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Operational Technology

Remote Monitoring of
Beverage Coolers

  • DISCOVERY WORKSHOP

    iBot works with the client to create a comprehensive requirements document through a discovery process.

    1

    The Brief


    Can you help us remotely monitor Beverage Coolers, wherever they are?

    Visicoolers are deployed by manufacturers of food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers to attractively display their products, and at the same time serve these chilled to the consumers. Since these organizations deploy visicoolers at the retail outlet at own expense, they need mechanisms to ensure the visicooler is at intended location (and not taken away), and that is used (not switched off to save electricity). The customer, a leading manufacturer of chilled beverages in India deployed iBot's Smart Sense for Visicoolers to monitor:

    • Location (Latitude & Longitude)
    • On/Off Status
    • Temperature of Enclosure
  • MACHINE INTERFACE DEVELOPMENT

    The heart of the connected machine is the revolutionary iQu tech, which was retro-fitted into this machine.

    2

    MACHINE
    INTERFACE
    DEVELOPMENT


    iBot Cooler Tracking device is installed on visicoolers that are already deployed in the field by the customer.

    Two key considerations for interface of iBot Cooler Tracking device on visicoolers are:

  • 2 a

    Power:

    A mechanism to draw this power from mains supply was implemented.

  • 2 b

    Fitment:

    iBot Sense has integrated temperature sensor installed inside the cold chamber of the visicooler. The device (iBot Sense) is itself provided as a box with flanges having an ability to bolt it to the visicooler.

  • WRITING THE FIRMWARE

    IBOT's software engineers and designers create efficient and beautiful interfaces for the machine, user, and machine manufactures to talk to each other, securely.

    3

    Writing
    the Firmware


    iBot Cooler Tracking device is powered by iQu E10 Connected Processor, and has an integrated adaptor and temperature sensor. Location of the visicooler is identified based on triangulation of telecom towers with which the SIM of iBot Sense is engaged.

    iBot's engineers wrote firmware application to receive temperature, location and timestamp, encrypt it, store it on the local storage of iQu E10, and transmit this information to cloud at periodic intervals.

  • WEB APP DEVELOPMENT

    4

    Web Application
    Development


    Data received from visicoolers is made available to the customer's users through a web app. Some key features of the web app are:

  • 4 a

    Display location of all visicoolers deployed across India on a map.

  • 4 b

    Alerts to responsible officials on the following events:

    • When a visicooler is moved
    • Temperature increases beyond defined value
    • Visicooler is switched off
  • TESTING & GO LIVE

    5

    Smart Water Goes Live!


    The entire solution was tested and validated, and is being rolled to several hundred installations.

Key Outcomes of Connecting The Beverage Cooler

For CFO

Precise information on the location of visicoolers helps depreciate the asset over 5 years instead of just 1 year at present. This directly impacts the bottom line.

For Service Head

If visicooler shows “on” status, and temperatures are consistently high, proactively initiate service of the visicooler, thus preventing catastrophic failure.

For Operations Head

When an alert comes in, initiate action immediately to correct the situation.When visicooler is moved, check with the dealer where it is deployed.If visicooler is switched off, remind the dealer to switch it on, or redeploy the visicooler to another dealer.

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