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Is Your Restaurant Ready for the Internet of Things?

Your restaurant requires a lot of things to make it hum like a well-oiled machine. There’s your point-of-sale and kitchen display systems, your thermometers, fryers, refrigerators and food suppliers. Then you’ve got your customers’ and employees’ mobile devices sending you data around the clock. What all of these things have in common is that they […]

Your restaurant requires a lot of things to make it hum like a well-oiled machine. There’s your point-of-sale and kitchen display systems, your thermometers, fryers, refrigerators and food suppliers. Then you’ve got your customers’ and employees’ mobile devices sending you data around the clock.

What all of these things have in common is that they are quickly becoming part of the interconnected devices, software applications, web services, and other data sources commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT). And if they aren’t already connected in your operations right now, it won’t be long before they’ll be integrated, opening up new opportunities and even some challenges.

Here are 7 ways the Internet of Things can make your restaurant smarter. Are you ready?

1. BETTER CONNECTIVITY

Restaurant systems don’t do a good job of talking to each other. The landscape of legacy and emerging restaurant hardware, software, systems and devices is enormous. Limited connectivity hinders innovation and minimizes value from existing IT investments.

2. FLEXIBILITY ON THE PLATFORM

Instead of ripping and replacing every single technology system or starting from scratch, restaurants are adopting industry-specific IoT platforms. The platforms enable restaurants to build new applications in the cloud that leverage their existing systems.

3. REAL-TIME ACTIONABLE INSIGHTS

As the number of data sources increases so does the volume. The industry needs new methods to translate that data into insights and those insights into actions so that restaurants can increase top-line revenue and reduce bottom-line expenses.

4. FASTER INNOVATION

With PaaS and IoT technology in place and data flowing freely, IT teams are able to focus on rapidly building and deploying applications that improve experiences and productivity for customers, employees and partners.

5. SIMPLE I.T. ASSET MANAGEMENT

Traditional methods of provisioning new software across corporate and operations are complex and expensive. The apps built on the platform are deployed and updated to everyone across the organization in the time it takes to update Facebook on your iPhone.

6. LOWER OWNERSHIP COSTS

Innovation can be expensive with high upfront development costs as well as ongoing costs for maintenance and support. PaaS and IoT technology reduces overall IT lifecycle costs by eliminating high capital costs for infrastructure and development, and lowering operating costs because restaurants only pay for what they use.

7. ABILITY TO ADAPT TO CHANGE

With new industry-specific IoT platforms, restaurants can update existing apps and create new ones quickly, making it easier to adapt to changing industry and business dynamics.

CONNECT YOUR DATA & MAKE MORE INFORMED DECISIONS IN REAL TIME

The HotSchedules IoT Platform helps restaurants connect to any system, innovate rapidly, act on insights from data, and manage IT and IoT assets. We are helping restaurants solve problems such as food safety, forecasting, inventory management, real-time insights, speed-of-service, theft prevention, and energy management.

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