Nokia Siemens Network and Everything Everywhere partner for cloud connected vending machines

Enabling vending machine owners to increase revenue and reduce costs

Everything Everywhere, a UK communications company, and Nokia Siemens Network are set to partner with the intention of enabling vending machine owners to increase revenue and reduce costs (view press release).  They aim to achieve this through remote stock monitoring, increased interaction and multiple payment methods.  The smart vending machines will be piloted during the summer, with commercial roll out expected later this year. The solution was this week awarded Cloud-Based Vending Innovation award at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards.

Vending machines will be linked to Nokia Siemens Networks’ VendMe application and installed with Everything Everywhere SIM cards, connecting them to the UK’s largest 3G network and France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom’s international footprint. This connectivity will allow vendors to monitor stock levels remotely and plan replenishing of machines without visiting sites. Vendors will be able to target potential customers through sending targeted messages and interacting with customers through social networks. Customers will not need cash to make a purchase. They can use Field Communications (NFC) technology, through Orange Quick Tap from Everything Everywhere, NFC-enabled cards or make contactless payments through Reverse SMS and Chip & Pin.

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