Vending Machine Management
AggreGate is often the core of a vending machine network operation. All networked self-service devices are connected to the AggreGate server for the telemetry collection and centralized cashless payments.
In a corporate HQ, you can see a large city/area map with your vending machines marked on it. You can easily color-code machines by the revenue, per-item sales, current stocks, health status, and custom efficiency KPIs.
When a vending machine runs out of stock, your service agents get an automatic e-mail or SMS message and will then be able to immediately restock it in the most efficient way possible. If a vending machine breaks, your repair crew will get an immediate notification that includes a description of the problem (such as the machine's internal error code and its human-friendly definition).
If you sell perishable goods, your machine automatically alerts the system operators that it has stock which is about to expire. It even requests the operator's OK to begin a special sale, and when the OK is given, the prices for that specific sandwich type will go down so that it would sell before it expires.
You have a number of customized reports, such as best-selling machines, best-selling items, the slowest items to move, and areas in the city where the most of breakage and damage occurs to machines (i.e, where you have the biggest number of service calls). This gives you an unprecedented level of control and efficiency.
Vending Machine Controllers
Tibbo Project System provides a unique architecture for building the custom-tailored vending machine controllers. A typical controller won't require any hardware design work and will support the following:
|Availability in a form of a PCB (for installing inside a machine) or a cased device (for external installation)||ETA-DTS interface (DEX and DDCMP) for the machine statistics reading and real-time forwarding to the server|
|Ethernet, GPRS, and Wi-Fi interfaces||Optional LCD display|
|Additional digital and analog I/O, high-power relays for emergency machine restarts, and other periphery||Credit card and RFID card readers for implementing the custom payment schemes|
|Wide operating temperature/humidity range||Over-the-air firmware upgrade capabilities|
|Power and status LEDs||Customizable control buttons|
|MDB interface (master and slave) for monitoring and controlling the payment devices and initiating the vends from a command center||Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery for the operation without an external supply (power failure reporting, potential theft reporting, etc.)|
|Optional beeper for confirmation of the button-initiated operations||Standard open-source AggreGate Agent running inside a device|