October 16, 2014 -
Smart Vend Solutions announced it will distribute Rheavendors’ facial recognition-enabled vending machines throughout the UK.
Part of the Stanco Services Group, Smart Vend Solutions has partnered with Rheavendors to deliver its Luce X2 Touch TV machine to end users in a range of retail, office, health and education environments.
When linked with an existing database of self-registered subscribers (in accordance with the UK Data Protection Act), Rheavendors machines are able to identify, greet and service end users with customized options based on their previous purchases, preferences and favourite recipes.
In the last two years, Rheavendors developed the facial mapping software for the machines to allow or disallow products based on the user’s age, gender or dietary needs.
The technology could potentially have a significantly positive impact on catering, particularly in hospitals and schools.
For example, if the machine is configured to identify an individual with a severe nut allergy, it will then prevent the user from ordering a particular item with traces of nuts and potentially save their life.
“Now 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,” said Smart Vend Solution managing director Malcolm Standage. “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.”