Coke is going to start advertising other brands on its vending machines, beginning with a pilot programme in California. AVT has negotiated a cooperative agreement with Coca Cola to distribute vending machines with three to six month campaigns. Jointly, Coke and AVT will invite strategic companies to advertise on the network, generating revenue from the network of Coke machines along with other AVT vending systems.
AVT's founder, Shannon Illingworth, tells:
"We have retrofitted our AVTi digital advertising signage hardware/software into multiple Coca-Cola vending systems located at Laguna Hills Shopping
Mall in Laguna Hills, California, for the initial stage of a multi-phase southern California base pilot program with Coke. This is creating an opportunity for Coca-Cola to be part of type of network that it is so familiar with branding and disseminating information."
The advertising LCDs are being retrofitted into Coke vending systems and are connected by 3G modems which link all the systems to the Internet, which in turn links to AVT's dynamic server located in California. On the server, there's software which can dynamically control and update the content on any Coke vending systems at push of a few keystrokes.---