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"What we are trying to do is reduce waste. To that end, we are looking to organize the entire food production process, from the field to the plate including cooking and transportation, as a single interconnected chain. The Internet of Things offers us the chance to do that."
Max Maier, Owner of CHECK Services GmbH & Co. KG and Max Maier Group

CHECK Services: Transparent food chain from the field to the plate

The CHECK CLOUD digitalization and organization system by CHECK Services enables the hygiene standards and temperature of raw foods and cooked dishes to be digitally monitored and documented. The aim of this is to improve product quality, enhance process efficiency and permit tracking of reusable systems.
The multi-manufacturer platform developed by CHECK Services, T-Systems and other partners means cold stores and food transportation containers can be equipped with a temperature monitoring system, which documents the transportation of food under the various hygienic conditions it is exposed to. Cold stores and food transportation containers are equipped with temperature sensors, which automatically send the latest temperature data to the CHECK CLOUD Cockpit. When manually measuring temperature via the Bluetooth core temperature sensors, the recorded measurements are sent directly to the CHECK CLOUD App on a smartphone. QR codes enable easy and transparent traceability all along the process chain, from storage, preparation, cooking and transportation to dispensing.

Monitoring compliance with hygiene standards digitally

With CHECK MOBILE, catering businesses can digitally monitor compliance with the legally stipulated Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for temperature and hygiene. This replaces the previous paper-based documentation processes. CHECK MOBILE users can set up the HACCP control points themselves in a matter of minutes by assigning them QR codes. This provides digital structuring for HACCP-related processes such as goods receipt, storage, preparation, transportation and dispensing. The temperatures and hygiene conditions at those control points can then be documented in seconds via an app by scanning the QR code and assigning temperature measurements via Bluetooth core temperature sensors and recording hygiene conditions. The documentation itself can be accessed via a centralized web interface. It presents the results systematically, highlighting any irregularities, and also enabling overview reports to be printed out.

Intelligent food monitoring with IoT

Future upgrades to the CHECK product range will include the integration of automatic sensors and the exchange of process-related data with equipment manufacturers and ERP systems used in the catering sector. Also, tracking documentation will be integrated into a practicable process in order to establish recycling systems for reusable containers. T-Systems is helping to implement the product, in particular ensuring IT security and data privacy at a data center in Germany as well as providing the communications infrastructure. As a result, the data captured by the sensors and using the specially developed app can be uploaded securely to the cloud for processing, analysis and user access. T-Systems is managing this data chain end-to-end, dynamically adapting it so that in the future it will be possible to link data from the food production chain with other data to create new services. Max Maier has already come up with his next idea: "We want customers in a canteen to be able to check the ingredients and allergens in every dish by way of an app and a QR code."

More about the CHECK SERVICES GmbH & Co. KG reference

CHECK Services GmbH & Co. KG is part of the Max Maier Group, based in Reutlingen as is Rieber GmbH & Co. KG. Rieber is a leading vendor of kitchen systems for professional catering and private households. Rieber employs some 600 people at four production locations in Reutlingen and Trebbin, both located in Germany. It has sales subsidiaries in Austria, Switzerland, the Benelux countries and the UK.
  • The production and transportation of food is subject to a range of regulations including the HACCP safety standards devised by the FAO/WHO. These stipulate that any influencing factors, which might cause people to suffer illness after eating, must be eliminated throughout the storage, production, processing, transportation and dispensing of food.
  • Compliance with the HACCP standards must be documented by monitoring of temperatures and adherence to stipulated hygiene procedures.
  • The CHECK CLOUD system enables digital documentation all along the food processing and transportation chain in order to digitally verify compliance with hygiene requirements.
  • The system will be expanded to integrate automatic sensors, including in cold stores and transportation containers, as well as by connecting existing kitchen equipment such as combination steamers and dishwashers.
  • QR codes on the containers permit easy setup and identification of the critical control points along the transport chain.
  • T-Systems is developing the platform, assuring compliance with German and European data privacy laws and IT security, as well as providing the communications infrastructure and operating the IoT solution.
  • Data is transferred securely to a T-Systems IoT platform in the Telekom Cloud, where it is processed, analyzed and made available to users via a web interface.
  • T-Systems is managing this intelligent data chain end-to-end, dynamically adapting it to future services.
  • Documentation that stringent hygiene standards are being met can be created digitally and in a form recognized by the regulatory authorities.
  • Creation of control and measurement points and input of data via a special app
  • Control points can be easily set up and documented using QR codes.
  • Existing paper-based processes are fully mapped in digital form.
  • Compliance with German/European data security and privacy laws
  • The long-term goal is transparent traceability of food in real time.
T-Systems International GmbH

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