Slintec Photo Kiosks

Sintec Photo Kiosk, in technical collaboration with Netlife, Norway provides customers with self service high quality instant prints.

The launch of digital camera technology in the photographic industry has resulted in the widespread introduction of photo kiosks so customers can conveniently obtain their prints. The photo kiosk gives consumers the control of editing their images before printing or saving on CD. Slintec Photo kiosks work equally well in a single retail store or in a large chain store, where information is centrally controlled and dynamically updated.

Apart from photographic stores, Slintec Photo kiosk can be successfully placed in remote locations such as hotels, resorts, pharmacies / drugstores, shopping centers, convenience stores and tourist centres etc.

Slintec photo kiosk offers the following services:
Voice activated software
A touch screen interface guides the customers smoothly through the entire process and meets his requirements in a matter of a few minutes. A friendly voice gently prompts the customer through the processing requirements.

User friendly
The photo kiosk is extremely user friendly. Kids, mothers and even elderly people can effortlessly operate a photo kiosk. Be it creative print options, image enhancement, processing passports or id photos, burning pictures to CD etc., all these options are clearly shown on the screen, enabling customers to easily navigating through the menu.

Passport and ID photos
Slintec photo kiosk has an option where customers can create their own Passport and Id photos by simply selecting the images

Album creation and Calendar function:
Slintec photo kiosk has an option where customers can create their own Passport and Id photos by simply selecting the images .The album creation function allows customers to choose from a wide range of album templates and add their chosen photos to them. The retailer can then produce the digital album based on the customers' selections. Customers are able to create custom calendars by choosing from a wide range of calendar templates and adding their selected images.

Home delivery
This facility helps customers to order from their homes back to their store for processing. Instead of a customer coming back to collect their prints from the store, they can select the home delivery option while placing their order at the kiosk. The prints will then be sent to their homes. Photo kiosks give customers an estimated time when their prints will be ready for pick-up.

Photo kiosks are scripted in over a dozen multiple languages. This means the kiosk is user-friendly for a wide range of customers. Languages are continually added as photo kiosks find their way into newer regions and markets.

Additional features
Photo kiosks accept all memory cards, CD's, DVD's and phone cameras via infra-red or Bluetooth. They also have inbuilt scanners and printers which can print not just passport and small size photographs but huge posters as well. In case the clarity of photos fed in are not good enough for printing, the machine automatically warns the customer of potential defects / problems.

Edit options
Photo kiosks provide an exclusive range of editing options which suit the needs of common people. Customers can zoom and crop their images, add text and captions, add borders or specialty frames, add special effects filters, such as sepia or black and white. Customers can also create custom calendars by choosing from a wide range of calendar templates and adding their selected images

Self image enhancement
Photo kiosks automatically correct the color, density, shadow and highlights for each individual image or all images. They also automatically remove unsightly Red-Eye from flash photos.

High margin services
Photo kiosks offer a wide range of facilities apart from photographs. These high margin services include
1. Scrap book templates
2. Photo gifts
3. Photo story books
4. Photo movies
5. Photo picture books

These have the potential to drive profits in digital printing.
Customers can create photos of their favorite places, people and events and have them printed on a variety of products like coffee mugs, T-shirts, jigsaw puzzles, bags etc. The retailers can offer customers a range of gift items to choose from. They can also create photo albums and picture books by choosing their favorite photos and events be it weddings, graduations, anniversaries etc. Once the orders are complete they also have the option of ordering several copies of it in various sizes.

Similarly photo picture books can be created by selecting the photos, the required sizes and also a range of backgrounds provided by the retailer. These can be bound by the retailer himself or outsourced according to his wishes.

Customers can also present their set of favorite photos in a movie format with different styles accompanied with music in both DVD and VCD formats. The express movie option saves time as it intelligently chooses the photos to be presented. The styles of presentations can vary depending upon the general mood be it fun, kiddy, romantic, nostalgic etc.

Membership facilities
Regular customers of photo kiosks can use membership facilities wherein their basic contact details and id are stored. This enables them to login frequently and make use of discount privileges allowed by the retailers.

Bulk Pricing Option
Stores can offer customers special package deals on multiple prints. A limited amount of editing functions are allowed at a flat-rate price.

Event Management
This function can be utilised at events where visitors want to purchase prints of the event they have just attended. For example, a cruise ship has their guests photographed during the cruise. The photographer uploads all the images to kiosks where guests can view and select the photos they want to print.

Traditional Film and Reprints Order Entry
Photo kiosks have the facility to accept traditional film rolls and negatives for reprints. Depending upon the kiosk model, customers can either scan the barcode on the film canister or use the touch screen to select the film type, brand and exposure. Photo kiosks will price the job based upon these parameters as well as number of rolls and collection time. The customer simply adds the roll/s of film into an envelope and attaches the printed job sheet. They can either drop it in the drop box or hand it in at the counter. No more filling out workbags.

Back Office
Photo kiosks come with powerful back office management software. All reporting is carried out in this application, which is separate from the kiosk application. Approximately 25 set reports are available on various aspects of the business. All reports and forms can be customised and additional reports can also be created.

Centralised Kiosk Control
The remote management facility makes life easy for controlling kiosks across multiple locations by sharing information like pricing, product/service updates, customer membership details, new promotions, paper management for instant printers and CD management for kiosks with CD dispensers. Retailers can run marketing and customer loyalty programs across all kiosks in a chain of stores and produce centralised management reports.

Digital Control Module (DCM)
The Digital Control Module (DCM) controls the flow of work between the Photo kiosk and a wide range of local output devices including digital labs. It also receives orders from Photo kiosk home ordering software. Images can be pre-judged and corrected before printing using the DCM. The DCM also allows you to reprint or redo part of an order.

There are three ways the DCM can be used to activate a job direct to an output device.
1. Automatic – Photo kiosk takes in the job, the DCM processes the work automatically and sends it to the correct output.
2. Manual – Photo kiosk queues the jobs on the DCM and an operator manually ticks the jobs that are ready for processing. Mainly used by operations that don't have Business Professional EPOS software, as the order is only activated once payment is received.
3. Business Professional EPOS - Once a payment is taken in the Business Professional Electronic Point of Sale system, or a job is set to ready, the DCM automatically triggers the processing of that job.

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