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Smart city kiosks inform and advise Daegu citizens

The ultra-large Zytronic touch screens claim to operate in any environmental condition

The kiosks in Daegu can provide vital public information in the event of a disaster
The kiosks in Daegu can provide vital public information in the event of a disaster

SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest wireless carrier, and digital signage provider, QVOSS, have installed a network of new smart city kiosks in Daegu as part of the city’s disaster management infrastructure, providing public information when a major emergency such as a fire, flood or earthquake occurs.


The companies have specified high performance projected capacitive touch sensors from Newcastle-based, Zytronic, which can also be used to provide city news and location guidance at other times.


Zytronic’s South Korean partner, DTH, supplied QVOSS with custom Zybrid 55-inch multi-touch sensors powered by its latest ZXY500 controllers for the 10 kiosks located at outdoor locations across the city. The project is one of the first commercial roll-outs of the Zytronic ZXY500 controller, enabling super narrow bezel designs and robust 80-point multi-touch performance.


Warmest region in South Korea


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


“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. 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,” said Johee Jun, general manager of QVOSS.


“Because Daegu city is located in a valley it gets hot and humid in the summer and very wet in the rainy season, and cold in winter. Zytronic’s touch technology is reliable in all of these wide-ranging conditions.”


The Zytronic touch screens incorporating the new controller are said to provide the same user experience as small smartphones.

"The kiosks have a crucial role in an emergency when the quick delivery of public safety announcements can be vital"

“The smart-city kiosks in Daegu are an essential part of the metropolitan infrastructure and are there to provide information and assist citizens and visitors during everyday life,” added Ian Crosby, director of sales and marketing at Zytronic.


“Furthermore, they have a crucial role in an emergency when the quick delivery of public safety announcements can be vital. Zytronic touch technology is the ideal solution for these kiosks, as it has been proven globally over two decades to function reliably even in the most demanding unattended and self-service applications and environmental conditions.”


Daegu is the fourth largest city in South Korea with over 2.5 million residents. The city is especially known for its electronics industry.


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