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What is a Commercial Touch Screen?

Touch Screens are an evolved and interactive form of Digital Signage; these are digital displays that can be interacted with just the touch of a finger. From phones in our pockets to Touch Screen kiosks at our favourite fast food restaurants Touch Screens are taking over, the screens you see in the wild are commercial Touch Screens; they are not for personal use. In this article we will going to investigate further exactly what is a commercial Touch Screen.



How do commercial Touch Screens work?


There are two main types of commercial Touch Screen technology – PCAP and Infrared. Projective Capacitive (PCAP) is the most commonly used touch technology on the market. PCAP works by fixing a sensor grid between a layer of cover glass and the LCD panel, so when a finger touches the glass the grid detects the coordinates of the touch point.


Infrared Touch Screens are an older but slightly more durable form of Touch Screen technology. Infrared works by forming a grid of embedded LED lights and sensors into the bezel of the display. When this grid is broken by a finger, or any other pointer, a touch point is detected. Infrared is renowned for its durability and budget friendliness.



Tablets vs. commercial Touch Screens


Smaller sized Touch Screens are a competitive market. Many think that just because a tablet and a small Touch Screen are comparable in size and are Touch Screens that the two are interchangeable when used in commercial applications. Just like a TV can’t be used in a commercial space tablets are not designed to be in constant use or receive constant power as they feature an integrated battery. Tablets cannot compete with the 24/7 functionality of their commercial counterparts. 



Why use a commercial Touch Screens?


When deciding what kind of Touch Screen to use you need to think about what that product was designed for. Commercial Touch Screens are built to be used in public applications and will have specific features for their environments. For example, the commercial Touch Screens have a dual operating system integrated into the display with Windows and Android, and can even be used as a touch monitor when connected to an external media player. This is to provide ultimate flexibility for integrators. A tablet or interactive PC is designed for personal use, with external buttons and controls they are primed for abuse when put in a commercial setting. Just because a screen can run a Touch Screen application does not mean that it’s suitable for commercial use.



How do I create Touch Screen content?


The creation of Touch Screen content has been the biggest barrier to growth for the commercial Touch Screens market in the past. Traditionally wildly expensive and complex there are now several viable ways in which users or integrators can create content for Touch Screens. From building your own purpose built websites, ordering bespoke applications to even using PowerPoint displays there are many different ways to get your own content for your Touch Screen.