By 1986 the Information Industry Association was moving quickly towards interactive electronic online services. We were able to offer them a practical model.
Working in cooperation with the IIA, we created an interactive information kiosk for use on the Exhibit Floor at the IIA annual conference in New York. The 500+ screen database was the public debut for the TCS Environment site software:
The Communication Studio pioneered some features that were cutting edge (for 1986):
Although we did not receive most of the informational content from the IIA until two weeks before the conference, we were able - by using our Textup Context Management System - to complete the screens on time and even add 45 new pages to the site on the first day of the conference.
We decided to see if the Conference Info Kiosk could be a money-maker. The "Kiosk Services" flyer (at right, produced on our clunky dot-matrix printer) offered:
TCS actually made a nice chunk of money as a Service Bureau.
Point of Sale Advertising We sold additional advertising services to a almost half of the conference participants. As you might expect, the "Joint Venture" section was undeniably the most-accessed information in the Kiosk.
Point-of-Sale Customer Self-service, IBM PC-AT, site maintained on TCS Environment software, pages maintained through the TCS Textup content mangaement utility, NAPLPS vector graphics
Note: The pages displayed here were designed using the limited 16-color palette then standard for most PC's..