Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Obstacles to overcome on starting a kiosk project



In reviewing our dozen so years of manufacturing self service kiosk projects, we have experienced that several projects are doomed from onset so they either never reach point of approval or are at best piloted but rejected before mass deployment and we have reviewed some of our cases and found that these objections or causes can be easily overcome with simple set of guides.

Analysis stage is were the client is undergoing the research to reach a target or goal that is achievable with a kiosk deployment,  in past project analysis is important but should not be looked as an obstacle in several cases we found that due to list of goals far outreach clients ability to secure these achievements as goals expand ever larger.  A simple guide is that like any new project keep the guidelines to a simple version to begin with and expand and grow on those in time, invariable we can far easier reach goals when we break them down into steps to be achieved and those large deployments that were successful were based on founding principle of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).
Software application,  a daunting opportunity for many kiosk investors who do we approach, do they have pedigree and expertise to meet our demands and purse,  KT Group can help here we have vetted many of the kiosk software firms and we can and do invite clients to speak to us so we can assist we are able to shed valuable information that will assist in choosing the right partner for software development.

Bespoke of kiosk hardware
,  many kiosk investors wish to customise their kiosk hardware but may be worried that it requires in-house knowledge KT Group literally speaking bespokes each project now bespoking a kiosk may mean simply changing a peripheral device with another or in extreme cases having to start from scratch but whatever requirement KT Group has dozen years experience and we can walk you through process simply and many times without huge costs involved.


Certifications can cause concerns,  whether it is a simple CE or a full UL certificate requirements are different for each project but all vetted kiosk manufacturers and developers should be able to guide you through a path of successfully having your terminal project meet guidelines and then in turn receive certified approval.
Speak to us openly and without concern, all our staff are here to assist we don’t place burdens of cost for time we in return provide answers and if those meet with your approval we can surprisingly for many ensure that we take most of the challenges you were concerned and turn them into easily managed steps to reach a target.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Custom Digital Signage Interactive Kiosks

Nowadays trend of having a unique custom design has risen more of the industry that works in field of manufacturing self service and digital signage are being requested to have customisation as part of its tool kit to be able to satisfy savy based clients whose appetite for enriched designs are part of the solution they wish and only those firms who can bring innovation into a design concept for hardware will win lucrative contracts that are on offer.

KT Group has been working with industrial designers since it began, it was vision of KT CEO Kenneth Larsen when first launching his company back in 2005 that a cornerstone of its product portfolio required for its success and longevity lay in being able to resource with industrial designers experienced in creating visionary designs.   Twelve years on and well over 100 ideas the company has worked with some of the top tier billion dollar corporations and were awarded small and also large contracts because of its ability to present a design that met with there vision of a concept.

Digital Signage crops up everywhere in retail and transportation sector, need for information exploding since turn of millennium has created a billion dollar industry with many endowing their success on developing platforms to showcase visual art and hosting the visual digital information is on a terminal,  part of KT Group custom platform certainly contains many variations to industry leading design innovation and a few showcase pieces demonstrate that.

1. Interactive Mall Terminal Concept





2. Interactive Outdoor & Indoor Mall Terminal Concept
 3. Bus Stop Interactive Information Terminal Concept
 4. Interactive Mall Terminal Concept



A few selected concepts all of these concepts were developed and engineered and 2 of them went onto mass production,  but these concepts strengthened core of KT experience that our visions to enhance the locations will assist in success of a project.  Namely the public will always been drawn to visually impacting designs. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Most Copied Kiosk Photo online

Several years ago KT Group manufactured a slimline free standing terminal as in picture depicted below,  this photo is an original photo we had prepared with a photographer and we proudly had it uploaded to our online profiles at our website and also as part of our showcase on Alibaba which at the time we were part of the Gold Membership programme.
Fast forward to end of 2016 approx. 8 years ago the photos were taken and just out of curiousity as i have over years noticed many copyright infringers have taken our photo and used it for their own purposes i decided i would do a Google Image Search the outcome was a hit ratio of "Page 6 of about 25,270,000,000 results (0.40 seconds)" incomprehensibly our image has circuculated that many times in such a short period.
A practice we now have learned by and stopped placing all our stock photos online to allow for those copyright infringers to take our Intellectual Property,  its a sizeable problem to deal with this especially when you are as in case of KT Group a SME enterprise we simply do not have resources to challenge a case each time.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Full Turnkey Solution from idea to mass production


KTGroup has risen in 11 years are business has engaged in offering international clients a service for manufacturing kiosks,  so what does our service compromise of lets take a closer look.

Idea

Many of the customers we work with our enterprises that require a self service terminal,  the client may even know what elements they require in a machine configuration but most will not have any further knowledge or expertise which is were we come into picture.
The idea is for KT to listen to clients requirements,  paying particular attention to certain key aspects to details and in synopsis we will want to know at least following.
1. Location – instore, outdoor, covered outdoor
2. The service kiosk will provide, will it be informational, payment driven, ticketing and as industry diversifies more applications become driven
3. Dimensions and weight play certain aspect in respect to location positioning and user specifics does it require access by children, disabled
4. Protection this comes into question when it require protection from elements, location and if it holds cash or sensitive items
5. Custom requirements that may not be answered in first four parts

Design

Design then can be approached once we have an idea,  KT Group may be able to offer an existing design that meets with clients ideas and also his likeness to product,  otherwise one of the striking advantages here inhouse is ability to provide a custom design solution this service is a rapidly rising service we see more common requests for now.
3D CAD

Once we have an approval for terms we have proposed we begin work of CAD (Computer Assisted Drawings) that are needed first to prepare a rendering for clients final approval to begin on project but secondly also so we can use the 3D model drawings these will be cornerstone to use in manufacturing machinery process a set of 3D modelled blue prints are vital,  and KT Group has its own internal resources to build these vital documentations.

Sample Terminal

Nearly 98% percent of customers will request us to build one or several samples for final project approval,  we at KT support the build of samples as its in this process we can ensure the final mass produced goods are 100 percent accurate in every requirement.
Mass Production

Then we arrive at part of customer is now done all of its due diligence and approvals so we can begin process of mass producing the concept,  KT Group has for past 6 years focussed on building terminals in quantities ranging from 25 to 400 per production run,  mass production includes naturally also procurement of all parts and complete assembly of all components and items that make up a finished unit be that a simple electrical cable or a primary component like a touch monitor.  One of the challenging elements is cable routing required within terminal, in each terminal at least a dozen and sometimes more cables are needed to connect all devices to its various centrally located hubs be that electrical socket strip, pc our experienced staff ensure that all cabling is thoroughly distributed hidden and protected and also labelled.
Testing

Once all mass produced kiosks are completed we also provide a final service of quality control and testing,  this is a proof that terminal works and all its various devices are also working and being recognized by installed operating system and powered up and functional,  as its far easier to repair onsite than it is at client premises.

Packaging

Packaging may not seem important but think that 50 machines are required in United Kingdom the travel itinerary that a terminal has to travel has quite allot of stages at least 4 different locations were it may be moved from one location to another and with each move the terminal risks damage, so ensuring protective packaging for equipment is mandatory to ensure a positive experience. 




How long does it take


The full process of such a service can vary as several tangents will depend on timing,  but if client is ready from day 1 to begin without trials and testing of terminal sample onsite at the location then the full process would normally take 90 days inclusive of shipping to the location as a starting point for discussions.