Middleby’s recent acquisition unveils universal smart kitchen software platform at Host

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Open Kitchen gives a single data overview of all connected kitchen appliances.

Equipment and energy management solution provider Powerhouse Dynamics has released an enhanced and expanded version of the smart connected kitchen component of its SiteSage equipment and energy management solution.

Open Kitchen by SiteSage is an open platform that connects commercial kitchen equipment to the cloud providing remote access to critical data and performance monitoring. Foodservice operators and equipment servicing engineers can now access a single view across all locations and all equipment, regardless of brand. The announcement was made at the HostMilano trade show.

The software platform enables equipment performance and facility operations optimisation which should ultimately lower operating costs, reduce equipment downtime and ensure food safety and product quality. This should leads to greater operational efficiencies to positively impact the bottom line. New features are said to create topline, revenue-generating opportunities for customers.

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Powerhouse Dynamics was purchased by the Middleby Corporation earlier this year. The software company’s president Martin Flusberg said: “With Open Kitchen, we are creating a new standard for IoT-based solutions in the commercial kitchen market.

“Operators want a single view into all of their locations; they don’t want to login to a different system for each piece of equipment. Open Kitchen connects equipment from virtually any brand and brings all that critical information together so customers can make swift and data-driven performance decisions. Open Kitchen opens up endless possibilities for optimal efficiency.”

Designed based on customer feedback, Open Kitchen has a revamped user interface with improved usability and functionality. New features include: a recipe creation hub (for supported equipment models) and remote recipe distribution; improved predictive analytics down to the equipment component level; enhanced data security; language support for international implementations; and expanded integration layer enables multiple methods of connectivity to support rapid integration with additional brands.

Group president at the Middleby Corporation, James K. Pool, commented: “We are thrilled to deliver a truly open and encompassing automation and connectivity solution to our foodservice and food retail customers.

“Powerhouse Dynamics has the technology and experience to create a unique solution that restaurants, convenience stores and others can use to improve the bottom line. New features such as remote recipe creation and distribution are really going to excite the market.

“We have already seen an enthusiastic response to the SiteSage platform from our customers since we acquired Powerhouse Dynamics a few months ago. We expect that response to be even greater with this new release.”

Open Kitchen combines SiteSage Smart Kitchen and Middleby Connect in a single, open platform, to deliver what is said to be the most widely used IoT-based solution for foodservice and food retail operators. Open Kitchen is available as a standalone component or integrated with additional SiteSage functionality. Currently, more than 10,000 pieces of commercial kitchen equipment are digitally connected with Open Kitchen throughout North America and Europe.

The software provider believes Open Kitchen is more than an “internet of things”-based platform. Key features beyond equipment connection include: remote temperature monitoring of refrigeration and equipment; real-time escalating alerts as well as proactive exception reporting; food safety workflow processing; corrective action tracking; automated HACCP reporting; and remote recipe creation and distribution.

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