Hospitality Use Cases

Smart Solutions Implemented by The Goldie Group for the Hospitality Industry

  • Use Case: Food Truck

    Issue: A business owner owns and operates 2 food trucks in a municipality providing daily lunches and early dinners, while at the same time providing hosted catering services.

    Challenge: Food trucks are mobile in nature, operating in extreme conditions such as rain, snow, and summer heat- requiring food prep and storage to operate while in operation. Overnight food storage is not typical in a food truck operation as the food is typically stored at a building cold storage unit.

    Opportunity: The Goldie Group proposes a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) solution using a single gateway architecture with a LoRa wireless sensor for each food truck.

    Solution: A single cellular gateway per food truck with battery backup with a capacity of 1000 sensors. One style temperature & humidity sensor per cooler per and two door sensors: one for the serving window, one for the food prep entry door. A web-based, mobile-supported application is accessible by designated personnel. The sensors register the current temperature and humidity every 15 minutes if the window/door opens or closes, especially when the truck is stored. Daily, weekly or monthly, reports can be generated by the business owner, showing either in chart form and/or in actual readings, the temperature settings during any period. These reports are used to demonstrate compliance based on state or federal guidelines for food temperature before and during prep.

    Alerts and notifications are set and sent via text or email if a cooler unit’s temperature falls below or rises above a designated threshold or when a window or door is breached. These thresholds can be set for each sensor based on use case.

    Additional sensors can be added for further protection.

    • Motion detection for areas that have a blind spot or not regularly monitored or staffed.
    • Water leak for sink overflow areas (flooding)

    Result: Food truck operators know the exact temperature reading and alerted if they fall outside of compliance and when the truck is stored if an attempted break-in occurs.

  • Use Case: A Major Hospital

    Issue: A major US hospital with multiple campus locations has several cold storage units (refrigerators and freezers) for both public food prep and patient food prep. The hospital is required to register the temperature setting of each unit (up to 80 units) twice a day. RN’s assigned to the task is currently conducting this work.

    Challenge: The hospital environment includes several multi-story buildings with typical modern construction that challenges a wireless capability due to several factors: location of a building, access to internet services, development of walls, and medical equipment.

    Opportunity: The Goldie Group proposes a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) solution using a single gateway architecture with a LoRa wireless sensor for each cold storage unit. The advantage of LoRa and LPWAN is the range of the antennas (1-3 miles indoor) and the extremely low power consumption necessary to power the sensors.

    Solution: A single ethernet gateway per campus location with a capacity of 1000 sensors. One temperature & humidity sensor per cold storage unit. A web-based | mobile supported application accessible by designated personnel. The sensors register the current temperature and humidity every 15 minutes. Daily, weekly or monthly, reports can be generated by one staff person, showing either in chart form and/or in actual readings, the temperature settings during any period. These reports are used to demonstrate compliance based on state or federal guidelines for food temperature before and during prep.

    Alerts and notifications are set and sent via text or email if a cold storage unit’s temperature falls below or rises above a designated threshold.

    Result: Now instead of having up to six staff members per location, taking time registering temperature twice daily, the solution provides this service automatically - increasing productivity for the nursing staff, eliminating potential errors in notation of temps, and notifying the responsible staff member if/when an issue arises due to temperature fluctuations thus preventing compliance fines.

  • Use Case: A Small Deli Restaurant

    Issue: A small deli restaurant with 3 locations operates with ten coolers per site (food storage and food prep areas). If any of these coolers fail or experience a significant temperature increase, food spoilage is possible resulting in lost revenue and cost overruns.

    Challenge: The deli is constantly using the coolers during business hours and has overnight storage of food. The cooler threshold is a different setting than the overnight storage unit.

    Opportunity: The Goldie Group proposes a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) solution using a single gateway architecture with a LoRa wireless sensor for each cooler and cold storage unit. The advantage of LoRa and LPWAN is the range of the antennas (1-3 miles indoor) and the extremely low power consumption necessary to power the sensors.

    Solution: A single ethernet gateway per deli location with a capacity of 1000 sensors. One style temperature & humidity sensor per cooler and a separate style temp/humidity sensor for the overnight cold storage. A web-based | mobile supported application accessible by designated personnel. The sensors register the current temperature and humidity every 15 minutes. Daily, weekly or monthly, reports can be generated by the business owner, showing either in chart form and/or in actual readings, the temperature settings during any period. These reports are used to demonstrate compliance based on state or federal guidelines for food temperature before and during prep.

    Alerts and notifications are set and sent via text or email if a cooler or cold storage unit’s temperature falls below or rises above a designated threshold. These thresholds can be set for each sensor based on use case.

    Additional sensors can be added for further protection.

    • Door sensor for the back door or walk-in freezer alerting when opened and closed.
    • Motion detection for areas that have a blind spot or not regularly monitored or staffed.
    • Water leak for hot water tanks (failure) or sink over-flow areas (flooding).
    • Rodent control: know if the trap has been activated to remove rodent prior to decomposition.

    Result: Now, instead of the business owner assigning this task to a worker per location, they can view the sensor readings at any time via their smartphone. The worker can now devote time to revenue generating activities versus menial operational tasks. The owner reduces their risk of cost overruns or compliance fines by being notified immediately if there is an issue and can take corrective action much sooner.