Rational group customers now have access to a state-of-the-art networking solution for professional kitchens: ConnectedCooking.
Networking is available for both Rational and Frima units, meaning the appliances can be monitored remotely. Chain operations can also manage all connected units centrally and control production processes effectively.
To use ConnectedCooking, customers need to connect one or more Rational units or Frima VarioCooking Centers to a network, and then register for free under ConnectedCooking.com. The networked units can then be displayed and managed through ConnectedCooking’s Device Management screen.
Simon Lohse, MD of Rational UK, explained: “Network integration through ConnectedCooking allows chefs to view all of their production processes at any time, in central facilities and all branch stores, even if they are not personally present.
“They can quickly check up on processes remotely while doing their weekly purchase orders, monitor overnight cooking from home, or even call up error notifications while on the go. Users can retrieve all of this information quickly and easily using any computer with internet connection, smartphone or tablet – anytime, anywhere. This service helps us give our customers more flexibility at last, which represents real added value in the catering industry.”
Networking should also make it easy to distribute new cooking programs, receive push notifications in real time, or transmit preferred unit settings to all connected units. ConnectedCooking allows automatic software updates, and is designed to make administrative work quick and easy; all key HACCP data can be captured, documented and exported completely automatically.
If desired, the system can also automatically contact service partners and request the correct replacement parts directly for on-site troubleshooting. Separate user profiles with individual permissions settings mean all operator employees can have system access.
Recipe resource Club Rational will also be available through ConnectedCooking. Users can select recipes and transmit the settings to one or more units.
Lohse summarised: “With ConnectedCooking, we are offering our customers the world’s most cutting-edge networking solution for professional kitchens. Now our customers will always have everything at their fingertips, even when they aren’t on location.
“Chain restaurants and companies with satellite kitchens, in particular, now have an easy, centralised solution for ensuring quality assurance and monitoring unit functions.”
All Rational SelfCookingCenter units come equipped with Ethernet interfaces as a standard feature, and for the Frima units the interface is optional. Units manufactured before 03/2017 can easily be retrofitted to use ConnectedCooking.
ConnectedCooking is free to use on up to three units. Data is transmitted using encryption technology, in order to prevent misuse.