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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 448 

New electronic kiosk brings recreation information to the public

Information on recreation opportunities on public lands in Central California is just a touch away with a new electronic information kiosk that was dedicated Monday at the Bureau of Land Management office in Bakersfield. (text continues below)

A woman and man cut a ribbon in front of something that looks a bit like an ATM, as two men hold the ribbon steady
Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Tina Terrell and BLM Bakersfield Field Office Manager Tim Smith cut a ribbon to dedicate the kiosk.

BLM Bakersfield Field Office Manager Tim Smith and Sequoia National Forest Supervisor Tina Terrell discussed the interagency Service First program and the important steps the kiosk represents in bringing together public information from different agencies.

Touch4Info, the Kiosk manufacture, held an informal question and answer session whilst demonstrating the various features of the kiosk, including the ability to print off information directly from agency websites.

Since it became operational this summer, the kiosk has had almost a thousand visitors, with more than 4,000 pages viewed. The most popular information is on fishing and hunting.

The electronic kiosk comprises innovative touch screen technology with a custom user interface to link the visitor directly with agency information. It uses built-to-order menus and screens to combine the wealth of public information available on websites hosted by both agencies.

The kiosk comes with the capability to print off information, maps and web pages to aid the public once they leave the kiosk.

The information kiosk is a product of the Service First initiative that joins four federal land managing agencies to provide consistent and convenient customer service. Service First is the partnership authority among the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management.

A man addresses a crowd from alongside a kiosk that resembles and ATM with a much larger screen
BLM Bakersfield Field Office Manager Tim Smith and the kiosk in closeup.

- Peter DeWitt, outdoor recreation planner, BLM Bakersfield Field Office, 9/13/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 448

Last updated: 09-21-2010