Kiosk Computer Technology
The kiosk computer is the brains of the operation
That is why the production engineers at Advanced Kiosks specify, build and test our kiosk 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 our customers a lot of value that they may not be aware of but definitely benefit from.
Here are some of the factors that we consider carefully when designing and building 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 computer 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 in and the AC goes off? Our computer kiosks will shut themselves off before they cause damage to themselves.
While computer speed is important, clear graphics and fast response times are critical for interacting with people. The video chipset perform 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 certain temperature.
At Advanced Kiosks, we put 2GB of DDR3 memory into each 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 ability to take shock loads that standard hard drives would fail under. Our standard SSD is 60GB, 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 cards readers, touch screens, bio-metric 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 quick repair and turn-around times.