ECONOMY

Streetside kiosks becoming more tech savvy

A customer stands in front of a Thessaloniki kiosk offering online services such as paying electricity and water bills. Touchscreen technology has been introduced by some 47 street kiosks in Thessaloniki to help better track stock movements and accurately price products. However, improved software enables kiosks to also provide other services, such as booking theater or cinema tickets. Venture Order, the Thessaloniki-based firm that provides the software, is aiming to hook up 300 of the city’s 800 kiosks. It also intends to provide its services to an additional 700 Athens customers, at an initial stage. Kiosks were introduced to Greece some 50 years ago as a means of offering compensation to disabled war victims which the state was unable to provide with pension benefits.