A touch screen directory is a touch-sensitive display-equipped device typically used in hotels, shopping malls, office buildings, and hospitals to assist visitors in finding their way around the establishment. Some systems can provide additional information like event schedules, tenant information, and advertisements.
Touch screen directories usually come in either one of two forms: a free-standing kiosk or one that is surface-mounted. The free-standing kiosks usually come with mounting holes so they can be securely fixed to the floor. A surface-mounted directory, on the other hand, is normally fastened to the wall.
The most basic setups display listings of the building’s tenants, normally grouped by their main line of services. For instance, in a shopping mall, the groupings may feature restaurants, clothing boutiques, gaming shops, coffee shops, cyber cafes, banks, and so on.
A hospital touch screen directory, on the other hand, may group the doctors by specializations; e.g. surgeons, pediatricians, optometrists, cardiologists, etc. These features can free hospital personnel from the task of assisting new patients who don’t know their way around. Thus, it can increase efficiency and productivity.
More sophisticated touch screen directories can feature interactive maps, a multi-touch interface, high resolution, and may even show videos or live feeds.
The maps displayed on top-of-the-line directories can be zoomed in and out, panned left or right and up or down, and even rotated clockwise or counterclockwise. Just like static building maps, the touch screen directory will indicate where the viewer is currently positioned.
In academic institutions like universities with large, sprawling campuses, touch screen directories can help students locate departments, classrooms, faculty offices, and other facilities. They can also find additional information about particular faculty members, courses, subjects, and school activities.
Establishments normally place their touch screen directory devices in highly conspicuous areas to allow easy access for visitors.
Some companies that offer touch screen directory products and services include:
TechSource by Directory Solutions
Interactive Touchscreen Solutions