What do you think when you hear “the Internet of things”? If you think “um, what?” or “too complicated for me” — well, wait just a minute! There are lots of ways you can use the Internet of Things, or IoT, to manage your restaurant, monitor your business from afar and automate otherwise laborious tasks. And it’s usually much simpler than you’d expect.
But first, what is IoT? IoT describes the network of physical objects that are embedded with sensors, software and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the Internet. Its personal and business possibilities are endless.
IoT allows you to manage your business from anywhere, using highly accurate monitors and sensors to automate your operations and notify you in real-time about any issues that might arise involving things such as refrigeration temperatures, water leaks, occupancy levels and even guest satisfaction. Rapid notification gives you a chance to take action immediately, before a leak or a broken freezer become more challenging (and more costly!) to deal with.
Why Temperature and Humidity Sensors are a Worthy Investment
If you’ve ever experienced equipment failures between shifts or overnight, you’ll know what a headache it can be! Continuous temperature and humidity monitoring helps ensure that your refrigeration equipment is working properly and provides proactive alerts about any temperature issues that could result in food safety risks and expensive product loss.
With 24/7 monitoring, a maintenance team can respond rapidly to any issues to protect your product and your profits. These sensors also cut down on the need for employees to constantly check on kitchen equipment, boosting overall productivity.
What Else Can IoT Do for Me?
DCRS offers a number of loT monitors and sensors that can be custom-tailored to your needs and provides maintenance services to make sure these devices continue to provide maximum value for your restaurant. Here are a few other ways you can incorporate IoT into your existing restaurant operations:
- Water leak sensors can detect as little as three drops of water and can be synced with a valve controller to shut off the water automatically, preventing extensive water damage. These sensors can also detect freezing temperatures and vibration events.
- Parking lot sensors can be used to detect occupancy levels and changes within 35 seconds. These sensors can also be set up to notify kitchen staff when someone arrives for a curbside pickup, streamlining operations and creating a seamless guest experience.
- Waste bin sensors can detect the level of waste in indoor and outdoor bins at preset intervals, helping you maintain a clean and welcoming atmosphere. They can also notify employees if a waste bin has tipped over.
- Sensor-based cameras and alarms can help increase security by notifying you whenever doors and windows are opened or closed.
While you may think you can’t afford these innovative restaurant technologies, these sensors have become much more mainstream and can be implemented in restaurants with a wide range of budgets. Because of the savings these monitors and sensors can provide through automation and alerts, most restaurant owners find that these tools quickly pay for themselves.
Are you ready to save time and money through automation?