Smart Vending Machine: Optimization of maintenance and service of globally distributed vending machines
The new IoT solution "Smart Vending Machine" from Janz Tec networks vending machines for maintenance and service optimization. This solution can be used to monitor usage, configure machine settings and efficiently plan maintenance work.
With the IoT solution "Smart Vending Machine", Janz Tec makes Edge Gateways fit precisely into the machines, which record all previously defined data and transfer it to a central data cockpit. It shows e.g., operating hours, consumption quantities, the number of goods issued or current cash supply in the machine. The user interface and reports are configured according to specific needs.
Planning maintenance intervals with foresight
Machine operators can view essential machine master data combined with location and usage data at a single glance. The geodata of the machines are displayed on maps and can also be integrated into existing route planning software products. By aligning maintenance work with actual use – instead of standardized service intervals – unnecessary journeys are fully eliminated. Machine downtimes are reduced. Machine operators therefore optimize their maintenance and service operations and achieve real cost savings.
Adapting the business model
The evaluability of actual use makes it possible for vending machine operators to switch from selling their machines to a pay-per-use business model. Here the actual use of the machine by customers is precisely recorded and billed. Remote settings of machine parameters, such as prices or recipes, can also be made from a central location as a service.
Efficient data transmission, storage and SIM card management
Local infrastructures often cannot be put to use for data transmission. Janz Tec therefore offers IoT gateways individually designed for the vending machines with powerful mobile communication solutions. SIM card management for selecting custom-fit data rates based on region and data volume rounds off the service package. Data centers and cloud services from Janz Tec partner companies are available for data storage and processing. These services provide scalable and redundant server space and meet the very latest requirements of IT security.
"The Smart Vending Machine is a very open and highly configurable system. It is characterized by its easy integration into existing infrastructures. There are many Web APIs that allow data to be read out easily and enriched data records from other applications to be restored," emphasizes Ulrich Lütke Entrup, Sales Manager at Janz Tec.
Janz Tec is presenting the Smart Vending Machine from February 26th to 28th 2019 at the embedded world in Nuremberg at booth 2-411 in Hall 2.
An engineer in automation technology, Ulrich Lütke Entrup has been an experienced authority on Janz Tec’s solutions for over 15 years. As our Sales Director, he is the right person to contact with your questions.