Zerica launches latest IoT-enabled water cooler innovation


Italian beverage technology specialist Zerica has introduced the Kemonia, a free-standing water dispenser for ambient, chilled, and sparkling water which is operated via an interactive 5” touchscreen.

Designed to be ergonomic, compact (34W x 56D x 131H cm) and fast dispensing, it is suitable for the Horeca market.

The Kemonia uses Auxilia, Zerica’s exclusive IoT-enabled remote monitoring and management software. Users can view a range of data from technical metrics such as voltage, pressure and temperature to usage volumes via the internet portal which is accessed from any PC or smartphone.

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The dashboard overview is designed for portfolio management at a glance and displays graphs and key data. There are alerts for regular maintenance (e.g. filter or CO2 canister substitution) plus warnings for technical issues (e.g. fan malfunctioning).

Unusually, machine operating parameters can be modified remotely, enabling technical support without a visit. The machine can be switched on and off remotely, while target temperature, energy saving periods, and various other parameters can be modified online including free-flow/portion control options which can be managed.

All this real-time data should make route planning for routine interventions straightforward to optimise. Apart from routine maintenance, engineers should only need to visit site when they can’t resolve the problem remotely – but they would arrive already aware of the problem and with the right tools and parts for a first-time-fix.

Additional functionality includes personalised video uploads, and mobile app and NFC enabled payments.

Kemonia is due to be officially launched at Host Milan in October where a sister product with the same ‘brains’ inside has just won a Host Smart Label 2019 Award for ‘significant contribution to developments in the sector’. The unit will also be taking pride of place at Aquatech Amsterdam in November.

Tags : beverage systemsequipmentwater coolersZerica
Clare Nicholls

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