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IoT Keeps an Eye on Cold Beer in South Africa
Anheuser-Busch InBev's South African Brewery is piloting an IoT system that captures data about the temperatures and locations of beer coolers around the country, and can thus confirm that they are in use, are being used properly and are in good working order.
Jun 21, 2019—
When drinks and brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)'s South African Brewery (SAB) sends its 120,000 coolers out to restaurants, bars and pubs that sell its products, they often have little visibility into where and how the coolers are used.
To solve its lack of cooler visibility, the firm is piloting a solution from South African technology startup CIRT, using Digital Twin wireless sensors built into Staycold coolers, as well as IoT network connectivity from Thingstream.
The coolers are high in value, the company reports, and managing them is challenging. They are used in every kind of structure and location, from restaurants in the center of Johannesburg to corrugated shacks in rural areas. To monitor each one and provide maintenance, SAB typically sends employees around the country a few times a year. Sometimes, though, the coolers simply aren't where they were reported to be.
The company began working this year with CIRT, a Johannesburg-based joint venture launched last year by Digibiz and strategic consulting firm Black Lite Group to create the solution, known as the Fridgeloc Connected Cooler. It developed a system by which the sensors capture temperature data and forward it over a cellular-based IoT connection via Thingstream's IoT connectivity.
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