March 21, 2007

Middle East Kiosks and Tradeshows

Commentary article on the Middle East self-service kiosk environment by a leading kiosk industry authority, Pete Snyder.

KioskCom puts Middle East on the map

By Peter Snyder

19 Mar 2007

The writer is managing director, International Kiosk Group, for KIOSK Information Systems.

This was the first year KioskCom came to the Middle East venue, drawing a large crowd from all disciplines, from airlines, banks, retail and government agencies. The vast majority of attendees were decision makers and individuals very interested in employing kiosks and generated a great deal of interest in kiosk hardware as well as software.

From the perspective of kiosk acceptance, the Middle East is anxious and willing to use kiosks in a wide spectrum of vertical markets. Middle Easterners are not prone to wait in line and find kiosks as a useful tool in providing efficient service. Moreover, they are after quality kiosk solutions, having already been burned by Far Eastern companies providing relatively unsophisticated and lower quality kiosks.

In terms of kiosk implementation, the Middle East is in the early stages of kiosk deployments, though APTEC and KTS have positioned themselves as providers of kiosk hardware, installation, maintenance services, parts and remote monitoring services throughout the Gulf region.

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Posted by staff at March 21, 2007 09:41 AM