|[April 23, 2012]
AVT Names Sprint Preferred Connectivity Provider for its Automated Retail Solutions
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --(Business Wire)--
AVT, Inc. (OTC: AVTC.PK), a leader in automated retailing, has selected
Sprint (News - Alert) (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.
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 presdent-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 (News - Alert) 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 (News - Alert)
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 (News - Alert) 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
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