One of the fundamental pillars of the digital transformation restaurants is the internet of things. It defines the IoT (Internet Of Things) as the set of elements connected to the Internet than computers or devices with some computing capacity (smartphones, tablets, netbooks, etc.). They have no place under this definition food mixers with internet access, smart refrigerators, various sensors with very different tasks and many other appliances that make up the furniture Restaurant.
The IoT to manage holistically everything that happens in our local, from the influx of customers to sourcing ingredients, through the cooling system or the stove own, to mention some of the fronts where its implementation has utility.
In addition to its inherent characteristics of connectivity, the internet of things also shines thanks to its use It allows the use of artificial intelligence to optimize each of the threads that make up work developed daily in the restaurant.
However, this technology It is still very modern and is not sufficiently studied in the field of restoration. Therefore worth evaluating what are the advantages that these systems offer today and see what their possible future applications are.
1.- Remote monitoring overall
Remote monitoring by IoT allows us to know the status of one of the functional parameters of our restaurant. These parameters are:
- Fitness appliances, machinery used during local activity. Control can help plan review by the technical staff more efficiently so that losses be out of service are minimal. At the same time the IoT allows you to expand the life of these tools.
- The conservation status of food. At present there are already sensors capable of detecting chemicals that give off bacteria and mold to break down food. It also features intelligent tools that can assess whether a fruit or vegetable is in its optimum maturity. Refrigerators and cooling chambers can also contribute intelligent information if the cold chain is broken at some point, or if the temperature within the chamber has oscillated above permitted values for the correct preservation of food.
- The food safety In the local. By a suitable supply and conservation, the establishment can preempt any nutritional one problem that could affect the restaurant. Ultimately this results in fewer inspections, less adjustments to new regulations and less downtime.
2.- Preventive Maintenance
Installation of sensors in the most used machine can save thousands of euros for restaurateurs.
Generally these sensors establish a base macrodatos that being analyzed relevant statistical tools allow you to discover trends fault in the equipment used in the restaurant. If there are patterns as described, then it is possible to request in advance a specialist manufacturing company check the appliance so that it stops not work at any time.
Usually this information is ignored because no IoT devices installed, and this has dramatic consequences for the operation of the business, you have to adapt in record time to unexpected facility or temporarily shut down until the problem is solved failures.
With some relation to this aspect, The Internet also makes things easy monitor compliance with technical standards and sanitary equipment. This protects against inadvertent possible breaches that could lead to public health problems or economic performance.
How to start using the internet of things in your restaurant
Prices for IoT applications have declined dramatically in recent years, especially in the world of restoration; where these tools, even in some unexplored mode, will impact important benefits in the near future without a doubt.
Start using IoT can be as simple as getting some sensors for modular kitchen. These usually have a very low price and come standard software Basic for proper information management.
If we are willing to make a slightly steeper initial investment, then you can bet on devices that integrate IoT connectivity natively. Usually they are more complex instruments, but also more complete in its functions.
Of course, there is always the possibility of building or reforming the business around technology. Currently there from companies that commission to monitor the status of equipment to companies involved installing a complete whole package of interconnected devices capable of interpreting instructions to reduce energy use, the cost thereof, minimize waste produced, increase worker safety in the kitchen, automate provisioning and more.
The internet of things encumbrarse promises as one of the most disruptive technologies in the catering sector over the next decade. Deserves keep an eye on developments arising from this technological field.