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RFID Brings Temperature Visibility to Pizza Chain

Domino's franchise Mar Pizza is deploying a ZigBee-based IoT system from Unified Office to gain real-time and historic temperature data, as well as other sensor information, at its restaurants across three states.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 05, 2017

Mar Pizza, one of the largest business owners of Domino's Pizza franchises, is installing an Internet of Things system with ZigBee-based technology from Unified Office to manage temperatures at its approximately 70 restaurants. The system consists of wireless temperature sensors transmitting information to a hub at each site, and a cloud-based server on which the collected sensor data can be managed. The system is designed to enhance food-safety compliance and eliminate waste by improving food inventory management. In addition, Robert Scheiper, Mar Pizza's VP, says he expects the solution to reduce energy consumption.

Mar Pizza, headquartered in Paramount, Calif., operates its Domino's franchises in three states at more than 70 locations. The company employs between 1,000 and 5,000 workers.

Mar Pizza's Robert Scheiper
Quick-service restaurants such as Mar Pizza are some of the most highly regulated businesses by health agencies, and must ensure that products are stored and cooked at proper temperatures at all times before customers consume them. Restaurant managers use various technologies to monitor temperatures for company records and health inspectors, but many manual systems can be too time-consuming. "A system that gives them real-time alerts on potentially dangerous situations can greatly reduce the amount of effort," Scheiper explains.

For managers who deal with multiple locations, real-time alerts and historical data can verify that procedures are being complied with. They can also point to new efficiencies that can be implemented. Mar Pizza's goal in implementing this solution, Scheiper says, is first and foremost to ensure that temperature records are collected and problems are detected.

Unified Office was launched approximately five years ago as a voice-over-IP (VoIP) service provider to manage customers' business communications. For the past three years, it has been offering its services to Mar Pizza and other Domino's franchises. The system consists of a hybrid cloud architecture for routing phone calls and phone networks.

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