Understanding Automated Video Vending Machine
What are automated video vending machines?
Automated video vending machines are machines that act like video libraries.
They offer services like Netflix (online video rental). The vendor issues
membership cards to its customers who can then rent a movie from the vending
machine after inserting that card. The rent (along with security) is automatically
debited from the customer’s account and on returning back the title;
security amount gets credited to his account. Sale and usage of these
machines has gained momentum recently.
Technical Specifications of automated video vending machines
These machines allow the customer to make selections on the basis of genre,
actors, directors, titles and rating. In order to speed up this, these
vending machines use a microprocessor that can easily browse and search
through the huge video catalog that is stored on the hard drive. The capacity
of the hard drive itself can be increased as and when required. These
machines also have a card reader that can read the information present
on the membership cards. This also helps in determining the age of the
user which can be used to decide whether to show adult titles or not.
Advantages of automated video vending machines
The major advantages of this vending machine are as following –
1. Wide Range of Products: These machines can be used to rent all sorts
of videos – DVDs, VHS and even video games. They can store up to
5,000 different copies at one time.
2. Fast Access: As the craze for videos keeps on increasing every other
day, some of these machines have counters that can accommodate 10 different
customers at one time.
3. Blocking Adult Titles: Parents do not need to worry about their children
browsing through adult titles while using these machines. These machines
can be customized to block all adult content from being shown in the movie
4. Advance Booking: These machines can be connected to the internet. This
allows the customer to first verify if particular title is available in
the machine and can then make a booking online. He can later go to the
machine and collect the title after inserting the confirmation code (this
is obtained while making an online reservation).