Nokia Siemens Networks and Everything Everywhere have announced an international partnership in the vending machine market.
The two companies have launched an interactive, cloud-based solution that allows vending machine owners to monitor stock levels remotely and plan efficient replenishing of machines without the need to make site visits.
Vending machines will be linked to NSN’s VendMe application and installed with EE’s SIM cards, connecting them to France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom’s international network.
Customers will be able to use NFC technology to make purchases.
Vendors will also be able to send targeted messages to people in the vicinity of a smart vending machine and interact with customers and their contacts through their social networks of choice.
“This partnership means that we can offer our customers a reduced time to market of up to 60 percent,” said NSN’s head of the M2M Bernd Gross.
Trials will start this summer with commercial roll out expected in Q4.