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KioWare is York, Pennsylvania-based software company that creates software for interactive kiosks.[1]


KioWare was developed in 2003 by developers at Analytical Design Solutions (ADSI) as part of a project for the American Cancer Society. The software was ultimately retained by ADSI, and then was further developed for non-technical customer configuration. A per-device licensing infrastructure was developed so that it could be sold commercially in 2004.

KioWare was originally based on the Microsoft Windows operating system with an Internet Explorer browser. In 2012, the software was expanded to secure Android-based operating systems and in 2015, a new Windows-based product was developed to secure a Chromium based browser.[2]

The original 2003 “KioWare Kiosk” product in 2005 became “KioWare Basic” (for Windows). KioWare Lite and KioWare Full (Kiosk Management tool) were added at that time. In 2015, with the launch of the KioWare product built on a Chromium-based browser, the original KioWare for Windows was renamed “KioWare Classic for Windows” while the new Chromium based product was dubbed “KioWare for Windows.”[3]

Technical specifications

Kiosk software secures a device into a purposed device or self-service kiosk, restricting user access and protecting user privacy. KioWare wraps around the operating system’s standard interface and restricts access to only the devices or applications permitted.


The Newport News Public Library system kiosk uses KioWare so that library patrons can access the online public access catalog.[1]

The Penn State All Sports Museum kiosk shares the names and teams of all Penn State athletes.[4]

The Water World Water Park in Colorado and Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Pennsylvania provide kiosks that support, load, and dispense PDC Corp's RFID Bracelets.[5][6]

The Ellis Island Museum in New York City deploys a number of kiosks for registration and donation purposes.[7]

The virtually all-cash marijuana business poses a security threat for business owners. Marijuana payment kiosks offer a secure cash payment option using Crane Bill Acceptors, Olea Kiosks, and KioWare kiosk software.[8]

The National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio includes a kiosk that holds the names for all the recipients of the FAA's Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award. This kiosk is the electronic "Book of Honor" which originally held all the names of the Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award recipients.[9]

EMV compliance

Using ChipDNA for EMV compliance (Credit call link), point of sale kiosks can encrypt sensitive data and communicate encrypted data to payment gateways and ultimately processors. Using Credit Call’s EMV migration SDK, ChipDNA, has been integrated into KioWare’s Windows based lockdown software as a dropdown solution when kiosk operators are configuring the software on their kiosks.[10]


Library kiosks

In "Using Tablets and Apps in Libraries" By Elizabeth Willse,[11] configuring Android tablets in kiosk mode is done through a number of kiosk apps such as Surelock, KioWare, and Kiosk Browser Lockdown. "Locking an Android tablet into kiosk mode requires the download of a dedicated app." Windows devices are also secured in library environments using kiosk software. Newport News Public Library is one such library.[1]

Video kiosks

In March 2016, Vidyo integration was added to KioWare, creating a video conferencing kiosk solution. The KioCall product was added soon thereafter, built on the platform.[12][13]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Morehart, Phil (July 2014). "Solutions and Services: Kiosks Made Easy". American Libraries 45 (7/8): 42–43. ISSN 0002-9769. 
  2. "Latest KioWare for Android update enhances tablet-based digital signage kiosks" (in en). Digital Signage Today. 12 June 2014. 
  3. "KioWare updates kiosk software with HTML keyboard and second monitor tools" (in en). Digital Signage Today. 14 August 2015. 
  4. Troxell, Nicole (14 July 2014). "How Penn State museum tackled customer engagement with kiosks" (in en). Kiosk Marketplace. 
  5. Swedberg, Claire (9 May 2014). "PDC Markets Smart Tablet RFID Reader" (in en). RFID Journal. 
  6. Davis, Laura (28 May 2013). "Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Install PDC Smart Band® RFID Wristband and Kiosk System for Cashless Payments" (Press release). Digital Journal. 
  7. Miller, Laura (16 March 2016). "Ellis Island kiosks enable visitors to discover immigrant ancestors" (in en). Kiosk Marketplace. 
  8. Central Penn Business Journal
  9. Aviation Pros: Recognition of Award Winners
  10. Credit Call
  11. Tablets and Apps in Libraries
  12. "KioWare releases KioCall, a remote video connect app for use with KioWare kiosks" (in en). Digital Signage Today. 6 February 2017. 
  13. " And KioWare Partner To Make Traditional Kiosks More Interactive". Kiosk Solutions Magazine. 11 May 2017. 

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