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Elo TouchSystems develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of touch screen and touch monitor products, offering the largest selection of touchscreen technologies and LCD touch monitors.
Adam Ortlieb is Associate Director of Marketing for Seiko Instruments Thermal Printer Division. Adam has extensive experience in BtoB marketing, is widely published in the areas of self-service and information technology, and is a member of the DSA Marketing and PR Committee. He received an MBA from the University of San Diego and a BA from San Diego State University. Seiko Instruments is a global leader in thermal printer technology, offering a complete line of kiosk printers designed to improve reliability, increase performance, and streamline integration.
Free sign up for the kiosk design webinar is available on the Digital Screenmedia Association web site at http://www.digitalscreenmedia.org/webinar10192010
About Seiko Instruments Inc.
As a member of The Seiko Group, Seiko Instruments (SII) represents a globally recognized brand, embodying innovative design and precision manufacturing excellence. Founded in 1937, SII manufactures and markets electronic components, thermal and specialty printers, consumer electronics, communication and network technology, scientific instrumentation, and precision manufacturing technology. SII has a global presence, with more than 13,000 employees worldwide.
Seiko Instruments offers a complete solution lineup for kiosk printer, mobile printer, and receipt printer applications. Information about Seiko instruments kiosk printers, mobile printers, portable printers, receipt printers, POS printers, point of sale printers, and thermal printer mechanisms can be found at http://www.siiprinters.com.
To view the original press release, please visit the Seiko Instruments web site: http://www.siiprinters.com/about/news_DSA_webinar.aspx.
SII is a registered trademark of Seiko Instruments Inc.
SOURCE: Seiko Instruments USA Inc.
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Follow up story on Onity check-in kiosks. "Americans lose up to one hour per day waiting in line, which increases the pressure to boost productivity through multitasking. " [kiosk photo]
Students at colleges and universities are experiencing the same phenomenon, causing campuses to seek applications that increase convenience – including a more efficient check-in, an often exhausting process that can overwhelm staff and students alike.
“Check-in historically has involved a lot of time-consuming, one-on-one interaction, with almost every new and returning resident,” says Anthony Zamora, Head of IT support for the University of San Diego (USD).
“This can be a long and arduous process with the potential for mistakes and a stressful process for our students and staff.”
Students checking in at USD have stood in line for up to three hours, according to Anthony Zamora, but the problem is not limited to San Diego.
Institutions nationwide have sought to evolve check-in procedures with customisable solutions that can effectively support students and staff throughout the year.
In 2000, after having Onity Integra locks installed on campus for approximately one year, Carnegie Mellon University approached Onity about installing an Integra Kiosk, so that students and workers could independently change the PINs for their key cards.
Onity, provider of electronic locking solutions, is part of UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies. The first Integra Kiosk, which was located outside of the Housing Office, quickly gained recognition.
Onity developed a Kiosk that allowed students and workers to encode their own ID cards for residence hall access. Since that first installation, Onity has helped schools of all sizes manage the procedure more conveniently.
The Onity Integra Kiosk affords the option for students and faculty to encode and activate their ID cards without the supervision of a personnel member and it permits users to change their personal identification number PIN) as frequently as they want, at any time of the day or night.
The University of San Diego (USD) found that the Integra Kiosk decreased the University’s check-in wait times by more than 50%.
“Students appreciate that ID cards are created and pre-encoded when they arrive, so it cuts waiting in line to as little as 30 minutes,” Anthony Zamora says.
“They also have the freedom and option to customize their cards using the Kiosks throughout the year – greatly improving our check-in process,” says Anthony Zamora.
Integra Kiosk features:
* Flexible ISO track data management
* PIN change at Kiosk
* Convenient access – 24 hours a day, seven days a week
* Recharging station for Security Plus users
* Key/ID card update at Kiosk
* Touch-screen operation
* Customisable for each campus
* Available in desktop or console cabinet
Benefits students and staff
With busy schedules among both students and housing staff, it could often be difficult for students to receive assistance when they needed it, particularly during non-office hours.
According to Stan Duci, Director of customer service for Northeastern’s Facilities Division, their students no longer needs to meet with housing staff for their room assignments.
“The Onity Kiosks have decreased check-in time significantly. And while the Kiosks are great for students, our staff love them too because they can be utilized at any time of the day.”
“The Kiosks save the students a lot of time and hassle,” says Dan Yanna, Director of facilities for Shepherd. Shepherd University, located in Shepherd, W. Va., started using Kiosks in 2004 and plans to add more to the five already utilized on campus.
In addition to convenience, Onity Kiosks also feature customisation options, such as Internet access that provide users with campus and community information, university resources, weather, news, restaurants and maps.
|In the Education market, the functional "check-in kiosk" for students is proving its value and worth. Pictures included.|
Onity Kiosk helps universities cut to front-of-the-line efficiency
Monday, June 16 2008
Waiting in line is like a rite of passage for college students. Long lines, rather for housing registration, changing classes or obtaining food are many times unavoidable. One company is seeking to change that, at least when it involves housing.
"Check-in historically has involved a lot of time-consuming, one-on-one interaction, with almost every new and returning resident," says Anthony Zamora, head of IT support for the University of San Diego (USD).
"This can be a long and arduous process with the potential for mistakes and a stressful process for our students and staff."
Students checking in at USD have stood in line for up to three hours, according to Zamora, but the problem isn't unique to San Diego. Institutions nationwide have sought to evolve check-in procedures with customizable solutions that can effectively support students and staff throughout the year.
Enter Onity, a global provider of electronic locking solutions, which developed a self-serve kiosk that can be placed on college campuses to allow students and workers to independently change the PINs for their residence hall access key cards. The Onity Integra Kiosk also allows students and faculty to encode and activate their ID cards without the supervision of a personnel member at any time of the day or night.
The University of San Diego found that the Integra Kiosk decreased the University's check-in wait times by more than 50 percent.
"Students appreciate that ID cards are created and pre-encoded when they arrive, so it cuts waiting in line to as little as 30 minutes," Zamora says. "They also have the freedom and option to customize their cards using the Kiosks throughout the year – greatly improving
our check-in process."
According to Stan Duci, director of customer service for Northeastern's Facilities Division, Boston, Mass., their students no longer need to meet with housing staff for their room assignments. "The Onity Kiosks have decreased check-in time significantly. And while the Kiosks are great for students, our staff love them too because they can be utilized at any time of the day."
"The Kiosks save the students a lot of time and hassle," adds Dan Yanna, director of facilities for Shepherd University, Shepherd, W. Va.. It started using Kiosks in 2004 and plans to add more to the five already located on campus.
In addition to convenience, Onity Kiosks also feature customization options, such as Internet access that provide users with campus and community information, university resources, weather, news, restaurants and maps.
Onity, headquartered in Duluth, Ga., also has R&D and manufacturing operations in Spain, Mexico, China, and the U.S., as well as an extensive sales and service network that span more than 115 countries around the globe. For further information about Onity's electronic solutions visit www.onity.com.
Onity Integra 3 Customizable Kiosk
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Eliminate long lines and hours at the Housing or One Card. First in the Education industry for off-line locks, designed for self-service by students and staff.
* Flexible ISO track data management
* PIN change at kiosk
* Recharging station for Security PLUS user cards
* Key/ID card update at kiosk
* Customizable for your campus
* Kiosk may be controlled by keyboard, mouse or touchscreen
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