Presensia and Quividi invent the first gender-aware fragrance dispenser

Presensia and Quividi announce that they have developed TargetScent, an innovative solution that makes it possible to dispense fragrances according to the gender of a potential customer.

TargetScent is composed of a Scentys4 dispenser controlled by Quividi’s VidiReports. Scentys4 is a compact fragrance dispenser recently released by Presensia, which can diffuse up to 4 different scents up to a 5-meter distance. Scentys uses a patented technology for fully dry diffusion (no liquids, anti-allergenic, no contact with the users’ skin, controlled concentration of perfuming materials). The Scentys4 dispenser can be completed with a screen that shows the video clip relative to the dispensed fragrance.

TargetScent’s controlling engine is a small computer running Quividi’s VidiReports software. VidiReports detects human faces in the vicinity of the dispenser, estimates the corresponding gender of prospective customers and sends that information to the Scentys4 dispenser, which instantly selects the appropriate fragrance. A small webcam sends a live video feed to VidiReports, which analyses it in real time, without recording any image nor extracting any personal information. Anonymous statistics are logged to measure the impact of TargetScent. VidiReports can be easily configured to set the prefered detection distance and the strategy to be employed when several faces are detected.

« This scent marketing tool is a world’s first », says Clément Jeanjean, Presensia’s CEO. « It combines in a simple and efficient way the latest progresses in message targeting and the maturity of a scent marketing technology which has been adopted by many well-known perfume, cosmetics and wine and spirits brands ».

« With Presensia, we have developed a new application of the targeted marketing offered by our live audience measurement technology », », adds Olivier Duizabo, Quividi’s CEO. « We’re empowering a new generation of in-store marketing tools that embed measurement, adaptation and interactivity capabilities similar to what exists on the Internet ».

TargetScent was first introduced at the Beyond Beauty Paris tradeshow, October 5-7th 2008, and has been showcased on the TV magazine Nouvo (in French), from Swiss broadcaster Télévision Suisse Romande.

TargetScent is already available at Presensia and its partners.

About Presensia

Presensia is a French start-up active in interactive scent dispensers. Its Scentys range of products, introduced in 2006 with the first all-in-one olfactive screen, delivers retail and training applications for the professionals in the perfume, cosmetics, food and wine and spirits industries. Scentys makes it possible to ease and improve the contact between the products’ inner perfume or aroma and the customers. The latest Scentys solutions also address the fast-growing needs of mood marketing. Amongs Scentys customers are Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lancôme, Armani, Yves Saint-Laurent, Estée Lauder, Moët&Chandon, Hennessy, Courvoisier, Max Havelaar… With the support from OSEO, the Ile-de-France region and Scientipole Initiative, Presensia received the Grand Silver Medal of Paris city in 2007 and the « Most Unique Achievement Award » of the Scent Marketing Institute in New York in 2008.

About Quividi

Quividi is a privately held company created in July 2006 in Paris, France. Quividi’s vision is to develop affordable and effective audience measurement solution for out-of-home media. Relying on proprietary image processing technology, Quividi offers outstanding software solutions that can be installed on a wide range of platforms and, most notably, on standard digital signage players. Quividi’s software accurately measures and qualifies the audience of any communication support; real-time data allow the medium to adapt its content to the instantaneous audience profile. Quividi actively collaborates with all the actors involved in retail marketing, from brands to screen network operators, from integrators to media agencies and research companies; the common goal is to turn point-of-sale and out-of-home marketing into the next “big media”.

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