Zytronic, a leader in durable,high-performance Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT™ and MPCT™), has supplied smartLINKcustom multitouch sensors powering a network of interactive kiosks located in five cities across the United States. smartLINK designed its new GEN3 SmartKiosk™ as an easy-to-deploy platform for municipalities, communities and mixed-use developments seeking to power smart city initiatives through interactive engagement, messaging, security and intelligence-gathering.
The smartLINK SmartKiosk is widely regarded as the most rugged, intelligent and interactive smart city platform currently available. Environmental sensors scan factors such as particulate matter, gasses, barometric pressure and temperature. 3D Wayfinding enables users to receive detailed geocached mapping data directly to personal devices. Video sensors gather data to analyze foot traffic, count auto traffic, measure traffic flow, identify and recommend alternate transportation options and solutions. Arrival and departure information for public transportation provides real-time status to users planning their daily needs. Ultrasonic sensors use sonar technology to run analytics and analyze background sound data. In addition, LiDAR technology is used to perform 360-degree laser scans to create detailed maps of everything within a 300-foot radius of the kiosks. The net result is to provide municipalities, communities, entertainment venues and mixed-use developments with the ability to activate, connect and communicate with citizens and visitors inclusively. Using relevant data designed to improve quality of life, the smartLINK SmartKiosk delivers a robust, engaging, fun and informative 24/7 interactive experience.
Central to the SmartKiosk functionality are Zytronic’s patented multitouch sensors, which smartLINK integrate into a high-definition, 2,500 nit LED LCD. Displays this bright present engineering challenges regarding EMI and touch recognition. Zytronic’s patented and proprietary controller firmware enable flawless, low-latency interaction, delivering seamless touch interaction. The smartLINK GEN3 SmartKiosk – currently deployed in 55-inch and 75-inch configurations in Newport, KY, Lawrenceburg, IN, Sunny Isles Beach, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL and the City of South Miami, FL – enable people to learn about the surrounding area, play educational games, take selfies and even contact the police in emergency situations. This all-weather, interactive functionality is made possible through outstanding hardware and software engineering by the smartLINK engineering group and with partners like Zytronic that deliver cutting-edge, world-renowned touch technology.
“Engaging with the public in any smart city deployment requires kiosks to be predictive, fun and functional and above all, reliable in all weather conditions,” said Steve Price, President at CEO of Priconics, the company working with the smartLINK management, engineering and manufacturing teams to source critical display and sensor components within the new GEN3 SmartKiosk. “Zytronic sensors serve as the gateway to this interactive experience, enabling citizens and tourists to intuitively navigate a wealth of content and delivering meaningful interaction with the smartLINK SmartKiosk.”
As these kiosks are in unattended outdoor locations, precautions have been taken to ensure they endure the rigors of everyday use. The Zytronic 5mm thermally tempered glass is durable and vandal-resistant, and its anti-glare etched surface treatment enables viewing in direct sunlight. The Zytronic – smartLINK partnership has truly delivered an unrivalled solution for all smart city initiatives.
Zytronic Displays Ltd internationally award-winning touch sensors are used globally in ATMs, digital signage, self-service kiosks and gaming machines as well as by industrial and medical OEMs. The company’s success rests on its patented and highly durable touch sensing technologies, which can be provided in custom designs of 85” and beyond.
In addition to its manufacturing and R&D centre in Newcastle, England, Zytronic has sales offices in Taipei, Tokyo, Austin, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia and a worldwide network of representatives and distributors. For further information please visit http://www.zytronic.co.uk/
Jon Salisbury and Russ Middleton (Co-Founders ofsmartLINK) learned of the tremendous digital divide that existed with underprivileged youth in the city of Newport, Kentucky. After learning of this gap in information access they created smartLINK with the mission to solve this issue. Jon and Russ were able to gather insights into major gaps in the traditional city infrastructure process around connectivity and intelligence. They worked countless hours with local companies, city officials and schools to create an award winning solution.
Through this experience smartLINK built the smart city platform to power smart cities utilizing engagement, messaging, security and intelligence with next generation infrastructure solutions featuring the GEN3 SmartKiosk™.