Remote supervision, management and maintenance of professional coffee machines through IoT technologies

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The Motion Control and Industrial Applications Centre (MCIA UPC) participates in the LEONARDO project, which will enable the development of new remote use functionalities of the online management platform for Leonardo coffee machines, predictive repair control and consumption. This will complete the solution through IoT technology and extend the platform to product sectors and channels related to that of professional coffee machines.


The project has the following goals:

  • Incorporate specific functionalities related to improving the energy efficiency of the use of machinery through the development of prediction algorithms based on artificial intelligence to generate guidelines for optimal use of the machines, without affecting the forecast number of coffees to be dispensed.
  • Continuously capture data related to energy consumption and the use of machines by users, in order to characterize user behaviour patterns and model their effects on the energy consumption of machines.
  • Extend the platform to product segments and channels similar to that of professional coffee machines.
  • Integrate complements to the coffee machine, such as grinders, mainly.
  • Establish “pay-per-use” marketing systems that give small and medium-sized businesses access to the platform.
  • GPS location of equipment by triangulation to provide coverage in places with poor GPS signal coverage. 
  • In a subsequent phase 2, study the possibility of integrating in this same Leonardo platform all the IoT devices that exist in the same establishment in order to have data on traffic, consumption, average ticket and other variables that help to improve the productivity of the establishment; and monetize this market information.

The platform currently allows coffee machine owners (mainly coffee roasting companies and restaurant chains), users, the technical service network and the management organization itself (machinery manufacturer or distributor) to access remotely the network of all installed machines and all the relevant information related to them, based on their profile and interest. 

The platform is managed from a dashboard that integrates other data related to the management of the technical service for the machinery fleet, such as technical interventions carried out and maintenance costs. This enables global control of the installed fleet. 

The project runs from July 2022 and April 2023.

LEONARDO is integrated by members of the consortium formed by the MCIA Centre of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC), Caffè D’Autore, inèdit, Q2B Studio, Speed Telematics, AEI Clúster Gaia and AEI Clúster Foodservice. The project is approved by the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MINCOTUR), within the programme to support Innovative Business Groups (AEI), whose aim is to improve the competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies.


*Project AEI-010500-2022b-11 is jointly funded by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MINCOTUR) through the corresponding AEIs call in 2022 as part of the Next Generation grants and the Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience.

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