IoT coffee vending machines with Cellular wifi Router

2019-09-29

Costa, the world's second-largest coffee chain brand, has announced a partnership with Eseye, the UK's industrial Internet of things company, to promote the Costa Express coffee vending machine with IoT technology worldwide.


With Eseye's technology, these IoT coffee vending machines can quickly connect to any available mobile network, enable cellular data access anywhere, communicate with back-end systems, and provide health monitoring, local time synchronization, and data routing information. This reduces the need for professional engineers to connect each vending machine to a local Wi-Fi or cellular network to ensure uptime. Homtecs rugged router can meet the same applications.

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Through the Internet of Things technology, Costa can also take action in a timely manner to ensure that staff can timely replenish the coffee beans, milk and other consumables required by the vending machine, and monitor the performance of machines such as coffee grinders in real time, so that customers can enjoy the quality of baristas. Coffee.


In addition, Eseye's unique IoT AnyNet security platform allows these Costa Express vending machines to monitor the actual usage of each customer on each coffee vending machine in real time and develop a marketing plan through intelligent maintenance.



Costa Systems and Data Director Paul Borrett said: "Eseye provides a globally connected managed connectivity service that supports multiple cellular networks in each region, achieving near 100% uptime. This is the company's desire to expand rapidly in the international market. The real advantage."


In 2011, Costa bought £60 million Coffee Nation coffee machine for £60 million and renamed it Costa Express. In 2016, Costa Express had more than 5,000 coffee machines worldwide.


Costa hopes that in the future international expansion, the launch of the Costa Express IoT vending machine will help it rapidly expand its market share in the fierce competition in the industry.


Of course, this is also in line with the interests of Costa's new owner, Coca-Cola.


On August 31, 2018, the Coca-Cola Company announced that it had acquired the British coffee brand Costa from the hands of Whitbread for $5.1 billion, and acquired all of Costa's issued and circulated shares, as well as all current operations. These operations include the coffee brand and its nearly 4,000 stores and professional baristas, coffee vending machines, home coffee business and coffee roaster business.


A month later, John Murphy, president of Coca-Cola Asia Pacific, said in an interview with the Financial Times that the main purpose of acquiring the coffee chain brand Costa is not to turn to physical retail, but to use the Costa supply chain to provide coffee to fast food customers. “This part of retail is not necessarily the most attractive part of this acquisition.”


One of the main advantages of the acquisition of Coasta is its ability to help Coca-Cola provide coffee products to its largest customers. The biggest customers are mainly some fast food companies, they are keen on a variety of drinks. In the future, these IoT self-service vending machines, which have low requirements for human resources support, are likely to appear in various fast food restaurants.


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