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The evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing how organizations with food service components are run. Mobile, cloud-based technology is making it possible for restaurant and hospitality businesses to remotely monitor and control commercial kitchen appliances and systems through timers, controllers, freezer and refrigerator monitors and much more.

Weatherman Al Roker on the Today show noted that large portions of the United States this summer have been trapped in a punishing heat dome, creating conditions in Washington, D.C. that he dubbed in early August as “dangerous, oppressive heat.”

As the Olympics come to a close on August 21, athletes, families, and fans will leave Rio de Janeiro with eternally burning memories of the Olympic events and the city’s sites. What they may not know is that they are leaving behind the smartest city in Brazil, based on the 2015 Connected Smart Cities ranking.   

On May 14, opening day of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 5,000-plus art enthusiasts visited the newly remodeled building and its much expanded collection of artwork. As the public streamed through the 225,000-square-foot space admiring the new Fisher collection and the redesigned layout, they probably didn’t notice the latest smart technology.

Tata Consultancy Services has been looking to move away from the off-shore outsourcing model, which generally takes advantage of inexpensive labor from India, Eastern Europe and other far-flung locations to write code and handle IT customer service. By embracing the cloud, TCS has seen substantial growth.

How things have changed: that little RFID tag that sets off an alarm if it’s not removed by a sales associate has evolved to become the starting point of an intricate Internet of Things data analytics ecosystem that is changing the entire retail business model.

Sometimes, businesses just need a quick and efficient way to connect employees, allow them to work on the road and collaborate in real time, no matter where they are. Oh yes, and they need them to take advantage of the seemingly unlimited potential of cloud storage

MIT Media Lab researcher Kipp Bradford used his opening keynote slot at ESC Boston to highlight the innovation that has derived from the availability easy-to-use tools and open-source hardware and software, but he left out the importance of online communities. Without these online forums and discussion groups, including our own, the real-time knowledge sharing required to fix problems on the fly and advance the state of the art could never have occurred.

Energy costs for hotel chains can eat up significant amounts of revenue; controlling those costs is often job #1 for the COO. And helping the COO get the job done is a good way for integrators looking for a solid opportunity to implement IoT solutions.

The very thought of having to feed 9 billion people by 2050 is seizure inducing, but if you tackle it with byte-sized data analysis it becomes doable, and the food might actually taste better to boot.


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