The SurfBox Kiosk
Kilkenny Library has recently installed a new printing, scanning and copying kiosk which allows customers to print or photocopy on a self-service basis while on the go.
The devices were provided by the Thomastown based company SurfBox which has kiosk installations across the country, operating across a number of shopping centres, public libraries and airports in Ireland.
The service - which also allows customers to print from mobile devices - is frequently used to print documents such as CVs, payslips and boarding passes.
Mobile device ownership in Ireland is at a record high, with 86% of Irish consumers owning or having access to a smartphone, and 60% owning/accessing tablets.
SurfBox's ideas is that with desktop computers becoming less of a focal point in Irish lifestyle, this indicates a need for more diverse solutions than the traditional household printer, such as mobile printing services.
The company was founded in 2004 by Thomas Marry and Declan Lennon and currently operate from its Head Office in Thomastown, County Kilkenny.
SurfBox managing director, Thomas Marry, said: "With the continued shift towards smartphone technology, the idea of printing at home has become foreign to many households.
“Our kiosks allow customers to print their documents in many of the most convenient places to them."
SurfBox also operate a number of kiosks across the UK, France and Belgium.
The automated service has recently introduced a 3D printing functionality in a selection of its library locations and aims to roll out this facility to further locations in the coming months, where it will prove useful to students, entrepreneurs, designers/artists and start-up businesses.
SurfBox has won a number of awards throughout the years, including the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce award for Best Small Business of the Year in 2008.