LWE: IBM Creates Smart Vending Machine Running Linux

Manhattan, NY, January 30, 2002... Thirsty attendees at this year's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo can leave their change at home and order drinks using a PDA or smart card.
IBM will feature an intelligent vending machine, at its booth #1323 in the Javitz Center, which takes e-commerce from the Internet to the snack room, allowing customers to purchase items using a variety of wireless devices.
The vending machine demonstration shows how the Linux operating system easily supports a wide range of software, hardware and pervasive devices, mirroring a sophisticated enterprise e-business.
IBM technology transforms a simple vending machine into a state-of-the-art e-business. The following products are part of the intelligent vending demonstration: * WebSphere Everyplace Server (WES) * WebSphere Everyplace Suite, Embedded Edition (WESee) * WebSphere Portal * IBM pSeries 640 Model B80 eServer * MontaVista Hard Hat Linux * Intel-StrongArm Processor
With the intelligent vending machine, customers can see how to preserve existing Web investments and extend business process to support mobile devices, which can improve productivity. The demonstration also shows the ability to track inventory real-time, a key benefit to e- commerce customers who want a streamlined, efficient order fullfillment process in place.
For more information on intelligent vending, please visit: www.ibm.com/pvc or for more information on IBM's Linux-based offerings, visit: www.ibm.com/linux. This demonstration is sponsored by: IBM Pervasive Computing, IBM Global Services, IBM Software for Linux and IBM eServer for Linux.

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