Rational has expanded its range of services to introduce ConnectedCooking, a state-of-the-art cloud-based networking solution for professional kitchens.
Designed for Rational group customers, networking is available for both Rational and Frima units and opens up numerous possibilities for making everyday kitchen work safer, simpler, and more convenient.
Chain operations can also manage all connected units centrally and control production processes effectively in what represents another step towards kitchen digitalisation.
To use ConnectedCooking, customers need to connect one or more Rational units or Frima VarioCooking Centers to a network, and then register for free under ConnectedCooking.com. The networked units can then be conveniently displayed and managed through ConnectedCooking’s Device Management screen.
Simon Lohse, managing director, Rational UK, said: “Network integration through ConnectedCooking allows chefs to view all of their production processes at any time, in central facilities and all branch stores, even if they are not personally present.
“They can quickly check up on processes remotely while doing their weekly purchase orders, monitor overnight cooking from home, or even call up error notifications while on the go. Users can retrieve all of this information quickly and easily using any computer with internet connection, smartphone or tablet – anytime, anywhere. This service helps us give our customers more flexibility at last, which represents real added value in the catering industry.”
Networking simplifies the process of distributing new cooking programs, receiving push notifications in real time, or transmitting preferred unit settings to all connected units as ConnectedCooking allows automatic software updates. The solution also makes administrative work less complicated as all HACCP data can be captured, documented and exported automatically.
The system can also automatically contact service partners and request the correct replacement parts directly for quick on-site troubleshooting. In addition, separate user profiles with individual permissions settings mean all employees can have easy system access, simplifying work with the SelfCookingCenter and VarioCooking Center even more.
“With ConnectedCooking, we are offering our customers the world’s most cutting-edge networking solution for professional kitchens. Now our customers will always have everything at their fingertips, even when they aren’t on location,” continued Lohse. “Chain restaurants and companies with satellite kitchens, in particular, now have an easy, centralised solution for ensuring quality assurance and monitoring unit functions.”
All Rational SelfCookingCenter units come equipped with Ethernet interfaces as a standard feature, for the Frima units the interface is optional. Units manufactured before 03/2017 can easily be retrofitted to use ConnectedCooking. ConnectedCooking is free to use on up to three units. Data is transmitted using state-of-the-art encryption technology, in order to prevent misuse.