Home / catering / Elior introduces robots to deliver food to students’ rooms

Elior introduces robots to deliver food to students’ rooms

The contract caterer has introduced new autonomous delivery robotics to deliver food to students’ rooms at the University of Roehampton, London.

Elior provides student catering at the University of Roehampton’s campus restaurants and noticed that many preferred the ease and convenience of ordering takeaways directly to their halls of residence.

Elior devised a way to utilise innovative technology to deliver meals to students across campus. In partnership with GW Projects, Elior has introduced the Roehampton robot. The delivery robot is fully autonomous, meaning it can deliver to students without human interference and travel across all terrains and even roads. The built-in AI technology allows it to learn the best routes across campus and store that information for the next delivery, guaranteeing a quick delivery time.

Students can order food through Elior’s BREAZ app to be delivered to their dorm rooms, the catering teams can then put the order into the robot, and it will drive itself to the predetermined location. Students are notified of the robot’s arrival and then input a one-time code into the robot to release their order.

Craig Stewart, Divisional Manager Director at Elior said: “We are excited to be introducing new technologies to our partnership with the University of Roehampton with autonomous robotics for deliveries. The new robot can deliver both food and retail items to students and academic staff across the large campus, with great levels of success. We look forward to further developing this use of new technology across the campus and continuing to support students and staff with healthy, fulfilling meals.”

Mike Hall, Director of Campus Operations and CIO from the University of Roehampton said: “When the Elior team brought robots to the table, we were all for the new ideas and creativity. Since its integration, the students have been extremely receptive to the new technology and have been enjoying the delivery service along with the ease of access to campus food options. Elior delivers an innovative service provision on a daily basis.”

Navigating FM efforts to sustainability 

As environmental protection demands unified action, transparency, and heightened awareness, Biological Preparations has launched an initiative to catalyse sustainability efforts within the FM sector.

FM businesses face unique challenges and heightened expectations of eco-initiatives from their clients. Yet, behind the scenes in FM businesses, many environmental initiatives, rollouts and even planning, are not broadcasted and transparent.

Have your say: Sustainability Trends in FM 

The UK biotech company’s five-minute, anonymous FM-focused survey, offers FM professionals of all hierarchies with a platform to voice their perspectives and share their experiences. The results from this survey will then be analysed and presented as an industry-specific report, which aims to guide FM businesses helping them benchmark trends, gain clarity on industry challenges, and map out goals and metrics towards sustainability.

To share your experiences, please click here.

About Sarah OBeirne

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *