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kitchens The Internet of Things will play a part in reducing labor costs, tracking equipment performance and maintenance, and tracking food safety. As kitchens are poised to become much more high- tech. Jim Banks asks consultants and manufacturers how connected devices will help the foodservice sector achieve sustainability goals


IoT for greener


standardization across multiple sites. How this feeds into sustainability, however, is only now becoming clear. “IoT is an information gathering tool,”


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says Vinoo André Mehera FCSI at Promafox in Switzerland. “It can verify the supply chain, monitor the performance of equipment, keep track of cooking temperatures and many more things. The technology is about information and using it to optimize the business.” “We’ll see it in bigger chains for


he Internet of Things (IoT) has been a buzzword across every industry in recent years, not


least foodservice, and the concept of connected devices gathering data to help businesses optimize their operation has increasingly become a reality. Restaurants are using IoT devices to monitor kitchen appliances as the concept of the smart kitchen gains traction, but does it off er more than just effi ciency? Refrigerators, fryers, grills


and ovens and are increasingly connected to the internet, allowing them to be monitored remotely and for performance data to be aggregated across many diff erent sites. That data is potentially valuable and could underpin better operational practices, energy effi ciency programs and process


process standardization and effi ciency,” he adds. “Smaller operators, might use IoT to get a leg up over their competitors by aggregating data and making sense of it.” For now, IoT devices are mainly


used by large operators with multiple sites, such as those in the travel sector, though retailers and smaller foodservice outlets are also likely to embrace the technology in the future. Exponential growth in uptake is likely, but it is still early days. “IoT is still in its infancy within


the catering industry, but interest in its potential application is on the rise,” says Hans Hammer, head of global pre-sales and OnE Connected Solutions at Electrolux Professional. “There are many diff erent connectivity solutions currently being developed by companies, and a wide variety of users.”


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