Tips on designing a kiosk
Many of Caltron’s customers have ordered our interactive open frame touch screen monitors and industrial open frame monitors for their kiosk projects. Every kiosk applications have something different, but they share some common aspects, used in public locations and to provide convenience for users are an example. Caltron has some helpful tips for those kiosk VARs and OEMs to design their products that will make their kiosk’s operation last longer with less maintenance.
Hidden costs can result in lost revenue and time, avoiding them is a key aspect to VARs and OEMs on their future production. That’s why it’s important for the layout of the product to stay the same for the duration of its lifetime. For example, Caltron's 12.1-inch open frame monitor, our oldest product, has been in service since 1997 and used at least six LCD manufactures/models, but the layout has never been changed. This eliminates the need for redesigning the kiosk if a newer version of LCD is introduced because the layout is the same. Caltron has an article about What's an Open Frame Monitor, it provides an entire view on display selection.
Determining which touch technology is suitable for your kiosk is important because it can minimize downtime and maximize the usage of your kiosk. Check our touchscreen technology comparison page article to know the pros and cons.
To ensure the protection and longevity of your components and your users, a protective bezel should be installed. For example, front splash proof bezel, shock absorbers, ventilation can protect against vandalism, heat, weather, quake, power outage and anything that can possibly damage or ruin the kiosk operation should be thoroughly considered.
Outdoor kiosks need to consider operating and storage temperature range of all electronic parts they use. On display part, LED-backlit LCD panels to accept wider operating and storage temperature range than traditional CCFL back LCDs. For differences between these two LCD technologies, check out Caltron's article about when should I choose a CCFL LCD Monitor. Proper thermal management is needed for the whole kiosk to prevent problems from outdoor environments.
Direct Sunlight or strong light condition will reduce the usability/visibility of the kiosk, proper shading will prevent waste on energy or damage on the materials behind the LCD caused by longtime bright sources exposure. Especially on touch screen kiosks, heat will accumulate between touch glass and LCD panel caused by sunlight.