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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 5, May 2012, Posted On: 4/25/2012

MEI Introduces Advance 5000 Telemeter With Offline Data Recorder

Tim Sanford
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WEST CHESTER, PA -- New from MEI is the Easitrax Advance 5000, the company's latest vending telemeter. It's slated for unveiling this week at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow in Las Vegas.

The Advance 5000 is the latest addition to MEI's toolbox of data collection and analysis. It features an offline data recorder (ODR) to enhance and deepen the information-capture capabilities of machines not presently on networks.

The company also will offer its evolving roadmap for operators seeking to benefit from faster access to more detailed information at the NAMA convention. This roadmap now provides two distinct paths, with directions toward improved online and offline capabilities.

"MEI understands that the ROI to take every machine online is often not fully justified," the manufacturer explained. "The Advance 5000, modular in design, not only allows operators to choose the machines they want to bring online but it uniquely gives the offline machine a bigger voice."

The ODR, inside the base telemeter, intelligently queries an offline machine between operator visits, and records the machine's daily granular sales and alarm data. This more granular set of data enhances the predictive modeling output generated from the MEI Easitrax software solution, the company explained.

"Operators will benefit from improved operational efficiencies and increased cash flow from subsequent inventory reductions, improved customer satisfaction and higher sales volumes," MEI predicted.

The device is highly configurable, so operators can choose the time intervals they wish to record. The collected data are then transferrable by use of a convenient USB port to a handheld device for return to the back office.

"Never before has the industry had a tool like the ODR," said Advance 5000 product manager Don Finley. "It queries to the offline machine every day, every hour, without a need for an operator visit to download data more often. It saves time, money and inevitably gives the machine a new voice to tell the story of what occurred day-by-day, in the offline machine."

MEI anticipates the buzz around this Advance 5000 feature will be loud at OneShow. The system will be on display at in booth No. 1013.

The company also will host a panel discussion among operators who will share their experiences with the implementation of new management information technology. MEI's Cliff Fisher will moderate the discussion. It's set for Room 201 in the Sands Expocenter from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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