New technology innovations are transforming traditional vending machines, or kiosks, not only in the machines themselves, but in the new kinds of products that are dispensed automatically. With automated kiosks located in non-traditional places like airports, train stations and stadiums, on-the-go consumers are able to purchase a myriad of products previously available only through traditional brick and mortar shops:
While automated kiosks provide a convenience for consumers, they are also helping brands extend their presence without the cost of brick and mortar or additional staff.
Once a purely mechanical technology, kiosks have become showcases for the latest advances in microcircuits, processors, wireless communications, data storage and transfer, as well as human interfaces. With a growing array of cashless payment options and cloud-based telemetry systems that transfer data on machine operations and customer buying habits to vending operators and marketers, vending technology is set to undergo transformations that were unimaginable even decades ago.
The two-way flow of data between kiosks and cloud-based servers offers companies unprecedented opportunities to fine-tune machine operations and make swift marketing decisions. Equipped with a network of sensors and onboard computing power, kiosks can track everything from sales transactions to the functioning of motion-control components, and then transmit that valuable data via cellular networks to servers in the cloud.
Jabil engineers are well equipped with deep expertise and a wide range of capabilities to help you build your next state-of-the-art kiosk.
In May 2015, Jabil has established a partnership with Intel as supplier of solutions based on the Intel® Reference Design for Intelligent Vending, including the new Intel® IoT Retail Gateway for Intelligent Vending. The innovative new solutions provide vending machine manufacturers with shorter time to market.
The Intel® Architecture processor-based design, which Jabil will produce, is a flexible and cost-effective solution that combines all vending machine functions onto a single platform. Intelligent vending equipment manufacturers can purchase an Intel-designed platform from Jabil or request Jabil to build a customized version of this platform. Jabil’s forward-thinking approach to manufacturing and vast experience in intelligent vending makes them the partner of choice for Intel that is well positioned to support their customers as they build their next state-of-the-art vending machines.
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