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The smart Vending machine

In his current column for Vending Management magazine Dr. Christoph Budelmann talks about the possibilities of smart cross-linking vending machines. Best known from concepts such as “Smart Home” or “Smart Factory”, the term “smart” represents a device (e. g. a washing machine) communicating with a mobile device (e. g. smart phone). Transferred to vending this means that a vending machine can be controlled by smart phone and give feedback at the same time to inform its operator about if and how its functions are running.

Specialist presentation at Embedded World Conference

Within the scope of Embedded World Conference Managing Director Christoph Budelmann talks about “Bringing IoT into Harsh Environments: Security and Reliability with Optical power and Data Transmission for Ultra-Low Power Sensor Nodes”. His presentation on March 14 provides information on the development of low-cost sensor nodes which are powered by optical fibers and exchange their data. The new approach is based on low energy circuits as well as energy harvesting principles.

Network Meeting: “Learning German quickly”

In the beginning of December 2016, Jeannine Budelmann was invited by the network “Companies integrate refugees” – which is operating nationwide – to participate in an expert panel. During the first network meeting in Berlin the managing director of Budelmann Elektronik GmbH talked about “Vocational Oriented Language Learning”. According to Budelmann, learning the language is crucial to manage work and daily life and is not always easy in the beginning. She offers refugees to go to language school twice a week and to work in her company for three days a week.

A different kind of cash disposal

Increasing fees for withdrawing cash from ATMs are an ongoing issue. More and more banks also reduce their opening hours making it even more inconvenient for customers to get cash. Christoph Budelmann proposes a countermovement in his latest column for Vending Management: Equipping new vending machines with cash withdrawal functionality. Suggesting this, he picks up the basic idea of his previous column: One has too much cash and needs to pay for its disposal; the other one doesn’t have it but needs it.

Elected to the executive board of the JCI North Rhine-Westphalia

On November 18, Jeannine Budelmann has been unanimously appointed to the executive board of JCI North Rhine-Westphalia. The managing director of Budelmann Elektronik GmbH will be representing the department “Innovation and Resources” for the next two years.

Cash – the German’s dearest friend

While it is perfectly normal in other countries to pay small amounts with your mobile phone or credit card, Germans still tend to prefer paying with cash. What does this mean for the vending sector? In his current column for the Vending Management magazine Christoph Budelmann presents his idea of upgrading vending machines with an authentication device that allows cooperating retailers to deposit bills and to receive coins in return. The advantage: Retailers don’t have to obtain their cash through a bank or a CiT company which can be rather pricey.

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