About kiosks

Computer terminals (kiosk) are specialized computer systems with industrial design, aimed at providing information services, internet access and other specialized information in public places with high attendance and places of residence of many people. The main difference from conventional systems is the possibility for many people to use them.

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Information terminals (kiosk) for public access have many and various applications:

 – provide free access to information resources and databases;
offer free internet access;

Provide current public information – for public transport, for actions and decisions of state, regional and municipal authorities;

  – Perform special functions, related to activities of foundations and organizations involved in charitable and humanitarian activities;

  – assist customers with information on the location of offices and other public buildings /such as hospitals and other/;

allow to build automated information services, offered by different levels of administration;
informing customers through commercials and banners for different products and activities of individual companies and organisations;


it may take part in the construction of systems for submitting and automatic document processing, including systems for managing queues.



  In practice, information terminals (kiosk) can be placed in schools, hospitals, office buildings, shopping malls, bus stations and railway stations, metro stations, airports and many other places.


 Given their main applications, technically kiosks are build in a special metal boxes of appropriate design, they are secured from vandal actions and can be attach to wall or floor. Their internal wiring is done with a view to their safe use by the people – all removable parts and body are grounded, all the European standrarts for safety are met. Information terminals ( kiosk ) are equipped with a "touch-screen" displays, a metal keyboard with integrated mouse type - "Trackball", their computer configurations are suitable for use under various operating systems – LINUX, WINDOWS XP, WINDOWS VISTA and other.

 


 

In order to promote such devices in Bulgariacompany "Vector 3D" Ltd has developed and realized its conception and design, which includes:


   A/ Placing information terminals ( kiosk ) in public places in Sofia - in the subway and central hallscentral bus stationCentral Railway stationNational Palace of Culture and other appropriate places.


   B/ Set kiosks provide free and unlimited by time Internet access for each user.


   C/ Used software is developed and owned by "Vector3D" Ltd and is under the"open source "they have complied with licensing agreements and practices. Installed operating system is Linux Ubuntu, as the browser is secured against virusesintrusion from another network and errors to users.

 

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 The actual program insurance has the following functions:

  – graphical environment in "kiosk" mode, protected from unauthorized and/or malicious "hacker" attacks;               opportunity to diagnose the presence of Internet connectivity. In the absence of suchconnectivity comes a warning message;

 

  – automatically restarting the graphical environment after a time interval of inactivity on the keyboard and / or mouse;

 

  – automatically connected to a remote server with installed management system for banners;

 

  – forbidden ports for downloading with torrents.

 

     The user experience is greatly facilitated by the convenient keyboard with integrated mouse-type "track ball", designed specially for browsing the internet. There are no time limits provided for using the public terminal. The only thing the user must do is to "click" on one of the banners located on the front page. Then the page to which the relevant banner links is loading and there appears Address window to select the URL