Harnessing the Internet of Things with Informed Decisions’ Connected Restaurant solution
Jessi Wesson, Editor Fastmoving - Jul 1st, 09:26
With convergence being the name of the game today, Informed Decisions knows how to provide a comprehensive solution to any IoT application in the most cost-effective way, utilizing the very latest technology and methods. Their solutions are cloud hosted on both Google and Microsoft Azure and are accessible via smartphones or web applications. Informed Decicions also provides solutions to customers who have already invested in monitoring platforms by offering a complete 2-way communication integration with any current system.
We chat with Kyle Parker, CEO at Mitas about Informed Decisions’ Connected Restaurant solution which caters for restaurant owners, appliance manufacturers and maintenance companies, specifically.
FM: Why is Informed Decisions the market leader and authority within the industry?
KP: Informed Decisions has developed a number of technology orientated solutions that is used within the restaurant industry. The combination of which creates a holistic monitoring environment that empowers restauranteurs to manage their environment and save money on critical cost aspects as well as avoidance of risks that will cause a reduction in productivity or loss due to equipment failure.
FM: What differentiates Informed Decisions from the rest of the competitors in the industry?
KP: We differentiate ourselves by providing a full end-to-end solution across all key cost leading areas, giving the restaurant owners a single point of contact from Utilities, Fridges, Coffee Machines, Beer Dispensing to Parton and environmental monitoring.
FM: What comprehensive Connected Restaurant solutions does Informed Decisions offer?
KP: Our solution consists of the following elements:
• Cost reduction in utilities - (Water, Electricity, and Gas)
• Loss Prevention in Fridge/Freezer Monitoring (Temperature, Door Contact, and Compressor Runtime)
• Cost containment by tracking their Coffee machines and preventing critical failures
• Cost and efficiency management by tracking their beer sales and preventing theft and wastage
• Environmental enhancement by tracking the Temperature and sound levels within the restaurant
• Operational efficiency by tracking critical equipment and preventing critical failures
FM: How do these solutions work?
KP: We designed a wireless sensor/controller network that is retrofittable to all the mentioned elements and provide the owner with near real-time information as well providing the ability to remotely manage some features within the restaurant. Our solution is completely self-contained and does not rely on any 3rd party, which minimises the points of failure. Our IoT platform gives complete control to our customers and allows them to focus on their core business.
FM: How does Informed Decision’s technology cost-effectively increase restaurant efficiency?
KP: The solution enables restaurateurs to focus on their core business and removes time-consuming tasks while preventing critical failures of equipment that would cost the restaurant a significant amount of money due to stock loss or inability to provide a good quality product. Our system provides visibility on their operation that will inform process improvements that will result in cost savings.
FM: How does Informed Decision’s technology prevent stock loss from inefficient or broken equipment, minimise carbon footprint and comply with industry legislation?
KP: Maintenance is often the cause of equipment failures. In most cases, maintenance is scheduled on a set time scale which is not sufficient to keep the equipment functioning at optimum operating capacity. By adding continues monitoring of devices, we are able to predict failures and save the downtime and/or stock loss that goes along with it. Additionally, by monitoring high-volume products such as Beer and Coffee, we are able to track usage and reconcile sales to prevent theft, shrinkage, and waste.
FM: How does Informed Decision’s technology help monitor and track food across the supply chain?
KP: Informed Decisions in partnership with MITAS is the only company that can track and trace any stock items as well as storage conditions, etc. throughout the product value chain. We offer a full range of passive and active track and trace technologies.
FM: In which various sectors is Informed Decisions’ IoT technology currently being utilized effectively?
KP: The solutions deployed are in various sectors like Farming, Water treatment, Pharmaceutical Building Management Systems (BMS), Water Management, Cold Chain Monitoring, and more. However, many of these other solutions are still linked to the food industry.
So, to illustrate, in our group, we are able to track and trace the lettuce, Cucumber, Tomato or other items in a hamburger for example, all the way from before it was planted in the ground, through its growth, the environmental conditions daily as the produce was growing, from when it is picked, sorted and packaged, through to when it is cooked or used to make a final burger. All aspects related to the environment the produce was grown, sorted, stored, transported and prepared in are recorded.
So, basically, the technology we use and how we link this to the traceability of the food in a restaurant is quite special.
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