Beer Specialty Bars

Beer has always been, and will always be the largest alcoholic beverage consumed worldwide. From local breweries to craft beer export and import to commercial export and import, each of their individual markets fluctuate but beer itself is always steady.

When you enter a bar that specializes in beer, the view is quite jaw dropping. Bars and bars in one multi-floor venue with rows and rows of beer taps. It’s almost mouth-watering just thinking about it. From maize to wheat to barley, what a difference one type of grain can make. From lemons to apples to oranges, the changes a simple fruit can conjure. The varieties of brewing techniques, the maturing of mixes right down to a good pour in a bar. Time of year, weather, air temperatures. All of these factors and more, each brewery take into consideration when they produce a product.

So, considering how much thought, planning and development goes into brewing the perfect beer, shouldn’t bar owners who specialize in beers from around their neck of the woods and the globe, be entitled to continue doing so without being bogged down with the stress of flow measurement and stock levels? The people are Provargo think so.

Provargo and Their Flow Counting Unit

Provargo,, is a Denmark based bar management system company aimed at providing the most efficient, modern and technologically advanced tools in the beverage dispensing industry. One of those tools is the Flow Counting Unit (FCU).

The FCU lives up to its name in that it counts the flow of beer and post-mix drinks. Every time a tap is handled, the information of how much has been poured is sent wirelessly through a transceiver to Provargo’s cloud based system monitored and handled by the bar’s management team.

The FCU consists of two control units:

FCU Portion – This enables fixed measures of beer and post-mix and does not allow for free-pour.

FCU Free Flow – The manual dispensing of beer and post-mix is permitted in this setting but is also logged.

Bars that specialize in beer no doubt have well-trained and knowledgeable staff. They’ve been brought up to speed on all available beers perhaps, or maybe just the beers available at their station. They have learned from the best on how to pour the perfect pint. Mistakes do happen though.Provargo understand this and they know that when mistakes happen, the business suffers.

All the information gathered in the FCU logs every mistake right down to server. Management then know if someone needs to be retrained, reassigned or if things get really bad, maybe just given notice. Harsh but necessary.

Bar owners have a comprehensive overview of their keg and stock levels all automated thanks to the flow counting beverage dispensing unit, FCU. Less time spent manually monitoring keg levels and counting current stock from left to right one room to another, every other day, means a great deal more time researching breweries, traveling to chosen copper palaces, tasting and making deals.

While on the go visiting these potential partners, the ProCloud App allows the owner or manager to monitor their precious business. Notifications for unusual activity, warnings on levels and more can be set for the road tripper or jet setter. Not a drop will get past you.

How Virtual Reality (VR) Is Revolutionizing The Workplace

For every legitimate technological game changer, there are a dozen flops. Take, for example, the difference in results between the iPhone and the Google Glass. Now you may have already put VR into the latter category, but consider that it would almost have limitless uses, and will most likely make its way into the workplace, sooner rather than later. We will look into some ways that VR will change the workplace.


  1. Providing Safe And Controlled Environments For Testing And Training


Consider how much pilots use simulation systems before physically flying a plane. Soon, the same will become of many workplace skills that are currently learnt risky conditions. One of the main uses of technology is to reduce the potential harm to human beings. We wouldn’t use a human in a car crash test instead of a dummy, for example, so we can see the potential use for VR in such circumstances. Predictable scenarios can be built in a variety of environments to learn new skills.



  1. Workplace Collaboration Will Be Able To Connect Like Never Before


There is currently a growing trend towards a gig economy, with one reason being the rise in the increasingly mobile workforce and ability to work remotely.It has been said that VR will play a huge role in the increased collaboration between employees in the office and those working remotely. Employees in a conference room, booked remotely using room-scheduling software, will be able to connect like never before using VR, with those working remotely. Opportunities to attend virtual conference rooms may soon be the norm.



  1. Prototyping May Become Virtual


With the adoption of VR into the workplace, the design industry will immediately benefit from this. Currently, prototypes are either made by specialist short-run manufacturers, or using 3D printing machines. With the potential for prototypes to be built and tested virtually, there is a huge opportunity to reduce the development costs as well as quality of the output. Small changes made to physical products can be time consuming to apply, as well as expensive.



  1. Reduced Carbon Footprint


The ability to, for example, design prototypes virtually and work from home rather than commuting to work, will inevitably reduce the carbon emissions directly released by such actions. If a company was to reduce the amount of staff they had at a physical location, they would need less office space and everything associated with working in such a location. There would be lower bills and with the employees benefitting from working remotely and being responsible for expenses such as electricity and Internet bills, the company would benefit from lowering costs in this respect.


As we can see, VR has immense potential for changing, not just the workplace, but also possibly the world, for the better. While its development may be for specific reasons such as to improve safety and reduce costs of development, it could definitely have much more far-reaching, almost unintended, benefits.