Any Device, Any Data, Any Cloud: Welcome to the 12th exciting edition of ‘Vending Insight’, a regular feature from Planet Vending that focuses on today’s cashless, connected, IoT (Internet of Things) society. There’s no product news in Vending Insight and no stories about the providers of those products. On the contrary, it’s our intention to provide those vending operators, who are hungry for information on developing technologies, with some satisfying food for thought.
This week, our guest blogger is Vendman MD Rob Little, who met his muse standing in line to buy petrol… As usual, we’ll provide our Ten Top Links that will take you to stories that have appeared across the Internet. They won’t all be about vending: in fact, we’ll steer you, through these stories, in the direction the world is heading. We hope that Vending Insight will inspire you to investigate how to apply the features of cashless payments, data collection and connectivity to the advantage of your vending business.
Standing In Line: The I o T As A Forecourt Queue Buster (Planet Vending)
Whilst witnessing a potential Costa Express customer abandoning his coffee instead of joining a long queue to pay for it, Rob Little realised the situation would never have arisen had the machine been connected to the I o T… It’s a good story and it’s HERE.
From The Internet
Arm reckons its ‘any device, any data, any cloud’ IoT tech has legs (The Register)
Arm – the designer of processors used in billions of gadgets, smartphones, and other devices – has launched a new Internet of Things platform that it claims will be able to handle any data from any device on any cloud. It’s HERE
An interview with… Adrian Sutton, Managing Director, Vortex IoT (Global Railway Review)
A fascinating insight on how Network Rail is harnessing the power of the I o T by the boss of the company that made it happen. Keep on track, HERE
Like Magic: Seamless Customer Care In An IoT-Connected World (Forbes)
A mind-bending article penned by Puru Govind, the Global Head of IT at B2X, the premier after-sales service provider for smartphones and consumer electronics. Excellent stuff, HERE
Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true (The Register)
… and by way of a counterpoint, here’s an account of what might happen if the I o T develops an equivalent to the Dark Web. You may want to take cover behind the sofa, HERE
Getting started with IoT: what do you do with all that data?(Microsoft Azure)
An interesting entry-level piece from Microsoft: ‘Once your IoT devices are deployed, secured, and provisioned through Azure IoT Hub, the question remains: where do you send all of the data?’ The answer is HERE
Shake Shack Is Bringing Cashless Kiosks to Even More Locations (Eater)
Find out how an American burger chain is using automation to cope with higher minimum wages, HERE
Brands Are Winning Thanks To An Omnichannel Approach To E-Commerce (Forbes)
BigCommerce conducted a survey to better understand how more than 500 international B2B firms are aligning with the new expectations for revenue growth, and the findings underscore pivotal insight into these trends.Marketeer Tami Smith discusses, HERE
Jason O’Brien On Omnichannel Payment Solutions (Housing Wire)
Jason O’Brien, senior vice president of payments at SWBC, discusses the importance of an omnichannel payment strategy in a Q&A, HERE
Homeless People Wearing Barcodes To Accept Cashless Payments (Telegraph)
Homeless people are wearing barcodes around their necks in an attempt to increase donations in a cashless society, under an Oxford University backed initiative. Big issue? Report HERE
Dublin’s ‘The Exo’ Achieves WiredScore’s Highest Connectivity Rating (Information Age)
What do IT businesses really need when they’re searching from premises? Why, a connected building! Dublin is soon to have one of the world’s best-connected buildings. Find out more HERE.