Versatile vending system benefits users


Landis+Gyr’s Mark
de Kock showing the
wireless Powervend
IIG mobile
vending terminal
Johannesburg, South Africa — (METERING.COM) — March 6, 2008 – Landis+Gyr’s Cashpower Suprima vending system was developed as an open system enabling it to accommodate new technologies, with a view to providing a versatile system that would enable the easy introduction of value-added products as new technologies emerged. Over the past decade, Landis+Gyr has maintained its ability to achieve this.

Mark de Kock, Landis+Gyr’s product manager (systems), says: “Landis+Gyr customers with a Cashpower Suprima e-Vend server in their back office greatly benefit from the introduction of new products such as Powervend IIG, which uses GPRS technology to vend electricity credit.”

Introducing cellular technology enables utilities to broaden their vending services inexpensively, and also offers utilities a non-fixed emergency vending point, enabling them to continue to vend electricity should their network go down. Powervend IIG is a mobile, GPRS wireless point-of-sale (POS) device which utilises the e-Vend protocol to provide online vending via a utility’s Cashpower Suprima e-Vend Server middleware.

“One of the benefits of e-Vend technology is that there is no need for the Powervend IIG vending terminal to have its own encryption security module or database, which has obvious security and maintenance benefits,” says de Kock. “Powervend IIG can be configured to connect to the centralised e-Vend Server via either the public Internet APN or a private APN. The unit has its own internal printer and operates by logging in with a user name, entering the meter number and the amount of electricity purchased. A full prepayment voucher is generated reflecting the unique 20-digit number that the user then enters into the keypad of his prepayment meter to obtain electricity credit.”

The Powervend IIG enables utilities to set up flexible standard or emergency vending points that are fully mobile, informal, cost-effective and consumer-friendly. In addition, Powervend IIG opens up new opportunities for authorised third-party vendors who do not have an existing POS terminal base, to vend electricity more conveniently and 24 hours a day. Mobile vending capabilities bring the vending point closer to the consumer, thereby saving him time and travel costs. In addition, bulk metered sites such as townhouse complexes can now more easily vend electricity to residents on site.