HotSchedules and Cooper-Atkins to Bring Refrigeration IoT to Restaurants
New integration ensures food safety by transmitting real-time temperature alerts
AUSTIN, Texas — HotSchedules®, a provider of mobile technology for the restaurant and hospitality industries, has partnered with Cooper-Atkins Corp. to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to the restaurant industry. Their integration is designed to ensure food safety and eliminate waste by transmitting real-time temperature alerts from the Cooper-Atkins Blue2 Bluetooth thermocouple instrument to HotSchedules Logbook via the HotSchedules IoT Platform. Restaurant staff will be able to receive warnings on their smartphones and take action before cold storage and freezers reach hazardous temperature levels.
Cooper-Atkins is a leading manufacturer of time, temperature, and humidity instruments. Restaurants use its products to properly cook, store, hold, and monitor temperatures and thereby prevent bacterial growth in foods.
Restaurants that use Cooper-Atkins Blue2 can now transmit temperature readings to the HotSchedules IoT Platform and generate alerts in Logbook, a mobile application built for task and shift communication. So for instance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) sample Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) model for raw pork sausage calls for it to be stored below 40°F at all times. If a restaurant normally stores pork sausage at 30° and Blue2 reads 35°, Logbook can automatically produce a warning message on staff members’ mobile devices. The message may also include what remedial actions to take and the service technician’s phone number.
The integration between HotSchedules and Cooper-Atkins enables the collection of data from virtually any thermometer or kitchen device and makes that data actionable. The HotSchedules IoT Platform is designed for restaurants and provides a bridge between food service devices and HotSchedules applications. This enables restaurant managers and staff to make data-driven business decisions in real-time.
“This is a straightforward and powerful food safety innovation that will help restaurants protect their customers,” said Jeff Yeager, vice president, foodservice at Cooper-Atkins. “By combining our wireless instruments with HotSchedules IoT Platform and Logbook, we can get the right data to the right people faster than ever before. Our shared customers love using Logbook, so it’s the perfect place to deliver these temperature alerts.”
“Our mutual customers want us to bring thermometer data to the cloud and make it actionable, so we are making it happen with this partnership,” said Sastry Penumarthy, vice president of platform at HotSchedules. “This integration fits perfectly with our mission to connect HotSchedules to the different systems, applications, and devices that our customers depend on. We’re bringing IoT to restaurants, and we could not have picked a better partner. Cooper-Atkins temperature instruments are truly the gold standard in food service.”
For more information about HotSchedules, visit www.hotschedules.com.
For more information about Cooper-Atkins Blue2, visit www.cooper-atkins.com/Products/Blue2/.
Publication date: 3/11/2016