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Interactive Touchscreen Kiosks for CeBIT Survey


NextWindow Develops Interactive Touchscreen Kiosks for CeBIT Survey

Auckland, 22 April 2004 - NextWindow, a New Zealand-based designer of ground breaking optical imaging technology for touchscreens, and its Australian reseller, Jazzmile, today announced a deal to design and manufacture interactive touchscreen survey kiosks for CeBIT Australia, Australia's leading Information and Communications Technology trade show, 4 - 6 May 2004.

Designed by Hannover Fairs Australia, the interactive survey will question more than 25,000 attendees on market information and business trends within the IT and communications industry, including investment decisions, medium and long-term planning as well as buying strategies.

According to Al Monro, CEO of NextWindow the kiosks were especially designed for CeBIT. "The interactive nature of our technology lends itself well to the CeBIT survey and we are delighted that Hannover Fairs Australia chose to go with our technology."

"NextWindow's unique technology has an inherent advantage in that it provides touch sensitivity to the entire surface including the surrounding panel area as well as the active display screen. This larger off-screen touch area is ideal for larger icons and user-friendly navigation," continues Mr Monro. The four CeBIT branded kiosks, including 27" touch panels with a 19" LCD screens, will be situated at strategic locations in the trade show.

Craig Hoskinson, General Manager, Hannover Fairs Australia, says that the new touchscreen kiosks are a great way to collect relevant market data from CeBIT's vast number of exhibitors and visitors. "Respondents will answer yes/no survey questions via touchscreen monitors. Bar code scanners automatically download profile information of pre-registered trade show attendees."

Irwin Solutions, an Australian based company specialising in online and wireless scheduling and messaging solutions, will be responsible for software content development. Irwin Solutions is also responsible for smartAppoint, an online appointment scheduling service, deployed at CeBIT Asia's 2003 and 2002 exhibitions to facilitate business matching between exhibitors and visitors.

NextWindow will also be exhibiting a touch kiosk, a back projection 'through glass' and a 42" plasma screen at this year's CeBIT. Additional information on NextWindow is available at CeBIT: Stand O36.

About NextWindow

NextWindow is one of the world's leading specialists in delivering high quality touchscreen technology. Established in June 2000, NextWindow designs and develops optical imaging technologies in the fields of gesture and touch recognition. The company has offices in Auckland, New Zealand, and London, United Kingdom.

NextWindow's ground breaking advancements in optical imaging technology facilitate the production of large scale interactive touchscreens. The technology is unique in providing touch sensitivity to the entire surface including the surrounding panel area as well as the active display screen. As a result, almost any size glass surface can be touch-enabled. The company provides integrated touch technology solutions to a number of industries including telecommunications, tourism and retail.

Additional information on NextWindow is available at CeBIT, Stand O36


About irwinSolutions

Irwin Solutions is an Australian based company specialising in online & wireless scheduling and messaging solutions. The company commenced in 1999 with an aim to provide leading solutions to the market, with an emphasis on usability and scalability for clients.

Irwin Solutions' services range from simple browser based applications to more complex applications requiring integration and collaboration with other internet or desktop applications.


About Hannover Fairs Australia & CeBIT Australia

Hannover Fairs Australia is the Australian subsidiary of the world's leading exhibition organiser, Deutsche Messe AG, and agent for the wide variety of world-leading trade shows organised by Deutsche Messe in Europe, America and Asia.

These trade shows include the world-renowned CeBIT, Hannover Messe and Biotechnica, which are international leaders in the information and communications technology (ICT), industrial technology and biotechnology industries respectively.

CeBIT Australia is Australia's leading Information & Communications Technology (ICT) event for the business marketplace and covers the entire spectrum of technology and the key elements that make up the ICT products and services marketplace. This is the only Australian event where you can explore the full range of next generation global technologies and solutions.

CeBIT Australia is a tradeshow and conference strictly for business. Our exhibitors focus on technology solutions for the corporate market. Whether you're a C-level executive, IT professional, software developer, or business line manager, one day at CeBIT will keep you informed of the latest and best practices in integrated business technology solutions.

At CeBIT Australia, you will be able to experience and compare the latest products and solutions, be part of cutting edge conference programs led by top industry experts and build relationships with industry visionaries, influencers and peers.

In just its third year, CeBIT Australia will attract 500 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors.


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