Outdoor Digital Kiosk Project Deal Breakers and How To Avoid Them

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5 Common Questions to Ask When Planning Outdoor Digital Kiosks Signage

Installing outdoor digital kiosks on your property or campus seems easy, right?

Outdoor digital kiosks have unique needs, being outside and separate from core building infrastructure. There are some important hurdles to clear before you can start planning the “fun stuff,” like content options. You don’t want to embark on a project and then, after months worth of meetings and quote revisions, unearth a critical detail that brings your project to a screeching halt.

The Fine Print About Installing Outdoor Digital Kiosks

If you’re considering installing outdoor digital signage on your property or campus, you should be as prepared as you can be. Although it might seem like a simple project, there are some unique needs – and hurdles – that come with outdoor digital kiosks.

But we’re here to help. In this blog, we’ve compiled a list of 5 essential questions that you should ask when planning your outdoor kiosk project.

1. Is the site of my future kiosk set up for power and internet?

Before anything else, you need to make sure that any outdoor digital sign has access to power and internet.

While indoor digital signs can pretty easily connect to an outlet or extension cord, the process is more complicated for outdoor units. Power and internet cables typically run underground. The same goes for internet cables like fiber lines, which are essential to run “live” to-the-minute feeds like news, traffic or transit schedules. So you may need to tear up existing concrete slabs or tile pavers to set up the necessary cables.

Wireless internet is an option, but it may not always be reliable. It’s best to use a hardwired connection to ensure everything runs smoothly with and so you can maximize uptime. Before starting your project, consult with a construction company or contractor to estimate your options.

2. Can outdoor digital kiosks stand up to the elements?

Outdoor digital kiosks are exposed to the forces of nature, so it’s important to make sure that they are properly weatherproofed.

At TouchSource, our outdoor digital kiosks can withstand harsh winds, snowstorms, hail, extreme heat, and rain and humidity. We use weatherproof paints and powder coats, more ventilation and washable metal filters. Each unit has water mitigation channels to prevent pooling and rust buildup. This is important for outdoor digital kiosks in coastal areas or locations with lots of moisture. Our commercial-grade hardware helps the kiosk perform well even in extreme heat or freezing temperatures.

3. Will on-screen kiosk content be easily readable outside?

Outdoor kiosks have different levels of brightness compared to outdoor units. This is so their screens will be readable in nearly any amount of sunlight. The screen of your outdoor digital kiosk needs to be 5x higher than any indoor commercial display—rated at 2,500 Nits!

List of 10 essential display features of an outdoor digital kiosk like impact protection, brightness and cooling features.

4. Are outdoor digital kiosks safe from vandalism or theft?

You may wonder if your kiosk investment will be safe outside. Outdoor kiosks are at a higher risk of theft and vandalism than indoor units, as they are outdoors 24/7 and without the protection of locked doors, security guard or badge access. The good news is that you can still protect your kiosk from harm.

Make sure your outdoor digital kiosk enclosure has security measures already built in, such as robust lock cylinders. This way, you can rest easily knowing your assets are safe.

5. How can I ensure my outdoor digital kiosk is installed properly?

Proper installation is crucial to ensure that your outdoor digital kiosk is safe and secure.

Doing so should help prevent the risk of tipping over. You’ll want to get a professional engineering analysis on the foundation and installation method. Then, get it approved by local officials.

Consult with local experts to identify all the necessary permits you will need (you can find information through the local city government). This will help ensure no codes or regulations are violated.


Planning Checklist

Now that we’ve answered some key questions about outdoor digital kiosk considerations, let’s help you to best plan your project.

Download our Kiosk Project Readiness Checklist to help your project get underway faster.

In Conclusion

Outdoor digital signage can offer serious value to your organization. With a kiosk, you’re bound to increase foot traffic, usage, visibility, and customer interactivity. Proper planning and budgeting for these items will lead to a much better experience from conception to implementation. Knowing what questions to ask and what to look for will help you plan a successful project from start to finish.

Need help scoping your kiosk project? Request a quote and one of our TouchSource experts will schedule a consultation.

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