Advanced Technology Development Center’s Industry Connect program successfully pairs major companies with startups

Starting in October 2017, a handful of Hilton kitchens and restaurants will serve as test sites using an intelligent network of sensors designed to help improve the monitoring of different systems such as refrigeration temperatures and learning about potential equipment failures before they occur.

VeriSolutions, a startup in the Advanced Technology Development Center’s ATDC Signature portfolio, offers a cloud-based data management platform for temperature, humidity, and task monitoring in the food service industry.

Through the test, Virginia-based Hilton, whose 14 brands include Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Waldorf Astoria, will see how the technology boosts staff efficiency by minimizing the need for manual checks of temperatures and other factors such as spoilage. If the results bear out, the two-year-old VeriSolutions could end up in the hotelier’s technology pipeline.

“They have a very interesting product solution we believe will add value in our kitchens and restaurants,” said Kerel Fryar, Hilton’s Director of Creative Product Innovation. “An easy plug and play solution to measure temperature and humidity for property refrigeration/freezer systems is a compelling test for our team to explore.”

The two companies met through ATDC’s Industry Connect program. The Industry Connect initiative pairs corporations that have technology and innovation needs with startups in ATDC’s portfolio that can solve those challenges. An economic development initiative of Georgia Institute of Technology, ATDC is Georgia’s technology startup incubator and works with entrepreneurs across the state.

“These introductions have been invaluable to us as a young company,” said Michael Crocker, VeriSolutions’ founder and CEO. In addition to the Hilton project, Dover Corp.’s refrigeration and food equipment unit also is evaluating VeriSolutions’ platform. “The ATDC Industry Connect program has been an incredible resource in facilitating high quality introductions to potential partners and customers.

ATDC’s Industry Connect is a catalyst for startups and large corporations.

“While many large enterprises devote resources to in-house product development, they also realize that to truly be at the forefront of innovation…

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