#CETW – Omnivex Software Behind Photo Kiosks

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Software from Concord, Ontario-based Omnivex Corporation, provider of enterprise-level software for digital signage networks, is now being used to manage photo kiosks located in hotels and at tourist attractions.

In partnership with Send A Message Inc. and Fujifilm‘s ‘See Here’, Omnivex, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, is providing the software platform for the touch screen interface and backbone management of the system.

The Send A Message (SAM) kiosk is a multi-purpose digital media kiosk which allows hospitality properties to deliver a set of services while providing several revenue opportunities. SAM’s easy to use personal media workstation allows users to quickly upload photos from their digital cameras, create customized postcards and print them on high quality photo paper.

In addition, they can directly access Fujifilm’s ‘See Here’ photo website for uploading their pictures for online storage, or creating photo gifts that can be ordered directly from the kiosk. Revenue is generated from the kiosk through the sale of on-screen ad space and by charging users a fee for creating their customized postcards. All functionality of the kiosk can be managed remotely through Omnivex digital signage software. Fujifilm North America installs and maintains these units for Send A Message Inc..

“Our digital media photo kiosk packages a stunning technology design with a simple to use application that enables guests to create unique photo postcards with their personal media in just minutes,” says Kristen Tsitoukis, president & CEO of Send A Message Inc. “Omnivex software has enabled us to provide a more all encompassing system to our customers.

The system was recently deployed at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World. Omnivex value-added reseller, Digisplay, brought all of the different aspects of the project together to combine the strengths of each of the companies involved into one unified solution.

“Omnivex software was invaluable for the success of this system because it allowed us to incorporate advertising space along with a touch screen interface and the ability to print the postcards,” says Jim McNeal, president, Digisplay, LLC. “As this system is rolled out to more locations, the network management functionality will be of paramount importance, as we plan to manage this system for Send A Message Inc.’s hotel customers.”

The system can be seen at the upcoming Customer Engagement Technology World trade show or the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show, starting November 10, 2010 at the Javits Convention Center, in New York City.

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