Restaurants can be among the most busy and hectic working environments. For those managing a restaurant, there are a plethora of things you have to stay on top of. Not only are there the requirements of customers who are requesting drinks, food, menus and bills, there are also the demands of the staff and any maintenance necessary in the restaurant itself such as music, heat and lighting. It is for this reason that many restaurants have begun installing a commercial building automation system. These systems utilise modern technology to streamline some of the time-consuming things when managing a restaurant. It can make your life much easier.
Commercial building automated systems allow you to manage your building’s energy from one place. This could be via a connected network of devices that can be controlled from a tablet. For instance, you would be able to dim the lights, reduce the temperature or change the mood and ambience of a room all from one device. An automated system does not necessarily have to be hands-on though. As all the devices are connected, they have the ability to communicate with one another and exchange information. This means your restaurant could intuitively adjust the temperature when sensors detect that it is too warm, or the building could turn on the lights when it senses that it is becoming dark outside. Your restaurant can become self-sufficient in many areas.
For restaurateurs, this kind of technology can be invaluable. Consider that during busy times when there are many patrons in the restaurant the amount of body heat generated can significantly heighten the temperature of a room. There is no need, if you have a commercial automated system installed, to waste precious time adjusting the temperature yourself. Nor, in fact, do you have to worry about patrons being in discomfort due to the heat. A KNX system, fitted by a KNX specialist, takes this task out of your hands giving you the time to focus on your main responsibility: looking after your customers.
Commercial automated systems are also useful in meeting the specific needs of particular customers in your restaurant. Let’s take customers who may have a visual impairment. Partially blind customers, for instance, require more light than others. However, your restaurant may favour low mood lighting as standard. You certainly would not want to discriminate against one customer, but nor might it be ideal to brighten the entire room for all patrons. However, a building with a Digital Addressable Lighting Interface, otherwise known as DALI lighting, can tackle this conundrum effectively. From as far as 200 metres away, you could manually adjust one single light while keeping the others at their usual brightness.