Facial recognition vending machines

The newly launched vending equipment supply company, Smart Vend Solutions, is announcing the UK arrival of the world’s first vending machines enabled for facial recognition.

Part of the Stanco Services Group, the new company will offer “a new nationwide one-stop shop for vending equipment sales, maintenance and technical field support”, and is the exclusive UK distribution partner of Rheavendors, one of the most established names in the European vending machines manufacturing industry.

The partnership has been formed to establish the Luce X2 Touch TV vending machine.

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 providing the user with tailor-made options based upon historical purchases, preferences and favourite recipes.

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 recognised individual has lactose intolerance or diabetes, it can refuse to serve the user, a potentially life-saving advancement.

Smart Vend Solution MD Malcolm Standage commented: “The launch of Smart Vend Solutions in the UK represents an exciting event which we believe will redefine the future of the automatic retailing industry.  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”.


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