Digi International has introduced Digi Honeycomb, an easy to deploy, reliable and cost effective service that continuously and wirelessly monitors the temperature of perishable goods, alerting users if the proper temperature is not maintained. With Digi Honeycomb, restaurants, grocers, convenience stores, warehouses and transportation companies can now prevent spoilage and loss, lower labour costs, and comply with public health requirements and food safety regulations.
A subscription-based service, Digi Honeycomb is comprised of hand-held probes, wireless sensors, gateways and software that allow temperature data to be monitored, logged, and retrieved and be easily integrated into back-office systems. In delivering a complete solution that encompasses front-of-house and back-of-house environments, Digi Honeycomb allows organisations in the perishable food industry to address major challenges including, food safety, chain-of-custody verification, loss prevention (shrinkage), proof of compliance and labour costs.
"Our customers in the food service industry have their own set of unique challenges that span operational and food safety requirements," said Kevin C. Riley, chief operating officer, Digi International. "We have created a highly automated service that allows organisations to address the day-to-day issues of maintaining food quality and safety while lowering costs and achieving overarching goals of high customer satisfaction and brand reputation."
Digi Honeycomb is an NSF certified and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) traceable solution that continuously, wirelessly and automatically monitors the temperature of food to allow food service organisations to adhere to performance thresholds and inspect individual systems. Automatic alerts can be set for all types of temperatures (frozen, refrigerated, ambient, hot-holding) and to issue alerts whenever temperature exceptions occur. A flexible solution, Digi Honeycomb is comprised of Bluetooth enabled hand-held probes, small wireless sensors, wireless gateways, and applications.
Digi Cold Chain solutions consulting staff employ a three-step approach to ensure a successful implementation. First, Digi conducts a site survey and completes hardware and software installation. Secondly, organisations receive usability training and Digi confirms monitoring and report requirements. Finally, Digi works collaboratively to ensure ROI goals are being met. Digi Honeycomb is available in a variety of subscription-based models for retail Quick Service Restaurant (QSR), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and NIST environments and requires no capital expense. Hardware and software is included as part of the subscription with information hosted on servers managed by Digi International.