The capabilities of the world’s first vending machines enabled for facial recognition were demonstrated to an audience of industry professionals at an exclusive gathering at Hatfield House this week in Hertfordshire.
The unveiling of Rheavendors’ revolutionary free standing machine represents a huge technological advancement for the vending industry, forming the highlight of an exclusive event to launch the new Smart Vend Solutions brand to the UK market. Part of the Stanco Services Group, which has been established for 24 years with a UK-wide presence, Smart Vend Solutions will offer a new nationwide one-stop shop for vending equipment sales, maintenance and technical field support.
Smart Vend Solutions is the exclusive UK distribution partner of Rheavendors , one of the most established names in the European vending machines manufacturing industry. The partnership has been formed to establish the Luce X2 Touch TV machine as the new standard of cutting-edge automatic consumer service, providing an unprecedented personal experience for users in a broad range of retail, office, health and education environments.
When linked with an existing database of self-registered subscribers (in accordance with the Data Protection Act), Rheavendors machines are capable of identifying, personally greeting and servicing the user with tailor-made options based upon historical purchases, preferences and favourite recipes. By using the state-of-the art software developed over the last two years by Rheavendors, the advanced facial mapping system even enables the equipment to allow or disallow products based upon users’ age, gender or dietary requirements. This represents a ground-breaking tool that could have huge implications for catering, particularly in hospitals and schools.
Smart Vend Solution MD Malcolm Standage commented: “The launch of Smart Vend Solutions in the UK represents an exciting event which we believe will redefine the future of the automatic retailing industry. With touch screen technology, cashless payment systems and Smartphone integration, automatic dispensing is shaping the future of the industry and we want Smart Vend Solutions to be positioned as a specialist in this marketplace. Through our exclusive partnership with Rheavendors, we are determined to explore unprecedented avenues and endless possibilities in vending. Launching the very first full production facial recognition technology represents an advancement which will bring unlimited benefits to businesses and consumers across the UK.”