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When the museum decided to upgrade the kiosks, it sought out Pennsylvania-based Marketechs Design Studio. Marketechs’ vital role was to design and assemble the kiosks, determine where each kiosk would be placed, remove the old kiosks, and install the new ones. Marketechs partnered with Livewire Digital for the application programming. Both companies are run by Penn State alumni who were thrilled to be involved with this project.
Penn State All-Sports Museum’s seven new touchscreen kiosks use Livewire’s eConcierge CMS (Content Management System) with a Sports Management add-on which accommodates future data input by museum personnel. The functionality provided by this enterprise-level solution includes the following: configurable attract screens, kiosk health monitoring, usage statistics, the ability to remotely push content to the kiosks from a user-friendly web-based interface, and application lockdown to secure the museum’s sports data and network.
The new content management system “allows us to store a vast variety of data in one place as well as make all the information searchable by the public,” said Ken Hickman, director of the museum.
“Installed on time, each touch-screen kiosk allows museum visitors to call up information on all Penn State sports such as year-by-year schedules, team records and information about university athletes that took part in the Olympics.” Hickman said.
The new kiosks have helped the Penn State All-Sports Museum differentiate itself from other museums; visitors are invested in their own personal museum experience through their interaction with exhibits from all of Penn State University’s sports, both past and present.