Brisbane laundry launches Web-connected washing machines

Brisbane retailer Snap Laundromat has ‘Internet-enabled’ its washing machines and dryers, enabling customers to pay for services with their smartphones.

Three months ago, Snap founder Ian McFarlane established technology startup, Eziwash.

Eziwash installs a small network controller – about the size of a cake of soap – inside an existing machine. The controller connects to a cloud server provided by Fluccs.

Users access the service by first registering an account and logging onto the Eziwash website where each laundry will have a sub-page. Eziwash supports fully PCI compliant credit card payments through payment gateway provider Ezidebit.

McFarlane told Techworld that the technology provides laundromats and any other unattended retailer with the ability to download customer data. He plans to introduce a feature that will enable retailers to reward customers for their loyalty.

Eziwash also plans to work with US-based machine manufacturer Dexter Laundry to build a customer base.

McFarlane claimed that no other laundromat offers this service.

“It’s no longer a drama if you don’t have any cash handy to wash your doona,” he said. “Laundromats are very traditional, relying on coin payments for services.

“We felt it was time to evolve the way our laundries accepted payments, so that we could better meet the demands of today’s online and mobile consumers.”

Anyone who wants to experience the joy of paying for their washing and drying with their smartphone can head to 69 Westernham St, Taringa in Brisbane.

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