Smart porcelain @ work: Accurate taring and cash-free payment
The smart tableware allows autonomous weighing and cash-free payment. Unlike conventional tared porcelain, Kahla RFID does not have a weight range. The weight is stored and scanned on each article with great accuracy to the nearest gram. This benefits for example the cafeteria operator who sells several thousand meals a day, because he avoids financial losses due to tare ranges. If a plate “knows” what it weighs and which food it holds, cafeteria guests can weigh and pay for their meals without the need for a cashier. Cups, plates and bowls with transponders can communicate with vending machines that dispense coffee, soup and other food. The drink control menu will not need to be touched if the cup has already communicated that it is a cappuccino cup.
Engaging the customer and helping save the planet with smart, reusable coffee cups
Since “coffee to go” went through the roof, cities all over the world are drowning in discarded paper cups. Attempts to lure customers to use more eco-friendly, reusable cups have not had too much success until now. If reusable cups are not considered attractive enough by customers, the problem may be a step closer to a solution, as tapping a smartphone on the bottom of a Magic Grip cup can provide coffee aficionados with worthwhile customer experiences. Bakeries and coffee house chains could link dynamic content to their NFC-enabled cups – for instance, a video about the coffee cultivation area. This would add an emotional connection to the taste experience: while customers are enjoying their coffee, they can see images of the coffee plantation on their smartphones.
In general, the NFC-enabled cup could establish an additional, enhanced communication channel between the coffee house or bakery chain and its customer by delivering exclusive digital content, in the real world, at the tap of a phone. The smart cup can also store cash balances, loyalty points, preferences and information about allergies. On top of that, the coffee connoisseur can check the chain’s app to see the special offers of the day before he enters the shop and refills his cup. At the counter, he can collect loyalty points via the transponder. Each Kahla RFID solution is custom-made to suit the specific needs of the client and is implemented in close collaboration with the client and with experts in RFID, programming and design.
Smart products, endless possibilities
“Making products smart by enabling them with RFID and NFC technology offers endless possibilities for the sake of businesses, consumers and the environment – that is what Kahla’s example confirms, and we are so proud to be part of it.”, said Thorsten Braas, Director Sales DACH at Smartrac.
For further information on Kahla and its products and solutions, please visit the Kahla homepage or Kahla’s RFID site (German only) and get in touch via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.