Korean smart city kiosks choose Zytronic touch sensors

Smart kiosk in the city of Daegu, South Korea

SK Telecom, South Korea's largest wireless carrier, and digital signage provider QVOSS have installed a network of new “smart-city” kiosks based on Zytronic projected capacitive touch sensors. The kiosks in the city of Daegu are part of the city’s disaster management infrastructure, providing public information when a major emergency. In addition the kiosks also provide city news and location guidance.

Zytronic’s South Korean partner, DTH, supplied QVOSS with custom 55-in Zybrid multitouch sensors powered by ZXY500 controllers for the 10 kiosks located at outdoor locations around the city. The project is one of the first commercial roll-outs of the newly launched Zytronic ZXY500 controller.

Daegu has a humid sub-tropical climate and is the warmest region in South Korea. Summer temperatures average 40 degrees C with precipitation of around 230mm per month in the rainy season. Key factors for the selection were the sensor’s ability to tolerate exposure to these extreme environmental conditions.

Johee Jun, general manager of QVOSS said, “We were keen to employ Zytronic’s newest controller as the super narrow bezel enables us to make the best use of the total screen area. We have been working with DTH and Zytronic for many years. The combination of Zytronic’s very reliable touch technology and DTH’s exceptional local support and know-how is very powerful and key to delivering a successful project.”