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A reliable monitoring system not only preserves my perishable inventory but

protects my overall brand.” Darrel Brown, founder and owner of Savagewood Brewing Company

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telling you when a problem exists before it becomes a disaster.” SAVAGEWOOD BREWING COMPANY This type of IoT monitoring is what CalAmp and DCS bring to the restaurant and beverage industry. As a channel partner of CalAmp, DCS integrates the company’s tools and equipment into innovative solutions for DCS customers. Bursey says in a F&B environment, the ability to monitor temperature thresholds, CO2 levels and humidity in walk-in refrigerators is business critical. Within a bar or restaurant, draft beers and sodas run on CO2. A service company checks those levels every couple weeks to refill the tanks if they’re low. Bursey says eventually Murphy’s Law occurs and the CO2 runs out prior to the scheduled service visit. The inability to serve draft beer or soda at 5:00 p.m. on a Friday is crippling to the establishment. “We want to come to market with unique IoT solutions based on CalAmp technologies that allow bar and restaurant owners to remotely monitor and monetize their operation,” says Bursey. “Thus, prior to

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The ability to monitor temperature thresholds, CO2 levels and humidity in walk-in refrigerators is critical for food and beverage companies.

a dry CO2 tank, an alert is issued, a service call is made and the tank is refilled without downtime or business interruption.” In the case of Savagewood Brewing Company, an opportunity presented itself amid a routine Friday afternoon meeting at the brewery. The brewery’s owner shared with Bursey’s team that a glycol chiller failed during the fermentation process. The chiller is critical to pumping beer through a long draft beer system. If it fails, not only is the beer warm, but it stops pouring. There was a loss of thousands of dollars in spoilage and the brewery’s brand could have suffered. A solution to the problem was quickly implemented. “We asked the owner for feedback and input about the long draw

system. It resulted in a DCS solution based on CalAmp technology that notifies staff via text and email of any temperature fluctuations in the glycol machine,” says Bursey. “The solution addressed multiple issues ranging from health and safety to temperature compliance and brand protection, ensuring sustainable cold beer, CO2 levels and revenue streams. We’re helping craft breweries and restaurants protect their highest-margin products, the safety of their customers and their brand.” According to Darrel Brown, founder and owner of Savagewood Brewery, “Before implementing the glycol chilling solution, we had no way of knowing about a system failure, and more importantly, did not have access to information to take action to avoid an inventory loss. Today, I have peace of mind knowing I will get alerted in the event of an equipment malfunction,” says Brown. “Having a reliable monitoring system not only preserves my perishable inventory but it also protects my overall brand and customer experience.” ENDLESS IOT POSSIBILITIES Whether it’s a small- to medium-sized F&B business like Savagewood Brewing Company, or a large food manufacturer, IoT is poised to drive efficiencies and ROI. Washicko of CalAmp says nearly everything has the potential to be monitored in the future. IoT will leave field service operators to focus on the most severe issues. “The real promise of IoT is its ability to bring new efficiencies to businesses by enabling them to deploy resources in a more productive way to drive more revenue,” says Washicko. “Processes that require human involvement to check enviwww.foodlogistics.com

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Food Logistics March 2019  

Food Logistics is the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food and beverage supply...

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Food Logistics is the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food and beverage supply...