Beverage Tracker RFID Spout
RFID embedded Beverage Spouts are installed in hotels, cruise ships and other hospitality venues, tracks how much liquor is poured in a drink and then matches the number of pours with the POS (point of sale system) to track what bartenders are actually selling. Liquor shrink problems are created by bartenders either over pouring drinks or giving them away.
The original Beverage Spout was failing in the field creating expensive rush service costs for the manufacturer and unhappy customers.
The original Spout had a variety of problems: Moisture infiltrated electronics causing false positives and malfunction. Incorrect data was being collected producing unreliable system reports. The dated battery and electronics were not only bulky but becoming obsolete and expensive. Inundated with problems the company turned to Control Alt Design to redesign the RF spout.
During the discovery phase, we identified other problems and established requirements for the new design. Sticky liquor residues that built up were disabling functionality of the old Spout and the new Spout had to be dishwasher safe.
Control Alt Design discovered the requirements, created formal specifications, design concepts, refined designs, 3D renderings, models, working prototypes, vendor sourcing, manufacturing data, pilot production planning. Control Alt Design delivered a sleek and elegant spout enclosure with unique mechanical elements and features and together with a state of the art flex circuit, based on a MEMS accelerometer, we created a significant IP portfolio and a happy client.