5 Reasons to Develop Your Kiosk Application as a Website

website kiosk application developmentIn a previous article on getting started developing kiosk software I briefly covered my thoughts on the pros and cons of developing kiosk applications as a website vs. a native Windows application.

It boils down to a case of client-side vs. server-side and deciding which approach best fits your needs.

My goal for this 2-part series is to define the pros and cons of each approach to better help kiosk application developers make an informed decision. Continue reading “5 Reasons to Develop Your Kiosk Application as a Website”

Integrating the MEI BNR (Bulk Note Recycler) Into Your Kiosk Application

Integrate the MEI BNR bulk note recycler with your kiosk application
MEI Bulk Note Recycler

If you need your kiosk application to dispense bills like an ATM then the MEI BNR is a perfect choice.  The MEI BNR is probably the best performing and most complicated bill acceptors we’ve ever had the pleasure to work with and we wanted to make it easy for KioskSimple users to integrate this bill recycler into their kiosk applications.  The KioskSimple developer API makes it a breeze to integrate the MEI BNR with your website or .NET WPF native Windows application.

We can tell you from extensive experience that integrating the MEI BNR into your kiosk application WITHOUT KioskSimple typically takes several months, but by using KioskSimple you can shave that down to hours not months.  This is because our experienced developers have already done all the heavy lifting by creating an abstracted and developer-friendly API.  To get you started quickly we’ve create MEI BNR code examples in JavaScript and .NET WPF C# Continue reading “Integrating the MEI BNR (Bulk Note Recycler) Into Your Kiosk Application”

Integrating Magtek Credit Card Readers Into Your Kiosk Application

magtek credit card reader can be integrated into your kiosk application
Magtek Credit Card Reader

We really like the Magtek credit card readers and wanted to make them simple to integrate with your kiosk application using our KioskSimple developer-friendly API.  Credit cards are clearly the most popular form of payment being accepted by payment kiosks today and with just some minor code changes your kiosk application can begin accepting credit card payments also.  The KioskSimple developer API supports integrating Magtek credit card readers into your website or .NET WPF kiosk application and we have code examples to get you started. Continue reading “Integrating Magtek Credit Card Readers Into Your Kiosk Application”

Integrating MEI Bill Acceptors Into Your Kiosk Application

MEI SC Series bill acceptor
MEI SC Series Bill Acceptor

Since you’re reading this article you’re probably wanting to add support for accepting payments from an MEI bill acceptor into your kiosk application.  If this is the case then we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how easy this is to accomplish when you use the KioskSimple API.  One of the main draws of KioskSimple is just how simple we make it to integrate with popular kiosk payment devices like MEI bill acceptors.  KioskSimple currently supports the MEI AE and SC series bill acceptors along with the MEI BNR (Bulk Note Recycler). Continue reading “Integrating MEI Bill Acceptors Into Your Kiosk Application”

Building a .NET WPF Kiosk Application Is Easy With KioskSimple

.NET kiosk application, WPF kiosk application, C# kiosk applicationIf you’re planning to build a .NET kiosk application in WPF then you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how easily this can be accomplish by using the KioskSimple developer API.  One of our main goals for KioskSimple was to provide a .NET WPF developer friendly platform that would make it simple to develop powerful WPF kiosk applications in C#.  We take care of securing the kiosk so you can focus on developing your WPF kiosk application. Continue reading “Building a .NET WPF Kiosk Application Is Easy With KioskSimple”

Easily Integrate Popular Kiosk Devices with the KioskSimple Developer API

Integrate payment devices with you kiosk applicationDoes your kiosk application need to support accepting payments or possibly integrate with some elaborate biometric device?  If so then we’ve got a solution that your developers will love.  The KioskSimple Developer API is specifically designed to make it easier, simple even, to integrate popular kiosk devices with your kiosk application.  We’ve provided code examples in .NET WPF C# for native Windows applications and JavaScript for websites to get your started quickly.  Our developers have done all the heavy lifting by creating an abstracted interface (aka API) for popular kiosk devices so you don’t have to understand all of the ins and out of these intricate devices.

Here are just a few examples of the sort of kiosk devices our API supports:

  • Credit Card Readers
  • Bill Acceptors
  • Coin Acceptors
  • Biometrics
  • Thermal Printers
  • Webcams

Continue reading “Easily Integrate Popular Kiosk Devices with the KioskSimple Developer API”

How to Easily Put Your Website on a Kiosk with KioskSimple

Your website on a kioskGetting your website on a self-service kiosk is a simple process with the use of kiosk lockdown software like KioskSimple.  In this article (and accompanying video) I’ll show you just how easy it is to convert your existing website into a self-service kiosk in just a few simple steps.  Don’t worry, no nerd degree is required.

Continue reading “How to Easily Put Your Website on a Kiosk with KioskSimple”

If You’re Not Considering Tablet Kiosks, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

decoration_windows_tablet_chassisTablet kiosks are becoming an increasing popular economic alternative to traditional standing kiosks.  They offer many advantages, chief of which is their affordability, but they also have several limitations which are worth considering.  My goal for this article is to help you decide if a tablet kiosk is a better fit for your kiosk project than a standard kiosk. Continue reading “If You’re Not Considering Tablet Kiosks, You’ll Hate Yourself Later”

Why Does My Website Look Different On a Kiosk?

So you’ve decided to put your gorgeous website on a kiosk to make it available to the public. It looks so touch friendly and easy to use in your web browser and then you load it on your kiosk and it looks like BLAH!   What happened to your once immaculate website? It still looks fine when you view it from the web browser on your computer but it looks like a big mess on your kiosk. Continue reading “Why Does My Website Look Different On a Kiosk?”

Getting Started Developing Kiosk Software – Part 2 Application Security

kiosk softwareWelcome to the second article in my series on kiosk software development.

My goal for this series of articles is to give an overview on the basics of developing kiosk software that’s both a joy for your customers to use and adheres to the guidelines of PCI-Compliance.

This is more of a series of general guidelines and tips based on my 7+ years of experience developing and dealing with other people’s kiosk software not a comprehensive how-to guide. When I use the term “kiosk software” I’m referring to any software running on a kiosk in a self-service (unattended) environment regardless of the technology used.

This second article will focus on the security aspects of “hardening” your kiosk software to ensure that your kiosk is always running smoothly and your customer’s information is safe from malicious users. Continue reading “Getting Started Developing Kiosk Software – Part 2 Application Security”