SAN MATEO, CA — Internet of Things technology company Kii is making smart vending machines even smarter. It’s Kii Smart Vending Now is built on solution framework accelerators which support highly customizable IoT powered solutions to suit individual needs. Now, they are able to real-time-react to changes in machine status and problem-solve.
Kii’s monitoring connects all smart machines in the field with its cloud monitoring service enabling rich data-driven insights. There, managers and appropriate stakeholders can be alerted in real-time when product is running low and if the machine is not operating properly. In many instances, this allows problems to be diagnosed and solved before customers are impacted.
Intelligent vending machines have emerged as a convenient and low-cost option allowing operators to offer consumers options previously available only in stores through use of data collected from sensors. Kii’s agile IoT framework is uniquely suited to support cost effective deployment of this new vending paradigm
“We chose this technology in order to be fully connected to the client,” said Mark Meyers, chief marketing officer of Sprizzi, which manufacturers a single-serve cold beverage machine that dispenses carbonated and still flavored beverages a cup at a time. The company said plans to have its soon-to-be improved Kii-powered technology at office complexes, in homes, in hotels and in restaurants by late 2019.
“It’s very important that we are able to monitor the machines and deploy a self-corrected functionality tactic. The Kii intelligent technology enables that,” Meyers said.
In addition to the immediate communication between the machine and a company’s service personnel, is the ability to alter advertising and marketing campaigns instantly.
That feature is crucial to Shawn Marquardt, president of 24-7 Pizza Box. The company’s Hot Vending Box, which offers pizza made to-order, needs to know rapidly when ingredients are running low and expiring. In addition, the company needs to have the ability to swiftly change prices on pizza slices to accommodate traffic and other external factors.
“We engaged with Kii early on in the process of creating our advanced technology,” said Marquardt. “The versatility and ability to rapidly communicate ads with the cloud which communicates to the machine is imperative.”
Kii Corporation is a Cisco portfolio company. It offers its mature, enterprise-grade IoT solution enablement platform and solutions for select verticals including smart vending, petroleum tank monitoring and temperature monitoring