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IoT Sensors and Catering – Global Restaurant Chain Saved £1.25M in Food Stock

IoT Sensors and Catering – Global Restaurant Chain Saved £1.25M in Food Stock
01 December 2020
 

An IoT smart building system has helped a global restaurant chain in the UK save £1.25M during the first COVID-19 lockdown.

Infogrid’s smart building solution, powered by Disruptive Technologies, the creator of the world’s smallest wireless sensors, automatically alerts regional managers when freezers malfunction or their temperature range falls outside of health and safety guidelines.

According to WRAP, food waste costs the hospitality and foodservice sector £2.9 billion each year. 

When the lockdown began in March 2020, the chain lacked a way to remotely monitor their freezers and refrigeration units. Without employees present to take daily health and safety temperature readings at their 100 restaurants they would have had no choice but to dispose of all food stock. 

Within three days, the chain implemented Infogrid Cold Storage technology in all 100 locations. 

 

Preventative Maintenance Capabilities

 

Not only has real-time data from IoT sensors helped reduce food waste but also has helped the restaurant to perform preventative maintenance. So far, the plug and play sensors have identified eight freezers that were not operating within the expected parameters and found unusual temperature incidents in five others. Thanks to the rapid installation and results, measures were taken immediately and both food and money were saved.

“The Infogrid cold storage solution helps restaurants and stores of all sizes securely monitor their food stock remotely,” said Bengt Johannes Lundberg, CEO of Disruptive Technologies. “Our easy-to-use, best in class sensors provide immediate benefits in these turbulent times. Sustainability is a core value of DT and being able to fight food waste and save the end customer money is fantastic! ”

 “The pandemic has impacted ‘business as usual’ for a multitude of companies, the restaurant industry in particular,” said William Cowell de Gruchy, Founder and CEO of Infogrid. 

“Unforeseen issues arise in unprecedented times, and we are proud to offer smart building solutions, helping businesses navigate through this period. More than ever, it is important to fight food-waste and focus on sustainability, and without data or remote monitoring it is impossible for businesses to know what is going on inside their buildings during the lockdown.”

Picture: a photograph of some plates of food being delivered to a table

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 01 December 2020

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