BarM8

Videoprototype, WS1213

BarM8 is a support system for bar staff especially barkeepers. Preferably installed in larger locations and once initialized it offers a detailed recipe database and tracks every ingredient in stock needed to produce offered beverages.
As a resource management system it provides a complete overview by the use of a well-arranged touch interface and early warnings of substances running short via wristband vibration alarm. This main feature allows an uninterrupted workflow preventing shortages in critical “order rush” situations.
For visual information about functionality check out our neat video prototype:

BarM8 – Resource Management System from Hamster3001 on Vimeo.

At the beginning of a evening’s shift the barstaff enters (if needed) every prepared ingredient and available material in the BarM8 system. From now on the ongoing usage of materials like glassware, spirits, prepared fruit or soft-drinks is tracked in cooperation with the cash desk and various sensors tracking weight and filling levels.
Pre-calculation of probable usage on the basis of the evening’s trend, seasonal preferences and previously collected data enables the notification for a timely refill of certain substances thus prohibiting bottlenecks. The first alarm signal is discreetly conveyed by an inconsiderable wristband via vibration for a smallest possible workflow interruption. In addition to that the barkeeper can now request detailed information about the warning through the BarM8 screen. Finally communication channels between the staff can be minimized by customizing the alarm to different areas of responsibility.

Equipped with all these features the BarM8 system sees to maximize production speed that results in satisfied customers and even simplifies the location owner’s monitoring abilities of his stock.
In the future it is thinkable to link our system to existing digital ordering systems. Here waitresses and waiters would instantly receive information on their order-boys about currently not producible drinks or even meals.
Furthermore a digital drinks menu provided by a smartphone application could only display producible drinks or emphazise those products that are low trending.

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