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Smart Vend launches facial recognition vending machines


October 25, 2014
By Canadian Vending

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Oct. 25, 2014, London, U.K. – A facial mapping system that enables
vending machines to allow or disallow products based on users’ age,
gender or
dietary requirements may have implications for catering, particularly in
hospitals and schools.

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Oct. 25, 2014, London, U.K. – A facial mapping system that enables vending machines to allow or disallow products based on users’ age, gender or
dietary requirements may have implications for catering, particularly in hospitals and schools.

An audience of U.K. vending, retail and
technology professionals and media saw a first-hand demonstration
of the capabilities of facial recognition in vending at a gathering
at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, U.K.

Part of the Stanco Services Group, headquartered in Welwyn
Garden City, Smart Vend Solutions will offer a one-stop shop for
vending equipment sales, maintenance and technical field support, said a news release from the company.

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Smart
Vend Solutions is the exclusive U.K. distribution partner of Rheavendors, one of
the most established names in the European vending machines manufacturing
industry.

The partnership has been formed to market the Luce X2
Touch TV machine in retail, office, health and school settings.

When linked with an existing database of  self-registered subscribers (in accordance
with the Data Protection Act), Rheavendors machines are capable of identifying,
personally greeting and servicing the user with tailor-made  options based upon  historical purchases, preferences and
favourite recipes.

By using software developed over the
last two years by Rheavendors, the advanced facial mapping system even enables
the equipment to allow or disallow products based upon users’ age, gender or
dietary requirements. This represents a ground-breaking tool that could have
huge implications for catering, particularly in hospitals and schools.

If, for example, the machine is programmed to identify that
a recognized individual has lactose intolerance or diabetes, it can refuse to
serve the user, a potentially life-saving advancement.

“The
launch of Smart Vend Solutions in the U.K. represents an exciting event which we
believe will redefine the future of the automatic retailing industry, said marketing director Malcolm Standage.

“For the last 24 years Stanco Services Limited’s core
business has been providing nationwide technical support on a wide range of
traditional espresso machines as well as bean to cup, free standing vending and
hot and cold beverage equipment."