The categories listed below contain a resource directory of URL links for (1) online search categories for point-of-sale (POS) and publicly accessible equipment, (2) industry associations, and (3) allied print and online media publications.
- Vending machines
- Coin-amusement and video games, amusement parks and arcades
- ATMs and kiosks
- Automated TVMs (ticket machines)
- Debit card/smart card/add value card/calling card machines
- Automated self-serve parking pay stations, parking kiosks and parking meters
- Lottery pull-tab and scratch-off ticket machines
- Currency and coin changers
Online Guide for Security Products
SourceSecurity.com is the complete industry guide for security products, including CCTV and IP cameras, access control systems, wireless security cameras, network security cameras, biometric readers, smart card readers, infrared cameras, security surveillance and wireless security systems. An excellent starting place for information regarding access control products (single door products, readers, door entry phones, cards & tags, and intrusion detection products & systems suitable for homes, offices and commercial and industrial uses is Siemens Security Products International. Siemens also offers CCTV products and systems such as cameras & domes (analogue and IP), lenses, digital video management systems, pan and tilt heads, housings & accessories.
Beverage, Food & Bulk Vending
To learn how to get started in the vending business, or receive information about the vending industry, check the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), American Beverage Association (ABA), Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association (CAMA), National Coffee Association of the U.S.A. (NCA), International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), and National Bulk Vendors Association (NBVA) web sites. These groups typically present biannual or annual trade shows, which are announced on their web sites and in trade publications. NAMA’s Vending, Coffee & Food Services Guide, and the Beverage Industry Marketplace are excellent online resources.
For one-stop vending resource pages on the Internet, try searching Vendline.com, and Vending Connection.com. They have a great deal of information to start or expand a vending business, and are a useful resource for industry veterans.
Distributors of Coin-Op Equipment & Parts
Distributors of coin-op equipment and parts in the vending and coin amusement and video games industries often have online catalogs and are generally happy to provide technical assistance by way of email or phone calls. Distributors in these industries can be found on BRW’s distributors page, or through internet search engines.
Coin Amusement & Video Games
To learn how to get started in the coin-amusement and video game business, or receive information about video games and arcades, check the Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA), and the American Amusement Machine Association(AAMA) web sites. These groups typically present biannual or annual trade shows, which are announced on their web sites and in trade publications.
AmusementTrader.com offers information about all types of carnival, fairground and leisure equipment for sale, including new and used carnival rides, coin op games, kiddie rides, bounce houses, amusement parks, carnivals, game trailers, food trailers, and other types of amusement equipment for sale.
Information concerning the amusement park industry, including arcades, rides, themed attractions, special effects, entertainment, food and beverages, waterparks, and all kinds of miscellaneous coin operated equipment, can be found at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), and AmuseNet.com.
Kiosks & ATMs
Information about self service kiosks and ATMs can be found at the National ATM Council, Kiosk Manufacturer Association, the Kiosk Marketplace, the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA), and ATM Marketplace. The Self Service & Kiosk Association presents an annual trade show, which is announced on the group’s web site and in trade publications.
The chief trade publication covering the self service kiosk and ATM industry is Self Service World Magazine.
Debit Card/Smart Card/Add Value Card/Calling Card Machines
The trade associations for the debit card/smart card/calling card industry include the Smart Card Alliance (SCA), and the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM).
Information about lottery equipment can be found at the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) and the World Lottery Association (WLA) web sites. NASPL hosts an annual trade show which is announced on the association’s web site and in trade publications.
Information about automated self service parking equipment can be found at the National Parking Association, Canadian Parking Association, and the International Parking Institute. The parking industry holds annual trade shows which are announced on the National Parking Association’s web site and in trade publications.
Information about self-serve laundromats (coin-operated and value added cash-2-card) can be found at the Coin Laundry Association (CLA) website. The CLA hosts an annual trade show which is announced on the Coin Laundry Association’s website and in trade publications. Another source for information concerning the laundry industry is Laundry Wizard.
The chief trade publication covering the self-serve laundry industry is PlanetLaundry Magazine.
Self-Serve Car Washes
Information about self-serve car washes (coin-operated, credit card operated, smart card and debit card operated) can be found at the International Car Wash Association (ICA) website. The ICA hosts an annual trade show which is announced on the International Car Wash Association’s website and in trade publications.
The chief trade publication covering the self-serve laundry industry is Car Wash Magazine.