New prison kiosks benefit from 3M's rugged touch technology

3M’s capacitive touch system provides a durable, cost-effective, high performance solution for new SmartKiosks in prisons Bracknell, UK

Diversified technology company 3M today announced that its surface capacitive touch technology has been incorporated in self-service touch screen kiosks being installed in selected prisons throughout the UK. The SmartKiosk from interactive display solutions provider Nemacom Limited uses the 3M MicroTouch System SCT7650EX to provide a rugged, high performance human machine interface (HMI), delivering key interactive features to inmates in a cost effective and secure manner.

“Our objective was to develop and implement a self-service touch screen kiosk for the safe and secure delivery of key facilities to prisoners,” said Graham Kemp, sales and marketing manager of Nemacom. In addition to improving service provision, of utmost importance was the product’s ability to withstand environments susceptible to accidental and malicious activity, as glass breakages can present a serious safety risk to both inmates and staff.

“Other competitive products were considered for this application, but the 3M MicroTouch System SCT7650EX was selected for its exceptional durability and reliability, which is essential in harsh conditions. Nemacom has been integrating 3M technology for many years and we can always trust the company for its high quality products and support,” Graham continued.

The SmartKiosk features a fully integrated 17-inch 3M MicroTouch System SCT7650EX flat panel TFT LCD capacitive touch screen, PC, fingerprint reader, 3-inch thermal printer and is sealed to IP65, protecting against dust and low pressure water. Hardware has been limited so the only input for the kiosk is via the touch screen.

3M MicroTouch System SCT7650EX has an optically-clear laminated glass-on-glass construction with superior impact resistance and 86.5 per cent light transmission for brighter, crisper display images. The laminated construction meets EN/UL 60950-1 impact resistance safety standards and provides the necessary surface durability for rugged, unattended, public-access environments. If surface breakage occurs due to extraordinary impact, the lamination helps isolate the glass shards between the touch surface and LCD to protect the user. A conductive, adhesive-bonded flexible circuit tail replaces traditional solder connections and wire leads to facilitate a superior liquid and dust seal between the touch sensor and display bezel.

“We are very excited to be part of this new rugged application providing an enhanced self-service solution to prisons,” said Francesco Fasoglio, EMEA Business Development Manager, 3M Touch Systems. “Our 3M MicroTouch System SCT7650EX has been specially designed for unattended or damage prone, heavy-use environments, so high performance and optical viewing is achieved, not compromised.”

3M Touch Systems provides innovative touchscreen technology products to customers worldwide under the 3M and MicroTouch brands. Popular single touch, gesture touch and multitouch applications include casino gaming, retail point of sale, foodservice, hospitality, self-service, industrial, healthcare and interactive digital signage.

For more information about MicroTouch products, visit www.3M.co.uk. For an overview of popular touch technologies and terminology, visit www.touchtopics.com

3M and MicroTouch are trademarks of 3M

About Nemacom Limited

Nemacom is a Specialist Manufacturer of Industrial Displays, Touchscreens, Panel PCs and rugged Kiosks. Established in 1991 as a supplier of rugged displays to the Steel, Manufacturing and Heavy industries, we have grown significantly and now produce our own range of Industrial LCD displays, Panel PCs, Touch Screens & rugged Kiosk solutions. For more information, please visit: www.nemacom.co.uk

About 3M Touch Systems, Inc.

3M Touch Systems Inc., a subsidiary of 3M, operates globally and is part of the 3M Electro & Communication business, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

3M – practical and ingenious solutions that help our customers succeed 3M is a $23 billion diversified technology company which, since 1902, has been creating innovative products that help make the world healthier, safer and more productive. Well known 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate and Scotch-Brite.

3M employs some 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. It produces tens of thousands of innovative products for customers in dozens of diverse markets and its 40+ technology platforms touch nearly every aspect of modern life. The company has applied its expertise in RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to map and locate underground utilities; it has used its understanding of the healthcare industry to develop innovations that help the early diagnosis of heart and lung conditions; and its range of pocket projectors are the ultimate presentation devices for business people on the go.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing more than 3,500 people across 17 locations, including 10 manufacturing sites.

Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, occupational health and environmental safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents and passport scanners.

Press contacts:

Paolo Pedrazzoli, 3M Touch Systems,Tel: 00 39 02 7035 3437
Email: ppedrazzoli1 [at] mmm.com

Beky Cann, Neesham Public Relations, Tel: +44 (0) 1296 628180,
Email: bekyc [at] neesham.co.uk

Source: Neesham Public Relations