How to Setup an Automated Food Temperature Monitoring System for your Restaurant?

By David Rigbye May 25, 2022

Any savvy restaurateur will tell you, long gone are the days of manually recording and logging daily food temperatures, as modern technology solutions are transforming the restaurant and food industry. 

The outdated method of using analog thermometers to physically track and record the temperature of walk-in cool rooms and service draws should be a thing of the past. Not to mention the increased risk of human errors in commercial kitchens can be costly when expensive equipment breaks down and food inventory is lost.

Thanks to Australian innovation software company, Operandio, their automated food temperature monitoring system provides greater accuracy when recording time and temperature controls in your restaurant. This improves food safety, minimizes food spoilage and ultimately benefits your restaurant’s bottom-line. 

In this article, we’ll show you how easy it is to setup an automated food temperature monitoring system in your restaurant by:

  • Choosing the best type of temperature thermometer or sensors
  • Selecting the most efficient method of recording food temperature data
  • Incorporating automatic real-time alerts that will save you thousands of dollars

What is an Automated Temperature Monitoring System?

An automated temperature monitoring system acts to control and regulate the temperature of a specific environment. In a restaurant, for example, food temperature monitoring is a matter of compliance and therefore implementing an automatic temperature system allows owners to track, control and regulate food inventory and equipment function.

Any good food temperature monitoring systems will consist of two key parts, the sensors and a digital app. Operandio does just that. Their smart sensors with a built-in thermometer can easily be installed in the preferred location of your restaurant, and their app is simply installed like any other phone or tablet application.

Choosing The Best Temperature Thermometer or Sensors

The thermometer or sensors are the key ingredient to the success of your restaurant’s food temperature monitoring system. The common types of thermometers and sensors include:

Analog Thermometers

This traditional type of thermometer requires staff to physically retrieve the device from its location, read the dial and manually record the temperature. Although this type of thermometer is cheap, it often produces inaccurate readings from the device itself and the person recording the temperature among the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant kitchen. 

Digital Thermometers

A slight step up from analog, digital thermometers display the temperature more clearly which improves accuracy, however they still require manual data entry into a temperature data sheet or logbook.

Smart Sensors with Built-in Thermometer 

Picture a small, slim-line device that discreetly fits into your restaurant service and display fridges and freezers, all while continuously monitoring temperature data 24/7 that is then automatically synced directly to your phone or tablet via an app. This is how Operandio’s smart sensor technology operates with a built-in thermometer to ensure accurate, automated temperature and humidity readings.

So if you’re looking for accurate food temperature recordings, data collection convenience and compliance, then it’s no brainer which one you should be choosing.

Where and How to Collect Temperature Data

Having an organized and secure data collection method is crucial for business operations, especially for restaurant and hospitality equipment management and health and safety compliance regulations. Most restaurants use a manual logbook when it comes to food temperature monitoring, however more and more restaurants are shifting towards an automated logging system and here’s why:

Manual Logbook

This is the standard method of manually recording temperature data in most restaurants, and whilst it complies with health and safety regulations, it limits businesses ability to further analyze and make use of valuable data to help improve business operations. Not to mention the increased risk of losing logbooks and forgetting to record food temperatures daily.

Automated Digital Temperature Logging System

A completely automated logging system that tracks temperature and humidity without the need for any human involvement is what Operandio have achieved. As temperature is being continuously tracked by the smart sensors, the data is automatically synced to the app, where it is securely stored and accessible from any remote location. This data can then be analyzed and trends identified to better improve business operations. Equipment health and performance is easily monitored, removing the risk of unexpected, costly repairs.

Rather than searching for old logbooks to show your health inspector the next time they visit, you can have a piece of mind that all your data is secure and just a click away with Operandio’s fully automated food temperature monitoring system.

Incorporate Automatic Real-Time Alerts

Another crucial feature of any automated food temperature monitoring system is automatic trigger alerts. To avoid food inventory loss and equipment malfunction, an automatic SMS alert is triggered when conditions extend beyond their normal temperature ranges. This feature allows restaurant owners to take action in real-time and even prevent potential equipment failure or unexpected food loss.

Real-time SMS alerts are a key feature of Operandio’s automated food temperature monitoring system and have already helped countless restaurants save thousands of dollars.

Ready to Start With Operandio?

If you’re ready to reduce food waste, improve food safety and increase efficiency of your business operations, then book a free demo with Operandio and enjoy the benefits of secure, automated food temperature monitoring today.