The global market for intelligent vending machines is expected to experience significant growth owing to rising deployment of smart kiosks and self-service interactive kiosks across public venues. New-age technologies in these interactive kiosks, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT), voice recognition, and facial recognition, offer benefits such as gesture-based communication, touchscreen controls, digital wallet integrations, cashless payments, and much more.
Traditional lockers, or the 'lock on a box' style lockers, though suitable for their time, come with a range of challenges that restricts flexibility and prohibits users from having a seamless experience. Here are just a few:
Lost locks and expensive maintenance.
Restrictive physical setup. No flexibility in locker location – booking locker on another floor, in another building that is not convenient for the end-user.
The traditional locker bank was large, bulky and single purpose. This meant you needed to have more of them with different purposes. This wasted space and prime real estate.
Lack of accessibility. Traditional lockers can be very difficult to operate for people with compromised physical abilities.
The lock mechanism on a locker has especially evolved with the induction of new technologies, transforming traditional lockers to be digital, flexible in use and equipped with various features to improve the user experience.
Today smart lockers can cope with several workflows and are multipurpose. With locker management software, smart locker technology can do the work that would usually be carried out manually by employees – this saves in operational costs and drives efficiency.
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Lockers can vary in size, finishing material and colour. They can be made in both heat and weather-resistant materials depending on the way in which they are going to be used. However, their durable enclosures and tamper-resistant locking systems will be uniform across all types of smart lockers.
Depending on the needs of a business, lockers can have varying sized doors – for example, Parcel Lockers will require numerous columns of larger sized locker doors. Whilst IT lockers, built for storing electronics, will only necessitate smaller locker doors.
Each smart locker will come equipped with a unique software application that will allow it to automate workflows, securely lock as well as host a number of different applications to enhance the user experience. Locker software can be customized to a specific use case of the solution.
Smart lockers can integrate with remote management software that provides insights and data on the status of each locker bank. Whether it's product drop off/pick up, a door left ajar or simply data to depict locker usage – administrators can have full access to the reports and status of their locker banks.
Smart Locker Technologies have completely changed the way in which we store our personal belongings. From the traditional 'lock on a box' storage solution to a smart intuitive experience, technology and software has allowed lockers to become an important tool in the human-centric workplace.
SNBC has been providing smart locker solutions for many years. With everything from parts and technical support to the machines themselves and financing, SNBC is the only name you need to know for all of your smart lockers. If you have been considering investing in smart lockers, SNBC has the ideal product to make your business venture successful.