Kiosks are a great way to display the availability and upcoming schedules of your resources, allow users to book reservations, and enforce check-in procedures to free up time when a reservation is abandoned!
Kiosks are compatible with any tablet display or computer that has access to the internet. While touchscreens are not required for viewing basic availability information, a touch screen is recommended for full functionality. We recommend any modern Android or Apple tablet with a recommended size of at least 10", although smaller sizes will still function. Tablets can be placed into your environment with a variety of stands or enclosures that best suit your particular situation.
Alternatively, the kiosks module can be used to display real-time resource availability in large screen format by using any computer connected display with any web-browser capable of displaying full-screen websites. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox.
In the most basic sense, all that is required to use a kiosk on any device is a web browser; however, when tablets are used, we recommend using kiosk lockdown software to ensure users are only able to interact with the kiosk website and not other websites or other applications. QReserve does not provide this software nor any warranty of it but we have tried and tested the following with great success:
We recommend configuring your kiosk software to automatically reload the kiosk page a few times a day to ensure it receives and updates to the kiosk page automatically.
Enabling Kiosks in your Site
Prior to using kiosks you must first enable the Kiosk integegration by going to Administration > Integrations and turning on the Reservation Status Kiosks integration. Once turned on, a new Kiosks menu option will appear on the Integrations menu in Administration.
QReserve kiosks can be configured and customized to perfectly fit your desired application. Use one of our built-in themes or create your own with custom branding and background images.
QReserve kiosks can be used to display information about one or many resources. The maximum number of resources depends greatly on the size of your display. A standard 10" tablet should be able to display 6 resources without trouble. Simply select the resource(s) you want to display on your kiosk from the dropdown and then click the + Add Resource to Kiosk button.
Each resource in your kiosk can be configured to allow on-kiosk booking or not. When enabled, a Reserve button will appear on the kiosk that allows users to create reservations for that moment in time or a future date. By default, users will need to authenticate with their PIN code that they can set from their My Profile page, but this can be disabled if the kiosk is being used within a trusted environment.
Check-In and Check-Out Features
If enabled, your kiosks can be used to allow users to check in and out of a reservation directly on the kiosk. Further more, enabling the End Early on Check Out option can make your resource available for immediate use upon check-out.
Select one of the built-in themes, or select one of the Custom themes to use your own background image and colour scheme! Select the appropriate light or dark custom theme depending on the tone of your background image, as this will determine whether the main text colour is black or white.
Background images should match the screen resolution of your display and, if not, will be stretched to fill the display. Displays can be used in either portrait or landscape orientations so this should also be taken into account. If adding logos, we recommend doing so either along the top of the kiosk where there is approximately a 60px band of space where the time is shown, or the bottom right. Note: Kiosk background images are only refreshed once every 30-60 minutes on the kiosks themselves.
Loading a Kiosk Onto a Device
Each QReserve kiosk is accessible at a unique URL that is provided at the top of your kiosk configuration panel. Simply load that URL in any web browser or kiosk lockdown software to activate your kiosk.