uWink, Inc. (OTCBB: UWKI), an entertainment and hospitality software company with an interactive restaurant concept, and Volante Systems, a leading hospitality technology provider, announced that they will co-develop and co-market innovative self service technology solutions for the hospitality industry.
The companies will offer the "uV Hospitality Solution", an end-to-end self-order, self-pay and at-the-table digital entertainment delivery solution pioneered and proven in uWink's prototype interactive restaurant in Woodland Hills, California. The "uV Hospitality Solution" is a seamless integration of uWink's innovative touch screen user interface software and micro-transaction game credit and redemption system with Volante's point-of-sale (POS) and back office enterprise system.
Over the last year, uWink and Volante have been tightly integrating their two software systems into one seamless, end-to-end solution, a process greatly facilitated by extensive real-time customer feedback and stress testing in the 200 seat prototype uWink restaurant.
Volante Systems' software offers unique flexibility, cross-platform compatibility and open-source, peer-to-peer technology, along with its full range of features, including credit/debit processing, loyalty programs and gift card management.
"We are proud to work with an innovative company like Volante with such deep experience in hospitality technology and such a broad range of hospitality clients," said Nolan Bushnell, CEO of uWink. "The licensing of our technology into other hospitality markets is a logical expansion. We see a huge opportunity to leverage our software solution and offer it to other hospitality and public-space markets as an integral component of our growth strategy."
"The uWink restaurant has proven that the "uV Hospitality Solution" is a smashing success, showing that the public, across all demographics, is ready to embrace self service technology, and that the technology can in fact deliver major benefits to the industry, including higher average checks, labor savings, increased customer loyalty, increased transaction speed and accuracy, and reduced lines," said A. Ennamorato, Vice President of Operations, Volante Systems. "Many of our hospitality clients, including hotels, universities, stadiums, theme parks, casinos, casual/fast food chains, and golf and ski resorts, are keenly interested in self service technology solutions. The combination of uWink's proven customer-facing self-order, self-pay and digital entertainment delivery and monetization capabilities seamlessly combined with Volante's innovative java-based, peer-to-peer point-of-sale enterprise software, represents the end-to-end solution the hospitality industry has been waiting for."
At the uWink restaurant in Woodland Hills customers self-order and self-pay for food, drink and digital media, including short form video games from uWink's library of 70+ casual and social single-player and multiplayer games, from tabletop touch screen terminals running proprietary user interface software. The uWink system is fully integrated with Volante's POS system allowing for seamless transaction billing, processing and accounting.
The "uV Hospitality Solution" self service software also allows for the delivery of digital advertising and the monetization of customer game play via a unique "micro-transaction" game credit purchasing and redemption system that is also tied directly into the Volante POS for billing and processing.
About Volante Systems
Since 1993, Volante Systems (volantesystems.com) has been providing open standards, point of sale solutions to the hospitality industry. Volanté is the perfect software choice for venues requiring a flexible yet comprehensive enterprise POS solution.
uWink develops digital media entertainment and hospitality software and an interactive restaurant concept that allows customers to order food, drinks, games and other digital media at the table through proprietary touch screen terminals. uWink plans to open two more restaurants in California in early 2008. uWink is led by entertainment and restaurant visionary Nolan Bushnell, founder and former CEO of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese.