Press & Video
Neil and Kevin
review the kiosks'
Manfred has enough
cable to circle the
planet - twice.
One of the first
locations was the
Ready for launch
at Keyosk Corp.
Project Keyosk was launched when Richard Tagawa of Pearl Harbor Travel contracted with Alysis Interactive Corporation to design and develop the computer software and hardware to power an Internet kiosk. Mr. Tagawa had a Macromedia Director prototype and a short list of requirements. There would be many visits to Hawaii required, but we felt that we could handle this. We put together a design and development plan and set to work.
By the seventh week, we had established a prototype of the wide area network that would connect the kiosks to a central reservation office. We selected a server-side database and scripting system for managing the kiosk transactions. We found a source of stock video appropriate to the kiosk offerings and specified a video production schedule. We optimized video display performance and finalized selection of a touch-screen display.
During the third month, the Alysis team was in full-swing page production. We produced hundreds of Web pages and thousands of lines of code to make the pages fully interactive. We integrated a credit-card reader which captured both credit card numbers and the names of customers for rapid transaction processing. We collaborated with the videographer to create our first finished MPEG video. By the end of the month, the complete kiosk system was in alpha testing, with all hardware components selected and integrated.
We switched to full-time testing in preparation for launch in the fourth month and verified that the content was solid. We added error-handling code based on test results. We abused the hardware to the point of failure and then added more error-handling code. We met with Keysok Corporation to set a launch date.
In November 1997, we put the first kiosks on the street. Many sleepless nights, trans-oceanic file transfers, and hours of customer-watching ironed out the bugs in the system. We trained Keyosk employees and demonstrated the kiosks to the press and location staff. The project was successfully launched.