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Kiosk Software Expands the Ability for Businesses to Deliver Interactive E-Commerce to ConsumersThe Company Demonstrates Robust Programming Solutions for E-Commerce Applications on Interactive Public Information Terminals at E-Business Expo '99
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 7, 1999--
Kiosk Software, Inc, will be exhibiting at the e-Business Expo in
San Jose, June 8-10, demonstrating its business applications for
kiosks that reach far beyond the conventional e-commerce stereotype of
Internet surfers who use their PCs to order flowers or purchase
airline tickets. This San Luis Obispo-based company that specializes
in creating custom software systems is working with AmeriComUSA and
its subsidiary, AdCast, to deliver a ``total solution'' for e-commerce
and public information terminals -- interactive kiosks.
It has been projected by Frost & Sullivan, a California research
firm that covers kiosk industry growth and spots trends, that the
kiosk industry will grow 25-35 percent annually till the year 2004.
The analyst company stated that ``interactive kiosks are being
recognized as a legitimate strategy to improve customer service,
expand customer base, reduce labor costs and provide easy access to a
wealth of product and service information.''
To meet this growing need in the market, KSI offers retailers and
others a complete kiosk e-business solutions by combining the
corporate services of Kiosk Software, Inc.'s parent company,
AmeriComUSA, with the software, advertising and telecommunications
expertise of its subsidiaries. The companies provide a ``total
solution'' service, including Web site design from HieroGrafix, site
hosting through Direct Access Internet (DAI), and timed,
non-scrollable, Internet billboard ads offered by AdCast, another
``Less than 40 percent of adult Americans have access to the
Internet at home or at work -- that means nearly 100 million potential
customers aren't currently viewing Internet advertising or making
Web-based purchases,'' said Lori Fisher, founder and president of KSI.
``With the joint efforts from Kiosk and AmeriComUSA's subsidiaries, we
will be able to reach out to the untapped market segment with all
types of communications services. Our system can be placed in airports
or malls to target travelers and shoppers, as well as those millions
of individuals who lack Internet access altogether.''
Kiosk conjures up visions of a tiny Parisian newsstand, with
copies of Le Monde and Paris Match stacked up on the counter. Today,
``kiosk'' describes any number and variety of public access electronic
vending machines, but instead of dispensing candy, gum or soda, these
tireless robotic salesmen are being utilized to promote and sell
everything from banking services to burial plots.
Recent Kiosk Software, Inc. clients include Best Source Credit
Union of Minneapolis, which uses kiosks to provide remote video
banking to members; Private Memorial Centers, a Utah cemetery operator
whose kiosks offer video tours of memorial parks, plot location maps,
casket choices and payment plans; and Judicial Solutions, Inc., a
Laguna Beach, Calif. company with kiosks placed inside county jails
that accept credit cards and issue bail bonds on the spot.
Their flagship product is the Kiosk Operating Suite (K/OS(TM)),
an off-the-shelf kiosk developer's toolkit which utilizes Windows 95,
98, or NT platforms and Microsoft's Internet Explorer to provide kiosk
operators with Internet connectivity, controlled URL access, Web-based
content display, event logging, user transaction reports and remote
About Kiosk Software, Inc.
Kiosk Software develops software for interactive business
applications, including the Internet kiosk. KSI provides products and
services that support rapid application development, ensure
reliability for kiosk deployments, provide on-going remote monitoring
and control public access to the Internet.
KSI products include the Kiosk Operating Suite (K/OS(TM)), an
industrial-strength kiosk developer tool kit and TerraVista(TM), its
Internet access control software. In addition, KSI provides ongoing
Kiosk Remote Management services and the Kiosk Doctorx, a diagnostic
service for analyzing deployed kiosks.
As a member of the AmeriComUSA family, KSI offers a complete
point-of-purchase merchandising solution that includes kiosk
advertising and full integration with a customer's e-commerce site.
About AmeriComUSA, Inc.
AmeriComUSA, Inc. is a family of Internet companies that
collectively offer a complete e-Business solution. AmeriComUSA
companies deliver advertising, telecommunications, e-commerce and
merchandising solutions for the benefit of consumers, advertisers and
Kiosk Software, Inc., San Luis Obispo
Lori Fisher, 805/541-4001
Miller/Shandwick Technologies for AmeriComUSA, Inc.
Jim Fanucchi, 650/596-5800
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