The concept of being environmentally friendly and having a positive impact on the earth is a huge aspect of any business nowadays.
Consumers are looking and wanting the best technology that is out there but ethical morals have heightened over the years meaning not only do they want top products but they have to be ‘green’.
As a society we are focused on being sustainable and environment conscience; recycling whatever products we can to have a healthy influence on the world’s global warming.
What is more, the government is pushing citizens to become aware of their effects on the o-zone layer and realise how our resources are diminishing at a rapid rate.
We are being told to recycle our rubbish, clean bottles out and reuse whatever materials we can to save waste, landfills, costs and ultimately to protect the environment.
But it doesn’t mean consumers still can’t have high-quality products.
A company in Ireland has created a touch screen kiosk that is remotely managed and has no power cables or data lines.
EcoTech Computers, whose slogan is “Making Modern Technology Green”, has built and deployed an information kiosk that is powered by the user via a hand-crank generator but run ultimately by solar panels.
The outdoor computer system provides 24-hour access to a broad range of information and has a time display on screen letting the user know how much power is left.
The software monitors the solar power intake and power consumption. When the day is overcast, the screen will notify staff to turn it off when not in use. However, the crank will reactivate the machine, giving users two minutes of usage per full rotation of the crank.
It delivers local town councils’ visitors with event, accommodation and restaurant info, maps and contact number.
It has already been installed at Trim Castle, in Ireland, giving consumers’ info about the castle and its surrounding areas.
Peter McManus, Managing director of Eco Tech Computers, said: “With the unit being solar, mains powered or both, the installation costs are at a minimum as the unit can be mobile or fixed with no need to dig up paths to run power and data cables.”
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Green is big business and represents a new way to do business, it has a two fold effect and helps improve the bottom line whilst helping the environment. Now digital signage kiosks and enclosures are going green.
There is a movement in the kiosk and enclosure manufacturing industry for greener products, these units will be manufactured from renewal materials and will not damage the environment as previous units did. Coupling this with cutting edge dynamic signage is a winning solution.
There are three key steps to follow: ??
* Adhering to RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
* Using recyclable material
* Reducing power usage
In July 2006 a policy was implemented in Europe for RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), this policy was soon accepted within the businesses throughout Europe and into Asia.
This new policy was seen as a problem by some manufacturers, as it limits the amount of lead and mercury in a particular product as well as specifying which type of flame retardants to use.
The policy was one reason a company decided to buy back any kiosks or enclosures they were replacing and recycle them, by sending the old kiosks or enclosures to a specialised company that melted the steel and plastics then re-processed the product so it could be used again.
This is the way forward, with greener digital signage kiosks everyone wins including the planet!