Connected Vending Machine

India’s largest beverage chain wanted a solution for the coffee bean pilferage and hence compromise of coffee quality at their numerous vending machines. VeCrear designed and manufactured prototypes of connected coffee vending machine, that not only enabled quality control and health monitoring, but also enabled several centralised functions like ad streaming, flavour change and personalisation of vending experience. The touch screen enabled brush steel frontage added a whole new look and experience to the coffee vending machine. All this was achieved in a very cost-effective way by redoing the control cards and adding a tablet as a user interface

The VeCrear team of hardware experts designed and fabricated control card along with an Arduino based master controller, power controllers and interfaces to the mechanicals of the vending machine. The embedded team designed and developed the software for tablet to act as master controller in taking user inputs as well as capturing the health, inventory and diagnostics data from the vending machine. The Cloud/mobile experts put together the Android User Interface as well as a private cloud infrastructure for data collection & a centralised command/control

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Mr. Rodney Lanthorne – Advisor

Board Member – Avx Corp, SDSU, YMCA
Ex-President – Kyocera Inc, NA
Ex-Vice Chairman – Kyocera Intl

From a US Navy veteran serving in Vietnam war to a CPA, CFO, President and a long stint as the Vice Chairman of Kyocera Corporation, the first American to serve on the board of a publicly traded Japanese corporation, Mr. Rodney Lanthorne has always been an example for discipline in execution, clear vision and governance deeply rooted in core human values that enrich life. A natural leader and a compassionate mentor, he also brings great strength and expertise in Corporate Governance, Organization Development as well as M&A management.

Mr. Lanthorne is a current director of the non-profit Kyoto Prize Symposium Organization and a member of the advisory board of the Japananese Friendship Garden. He also serves on the board of the non-profit YMCA of San Diego County, the prestigious San Diego State University and volunteers in various other community and educational board activities.


Mr. Gil Amelio, PhD – Advisor

Advisor & Board – RF Check & Airwire
Chairman & Board – 5Barz & ESS Technology
Ex-CEO – Apple Computer, National Semiconductor, Rockwell Intl, Sienna Ventures, Jazz Technologies

During the four decades of technology and business leadership, Mr. Gil Amelio has achieved a number of business, scientific and technological successes, including orchestrating the transformation of several Fortune 500 companies. His passion for science & technology, eye for operational efficiency & effectiveness, ability to grapple with complexities on multiple fronts and resolve them with speed and agility are the traits recognized across all his leadership engagements. His love for humanity, respect for co-workers as well as courage & resilience to make bold changes are the ingredients that crafted his legendary successes.

A passionate physicist, air-transport rated jet pilot & author, Mr. Amelio has been recognized by the Nobel Committee for his work in the field of Charge Coupled (CCD) Image sensor. His leadership and visionary outlook has been acknowledged by several Heads of State like President Bush & PM of Malayasia by inviting to chair committees. An IEEE fellow and holding 17 patents, Mr. Amelio has also been the recipient of numerous awards including the Ga. Tech Business Achievement Award, Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award from Japan and the Albert Einstein Award from Israel.


Mr. Ganesh K J – ED & COO

Ex-VP – Vodafone Global Enterprise
Ex-COO – Digibee Microsystems
Ex-Wireless Biz Head – Bharti Airtel Ltd

Ganesh is a seasoned self-starter & business professional with 30+ years of experience and has led many organizational changes across different domains like Telecom, Leisure & FMCG. He has established management processes, fostered innovation and enabled business acceleration across industries. Renowned for “first in market” channel creations, instituting alliances, business expansion & development, he has consistently delivered exceptional business results on key metrics of top line, market share & business growth.

A livewire in unravelling business complexities, Ganesh has an astute knack for bringing operational efficiencies and laying the foundation for trusted & lasting business relationships. A passionate coach and self-styled mentor, he has impacted & transformed personalities, not just professional behaviours, and enabled individuals as well as large teams to excel. Be it winning large deals & raising investments, or spear heading spectacular revenues from nascent businesses, or pioneering first of its kind schemes, Ganesh has always seized the nuances of the business and created the differentiation that disrupts the market leading to greater success.


Mrs. Veena Samartha – ED & CEO

Ex-CEO – Aseema Technologies
Ex- Sr Manager – Hewlett-Packard, Wipro

Veena is a successful entrepreneur providing strategic direction, financial structuring, operational efficiency and technology leadership in uniquely challenging situations, as the executive head.

With 20+ years of experience, Veena is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of Developing high-performing teams and creating sustainable businesses. She has successfully built, nurtured and expanded passionate technology teams to deliver innovative products & solutions for the global market. The depth and breadth of her technical leadership combined with business acumen has enabled a range of technology enterprises, from services outfits like Wipro, product corporates like BPL & HP and IoT startups like Aseema & VeCrear, to grow top line, trim operating costs and ensure high quality delivery of smart solutions in every situation.

Beginning as an embedded software developer, Veena has built capabilities in the areas of server & storage technologies, networking, egde & cloud IoT platforms as well as AI/ML technologies, over the span of her career.


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