Low Cost, Intelligent Grocery Store Fridge and Freezer Monitoring using Wireless Sensors
SensorSuite™ Inc., an Internet of Things company that monitors commercial and industrial buildings has opened a new door in their business. Namely, a refrigerator door.
The newest addition to SensorSuite’s™ line of wireless monitoring devices is called FridgeLink™ and it monitors grocery store fridges and freezers wirelessly and remotely, saving energy costs and reducing risk of inventory loss for owners. In grocery store monitoring, where shrinkage from refrigeration mishaps account for a large part of losses, FridgeLink™ helps alleviates this pain.
The monitoring platform can be viewed on desktop and mobile devices and allows owners to visualize the whole store in one place. The system tracks real-time updates like temperature, status of doors, run-time of fridges, open times and even predicts problems before they become apparent.
Earlier this month, the company worked on a pilot project with a NoFrills location in Whitby, Ontario which proved to be a crucial step in preventative maintenance. By monitoring the defrost cycle and it’s effectiveness over time, the platform was able to predict a critical potential problem in the refrigeration system for the grocery store, saving the owner over $7,000 in costs. The owner said the ROI was “very quick”.
But beyond tracking changes in temperature, the FridgeLink™ sensors can also provide insight on power consumption, helping stores strive for better energy efficiency. Quality of food is kept optimal with temperature automated conformance and the system can be upgraded to detect operational issues like water leaks, notifying owners via smartphone of any problems that require immediate attention.
This update to include refrigeration monitoring in SensorSuite’s line of products hasn’t come without a lot of preparation. Having worked with companies like No Frills, Hyatt, TELUS, Westin Prince, Maverik in monitoring of buildings, Robert Platek, CEO of SensorSuite™ explains that connected accessible devices are a part of the future.
“The Internet of Things is a term we often use, but essentially what it means is connecting things or devices to the Internet to ultimately make our lives easier. With FridgeLink™, this also means reducing waste and energy consumption. I see this being the trend of the future. More and more devices will be connected to the Internet and we’ll be monitoring them all from our smartphones – something FridgeLink™ is already providing grocery store managers.”
Maintaining an optimal temperature in your food storage fridges and freezers allows you to keep your food fresh and compliant. If the temperature falls above or below the optimal range costly spoilage or potential for food poisoning can occur. SensorSuite can help you maintain the proper temperature in your grocery store fridges and freezers.