9 Reasons to Develop Your Kiosk Application as a Native App

If you’re developing a kiosk application you’ve probably wondered what technology you should use.

The two most common options are creating a website or a native application.  In this article we’ll focus on the benefits of creating a native kiosk application.

Our developers have been creating large-scale, unattended payment applications for many years now and the following are the reasons we choose to develop our kiosk applications as a native application (typically in .NET WPF).

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Windows Kiosk Mode vs. Kiosk Software

A common question I hear from new clients is “why would I want to use kiosk software when I can just use kiosk mode in Windows 8 (aka Assigned Access)?”

This is a fair question, so I’m going to explain the limitations of Windows Kiosk Mode and when there is a need for kiosk software.

The short answer is that kiosk software makes up for the short comings in Windows Kiosk Mode and adds an additional layer of security and ease of use to get you up and running quickly without all the headaches.

Our kiosk software is designed to be so simple that no nerd degree is required.

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How to Make Your Kiosk Software Project a Success – Part 2 Execution

In this short series on how to make your kiosk software project a success I’m going to focus on the development aspects of planning and launching a successful kiosk project.

In the first article I focused on the initial planning of your kiosk software project.  In the second part of this 2-part series I’m going to focus on executing your kiosk software project in a manner which helps ensure your success.

RedSwimmer has been developing custom kiosk software since 2007 with an emphasis on retail and unattended payment applications.

Since our background is in kiosk software development, this series will focus on the planning and development of your kiosk software, but also touch a little on the hardware side.

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How to Make Your Kiosk Software Project a Success – Part 1 Planning

In this short series on how to make your kiosk software project a success I’m going to focus on the development aspects of planning and launching a successful kiosk project.

RedSwimmer has been developing custom kiosk software since 2007 with an emphasis on retail and unattended payment applications.

Since our background is in kiosk software development, this series will focus on the planning and development of your kiosk software, but also touch a little on the hardware side.

The first article in this two-part series will focus on the initial planning of your kiosk software and the second article will focus on the execution.

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System Downtime May Be Costing You More Than You Think

Does your system have too much downtime and you don’t even know it?  Are customer running away to your competitors without your knowledge?

The answer may be YES if your system experiences regular downtime and worst of all you may not even be aware of the extent of the damage until your reputation has been irreparably tarnished.

The term ‘downtime’ derives from when a system, combination of systems, or any application or service is unable to perform a desired operation. Downtime can be expected and scheduled, such as planned maintenance, or it can be an unintended interruption of service such as a server overload or device failure.

This article is intended to help broaden your thinking about the costs and types of system downtime.

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Protecting Your Kiosks From BadUSB Malware

Kiosk hacking with BadUSBIf your kiosks have any of their USB ports exposed then watch out, because your kiosks are vulnerable to a recently discovered security vulnerability.  According to a recent USB security article in Wired the security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell have demonstrated how their malware called BadUSB “can be installed on a USB device and used to completely take over a PC, invisibly alter files installed from the memory stick, or even redirect the user’s internet traffic.” Continue reading “Protecting Your Kiosks From BadUSB Malware”

What is Kiosk Software?

Kiosk software running on a kioskKiosk software is a security application specifically designed to transform a PC or tablet into a self-service kiosk.  The kiosk software is also responsible for locking down your kiosks operating system to prevent malicious user tampering, which is why kiosk software is often referred to as “kiosk lockdown software.”

Some common features of kiosk software include:

Ensures that your kiosk application is always running

In most cases the kiosk operator will desire to deliver their content in the form of a website or native application running on their kiosk.  An example of a native application for a kiosk running Microsoft Windows would be a .NET WPF application.  For the sake of brevity, for the remainder of this article I’m going to refer to the website or native application running on your kiosk as “your kiosk application.”

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KioskSimple Kiosk Mode Software for Windows

KioskSimple Kiosk Mode Software for WindowsKioskSimple is a “kiosk mode software” specifically designed to convert Windows PCs and tablets into a self-service kiosk in just a few easy steps.  If you’re looking to convert your existing website into a self-service kiosk then KioskSimple is the kiosk mode software for you.  We also support running a .NET WPF application in “kiosk mode”. Continue reading “KioskSimple Kiosk Mode Software for Windows”