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18 Jul
Posted by Monica

Take5 Temp Launches “hot” new food monitoring app into the cloud

The Take5 Temp app is a collaborative project that was scoped, managed and designed by Clever Starfish and developed by The Frontier Group.

We are very excited to finally announce the launch of this app. This project was completed early in the year, but always planned to follow the launch of their first app, Take5 Feedback.

The solution comprises of both a web app and a phone app  – much like Xero and other extremely successful business apps that have hit the market in the past 5 years. So what is it? – I hear you ask! It is an app that allows you to monitor the temperature of food and store the results in the cloud. From there, you can review the results over time and generate reports.

What problem were they trying to solve with this app, you may ask…
Businesses have to rely on staff to routinely record temperatures to ensure that food storage temperatures are within the safe means at all times at the point when food is delivered to their cafe, restaurant or venue. The classic way of doing this is with a clipboard or notepad. These get very grubby in the kitchen and are not very easy to review – should you have a problem that may have occurred from incorrect storage of a food. This method is also very easy for staff to cover their tracks. Risky business in food.

So how did we come up with the solution?
We all put our heads together to solve the problem;

  • Jeremy Wolf, Director of Take5 Temp is a trained chef, so he was aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the current systems.
  • Jane Farrow, our Managing Director, has more than 10 years of experience designing websites and web-apps so is aware of the best way to structure content and create use pathways.
  • Colin Paterson, Strategic Marketing Director of Ready for Liftoff, has decades of experience launching new products to the market and bringing together the best team to solve the issues at hand.
  • Adam Fitzgerald, CEO of The Frontier Group, has extensive experience in web apps and has been in the market of iPhone apps and Android Apps since their inception.

We spent an appropriate amount of time producing a scoping document and then ensuring the use-case was strong. We worked on a name and brand that would hold true (great work RFLO and Milkable) and a structure that will present the simplest pathways and structure for users. Once we all agreed that was sorted, we then moved into design then development.

So now its LIVE! Who needs it?
If you know someone who runs a cafe, restaurant or venue – they need this app. So tell them about it! Take5 Temp enables the use of existing phones or a work-supplied device (computer, tablet, phone, iPod!) to measure the food temperature on delivery in a flash. No fancy new equipment required! Alerts are raised for temperatures that are above or below the recommended food storage temperature and staff are notified when temperatures need to be monitored again.

Take5 Temp information is stored securely in the cloud, so it eliminates the need for paper recordings. Temperature data is tracked in real time and can be accessed anywhere with online access, so you don’t even need to be in the venue. This gives business owners the freedom to be on top of things, no matter where they are.

Below are screen captures of the website, where you can preview the app and watch the fabulous video, produced by Milkable.

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For more previews of the app design, check out our Take5 Temp project page. Cake pending! Stay tuned …