Tipro Chooses Elo TouchSystems' Touch Technology for its New TouchMe Intelligent Input Terminals
Tipro, the developer of the "intelligent input device" terminal, has announced its latest system called TouchMe. This system features a modular approach to input terminals furnishing system integrators with a complete package suitable for any POS and data capture environment. The sleek central unit features a 12.1-inch Elo display available with an option of Elo's AccuTouch five-wire resistive touchscreen. Elo TouchSystems, Inc., is the global leader in touch technology and a unit of Tyco Electronics.
Anton Gabrijel, Tipro's Marketing Director said: "When we developed the TouchMe system it was important that we should minimise equipment downtime for retailers and avoid expensive after-sales service calls by using the best products on the market. When choosing a display with a touchscreen we were influenced by a number of factors in favour of Elo's technology. The main reason for selecting the AccuTouch resistive touchscreen was the excellent reputation in hospitality and POS applications with its durability and reliability."
Elo's AccuTouch technology is tested to more than 35-million touches and has a durable surface that's scratch-resistant and is actuated by a finger, gloved hand or any other stylus. It's extremely well suited to heavy usage applications such as POS and data-capture applications. Anton Gabrijel continued: "Besides the high reliability of the technology, Elo's technical department provided us with extensive support in adopting touch technology in our system. For applications that did not require a touchscreen, but simply the 12.1-inch LCD, Elo again provided the solution with the same LCD flat panel normally supplied with touch, and it all installs seamlessly."
TouchMe features a full set of mix and match modules to suit the application. With a touchscreen, input is intuitive, fast and accurate. The system is designed to accept Tipro's full or short travel keyboard option or a custom keypad for specialised applications, and the optional external LCD for customer information display, and even a card reader module. In addition, stereo loudspeakers and a microphone, a choice of pointing device of a trackball or touchpad, a keylock for added security, various keyboard modules and an RF identification module are easily added. For simplicity of installation, the central unit's smart software automatically recognises the additional Tipro modules making set-up simple and quick.
Providing support for Windows 95/98, ME, NT/2000 and interfaces for PS/2, RS232 and USB, virtually all connectivity and platforms are covered by TouchMe. Additional software features are available for added security to recognise iButton identification codes, keystroke sequences or RF ID tag codes.
According to Tipro, the products are sold worldwide either through their own sales offices around the globe, and through distributors in regions not covered by Tipro subsidiaries. Typically, the TouchMe system is suitable for a wide range of markets including retail establishments, hotels, travel agents, security and medical applications.
AccuTouch is a five-wire resistive touchscreen, which consists of a glass panel with a coating of uniform resistivity. A flexible polyester cover sheet, separated by tiny transparent insulating dots, has a conductive coating on the inside and a hard-coated outer surface. It is sealed and ready for application to the display. A gentle touch from a finger, gloved hand or any other stylus, the conductive coating makes electrical contact with the coating on the glass. The AccuTouch controller circuit applies a voltage gradient across the resistive surface of the glass. The voltages at the point of contact are the analogue representation of the position touched. In less than 10 milliseconds, this touch is digitized by the controller and transmitted to the computer for processing. With a resolution of 4096 x 4096 touchpoints and up to 78% light transmission, the AccuTouch touchscreen is the best all-round solution for high-volume, task-oriented environments in restaurants, industrial process control and medical instrumentation.
Slovenia-based Tipro, established in 1986, designed the INES series of keyboards for computers and a range of industrial keyboards. It developed the first MID (Modular Input Device) in 1997 and now manufactures its new TouchMe systems. The company is an international supplier of input devices and has subsidiaries in Australia, Croatia, Germany, Italy, and the UK. All other countries are covered through authorised distributors throughout America, Asia and Europe.
About Elo TouchSystems
Elo TouchSystems, Inc., global leader in touch technology, is a unit of Tyco Electronics. Elo develops, manufactures and markets a complete line of touch products that simplify the interface between people and computers in both public-access and employee-activated applications. Founded in 1971, the company is headquartered in Fremont, California, with manufacturing sites in the U.S., Belgium and Japan. Elo's main regional offices are in Kessel-Lo, Belgium and Yokohama, Japan, with additional sales and technical support offices worldwide. For more information on Elo TouchSystems' products and services, call +32 (0)16 35 21 00 in Europe or visit our Web site at www.elotouch.com or www.elogaming.com.
About Tyco Electronics
Tyco Electronics is one of the major business units of Tyco International Ltd. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, Tyco Electronics is the world's largest passive electronic components manufacturer; a world leader in cutting-edge wireless, active fiber optic and complete power systems technologies; and is also rapidly developing extensive networking and building technology installation services. The company has facilities located in 51 countries serving customers in the aerospace, automotive, computer, communications, consumer electronics, industrial and power industries. Tyco Electronics provides advanced technology products from over forty well-known and respected brands, including Agastat, Alcoswitch, AMP, AMP NETCONNECT, Buchanan, CII, CoEv, Critchley, Elcon, Elo TouchSystems, M/A-COM, Madison Cable, OEG, OneSource Building Technologies, Potter & Brumfield, Raychem, Schrack, Simel and TDI Batteries.
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