PLATFORMS

OpSense upgrades enterprise IoT platform to help retailers and foodservice operators manage freshness and reduce food waste

OpSense | November 18, 2021

OpSense upgrades enterprise IoT platform to help retailers and foodservice operators manage freshness and reduce food waste
OpSense, an IoT operational and environmental SaaS monitoring platform, today announced a platform upgrade that makes it possible for operators to manage freshness and reduce food waste. The enterprise dashboard helps operators instantly see if their perishable inventory is okay or not okay. On a single screen users see if there are critical events occurring that may need attention or even action. The dashboard also presents the online status of the critical infrastructure elements so that users know if sensors and gateways are connecting properly. The addition helps operators keep perishable products at the target temperatures reducing lost inventory and food waste.

As supply chain issues continue to threaten food availability, it is even more important for foodservice providers to keep their perishable inventory fresh longer. The FDA's New Era of Smarter Food Safety encourages the use of technology to "create a safer, more digital, and traceable food system."

OpSense provides operators with the digital tools to do this. Additional benefits include:
  • Data ownership that proves freshness for regulatory compliance
  • Savings on equipment maintenance and repair
  • Simple user interface designed for busy people

"Freshness is a differentiator for all of our customers. Some are even including 'Fresh' in their advertising, so we knew it was important to highlight our tools that measure and manage freshness."

Stu Gavurin, CEO, OpSense

A Piggly Wiggly Owner remarked, "With OpSense, it's almost impossible to miss a problem. It's so easy to use and I'm one hundred percent satisfied with the program."

About OpSense
OpSense is an enterprise environmental monitoring platform purpose built for supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, hospitality and food producers to manage perishable inventory, refrigeration equipment, food safety, and facilities. Real-time continuous monitoring is combined with customizable alerts, task management, checklists, and reports for a quick ROI. The OpSense platform monitors temperature, humidity, open doors, HVAC conditions, energy usage and more, maximizing productivity across operations, facilities, equipment, and the workforce for a 360-degree view of all locations. OpSense is built by Mission Data, leading digital product developers for retail and food businesses since 1996. 

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SECURITY

Cloudastructure Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire IPG

Cloudastructure | January 21, 2022

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

Marston Holdings acquires Vortex IoT Limited to enhance air quality and decarbonisation offering

Marston Holdings | January 19, 2022

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SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

Anacle's Tesseract Selected by the EMA to Develop and Testbed NB-IoT-enabled Advanced Electricity Meters

Anacle Systems Limited, Energy Market Authority | April 23, 2021

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ENTERPRISE IOT

CoreKinect and Comcast’s MachineQ Launch Outdoor Asset Tracking Solution

CoreKinect | December 16, 2021

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If we take a look into the future, one thing is certain: cities become much smarter day after day. They are using information and communications technologies to enhance daily city life. There is an overwhelming trend toward introducing new smart services and opening up city data to improve quality of life for citizens – not to mention the many new business opportunities associated with this change. Safran Identity & Security is at the heart of this new era.

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