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Information Terminals

To begin with, information terminals or interactive kiosk systems are stationary. Nonetheless, in combination with wireless access technologies such as Bluetooth or WLAN interfaces, information terminals enable entirely new forms of mobile e-recruiting.

Prospective applicants can for example either register themselves directly at the terminal or in advance online in the system and save their job application profile. The system can either be a regular job search website or be more specialized. By activating the Bluetooth interface, the users' cell phone or their Bluetooth ID connects them to their profile.

Users can then research interesting job offers or profiles as well as information about individual companies via the terminal and transfer the results to their cell phones. If required, the registration of a Bluetooth ID can also activate an automatic transfer of matching offers and other information whenever users approach an information terminal with their devices and the ID is recognized by the system.

In contrast to data transfer via the cellular network, the advantage of this system is that it protects users from incurring possible costs. The information terminal can moreover also be used as a means of activation. A specialized term for this type of appliance is "physical mobile application."¹



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¹Go to T. Herting und G. Broll, 2008: Acceptance and Usability of Physical Mobile Applications, Mobile Interaction with the Real World (MIRW) 2008. Workshop at the 10th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI) 2008, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, September 2, 2008.