Ki-Tech Solutions has launched a fully integrated connected foodservice equipment dashboard, partnering with monitoring specialist, KoolZone.
The company was incorporated last year by familiar industry faces, Richard Fordham (MD of importer Cuisine-Europe and freelance national sales manager of Exclusive Ranges) and Andy Fulham, a founding partner of distributor Catering Projects Group.
The pair have been using the lockdown period to research new innovations that can link in with the platform and that will answer operators’ needs when the sector reopens for business.
The Ki-Tech platform is an energy optimisation solution which redistributes available power to only where it is needed.
KoolZone technology is already used globally in 17 countries, including USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and many European and African countries, as well as having a significant presence in the NHS and many research laboratories and universities. The system is completely wireless and therefore should be quick and easy to install with no need for network communications engineers.
Most manufacturer and third party data could be fed and retrieved into this horizontal connectivity solution.
Key areas which Ki-Tech can look at, monitor and control include HACCP, temperature, humidity and air quality for refrigeration, ovens, hot holding, and warewashing as well as ambient measurement for staff and customer areas; predictive maintenance; HVAC; FOG controls; food waste management; operating parameters; CO2 and particulates; power supplies and energy use; and refrigerated vehicles.
All data is able to be integrated into one dashboard served by a cloud based platform with AES128 military standard encryption security.
The latest addition is monitoring levels of ozone in areas that have been ‘anti-Covid’ deep cleansed.
The user can identify what data that they want to access and how they want it delivered, so the complete set up can be tailored to individual requirements. Using the latest LoRaWan technology (a low-power wide-area network protocol), the wireless network is said to be easy and quick to install without the need for infrastructure changes.
Fordham, the company’s sales director, said: “Automated data collection, particularly with regards to HACCP ensures accurate, compliant and, more importantly, real time reporting and legacy data collection can begin to identify predictive maintenance needs.
“Manual checks are time consuming, potentially inaccurate and will not reflect a real time situation, meaning deviations from accepted parameters often go unchecked for a considerable time. By utilising the Ki-Tech KoolZone platform, all of this is avoided. In addition, the cost of manual monitoring can be offset within a matter of months and evidence of full due-diligence evidential tracking is automatically collated.”
Plans, photographs and other visuals can be uploaded to the site to provide a visual depiction, onto which sensors are drag-and-dropped. If any event is triggered, the operator is alerted either be phone, text or email, with a full escalation process available to resolve issues.
The latest technology to be incorporated will be fever detection screening cameras, which Ki-Tech is now marketing. Fordham added: “Providing fever screening doesn’t provide a catch-all solution but what it does do is to show the authorities that assessment of the potential risks have been undertaken the relevant steps made to demonstrate due-diligence.”
There are a number of options available, from a hand held camera that measures each individual approaching one at a time and in close proximity, to those with a higher accuracy level (+/- 0.3ºc), able to scan up to 30 people at any one time and with a range of up to 9metres.