Checkit has today launched a next-generation automated monitoring solution that enables the food industry to become more efficient and reduce costs.
Available as a subscription service, Checkit’s automated monitoring system comprises Internet of Things-based smart sensors and a powerful cloud-based control centre, providing a wireless solution for capturing precise temperature, humidity and door status data, with continuous readings sent to the cloud.
By replacing manual checks, the software enables food businesses of all sizes to operate safely, protect stock and comply with food safety regulations while boosting productivity and lowering costs, Checkit claimed. It added that switching to Checkit’s continuous automated monitoring system releases staff resources from hours of manual checks, and provides full control over critical control points at all hours of the day.
Continuous monitoring of hazard points such as freezers, fridges and chilled food areas is vital for business operations – but manual monitoring is costly, inefficient and prone to errors, and, as readings are only taken at infrequent intervals, there is no real-time view of operations or ability to see problems developing between checks.
As well as reducing staff costs, Checkit Automated Monitoring saves money by cutting unnecessary food wastage, as temperature and humidity conditions in food storage and production areas are constantly optimised. Continuous monitoring also enables heating and cooling systems to be enhanced to be more efficient, cutting energy bills. Checkit sensors will monitor the performance of equipment, such as fridges and freezers, to provide early warning for potential problems, allowing pre-emptive maintenance to be carried out and enabling smooth operation of the production space.
“Across the food industry, businesses need to ensure they are meeting the highest possible safety and hygiene standards, while keeping a tight rein on costs,” said Dr Martin Nash, product manager for Checkit.
“Our next generation automated monitoring solution meets both of these vital needs – it provides control over the food environment while increasing productivity as staff can be reassigned to other tasks, rather than spending countless hours manually checking and recording temperature and other readings. By applying advanced Internet of Things technologies to monitoring, businesses become more proactive, spotting potential issues before they develop and ensuring quality at all times.”
Checkit, which previously released software allowing food companies to manage compliance and employee productivity, claimed that the automated monitoring solution could be installed and operational “within hours”
The sensors have an anti-microbial casing and can be installed and relocated anywhere, while the Checkit control centre has been designed with ease of use in mind for food businesses of all sizes, and can be accessed remotely from any internet-enabled device.
Checkit Automated Monitoring is available in two subscription packages, designed to suit different types of business.
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