Who’s inside the terminal?

Who’s inside the terminal?

  • 12 Aug, 2021
  • News

In the old Babylonian times, within the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, or better known as the Hanging Gardens of Shamiram, there were flower stalls where the locals bought exotic flowers and plants from. Many times, the buyers would strap letters on pigeons’ legs, putting money inside and sending it to the flower stalls, as if securing their purchase. This is a commercial precedent and occurred when the Tech-baked world hadn’t made our lives easier yet

And what about now?

Nowadays everything is different. There are 2 globally known payment stations -POS and KIOSK. POS, or in other words “the point of sale” is commonly known as a platform, where sales take place. It is placed near the cash register, operating via NFC. POS is usually the same size as a landline phone and doesn’t take much space.

Big and small

In terms of the KIOSK, it is known that glimpses of the Ottoman civilization appeared in France in 1857. One of the hypotheses suggest that the word comes from the term “köşk” in Turkish or “kūshk” in Persian. Back in the day, it was considered that if a European city had newspaper, flower or letter stalls, it must have been a progressive one.

Old and new

Years later, when the invention of the internet blessed us, a new type of kiosk - one involving payments, appeared on the scene: a machine made of iron that is placed not only outside, but also at points of sale.

In and Out

Given that the payment kiosks placed on the streets and near the shops are not safe from drastic weather changes nor ‘interesting’ people, it should be noted that the outdoor payment kiosks are shellproof - made from thicker iron, making it harder to break, even harder to steal from.

The sensor system of the outdoor payment kiosks is made to withstand humid, dry, sunny weather conditions and even ultraviolet waves can’t harm the glass.

With regards to the indoor payment kiosks, they are made of thinner iron, making it easier to transport from one store to another. Still, the indoor payment kiosks, just like the outdoor ones, also have security systems.

The internal “organs”

It has always been a mystery for us, as simple human beings, how exactly the payment kiosk works. The wild imagination of some has even reached the conclusion that there must be some kind of worker inside the machine. Now is the time to put an end to all the myths.

The payment kiosks contain:

  • A smart glass that accepts the orders of the customer

  • A processor that coordinates the software operations

  • A security system that will inform the relevant authorities in case of a robbery or any other type of damage

  • A mechanism for receiving money and printing receipts. These two mechanisms are linked to one another and work in sync. The money is received, the orders are completed by the processor, the receipt is then sent out and we go like this in circles.

  • An air conditioner that keeps the operating systems nice and cool.

In addition to the internal “organs” listed above, there are some more small technical nuances that can only be grasped by professionals.

Local payment kiosks

Payment kiosks can often be found in vibrant colours in order to be seen easily. For example, green is the colour of EasyPay payment kiosks. Around 2900 green payment kiosks are placed in the entire territory of the Republic of Armenia - from central districts to village yards.

Wouldn’t hurt to know

EasyPay has been carrying out technical services since 2014, adding a vibrant shade of green to the city.

And so, if you want to have an EasyPay payment kiosk in your store, follow the link, familiarise yourself with our terms and conditions, fill out a form and become a part of the payment culture in our city.