COMPUTER KIOSK TECHNOLOGY
The Power of Computer Kiosk Technology
The success of a computer kiosk depends heavily on the computer that powers it, hence the name “Computer Kiosk.” A kiosk’s computer determines the horsepower under the hood and impacts the user’s experience. That is why the production engineers at Advanced Kiosks specify, build, and test our kiosks’ computer components to ensure optimum performance. To do this, we review cases, boards, drives, power supplies, and memory, specifically for use in a self-service environment. This process brings value to our customers in ways the customer may not realize, another reason why we can offer a 3-year warranty with every computer kiosk we produce.
Review the list of computer features below. If you are unsure if our standard computer will work for your computer kiosk, ask your Advanced Kiosks salesperson to test your software on one of our test kiosks. We do this all the time for customers and the feedback is of real value.
Factors to consider
Here are some of the factors that we consider carefully when designing a kiosk computer.
What temperature is your kiosk’s computer built to handle? Our entire line of computer kiosks are tested to perform from 32 to 110° F. If you need a larger range, our optional rugged computers are designed to handle extreme temperature ranges from 0 to 120° F. More importantly, what happens to that computer kiosk that is in a glass lobby on a hot summer day and the AC goes off? Our kiosks will shut themselves off before they can cause damage to themselves.
While computer speed is important, clear graphics and fast response times are critical for interacting with people. The video chipset performs various video calculation functions in addition to providing the output signal to the monitor. The logic circuit that controls the video card is referred to as the video chipset. At Advanced Kiosks, we spend a lot of time reviewing the video chipset. One of the tests we perform is to load a high-end interface and see if it will perform well.
The basic input/output system (BIOS) no longer shares the spotlight with other aspects of a computer system. Although, some older BIOS configurations will not allow for memory to be upgraded beyond a certain amount and certain hardware additions (video cards, sound cards, etc.) may not be recognized. A higher-end BIOS allows us to control power functions and how the system will respond in a power outage. We can also control cooling fans and set them to turn on at a certain temperature.
At Advanced Kiosks, we put 4GB of DDR4 memory into almost every system for fast performance. The motherboards we purchase have additional slots for memory upgrades to accommodate the most demanding application needs.
Most kiosks will only require 5 to 10 Gigs of hard drive space. That’s not a lot these days. Advanced Kiosks is once again the first kiosk manufacturer to offer Solid State drives (SSD). This technology has several advantages: no moving parts, faster response times, and the ability to take shock loads that standard hard drives would fail under. Our standard SSD is 120GB with ample room for your organization’s software.
The power supply of your kiosk computer is a more important aspect of the system than most people give it credit for. Most peripherals are now powered by the computer’s USB connection: signature pads, credit card readers, touch screens, biometric readers, and cameras. We source high-quality commercial-grade power supplies to ensure long life and reliable performance. In the event that your power supply does fail, our modular designs allow for a quick repair and turn-around times.