Offices are worth watching during lunch time. There seems to be a havoc all around the office spaces worldwide. Especially in Europe, employees never compromise their precious lunch time for stressfully costly food. They expect their employers to offer free lunches, or at least offer some sort of food vouchers for subsidies. This is becoming a nuisance for the companies, as food costs are rising around the world. Paris-based startup Foodles has come up with a unique solution to solve this problem for both companies and employees. Foodles is using Internet of Things to solve the problem. The idea is simple: Foodles put IoT-based fridges in officers, and set trucks full of awesome food. Employees use their cards to open these fridges and take food. Employees can pay using the scanners and machines attached with Foodles fridges.
The basic job in all this cycle is done by IoT-based fridges. Whenever an employee takes out a food item, the connected fridge uses the RFID chip installed in the jar of the food to track the outgoing item. That item is recorded in the database and its payment is asked from the customer. Customers use scanners to pay immediately.
Foodles is partnering with low-cost caterers in France to produce food daily. The company offers all kinds of food items. It charges it clients on a monthly basis ($3,400 per month). This is pretty cheap when compared with total costs companies have to bear if they offer free or subsidized food at their office canteens.
Most of the items in Foodles fridges costs under 5 euros. Employees can also demand special food items.
Foodles also has a system of tracking stocks of food in order to automate delivery systems. The connected fridges of Foodles notify the central system when they are about to run out of food items.