|By Business Wire||
|May 14, 2014 02:14 PM EDT||
Ziosk, makers of the world’s first ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the table tablet, today announced the introduction of new functionality on its tabletop tablet solution. The latest product unveil adds a social media platform for its restaurant partners, camera technology so guests can take pictures from their table and share via social media, and a more efficient payments experience for guests. The new functionality will be showcased for the first time at the upcoming NRA Show in Chicago at Booth #6479.
The Ziosk platform (Photo: Business Wire)
“As the market leader, we continue to innovate to exceed the demands of the consumer and our restaurant partners, and are pleased to introduce the latest functionality that enhances the user experience,” said Austen Mulinder, CEO of Ziosk. “Our tests have shown that today’s consumer wants the ability to control their dining experience, whether that is to order additional menu items, play games, watch videos, view news and other entertainment, and now take photos and share their experience in real time with their friends as well as pay on demand in an improved fashion. The Ziosk platform provides exactly that.”
This latest update provides guests the ability to access their Facebook account from the Ziosk tablet, allowing them to check in and share their experience with their friends directly from their table in a secure manner. Guests will also be able to like the restaurant partner’s page, additional tailored Facebook® pages that represent the restaurant brand and the Ziosk page. Each post made from the Ziosk tablet will be tagged to the restaurant location and the guest will automatically be signed out of their account upon payment of the check.
Guests will be able to use the newly unveiled camera technology to snap photos of their group during their meal and share with their social network. This new feature provides an additional way for restaurant operators to leverage the social network of their guests as a marketing communications tool for their own brands.
Ziosk has also added functionality to its payment application that will allow consumers to scan a coupon directly from the tablet’s camera and add it to their check, as well as to pay with an e-gift card directly from the tablet, creating a faster guest experience that they can now control right from their table. To do so, guests simply scan the code in front of the camera, where it is applied to the check and allows them to close out their check on their own time.
Mulinder concluded: “The camera functionality and social accessibility are two important functions that we are confident will drive use of the tablet at the table, reaping benefits to guests and servers, and operational benefits to our restaurant partners.”
Also at the NRA Show, Ziosk will be featuring its zJukebox℠ offering, an application that allows guests to request songs right from their table and play them over the sound system in the restaurant. The music list is customizable right down to the restaurant level and guests in the restaurant can give each song a thumbs up or thumbs down rating that curates over time.
Based in Dallas, TX, Ziosk® is the first entertainment, ordering and pay-at-the-table tablet for the dining segment. The technology, featuring a 7-inch tablet and encrypted credit card reader, resides on each table and enables guests to view and order menu items, play games, watch videos, view news and other entertainment, and ‘pay on demand;’ all which gives guests control over their dining experience. With its interactive capabilities, Ziosk and its footprint have created the Ziosk Media Network, a digital media platform for partners to create engaging experiences at the point of purchase. Ziosk is revolutionizing the experience and economics of dining and has served over 100 million restaurant guests in the US. For more information, please visit www.ziosk.com.
Tabletop Media LLC d/b/a Ziosk is the owner of the ZIOSK® and ZJUKEBOXSM family of marks. Facebook Inc. is the owner of the Facebook® mark.