Autocanteen target catering firms with visual discovery AI self-checkout

Offering a unique new solution, Autocanteen have launched an AI-powered self-checkout for catering, with no need for barcodes or complicated setup processes. Using a complete hardware and software solution, customers can pay for their meals, including plated-up food, without any human interaction, a further benefit during the current social distancing requirements.

Launched in May 2020 during the first lockdown, Autocanteen can demonstrate its value to leading catering firms as employees and students return to offices and universities. Its solution brings significant business benefits including reduced staffing costs, freeing up staff to focus on other tasks, reduced queues, increased revenue and less food waste. Autocanteen first joined Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF) on the recommendation of a business associate. Co-Founder Sergii Khomenko approached the Business Support team for advice on the rules and regulations post-Brexit, having been in contact with several interested firms from the continent. In recognition of the scale-up potential, an introduction to BBF’s Growth Team followed.

"Help with navigating through the very early start-up days of a business is very much appreciated. Engaging with BBF has helped provide a sounding board at this time. The support has proved invaluable with strategy advice and some business contacts. The Growth Programme helps guide you through the early days of setting up and scaling a business."

The business is now working with the Growth Programme, which includes a full intellectual property review, something of value to this pioneering, innovative business. The programme also involves an introduction to accountants Harwood Hutton, for help with setting up the correct financial processes.

Autocanteen’s team have set up a successful trial with a global catering firm. Using the technology, the trial has enabled the client to test the service and achieve quick impressive results, cashing up 8,000 items, or around £20,000, in just six weeks with one self-checkout point. The average transaction time per customer is just 10 seconds, while the accuracy of the self-checkout service is 94% and always improving with its self-learning robot. Business reviews through the Growth Programme helped with strategising and approaching a wider segment of the market. Autocanteen is now in talks with several interested leading catering firms such as Aramark, BaxterStorey and others.

Autocanteen uses computer vision and deep learning algorithms for the identification of products, rather than relying on barcodes. The blazing-fast neural network, which doesn’t have to be educated for days, will grasp and identify hot meals, drinks and snacks in a fraction of a second. All terminals act as one organism sharing learnt product knowledge in the cloud.

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