Case Study: That Bar-B-Q Place
Everything but the kitchen sink: control restaurant systems by phone
Your average restaurant houses a large assortment of mechanical and electrical systems. Most modern restaurants have systems for lighting, HVAC, security, fire alarm, outside signage, and audio/video. Commercial kitchens add refrigeration, fire suppression, and specialized ventilation systems.
Now consider that each of these systems has its own readouts, dials, switches, alerts, screens, and other controls. If you need to keep track of all this, you’re going to be busy.
Edmonton, Alberta-restaurant owner Dave Brosseau has given this problem a lot of thought. With wife Trina, Brosseau owns “That Bar-B-Q Place,” a barbecue restaurant specializing in the slow-smoked barbecue style found in the Southern United States.
Brosseau, however, also runs CASE Technologies, Ltd., a Canadian automation integrator based in Edmonton. As an industrial engineer, he knew the systems his restaurant contained—in some cases having installed them himself—and he had an idea how to bring together the controls and indicators for these systems in one place.