What’s Your Excuse for Not Starting Your Kiosk Project?

Have you ever wanted to start your kiosk project, but found an excuse to delay the launch and the project fizzled?

Assuming the project is worth doing, then why does this happen? I think in many cases it’s because we let our fears of the unknown get in the way.

Here are a few of the reason’s I’ve encountered why some of our potential clients get cold feet and their kiosk project and never get started.

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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 your customers 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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How to Integrate an MEI Bill Acceptor into Your Website with JavaScript

Easily integrate MEI bill acceptors into your website
MEI SC Series Bill Acceptor

It’s easy to integrate an MEI bill acceptor into your website with a little JavaScript and KioskSimple.  This article will include a detailed code example so you can try it out for free.

You’re probably reading this article because you’ve decided to create a website which needs to accept cash payments.  Maybe your website is running on a self-service kiosk or tablet and is attached to an MEI bill acceptor.

This example will work for any MEI bill acceptor which uses the MEI EBDS protocol.  At the time of this writing this includes the MEI AE and SC series bill acceptors. Continue reading “How to Integrate an MEI Bill Acceptor into Your Website with JavaScript”

How to Use a Credit Card Reader to Populate Payment Fields on a Website in JavaScript

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Magtek USB HID credit card reader

Want to automatically populate the payment fields on your website with a credit card reader?  We’ve made this really easy to accomplish using a little JavaScript, KioskSimple and a Magtek credit card reader.

I’m guessing you’re reading this article because you’ve decided to place your Ecommerce website on a self-service kiosk and want to save time with data entry when processing payments.

In this example I’ll create a simple HTML payment form and use JavaScript to communicate with a Magtek credit card reader to auto-populate the payment fields. Continue reading “How to Use a Credit Card Reader to Populate Payment Fields on a Website in JavaScript”

5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Dispensing Cash from Your Kiosks

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Dispense cash from your kiosk like a human cashier with a bill recycler

Now that you’ve decided to dispense cash from your kiosk with a bill recycler I want to make you aware of the pitfalls to avoid. Dispensing cash can be invaluable for making change to your customers like a human cashier, but also introduces several new challenges which we’ll address in this article.

Most people familiar with bill acceptors think of a bill recycler as simply an add-on component which dispenses cash, but this is far from the case.

Dispensing bills greatly increases the complexity of the device and the logic required by your kiosk application in order to gracefully complete a cash transaction.

Don’t worry, all of these challenges can be overcome with careful planning and the reduced cashier expenses will be well worth the investment. Continue reading “5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Dispensing Cash from Your Kiosks”

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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EMV Compliance vs. PCI Compliance

Ingenico iSelf-Series Kiosk EMV DeviceWhat’s the difference between EMV compliance and PCI compliance?  The short answer is they’re both guidelines for protecting cardholder data for the purpose preventing fraud, but they focus on different elements of the credit card transaction.

“To clarify it even further and more simply, PCI is about making sure the card data doesn’t get stolen and is secure in the first place and EMV is making sure if the data IS stolen that the content is rendered useless.” – CPI PCI and EMV: What’s the difference? Continue reading “EMV Compliance vs. PCI Compliance”

A Kiosk SDK Makes Accepting Payments Simple

KioskSimple kiosk SDKWe’ve made it easy to start accepting cash and credit card payments from your self-service kiosk by using the KioskSimple kiosk SDK.  Our kiosk SDK abstracts the complicated logic of several popular payment devices and greatly lowers the learning curve thereby saving you significant development costs.

Benefits of the KioskSimple kiosk SDK:

  • Speeds up development to save you time and money
  • Allows you to switch between supported payment devices with little to no code rework
  • Supports .NET WPF and JavaScript
  • Detailed code examples in C# and JavaScript
  • Free developer support included

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How to Deal With Bill Jams at Your Kiosk

Windows kiosk software bill jamBill jams are commonplace when your kiosk accepts cash payments. No matter how advanced the bill acceptor, there’s always that guy that inserts a bill covered in mud, or something worse, and gums up the device.

Rather than paying to rush out a support tech to clear the jam consider the option of running a backup bill acceptor. Continue reading “How to Deal With Bill Jams at Your Kiosk”

8 Signs of an Amateur Touchscreen Kiosk Application

kiosk out of orderHave you ever been using a self-service kiosk and thought to yourself “that’s obviously not right?”  Anyone who uses kiosks on a regular basis has at some point interacted with a kiosk that was less than professional.  As a kiosk software company we’ve had the privilege of developing kiosk applications deployed across the US and I’ve compiled a list of signs of an amateur kiosk application so you can avoid these same mistakes.

1. The artwork on the kiosk screens looks like generic clipart or is inconsistent

Usually this happens because the kiosk designer doesn’t have access to a graphic artist or the client has their own ideas on what’s “acceptable” artwork.  Fortunately we have an excellent graphic designer on staff but we’ve experienced the latter where clients will send us generic clipart for buttons and ask to have them put on the kiosk.  We try our best to talk them out of this but sometimes to no avail.  If you’ve seen our website KioskSimple.com you’ll notice we use a lot of hand drawn artwork that all meshes together nicely to give a consistent and professional theme with the occasional clipart thrown in for humor. Continue reading “8 Signs of an Amateur Touchscreen Kiosk Application”