Outdoor Kiosks – 5 Issues to Consider


When deploying outdoor digital signage kiosks, it is essential in the planning stage to consider all the issues that influence the deployment of a failed project.

Display screen.

One issue is that buyers must select a kiosk with an adequate display screen. The display is the kiosks primary user interface and the first thing a customer notices. The screen experience can mean the difference between a good or bad self-service experience.

Outdoor kiosks demand that the displays are highly robust, readable and rugged. Displays that are designed for indoor use do not perform well outdoors, for the best solution you must use a special touch screen that tolerates frequently changing weather conditions. Customers must be able to read the display in direct sunlight.

To guarantee the best customer experience, a flat panel display must be brighter than the normal 200-240 Nits, ideally in the region of 500-1000 Nits. Also look for a display that has an auto dim option as this lowers the brightness at night and on cloudy days.

When using a touch screen ensure it is sealed against rain and moisture and check to see if it has safety glass fitted that protects against vandalism and harsh use.

Solid State Disc (SSD).

Solid state disc or hard drive computers have both advantages and disadvantages, such as:

  • What are the application requirements?
  • How mill user experience be effected?

If temperature is an issue make sure all the electronic components have acceptable temperature ranges.

Steel is the best material.

When decided on an outdoor kiosk, one factor must be the material the kiosk is made from, it has to be made form steel and then powder coated, as other materials just cannot survive outdoors will mostly likely crack in extreme weather.

Input devices.

If an input device is fitted to the kiosk, such as a mouse or keyboard it must be up to the job of being wash down and will hold up in severe weather.

Anti-vibration shock protection.

The electronic components that are in the kiosk need to be mounted on anti-vibration mounts to minimise any damage when subjected to severe vibration.

Now you know what to look for and what to avoid, so that your outdoor kiosk deployment will be a success.

Source by Dave Bradley


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