AUDIO/VISUAL / 22 June, 2018

Restaurant Transformation through Audio Visual Systems

Restaurants are created to provide an enjoyable atmosphere to guests during each visit. However, even after the restaurant owner has taken care of lighting in the restaurant and invested a large amount of money to provide impeccable decor, the restaurant is often not in a position to engage guests.

Now, with a restaurant audio visual system, restaurants can easily present an entertaining and appealing atmosphere that can delight restaurant guests and attract them to visit the restaurant again and again.

Below, we discuss how an audio visual system can lighten the mood of guests in the restaurant, and why it’s worth investing:

Videos are there to set the scene

Customers visit restaurants to enjoy good food with their friends and relatives, and if the restaurant adds another component of visuals, guests have yet another way to enjoy and experience a better time during their visit to the restaurant.

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Setting up large screen TVs in restaurants where guests sit, whether it is in the bars or strategically placed so that each guest can view, makes the establishment a warm and charming one. Many times, restaurants arrange special screenings of important events, such as the Independence Day parade or popular big games to attract customers to the restaurant. Investing in TVs, tablets and other smart devices not only enhances the restaurants image in the minds of guests, but it also makes them eager to come back when a big event is happening.

Pleasant tunes enhance the dining experience

If your restaurant guests don’t like the loud sounds of the restaurant’s TVs, you can mute the sound and play lovely music for everyone in the restaurant to listen to and enjoy.

Moreover, you can coordinate the day and time to the music you play, and change the tunes according to occasions and celebrations that are planned in the restaurant. Volume of music can be turned down or raised as per the talkative nature of your guests at any given moment.

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Install an easy to manage system

The system installed in the restaurant should be operated from one source. You should be able to choose what, when and where to play the music.

No music should be playing in empty bars and private dining rooms when no one is there to enjoy it. The control panel has the ability to play different playlist in bathrooms and open spaces in addition to what is being played in the main dining hall or bar.

A good audio visual system can change the perception of restaurant guests, who will know they are being looked after by being offered the comforts of the restaurant experience. This encourages them to come back again and again for a wonderful dining experience.

As Little Gecko Technology consultants, we install in-ceiling and external speakers, integrated television wiring, projectors, projection screens and televisions to create the audio and visual experience necessary for a given space.

If you are planning to open a restaurant in Boston and need any guidance in restaurant audio visual aids, we invite you to contact us. We also assist restaurants by supplying and installing Micro POS systems, Internet Failover Solutions, and Wi-Fi routers. We also provide Micro POS training in Boston Call @ 617-749-7139.

ACOUSTICAL REMEDIATION, How / 12 June, 2018

Why and How Can Restaurant Acoustics be Managed?

One hot topic among restaurant-going customers is the level of noise in the restaurant. The main complaint of restaurant customers is high decibel level sound. Restaurateurs present their establishment as a quiet place or a hot spot to attract more clientele. Often the critics rate acoustics as one of the important aspects in their reviews of restaurants.

Often, restaurant customers who complain about the poor service cite noise as one of the main reasons for their complaint. In one “Consumer Reports” surveys of more than 47,000 readers reflecting about 110,000 restaurants experiences at about 100 different chain restaurants, one out of 4 complained of high noise levels at least once during their visit to a restaurant in the recent future.

On the other hand, many customers consider restaurants very quiet places and experience boredom there. Customers complain that they feel uncomfortable while talking with fellow diners, because they fear that persons sitting nearby can hear and understand every word they speak. This also causes them to drive away from the restaurant dissatisfied, just as a noisy restaurant drives people away.

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Research has shown that the ear is most sensitive to speech at a level 48 dBA and 72 dBA. Exposure of more than 2 hours to 100 dBA and 8 hours at 90dBA can lead to permanent damage to hearing.

There are multiple causes of excessive noise levels in restaurants. Among them is modernist decor, featuring hard surfaces which helps the sound to reverberate, presence of sound generators in the vicinity of restaurant, open kitchen, live music and crowded spaces with diners packed beyond the limits in tables very close to each other. Moreover, restaurant owners seek out a noisy environment in their restaurants, believing that it signals that the place is very popular among guests and one way to make more money.

Noise caused by people trying to talk loud enough to be heard by the other fellow diners is understood. In fact, people talking in a restaurant is considered as the loudest source of noise in the restaurant. In restaurants, people tend to talk with each other in loud voices so that others with them can hear and understand what they have said (also known as the Lombard Effect).

As the noise is one of the main concerns of restaurant contractors in Boston and owners have realized that they have a chance of losing potential customers due to noise problems in their restaurants. This is the reason why restaurant owners are calling acousticians when they think of opening a restaurant or renovating their restaurant. It is better if the problem of sound is solved while the restaurant is being constructed rather than taking steps which are not only problematic and costly. Specialists are now pleading for “design with ears in mind.”

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Now the acoustic products manufacturers are keen to meet the demands of restaurants for style and sound control with stylized products that use advanced and new technologies and materials to integrate smoothly with the latest design trends that are required for lots of bare and hard surfaces present in the restaurant. It’s no surprise that acoustics are gradually becoming a major feature in building design in general. Manufacturers have addressed the problem of acoustics by offering more sustainable acoustic materials, produced in more sustainable ways to be used during the construction of restaurants.

Acoustics in restaurant depend on a variety of factors, including the shape, size, height of room, material used and how the things are placed in the room, as different materials absorb and reflect sound in different ways. Acoustics begin with systematic assessments of all the elements and then reach the desired dBA. Acoustic consultants should also take into account the fact that the noise level waxes and wanes throughout the day and even during the dining period.

The strategies of managing acoustics in restaurant are very tricky. If done properly, it will improve speech intelligibility and clarity, and allow patrons to complain less about noise in the restaurant.

Last but not least, the sound system in the restaurant plays an important role in restaurant noise creation. Manufacturers and acoustical consultants are now well-prepared to provide technical and installation guidance.

Little Gecko Technology consultants are one of the leading installers of acoustical systems in restaurants in Boston. If you are planning to open a restaurant in Boston and need any guidance in restaurant acoustical systems, contact us. We design and install audio equipment with the size and shape of the space in mind to ensure the best quality sound output and listening results. We also assist restaurants in installation and supply of Micro POS Systems, Internet Failover Solutions, Wi-fi Routers and Micro POS Training in Boston.

Micros POS System, Resturant Contractor / 30 May, 2018

Technologies that Help Restaurants to Earn More in 2018

If we look back in time and compare it with the present, we see that lots of changes have occurred in our daily lives. This change has occurred due to technology, from our holiday shopping and the way we watch TV, to the way we interact with people around the globe.

The same is the case with restaurant businesses where technology has taken center stage. Now restaurant owners, developers and restaurant technology contractors have set new targets for restaurant businesses. With new cutting-edge technologies, they are leaving no stone left unturned and including these technologies in every sphere of restaurant operations, including online orders, inventory management and improvements in the guest experience.

The following tools are bound to increase not only the restaurant business and earnings, but also improve restaurant image as well:

  1. Mobile Point of Sales System: In the recent past, we’ve witnessed the exponential growth in mobile use, and this had led to the growth in mobile restaurant technology. Restaurants are increasingly using mobile online applications and tools in many restaurant operations, such as receiving orders, making food deliveries and receiving payments.

Mobile POS has integrated many technologies directly, and there is automatic movement of online orders to the kitchen for preparation and then delivery without any manual labor. POS systems have brought many previous manual operations to the digital platform, and these are being completed now without any manual involvement.

As an example, when orders were taken manually, reservation were also taken by phone. Now these processes can be completed online through mobile apps. Guests are informed when their table is free and they can come to restaurant.

Now, the restaurant operations team is free to do other duties and their services can be utilized elsewhere in the restaurant. Moreover, new restaurant Micro POS systems integrate many more functions like inventory control, informing guests about new offers and reward programs and much more. Now, restaurant owners can look after the restaurant sales and other operations on their mobile devices without being physically present in the restaurant. They have full control over restaurant operations even from a distance.

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  1. Inventory Management: Now restaurant owners don’t rely on their memory skills for inventory management. More and more, inventory management jobs are dependent on machines, where software creates a central database without any manual reviewing of sales invoices and data spread sheets. Now, software has become so sophisticated that sales data is automatically tracked and orders for inventory are placed without any human involvement. This has resulted in orders for inventory placed on time; there is no overstocking of perishable items. The loss due to over-ordering and wastage in inventory is reduced, thus increasing restaurant profits.
  2. Use of Beacons: Now, customers hate to download different apps for different restaurants on their smart mobile phones. But restaurant managers cannot ignore the fact that smart phone access has great power to attract customers to restaurants by influencing their dining decisions and behavior. The beacons are the answer to this problem. Now with the aid of beacons, restaurant managers can push those relevant content to customers. These include sales alerts, custom menus and discounts offered directly to customers with smart WI-fi enabled phones without any additional downloads through Bluetooth-enabled devices near the restaurant coverage area. Beacons also have back end use in restaurants, and can accept mobile payments and real time gathering data of occupancy in restaurants instead of manual headcount and many other restaurant operations.
  3. Use of Analytics Software: Restaurant contractors and owners always have one worry as to how they can learn the preferences of customers and provide them a better restaurant experience.

Use of Analytics software

But now, new analytic software is capable of looking into customer preferences and behaviors, something that could never be possible with human intervention. Many hard-to-answer questions can be answered with big data analytics, including the question of why there are fewer visitors on Tuesdays and why some menu items are not popular and failing. Big data analytics also help to drive strategy to deal with it. POS system analytics are capable of understanding many factors by using sophisticated algorithms like the one Google uses in selecting websites on its pages. With these analytics, new marketing campaigns and important decisions can be made, which give restaurants an edge over the competition, gain more footfall and increase profts.

  1. Use of Smart Cooking Equipment: Technology has not only provided the solutions to inventory management and studying consumer behavior, but have also touched back end operations in restaurant kitchens. Smart cooking equipment in the kitchen, like multi functional ovens are capable of doing multi functional cooking, grilling and smoking and temperature controlled cooking. This equipment comes with a remote features program like overnight cooking, slow cooking and much more, thus removing intervention of chefs. Chefs can devote more time to inventing exciting new dishes, thereby helping restaurants to cater to varied customer needs. Refrigerators and air conditioners have also turned smarter and can be controlled by WI-fi, have environment sensors to adjust temperature as per outside temperature and save on the energy bill.

The above technological adoptions in the restaurant business have led to greater savings in restaurant expenses and more profit for the business.

Little Gecko technology consultants are a leading restaurant technology contractor in Boston and  the greater Boston area. If your Boston restaurant business is in need of a consultation of technology implement, we are here to help you. We can provide you with a variety of services in technology implementation in the restaurant business to lighten your workload and help you to earn more in your restaurant business, including installation of POS Systems, WiFi backup internet, routers, video and music acoustic systems. We are here to provide the latest technology in your business operations, so as to enable you to run your restaurant smoothly.

FAILOVER INTERNET, Micros POS System, Resturant Contractor / 4 October, 2017

Smart Houses and the Role of Technology

The concept of houses has changed beyond recognition in the 21st century. Now, a house doesn’t only consist of four walls and a roof; it has become a smart house, where different gadgets help residents of the house complete household jobs with ease.

In 1923, a renowned Swiss architect named Le Corbusier described the house as a “machine for living in.” With the passage of time in middle of 20th century, this thought turned into a reality. People were relieved of the drudgery of household jobs with the availability of electricity and gadgets to help. More and more people started using washing machines, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners in their homes.

With the invention of transistors in the later part of 20th century, electronic gadgets became an important part of the household. The devices controlled themselves in a limited way using the inbuilt sensors and programs.

In the 21st century, smart chips in household gadgets has made them much smarter, as they can now be controlled remotely. The internet—and mobile internet use in homes—has made the shift to smarter houses. Now, more and more houses are using automated gadgets. Household devices that rely on internet control are being launched daily.

Smart houses filled with connected products are loaded with possibilities to make our lives easier, convenient, and more comfortable. Take this example: When you are driving home on a hot summer day, rather than feel uncomfortable at home, and wait for your house to cool down, you can switch on the air conditioner and adjust the your home’s temperature from your smart phone.

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Next, imagine this: You’re cooking dinner and you ask your voice assistant on Amazon Echo to read the main news and interesting stories for you while you focus on chopping vegetables.

There is no shortage of possibilities for smart home devices, and home automation seems to be the flavor of the future. Researchers have estimated that there is going to be tremendous growth in the shipment of smart home appliances. This include all smart appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators etc.), along with smart home safety and security devices and security systems (sensors, monitors, cameras, burglar alarm systems, and smart home energy saving equipment, like thermostats and smart lighting).

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The smart home devices provide many benefits: convenience to the user, as he can perform other tasks and let the devices do their jobs independently. Beyond convenience, devices help in reducing cost and conserving energy. Imagine how LED bulbs reduce energy consumption in relation to old electric bulbs. Moreover, LED bulbs have a longer lifespan and recently, with cost reduction, are more affordable. Smart bulbs can change color as necessary and wireless dimming kits help to provide white light needs. Smart Lock provides security for homes and works with Siri through Apple Homekit.

Little Gecko Technology Consulting handles technology installation and upkeep of all types of installations in your home to keep it running as efficiently as possible. We also provide consultancy for installation and upkeep of machines in large office and business, such as stores and restaurants that require excellent audio and visual equipment for great customer experiences.

We have the ability to innovate, along with years of experience in providing solutions to your needs. We also provide Failover Internet Solution to restaurants, as well as cabling solutions to connect all your computers to share printers, scanners, and internet access with amazing speed and reliability, which is useful in homes and business offices. We also offer restaurant contractors assistance in opening restaurants in Boston, and we provide complete restaurant solutions in the fields of Micros POS system training for food and beverage operations in restaurants. We design and install audio equipment with the size and shape of space in mind for best quality sound output and listening results.

FAILOVER INTERNET / 8 May, 2017

How To Protect Your Restaurant From An Internet Outage Using Failover

In today’s modern and technological era, almost every business’ critical operations rely on an internet connection. Even a very short disruption in internet connection can mean lost revenue, customer dissatisfaction, and reduced productivity.

Cash payments are rare these days; people are relying on more modern options. People are more tech-savvy today, so transactions are almost always made via credit or debit cards and other online payment methods. From credit card transactions to customer service apps, you depend on your internet network connection to handle all your restaurant’s business operations in an intelligent, efficient manner. Along with these various jobs, network security must be a priority for your restaurant. Failover internet can trouble any business on a major level. The need to run your restaurant without the worry of threats and sensitive customer data being compromised is critical.

LittleGecko internet failover solutions will keep your network running and your customers and staff happy when your internet is down. We will help you install devices that automatically and seamlessly switch over to a wireless 4G LTE broadband internet connection. Any systems connected to the device can continue to operate at broadband speeds. Customers and employees often don’t even realize that the primary internet connection has been lost.

Our wireless network experts will provide an all-in-one internet fail-over solution that is easy to deploy and manage. This invaluable solution can facilitate both wireless and wired WAN through a single platform, keeping the many tools and services that require connectivity up and running. These include:

Our internet solution decreases IT tech man-hours, hardware and network downtime. It also empowers a one-man network admin team to maximize limited sources.