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MultiTouch partners with Riolab to expand in South America

The two companies have combined to provide interactive touch systems for retail and public service projects, including two state-of-the-art installations.

Interactive display systems company MultiTouch and Riolab, a Chilean audiovisual, communication and branding business, have announced a new partnership to expand interactive display installations throughout South America.

The two companies have already joined forces on two advanced installation projects in Chile. These include the Chuquicamata Underground Mining Project in Chile and showroom installations for cell phone provider ENTEL in Santiago. Each installation demonstrates the demand and wide range of use for interactive display installations in a variety of industries from retail to public service. Codelco, the largest copper producer in the world, owns the Chuquicamata copper mine, the largest open pit copper mine in the world. The Chuquicamata Underground Mining Project (PMCHS) was initiated to transform the copper mine into a first-class underground mine; however, this raised concerns that had to be addressed with the public and various stakeholders. Riolab developed a new communication software platform specifically for Codelco’s needs. This information hub allowed specific user groups, such as engineers, government officials and the general public, to interact with project plans, read environmental data and view 3D renderings of the PMCHS project using MultiTaction displays. ENTEL, the largest mobile phone carrier in Chile with over four million subscribers, was looking to provide customers with the ability to compare products and interact with product photos. Two ENTEL showrooms were equipped with MultiTaction Cells allowing customers to browse product lines, review sales and promotions, view 3D imaging of phones and do side-by-side comparison of products. Riolab used its NetShow software platform to allow content collaboration while MultiTouch’s internet-based content manager saved the company time and money in developing content and updating multiple displays from one location. “We have worked with MultiTouch on other projects and knew their MultiTaction displays, combined with our narrative interface and content software, would provide the best solution for the Chuquicamata Underground Mining Project and ENTEL’s showrooms,” said Francisco Arevalo, CEO of Riolab. “Working with MultiTouch’s technology has produced a perfect blend of innovation and imagination for our customers and allowed us to stay consistent with our mission of producing solutions that enhance the user experience.” Timo Korpela, general manager of MultiTouch Americas, added: “We are excited to partner with Riolab. This marks an important milestone for MultiTouch as we expand our business in South America. These two state-of-the-art installations show that large-scale interactive displays and applications are a global phenomenon and South America’s growing economy shows the way for the rest of the world.”