Many German companies are researching innovative business models and new technologies in special digital labs. At KPS, this lab is called Innovation Campus and is located in Dortmund. Recently, a smart table with many practical functions was created there: the Internet of Beer showcase. It shows how hardware and software are merging in the course of digitization, increasingly being combined to form holistic solutions in the Internet of Things.
The weight sensor built into the table measures the weight of the full beer glass and automatically triggers a new order when the glass is empty. Transferred to the retail sector, the sensor could be installed in shelves, where it could trigger automated reordering as soon as a product on a shelf is nearly out of stock.
The integrated tablet in the table top can also be used to hold the order, place new orders, or make changes. Furthermore, the tablet provides information about ingredients, offers, and additional products, People can also use the e-commerce application to request a home delivery of the beer they have drunk - an ideal combination of offline and online services. Last but not least, the adverts displayed on the table can be personalized to the individual customer using intelligent algorithms. The intelligent beer mat and tablet make “ordering 4.0” a reality in restaurants and bars.