April 23, 2012
AVT Names Sprint Preferred Connectivity Provider for its Automated Retail Solutions
Sprint wireless network capabilities will power connectivity provided by AVT for its extensive portfolio of automated retailing and smart vending solutions
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), April 23, 2012 - AVT, Inc. (OTC: AVTC.PK), a leader in automated retailing, has selected Sprint (NYSE: S) as its preferred wireless carrier. Sprint will provide wireless network services for deployments where AVT provides connectivity for its vending customers. Sprint is delivering the service through its Emerging Solutions Group, which offers machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for businesses and consumers.
AVT’s wide range of vending and self-service solutions include automated centers that redefine the retailing experience - with sophisticated robotic arms that consumers can watch dispense up to 150 products. Retailers benefit from this and other AVT solutions through reduced costs, expanded store hours, new digital advertising opportunities, customizable branding solutions, and the ability to open new product categories and points of distribution. AVT products and services include custom-designed user interfaces and high-end Premium Retail Environments (PREs) that can replace a retail store or expand an existing store. AVT PREs feature such systems as The Airport, The Cosmetic Store, The Premium Hotel, The University and The Premium Store Front.
“Reliable and secure wireless connectivity is crucial to the next-generation consumer vending experience,” said James Winsor, chief executive officer-AVT, Inc. “Sprint delivers the advanced network capabilities needed to support our proprietary smart-vending solutions, including the ability to remotely manage systems and use Web technology to access real-time sales, inventory and system diagnostic information.”
AVT and Sprint will showcase a large AVT automated retailing center at the National Automated Merchandising Association’s NAMA One ShowSM at Booth # 414 held April 25-27 in Las Vegas.
“Sprint is proud to be selected as the preferred provider of AVT,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “AVT is recognized for its innovative leadership in the rapidly growing automated retailing industry, and Sprint has the experience and technology to meet their most sophisticated requirements. These include our comprehensive M2M resources and the unique architecture of Sprint’s Network Vision plan.”
Network Vision is Sprint’s plan to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network. The goal of Network Vision is to enhance network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers. With Network Vision, multimodal equipment should allow every wireless tower to efficiently support multiple technologies operating on multiple spectrum bands. Sprint’s multibillion dollar Network Vision technology upgrade is expected to be backward compatible with existing technologies.
AVT, Inc. is a leading developer of automated and self-service retailing systems. AVT is able to work with any size company to design a custom automated retailing solution that drives traffic, increases sales, improves security, and lowers overhead. With an in-house design team, software developers, mechanical engineers and on-site manufacturing, AVT can take projects from concept to completion with speed, economy and ingenuity. To learn more about AVT, visit www.autoretail.com.
About the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group
With more than a dozen years of experience with M2M, Sprint has been at the forefront of this wireless industry revolution, teaming with and supporting a large and diverse portfolio of innovative companies to create smarter wireless solutions that change the way people work and live. In 2010 Sprint opened the Sprint M2M Collaboration Center in Burlingame, Calif., a hands-on, interactive lab where ideas knowledge and technology unite to produce wirelessly enabled M2M concepts and products. Last year Sprint also introduced the Sprint Command Center, a Web-based portal that allows businesses with Sprint wireless-connected products the ability to manage, activate and de-activate each device. Sprint’s M2M leadership has earned prestigious third-party validation – including the top-ranked North American M2M provider (and second-ranked carrier overall among 12 global service providers) by Analysys Mason, and the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Customer Value Enhancement Award in North America for Machine to Machine Communications. To learn more about Sprint’s M2M offerings, visit www.sprint.com/m2m.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.