CU-Boulder getting rid of computer kiosk stations, citing low usage

Like the overhead projectors and the ” blue light” emergency phones that went before them, the standalone computer kiosk stations at the University of Colorado are being phased out because no one uses them anymore.

Installed in 1996, the computer kiosk stations are called SCARPIEs, which stands for “Stationary Computerized Apple Resource for Personal Internet and Email.”

They were designed to allow people to quickly check their email or access the internet between classes or while walking around campus. They’re placed in high-traffic areas around the Boulder campus like the student center and various academic building lobbies.

At the height of their use, there were 100 kiosks around CU. Now, there are 66.

And by the end of this summer, there will be zero.

Removing the kiosks should save CU at least $75,000 in replacement, refurbishment and administrative costs.

“Students, faculty, staff — we didn’t all have something to check the internet and email with in our pockets — our smartphones,” said Greg Stauffer, a spokesman for CU’s Office of Information Technology. “Very few people had laptops in their backpacks in 1996.”

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