Auckland-based ISP Safety Net will install Internet-access kiosks in Caltex New Zealand's Star Mart stores from early April.
The first trial kiosks will be installed in Quay Street and Fort Street stores to see how successful they are. Members of the public can browse for $2 per 15 minutes, paying with cash or by credit card.
Safety Net sales manager Kevin Wheeler says the kiosks will be connected to the Internet via a high-speed wireless network, so the connections will be fast. The keyboard and track pads are built to withstand heavy use. Caltex has bought its own kiosks but Wheeler says Safety Net is also prepared to rent them to interested store owners.
Safety Net previously focused on business connectivity through wireless solutions and VPNs, and on Web hosting services.
Another local company, E-zmail Kiosks, has already installed pay-per-use kiosks in Auckland Airport's international and domestic terminals, with Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to follow this week. E-zmail software has also been installed in PCs in the airport lounges. Ardmore Airport in Auckland has one of the most well-used terminals.
E-zmail Kiosks director Steve Clark-son says an international pilot training centre at Ardmore has meant the kiosk is heavily used. E-zmail Kiosks currently charges $2 per five minutes but Clarkson says that is under review.