Kiosks Transform Paris
Le Billet, S'il Vous Plait
Visiting Paris? Then you’ll probably come across an UltiMedia interactive ticketing kiosk along the way...
UltiMedia, already responsible for the ticketing kiosks at the Eiffel Tower, designed kiosks that are sympathetic to the architecture of the museum and also address constraints such as integration inside the pyramid, having a small footprint, ADA accessibility and easy maintenance. The interactive kiosk, named Squale 09, was selected to replace the existing ticketing equipment which was outdated and unsatisfactory.
To win the contract, the company made a 3D simulation video showing its transformation of the museum from a ‘train station’ concourse to a more refined visitor welcome centre. Using the company’s CGI and 3D film department, the Louvre committee was able to visualise the project in real conditions, with people moving around the interactive kiosks.
The kiosk was conceived by Eric Dumouchel, the company’s founder and a designer, renowned for his extensive experience in interactive kiosks. It was developed in response to demand for a high-end product in this category of ticketing kiosks.It is equipped with an ATM machine that can stack up to 600 notes, four hoppers that can manage 1,000 coins and a bank card reader, plus an alarm and tracking system.
Watch a video of the Squale Kiosks in action
A receptacle system prevents unauthorised access to the inside of the kiosk while facilitating user access to change and tickets. Rear access to the kiosk for maintenance has also been greatly improved, and full operation while the kiosk is being serviced is now possible.
After having installed all the interactive ticketing kiosks at the famed Louvre Museum, it seemed natural to launch an installation at the Palace of Versailles. In this, the company was following in the footsteps of King Louis XIV, who lived first in the Louvre palace, and then moved to the Palace of Versailles. The palace is the largest in the world, visited by over five million people per year.
The company adds the Palace of Versailles contract to a growing list of visitor attractions customers. Alongside the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, it also manages kiosks at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Paris Museum of Science and Industry), the Rodin Museum, the Forum des Images and the Bateaux Parisiens (Cruises on the Seine).
Thursday, February 10, 2011