AAEON, a manufacturer of industrial computing solutions under the ASUS Group and a member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, joined on Thursday forces with Kii, a Internet of Things (IoT) Solution Enablement Platform vendor to unveil the IoT-driven next generation smart vending platforms and solutions in the marketplace. The two companies also work with a tier one manufacturer to provide fully integrated smart vending machines.
This multi-pronged partnership between the global organizations brings synergistic expertise and technology together to deliver cloud-based smart vending platform. AAEON’s smart vending board connects various sensors such as temperature and humidity, and actuators such as motors/coils, within vending machines and kiosks to Kii’s cloud-based smart vending solution.
Built on its IoT Solution Enablement Platform, Kii’s cloud-based smart vending software solution provides a multi-stakeholder, rules-driven solution to vending operators and their employees (including refillers and service technicians), to more manage, track and optimize their vending operations.
Teamed up with AAEON’s smart vending board and Kii’s cloud-based smart vending solution is a major integrator and manufacturer (company to be revealed at the NAMA OneShow in April) delivering fully integrated, smart vending machines, putting together the best high-tech, cloud-based smart vending solutions in the market.
AAEON’s vending boards will be pre-integrated with Kii’s software device agents, thereby enabling vending machines and kiosks using AAEON boards to automatically leverage Kii’s smart vending cloud-based solution.
“We are delivering the most comprehensive smart vending solution that provides real-time visibility and agility to vending operators and their employees to optimize their vending operations,” said Masanari Arai, CEO of Kii. “In addition, the solution enables smart vending machines and kiosks as discoverable assets in a variety of contexts such as stadiums, malls, airports, and the like, leading to enhanced mobile experiences for consumers as well.”
“The vending market is at a significant crossroads now, in need of a technology boost, partly driven by regulation and cutting edge technologies that greatly improve vending operations and heighten profit margins,” said Paul Yang, general manager of AAEON. “Our vending board heralds the next generation of vending solutions and we are happy to be at the nerve center of these solutions.”
This fully integrated smart vending solution is currently available on a limited basis with plans for full market roll-out in April.