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.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) today announced the launch of the TELUS IoT Marketplace (iot.telus.com) to help Canadian business accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) tech. The marketplace is designed to allow businesses to quickly deploy IoT solutions, while acting as a lead generation and sales channel for developers. TELUS has also committed its sales and marketing teams to provide support.
SensorSuiteCorporation (www.sensorsuite.com), a leading provider of wireless sensing and monitoring solutions, today announced an exciting new collaboration to deliver wireless monitoring through Telus’ innovative IoT Marketplace (iot.telus.com). They are teaming up to help business managers and employees constantly keep a finger on the vital pulse of their operations, using cellular-connected wireless sensors and monitoring solutions that remotely monitor business facilities, processes and activities.
“IoT technology has tremendous potential to make Canadians businesses more productive and profitable, but amidst the hype and predictions it can be challenging to know where to start,” said Shawn Sanderson, TELUS’ vice-president of Internet of Things. “With the TELUS IoT Marketplace, we’ve carefully selected some of the most innovative IoT technology on the market and packaged it as ready-to-implement solutions; making it easier for businesses to take advantage of this game-changing technology.”
SensorSuite is an official launch partner and offers new and reliable business monitoring solutions across various applications, including boiler room, fridge, and other machine monitoring as well as risk reduction solutions for water leak detection and energy management.
Based on an IDC study it commissioned earlier this year, TELUS is expecting Canadian IoT spending to reach $21 billion by the end of 2018, with 43% of Canadian business having deployed a solution by that time.
SensorSuite Inc. is a real-time machine intelligence platform. We reduce operational risks and improve the performance and efficiency of machines, equipment, assets, and things. We are a leading-edge, real-time sensor and control, cloud analytics platform that empowers executives and managers to extract more value out of their assets, space, and equipment; and make more informed decisions. Visit www.sensorsuite.com for more information.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.5 million customer connections, including 8.0 million wireless subscribers, 3.2 million wireline network access lines, 1.45 million Internet subscribers and 888,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider.
Managing apartment properties efficiently, yet cost effectively is challenging. In large and small apartment complexes there’s plenty to worry about without having to spend time and money to manually monitor areas of a building that could be monitored by sensors. SensorSuite has a low-cost, easy to use wireless sensor solution for apartment property management.
Using SensorSuite Wireless Sensors for apartment property monitoring allows property managers to be notified immediately if any issues occur that could cause damage. Know instantly about water heater leaks, plumbing issues, AC unit failure, and many other things critical to maintaining safe living areas for residents. SensorSuite wireless sensors track conditions for you, sending the information to the SensorSuite cloud Sensor Monitoring and Notification System where custom alerts can be sent via SMS text or email. We recommend using SensorSuite’s affordable wireless water sensors to monitor for plumbing issues. We also recommend using SensorSuite’s wireless temperature sensors to monitor temperatures inside or outside of tenant apartments and common areas.
Detect issues before costly damage occurs with SensorSuite’s Wireless Sensors!
The “Internet of Things” takes the number 4 spot on Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2013.
From the article: Internet of Things: Internet of things is already here. Over 50% of Internet connections are things. In 2011, over 15 billion things on the Web, with 50 billion+ intermittent connections. By 2020, over 30 billion connected things, with over 200 billion with intermittent connections. Key technologies here include embedded sensors, image recognition and NFC. By 2015, in more than 70% of enterprises, a single exec will oversee all Internet connected things. Becomes the Internet of Everything.
SensorSuite’s affordable wireless temperature sensors measure and track the environmental conditions of your storage coolers and send instant notifications via email or SMS text if a set condition is exceeded. Save time and money while conforming with Health and Safety Standards.
Maintaining proper cold chain distribution processes extends and ensures the shelf life of your produce, frozen food or pharmaceuticals by keeping them at the proper temperatures all the way to the customers hands. SensorSuite’s wireless temperature monitoring solution provides an efficient, low-cost way of tracking cooler temperatures for proper operation and temperatures, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in spoilage.
Ensure that your cold chain is being maintained by using SensorSuite’s wireless sensors.
What if all objects were interconnected and started to sense their surroundings and communicate with each other? The Internet of Things (IoT) will have that sort of ubiquitous machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. Since there are estimates that between 50 billion to 500 billion devices will have a mobile connection to the cloud by 2020, here’s a glimpse of our possible future.
Your alarm clock signals the lights to come on in your bedroom; the lights tell the heated tiles in your bathroom to kick on so your feet are not cold when you go to shower. The shower tells your coffee pot to start brewing. Your smartphone checks the weather and tells you to wear your gray suit since RFID tags on your clothes confirm that your favorite black suit is not in your closet but at the dry cleaners. After you pour a cup of java, the mug alerts your medication that you have a drink in-hand and yourpill bottle begins to glow and beep as a reminder. Your pill bottle confirms that you took your medicine and wirelessly adds this info to your medical file at the doctor’s office; it will also text the pharmacy for a refill if you are running low.
Your smart TV automatically comes on with your favorite news channel while you eat breakfast and browse your tablet for online news. After you’ve eaten, while you are brushing your teeth, your dishwasher texts your smartphone to fire up your vehicle via the remote start. Because your“smart” car can talk to other cars and the road, it knows what streets to avoid due to early morning traffic jams. Your phone notifies you that your route to work has been changed to save you time. And you no longer need to look for a place to park, since your smartphone reserved one of the RFID parking spaces marked as “open” and available in the cloud. Don’t worry about your smart house because as you exited it, the doors locked, the lights went off, and the temperature was adjusted to save energy and money.
Does it sounds too farfetched for 2020? It shouldn’t since a good part of that is in the works now. If Mark Zuckerberg has his way about the Internet of Things, then “your news feed and a Facebook alert could share with you that your refrigerator or milk carton indicates that you are running out of milk. You could authorize your refrigerator app to signal Whole Foods to deliver a gallon of milk, all via Facebook’s omnivorous, pervasive platform.”According to IBM Director of Consumer Electronics Scott Burnett, “What we’re doing is creating the Facebook of devices. Everything wants to be its friend, and then it’s connected to the network of your other device. For instance, your electric car will want to ‘friend’ your electric meter, which will ‘friend’ the electric company.”
The future is now
If you run for exercise, then imagine yoursmart running shoes uploading your running time, distance, speed and how many calories you burned to a website thatkeeps track of your progress over time. Your “scale has Wi-Fi” too, also tracking your weight progress. If your asthma acts up and you use your inhaler, “it uses GPS to determine the time and location when the inhaler is used, and then stores or sends that information to a remote server.”
According to German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Center, there are more than 100 million vending machines, smoke alarms, vehicles, and other devices that now automatically share information. In Europe, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications have moved even the farmers out of barns and into this networked world of “things.” Deutsche Telekom and French remote monitoring solutionsMedria Technologies have developed a “HeatPhone” that automatically sends a text message to farmers when a cow is in heat and ready for insemination, or when calving begins. Old McDonald can have an augmented farm by wearing goggles that allow him to see a report about the current state of everything he looks at, from the health of his cows, to milking machines, to grain bins.
Last week, Technology Review reported that a French startup, SigFox, went live with a cellular data network specifically for inanimate objects; in other words, it was a big boost to the Internet of Things and making your ‘dumb’ appliances much smarter. “The goal is to make all kinds of appliances and infrastructure, from power grids to microwave ovens, smarter by letting them share data.”
EVRYTHNG, a global software company originating in the UK, has worked with Diageo, an international premium drink company headquartered in London, “to add an individual digital identity to every product it sells. When a consumer buys a bottle of whisky to give as a gift, for example, he or she is invited to create a personalized online video message which the recipient can activate by pointing their smartphone at the item’s barcode.”
A “hot” new “mainstream” product taking us a step closer into the Internet of Things in the USA is the Galaxy Camera. Readwrite mobile reported, “The Galaxy Camera is a camera first, cell phone… never. This is an intriguing product, and not just because it is a camera that can use social apps like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others from wherever you are.”
So while this may seem farfetched science fiction, here’s another glimpse into our potential future. Thanks to M2M communications and Internet-enabled things, your refrigerator, kitchen pantry, and recipe app have “friended” each other, decided you’ve eaten too much red meat, and select a healthier dinner recipe. Your smart appliances could not only send an order to the grocery store, but might notify both your doctor’s office and your health insurance company if you ignore their chicken recipe selection. Your camera phone captures your “unhealthy” lifestyle by snapping a picture of you stuffing a steak in your mouth. So should we worry about our appliances spying and possibly turning into “narcs?”
Oh yeah, and if these Internet-enabled devices use the high-speed wireless data standard LTE (long-term evolution) networks to communicate? The LTE network is vulnerable to jamming and it’s “relatively easy” to “block service across much of a city.” All that it would take to jam LTE would be a cheap battery, “a laptop and an inexpensive software-defined radio unit” that cost as little as $650. “Picture a jammer that fits in a small briefcase that takes out miles of LTE signals—whether commercial or public safety,” said Jeff Reed, director of the wireless research group at Virginia Tech. “There are multiple weak spots—about eight different attacks are possible,” Reed told Technology Review. “The LTE signal is very complex, made up of many subsystems, and in each case, if you take out one subsystem, you take out the entire base station.” A research paper [PDF] outlining the LTE vulnerabilities was filed with National Telecommunications and Information Administration.