Interactive Touch Technology And Its Use In Information Kiosks

Everybody either has one, or has used one. No longer the stuff of science fiction movies, touch technology has transformed they was people interact with their hand held devices and computers. However it is not only used on personal devices, but also is now a common interface when using public services such ATM machines and interactive ticket booths. In this article we explain about different types of touch technology, optical, projected capacitive, and infrared, and the use of this technology in information kiosks.

The Technology

There are many types of touch screen technologies, in this article we discuss optical, projected capacitive, and infrared technology.

With optical touch you have image sensors placed around the edges of a display, and armed with infrared backlights, it can then distinguish two contact points at the same time. This allows users to use two finger interactions such as zoom and rotations. Optical touch is easy to use and normally provides an accurate and responsive experience for the user.

Projected Capacitive touch (PCT) is what is commonly used by your smart phone and tablets, or other mobile devices. Instead of a dual point there is a matrix of conductive materials layered within sheets of glass. The conductive grid creates an electrostatic field, and as explained in Wikipedia, “when a conductive object, such as a finger, comes into contact with a PCT panel, it distorts the local electrostatic field at that point. This is measurable as a change in capacitance. The capacitance can be changed and measured at every individual point on the grid (intersection)”.

With infrared screens there is a ‘frame’ surrounding the display, rather than an overlay on the surface like you have with PCT. There are infrared light-emitting diodes (LED) on one side of the frame and photo-detector pairs on the other side of the frame, these surround the screen and create a grid by crossing each other. These invisible light beams can detect any changes or ‘interruptions’ to the grid when touched. This is known as “light-beam interruption technology”. With infrared screens the sensors can detect the exact location of where you touch, whether by finger, glove, stylus or pen. Furthermore, unlike PCT screens, “infrared touch screens do not require any patterning on the glass which increases durability and optical clarity of the overall system” (source Wikipedia). These types of screens make and excellent choice for retail stores and information kiosks and are perfect for businesses who want top of the range interactive displays and digital signage.

Information kiosks

Multi touch kiosk displays are used in retail and commercial settings across the globe. These types of information kiosks house a computer terminal with custom made software. They allow the user to navigate their way around given information using touch technology, while preventing them from accessing the computer system. Modern information kiosks include Wi-Fi capabilities and 3G connectivity. They are also usually built with a protective face panel using Perspex or toughened glass.

The best commercial displays available are “all-in-one” integrated touch screen kiosks. All-in-one integration means the hardware (computer and content management system) is integrated into the display itself. To achieve this, the kiosk is purpose made with a built-in industrial high specification computer. This means there are no external devices needed such as cables, external computer or third party clip on components. These all-in-one screens are available with various configurations and operating systems e.g. windows, MAC, Linux or Android. They can also be built into any size display required, on or in any style case housing or pedestal.

As you can see, thanks to advances in technology information kiosks have been revolutionised. Retailers can now engage with their customers in a fun and informative ways, and businesses and governments can provide a free public service through the use of this technology. By using all-in-one integrated screens you too can change the way you interact with the world.

Business Leader Development Information: Learn to Develop Yourself and Your Business

I love learning new stuff and it saddens me when I come across business owners and directors who stop learning and become ineffective. If you plan well, gathering business knowledge may cost you little but your time and it’s often fun too.

Be informed by newsletters

Letting technology inform you is so much easier than hunting for what you want. Many websites offer to e-mail daily or weekly tips. If you are innovative, you may even use the RSS (really simple syndication) services from many search engines (like Google) to feed news to your desktop and to tell you when relevant content is posted.

Share common concerns with peers

Those worthwhile organisations that charge you annual dues can often provide learning opportunities, particularly if you get involved with the local branch. So why not work on shared ideas with peers in your professional community?

Where you work alone, why not gather a group of like-minded people to help each other? Your skill is probably someone else’s Achilles heel so you can gain while sharing your issues and needs.

The quangos (quasi-non-government organisations) tasked with economic regeneration also offer skill development activities – usually subsidised by your taxes. This can help to push your business concerns into the awareness of local and central government too.

Make contacts through training

Ask your suppliers if you can fill otherwise empty seats on their training programmes – this costs nothing and builds useful relationships with them and their other customers.

Likewise, invite your customers to join your training programmes – against the fee you pay, you may get additional orders.

Keeping your body and mind fit

Working with schools provides countless opportunities, from teacher mentoring to student project work. Surprise yourself by the ideas you gain when you help others.

Find someone independent to take an interest in your career and personal growth. A mentor or coach would help you focus your energy and development at little cost.

Of course, learning is wasted if not applied. So walking the dog might give you the space to think how to apply your new knowledge and reinforce fresh skills.

The Concept Of Reforms As Developed In Information Technology

PRINCE is a project management method; not system development, which covers the organisation, management and control of projects. Since its introduction in 1989, PRINCE has become widely used in both the public and private sectors and is now the UK’s de facto standard for project management. Although PRINCE was originally developed for the needs of IT projects, the method has also been used on many non-IT projects. PRINCE requires a dedicated team to be established to manage and carry out each project. It therefore aims to provide a supporting framework between the current state of affairs and the planned future state. PRINCE focuses attention on end-products rather than activities, ensuring that the organisation actually gets what it wants out of the project. Quality is seen as a necessary and integral part of the project and the focus on end-products enables the criteria by which quality is to be judged to be specified at the outset of the project. It requires the development of a viable “business case” for the project at its outset and that the business case needs to be periodically reviewed.

In PRINCE a project is regarded as having the following characteristics:

defined and unique set of technical products to meet the business needs

corresponding set of activities to construct those products

certain amount of resources

finite lifespan

organisational structure with defined responsibilities

In PRINCE, an approach to planning based on products rather than activities and the use of this approach for the benefits. It also emphasises that projects needs to define the ‘ shape’ or manageable phases of a project to promote sound business control. Stages are characterised by the production of specific products.

The PRINCE model for projects is based on two main principles:

The project is a joint responsibility between users, the developers and the organisation for whose benefit the end-product is being developed

In order for projects to succeed, a special structure is demanded to manage the project throughout its life – from conception through build to handover. This structure is distinct from normal line management.

Using these principles, the model defines three levels of activity:

Overall project management and major decision making

Day-to-day management

Production of end-products

In view of the above, it is obvious that in Modern Technology, Information system helps the growing project to strengthen its structure by way of making required reforms which are vitally important for a better economic system in a country. The above mentioned three levels of project activity are assigned respectively to the Project Board, to its administrative and financial stringency as well as Stage Managers, and to the Technical Teams as a tentative flow.

Intelligence Information Extraction Through Automation Tools and Techniques

Internet is a huge ocean of competitive and technological information. Information searching and extraction on domains of interest is tedious and results in large set of documents. Identification of relevant documents form is more tedious and time consuming. There are many intelligence text extraction tools available worldwide. But, these tools are fully automated and generated results based on keyword frequency. There is no tool available which takes input from the human and then run automation based on the user definitions or objectives.

Patents are good source of technology and competitive information and could be used for better actionable intelligence from text mining. A patent document consists of core information concerning a particular invention in a technology domain and the key elements, processes and methodology of the invention are vested in the title, abstract, summary, claims and detailed description of the preferred embodiments of the invention. Additionally, US class and an IPC class provides the key parameters of the invention. But, in case of US or IPC class, it is better to consider all the classes, not just the primary class to get better understanding of the invention. Thus, it is easy to run automation to generate actionable intelligence in a patent document.

For better automation and intelligence information collection, one has to consider the US and IPC class along with the key patent sections mentioned above, plus additional similar terms from the web. Also, it is better to have a good understanding of the subject and technologies around the domain.

Mobile Communication – A Cutting Edge Technology

Wireless communication has diffused faster than any other communication technology in history. To begin with, the most pervasive technology in this field has been -Mobile Phone which brought a wave of variations in the mode of communication.

Within a span of about 10 years Mobile telephony has moved from being the technology of a privileged few to an essentially main stream technology. It actually began to take off world wide in mid 90′s when the ratio of mobile to land line phone went up from 1:34(1991) to about 1:8(1998). By 2000 the ratio of mobile phone to land line phone rose to 1:2 and by 2003, mobile phone subscriptions had overtaken mainline subscription for the first time. Since then mobile phone subscriptions have continued to rise effectively at a fast rate. With the passage of time mobile phones have not only become substitutes for wired phones but have overshadowed them.

There has been a significant increase in mobile phone subscription in the past decade and mobile phones have outstripped fixed lines in most countries. The main reason being that the mobile phones come with a wealth of features like text messaging, email, internet access, games, music playback, personal organizer, etc. The mobile phone technology is getting more and more advanced with each passing day.

Considering the importance of WIRELESS INTERNET –Although there are a variety of ways to access the internet wirelessly( for example mobile phones, pagers, laptops, PDA’s) access via mobile phone has received the most kind attention in the past few years , probably because mobile phone is the primary mode used to remain connected with information and resources.

It has been rightly quoted “With mobile phone in your hands the world is at your finger tips.”

Furthur emphasizing on the future of internet and communication it has been rightly said
“The future of the internet and computing application is not going be in the home or at the office ; its going to be MOBILE”

—Nigel Clifford, Sybian

Secondly preference for asynchronous communication method suits the fast & modern lifestyle. As we all know email is considered more efficient, faster, cost effective and secured means of communication. Today’s global workforce demands “anywhere, anytime” technology. Information on the move is a necessity as well as an advantage.

Emails brought us the freedom to communicate quickly with anyone anywhere over the internet. Being the most cost effective and efficient method to transmit all kinds of electronic data, it has become indispensable for professionals, students and probably for everybody who has the need to access emails while on the move.

For modern enterprises, the benefits of accessing emails on mobile are clear: it’s convenient and provides for new opportunities, and they are an exceptionally effective way for workers to stay connected with both colleagues and back-office information
It provides

1. Increased employee productivity while away from the office.

2. Increased real time responsiveness to clients , customers partners or suppliers.

3. Great convenience/enhanced user experience

4. Improved accessibility for employees traveling globally

5. Improved executive decision making

6. Ability to expand the use of mobile phones from voice to data applications.

7. Enhanced employee collaboration.

8. Lower cost of operations compared to mobile wireless laptops.

9. Increased ability to leverage existing I.T investments.

Because of the versatility and portability of mobile phones many major companies across the world that value instant integrated communications are now issuing mobile phones, to their extended workforce. The need of accessing corporate emails on the move growing day by day. Not only can colleagues keep in touch by voice, they can also email and share files by sending as attachments that otherwise would need to be sent via PC. Thus, the majority of the mobile workforce has an inherent requirement for wireless access to email account

But still there are certain factors which prevent the deployment of wireless email access on mobile phones like total cost of ownership, security issues, device and net work compatibility.

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