How to Choose a Restaurant Temperature Monitoring System
Learn how to select the best continuous temperature monitoring sensors to help you streamline equipment management and prevent loss events.
To own or manage a restaurant requires scrupulous attention to detail. Hospitality success depends on proactive awareness of every facet of operations, from ensuring the punctual delivery of produce to meeting clientele demands. Within such a high-touch and fast-moving business, equipment management can often fall by the wayside, leading to loss events or failed audits.
To automate refrigeration management, restaurateurs have turned to a new solution, IoT temperature sensors. 5% of restaurants are using remote temperature sensors to autonomously, consistently, and continuously monitor equipment temperatures and inventory conditions. However, not all sensors on the market are the best for restaurants’ unique needs, so it’s important to understand the options before committing to a sensor system.
What is included in a remote temperature monitoring system?
Continuous temperature monitoring systems should include three main elements:
- The sensors measure temperature and humidity and transmit data to a centralized hub.
- The hub processes this information and sends it to the cloud.
- The software interprets and displays the sensor data, turning it into usable information such as temperature alerts and temperature logs.
How do remote temperature monitoring systems work?
Sensor technology is as diverse as the industries that utilize it. Operators evaluate which type of sensor best suites their requirements based on various factors, such as range, cost, and reliability. Temperature monitoring systems can be grouped into the following categories:
Manual Temperature Monitoring
The most common manual method of temperature monitoring is through thermometers. Thermometers have been the industry standard for years due to their accessibility and ease of use. Staff can place them virtually anywhere with minimal installation time or concerns about networks or batteries. Additionally, the data they provide requires little explanation.
Unfortunately, readings are often incorrect due to improper calibration, human error and changing conditions, such as the rapid opening and closing of refrigerator doors during service. Logging this data with pen and paper also allows for pencil whipping.
Wired sensors embedded into the infrastructure of environments use physical connections to transmit information via Ethernet. However, wired solutions are expensive to install, difficult to change or update, and a poor fit for refrigeration equipment that requires a tightly sealed environment.
Bluetooth and WiFi
These sensors were the first generation of digital continuous temperature monitors; however, these sensors struggle with connectivity because Bluetooth and WiFi signals are unreliable in dense environments, as well as through thick walls and metal-plated doors.
In contrast to Bluetooth, LoRaWAN® sensors use a long range, low power radio signal to transmit data. As a result, they are more reliable in dense environments and are able to easily penetrate thick walls and doors, such as those found on walk-ins, coolers, freezers, and low-boys.
Therma° LoRaWAN® Sensors
At Therma, we use LoRaWAN® enabled sensors created with operators in mind. Let’s explore some of the qualities that make Therma the best option:
- Connectivity: Therma keeps managers and operators continually informed through our interactive dashboard, mobile app, and SMS, email and/or phone notifications.
- Range: Therma’s unique use of Long Range Radio, or LoRaWAN®, allows her to produce consistent readings even in dense urban environments and at distances of a quarter-mile.
- Scalability: With Therma, there are no minimum order requirements; buy as many as necessary to protect your inventory. We recognize that all restaurants, from large QSR chains to the local diner, benefit from the advantages of wireless temperature and humidity monitoring and temperature alerts.
Interested in working with Therma?
With unparalleled accessibility to refrigeration conditions, Therma protects equipment, assures health department compliance, and prevents food waste. We invite you to join Therma in improving the restaurant industry, one sensor at a time.