Touch screens to proliferate

Touch screens to proliferate

They're popping up in supermarkets, banks, and telephone booths and have even been dressed up as gaming machines. And, according to a handful of local integrators, touch screens could become a nice little earner if you have the skills to integrate them.

While touch screen-enabled devices don't come cheap, advocates of the technology suggest there are many more uses for it outside of the PC domain. For instance, touch screens could appear in electronics/whitegoods such as washing machines.

While mobile phones, point-of-sale kiosks and restaurants are also potential sales targets.

Datatrax, a Canberra-based systems integrator and touch-screen specialist cottoned onto the technology about five years ago", said Paul Buckley, Datatrax's chairman.

The organisation debuted its tourism advertising touch screen concept in a number of Canberra hotels and quickly followed that rollout with wins at the likes of supermarket chain Big W.

Buckley said touch screens now represent about 90 per cent of the organisation's business following double and triple growth rates over the last five years.

Its biggest deal was with Big W at $1 million, while Datatrax's latest success has come at the National Gallery in Canberra where the organisation recently deployed a $250,000 touch screen system.

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