getWaiter! the story so far

getWaiter! is a service to provide better service to bar, restaurant and hotel customers while providing valuable performance information back to the venues management. A unique code is present on each of the service points (table, room etc) that the customers will scan and then presented with a series of buttons to call various actions, call the waiter for example. This action is then displayed on a terminal situated where the venues staff can see this and respond.

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My work [Everything else]

While the electronics and software are the bulk of my career they are not everything I can do. Having worked for many types of company, both big and small across many areas I have picked up a few other bits and pieces along the way. Being of the practical type new stuff comes relatively easy and I'm always up for learning something new.

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My work [Software]

I grew up in the seventies computers were big, very expensive and not for the masses, the home computer revolution had not yet begun. The most technologically advanced thing in the home was the TV remote control to select one of the four channels! The closest I had come to a computer was a teletype terminal at school hooked up to some magical box through the telephone handset. It was 1980, things were about to change!

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Wireless monitoring

DSC_3430I have been dabbling in the 'Internet of Things' for a while and have finally decided to monitor some 'things' around home. I looked around at several off the shelf items as well as a few DIY type offerings (i.e. Open Energy Monitor) but found them to be to exclusive, to expensive, to power hungry, to big or just not quite right. As I want to monitor lots of things (not sure what yet, but have lots of ideas) cost is important and so decided to do my own DIY job!

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