How Restaurants Can Harness the Power of LoRaWAN Technology for Improved Efficiency and Sustainability |

A rapidly growing use of the technology is monitoring temperatures in cold rooms. This automated process allows restaurant staff to accurately monitor temperature fluctuations, ensuring food safety compliance and minimizing food waste.


By Tom Wainman, Director, Connected Buildings, Senet, a Netmore company – 6.5.2024

When it comes to restaurant technology, Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) and sensor-enabled devices are transforming operations and paving the way for significant improvements in efficiency and sustainability. From monitoring temperature fluctuations, improving sustainability initiatives, and automating tasks, the benefits of using LoRaWAN technology in restaurants are both diverse and impactful.

Let’s explore three specific use cases where LoRaWAN adoption delivers tangible benefits for restaurant managers and facility owners, and illustrate how the technology reduces costs and improves profitability in an increasingly competitive industry.

LoRaWAN technology optimizes cold storage and temperature-controlled logistics.

At their core, LoRaWAN solutions seamlessly connect sensor-enabled devices to various restaurant platforms and applications, providing visibility into critical aspects of business operations. A rapidly growing use of the technology is monitoring temperatures in cold rooms. This automated process allows restaurant staff to accurately monitor temperature fluctuations, ensuring food safety compliance and minimizing food waste.

For example, Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) using LoRaWAN-compatible temperature sensors have streamlined daily checks by 30-60 minutes, freeing up staff time and reducing potential errors. By deploying these sensors in refrigerators, freezers and even vans, restaurant operators can actively monitor temperature fluctuations, reducing the risk of food spoilage and maintaining quality and safety standards of perishable goods.

LoRaWAN technology offers a wide range of sustainability initiatives for restaurants.

Environmental and infrastructure monitoring devices are able to maintain communications over longer distances and under challenging conditions, making them ideal for monitoring building energy consumption and optimizing the performance of heating and cooling systems based on real-time data insights. As a result, restaurants can effectively reduce their carbon footprint and realize significant cost savings over time.

Additionally, restaurants can deploy water leak sensors throughout their restaurant to quickly identify leaks, resulting in less damage and ultimately less water loss. This allows restaurants to reduce waste and maximize water efficiency. Ultimately, this not only leads to lower water bills and savings on repair costs, but also plays a role in broader resource conservation initiatives.

LoRaWAN technology supports task automation and real-time inventory monitoring.

Restaurants that have integrated carrier-grade LoRaWAN connectivity into their systems have reported significant time savings for managers – more than 16 hours per month. This automation is especially beneficial for large-scale restaurant operations.

Combined with automating tasks, restaurants can monitor inventory levels for both food and supplies in real time, directly from their kitchens and storage areas. By optimizing inventory levels and minimizing excess inventory, restaurants can effectively reduce food waste, reduce transportation costs and improve overall inventory management efficiency.

As restaurants expand their IoT deployments alongside their growing operations, the scalability and adaptability of LoRaWAN solutions are becoming increasingly valuable. With its forward-looking capabilities, restaurants that adopt LoRaWAN will further improve operational efficiency and create even more sustainable business practices. Looking ahead, LoRaWAN represents not only a solution for today, but also a strategic investment for the future of the restaurant industry.

Tom Wainman is commercial director QSR and Smart Buildings for Senet, a Netmeer company, a global LoRaWAN® network operator. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in wireless technology to Senet. Before joining Senet, Tom had a history of driving growth and increasing market share at Fortune 500 companies, including Nextel, Sprint and AT&T.

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