YORBA LINDA, CA — Automated Vending Technologies Inc. took the wraps off its new RAM 4000 vending machine, a refrigerated combination snack and packaged-beverage vender with GPRS communications capability built onto the controller board.
GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a feature of GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) mobile telephones that permits them to send data across a packet-switching network (like the Internet). AVTI worked with Cingular Wireless and Sony Ericsson to develop the bidirectional Vending Management System communications system integrated into the RAM 4000, and the associated VMS software suite.
According to AVTI chief executive officer David Goldstein, the RAM 4000 is the first refrigerated vending machine “built by operators for operators.” The VMS module, supplied by Sony Ericsson, was developed as a plug-and-play instrument that integrates directly into the RAM 4000. VMS software interacts with AVTI’s proprietary interface, allowing the operator to communicate with the machine.
Through the use of Cingular’s wireless connectivity, operators can communicate with RAM 4000 machines in the field, bidirectionally. The machine thus can report its audit and inventory situation and functional status, while the operator can change prices and turn the machine on and off remotely. Since the data communications hardware resides on the controller board, there is nothing else to buy; the machine comes from the factory ready to send and receive.
“The core model of our business is to offer bundled services under one roof while making them affordable to everyone in the industry,” Goldstein explained. “As operators ourselves, we understand that the industry is becoming more technologically advanced. We have built a machine and created technology from an operator’s perspective. partnering with Cingular and Sony Ericsson only solidifies our commitment to excellence.”
He added that these advancements are the first of their kind to be introduced to the industry by a vending machine manufacturer. “AVTI expects a tremendous response to these technologies,” the company CEO summed up.
Information on Automated Vending Technologies Inc., its RAM 4000 machine and integrated VMS hardware and software can be found at the company’s website, avtinconline.com. AVTI is a Delaware corporation trading as AVDT.