SimKiosk
Vending machine for selling SIM cards
Problem
It is impossible or prohibited due to legal reasons to create point of sale in some high traffic areas. For example, airports are a limited space with a lot of potential customers loitering around terminals as they wait for departure. Opening a sales outlet is costly as it implies setting up a store as well as a rent fee and salary for sellers. 24/7 operation is even more expensive. Passport details are filled in manually by operators meaning errors occur.
Problem
It is impossible or prohibited due to legal reasons to create point of sale in some high traffic areas. For example, airports are a limited space with a lot of potential customers loitering around terminals as they wait for departure. Opening a sales outlet is costly as it implies setting up a store as well as a rent fee and salary for sellers. 24/7 operation is even more expensive. Passport details are filled in manually by operators meaning errors occur.


Goal
Create a vending machine to automate SIM card issuing that does not require a human operator.
Requirements
Besides issuing all necessary documents, the vending maching matches the clients's face to his/her document photos, automatically fills in passport data and stores a signed version of the agreement.

How SimKiosk Works
Automatic Face Recognition
Our machine compares a customer standing in front of it to a passport photo using an enhanced Viola–Jones algorithm.
An algorithm searches for objects in still images and video in real time. It detects and recognizes facial features even at a 30° angle. Depending on customer position and other conditions, recognition accuracy is 90% and higher.
SIM card Issuing Mechanism
Mechanism installed in SimKiosk allows for issuing SIM cards of any standard: micro, mini, nano, standard. It can be set up to issue cards in envelops because of unique universal dispenser developed by our engineers.
Remote Control
SimKiosk owner can check sales statistics, balance status, the number of withdrawals at any time and from any location.
Design
Industrial design department created two versions of SimKiosk body.

Compact one allows for selling SIM cards only. Full-function one is equipped with a window display for selling cellphones and accessories to generate higher revenue.
Both variants can be easily branded with company colors.
Solution
We created a prototype of a SIM card vending machine for MTC, our client and one of the biggest mobile service providers in Russia. It identifies a customer using a fingerprint and a passport photo using a camera and built-in facial recognition feature.
For this project DI Labs developed construction, industrial design, card issuing mechanism, software to work with a machine, as well as a system for biometric customer verification.

SimKiosk is used withing areas mobile service providers operates in. Customers can order and get SIM cards via a sensor interface of the machine.
DI Labs departments developed SimKiosk
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