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Intel® Reference Design for Intelligent Vending

The Internet of Things increases retail opportunites in vending

Make vending machines smarter

Intel® Reference Design for Intelligent Vending is a scalable and flexible solution that quickly and cost-effectively adds intelligence to vending machines by enabling them to connect to the internet, allowing brands and operators to take advantage of new business opportunities, cloud services and data analytics. It includes a VMI hardware reference board design (schematics and Gerber files) and application programming interfaces (APIs) used by application software to more easily access typical machine peripherals (e.g., coin dispenser, refrigeration), This comprehensive reference design is intended to significantly reduce the time to market for intelligent vending machines and enable:

  • Enhanced vending machine experiences including touch-screen technology, rich graphics, gesture recognition, and integration with social media.

  • New business and transaction opportunities such as multi-product vending, dynamic price adjustments, discounts, coupons, loyalty programs, advertising, and advertising campaign efficacy measurement.

  • New digital payment systems and transaction methods that add the versatility of contactless payments, near field communication (NFC), and smartphone-based payment.

  • Operating cost reduction realized through the use of predictive maintenance analytics, ERP integration, central pricing management, remote machine management, and telemetry.

Reference design components

Vending machine manufacturers can use the reference design to architect future machines or to retrofit an existing one. The reference design is composed of several hardware and software components including:

  • Intel® processor-based computing board
  • I/O interface module
  • Software stack


Product brief: Increasing Vending Profitability with More Intelligent Machines


Intel® Reference Design for Intelligent Vending

Reference Design for Intelligent Vending