Cognitive Services for Restaurants

Complete software package for restaurants and hotels (Simpra Suite).
AI add-ons that recognize meals and send a list of these to the cashier’s machine.

Simpra Suite

Simpra Suite is a complete software package for hotels and restaurants. It can process payment, orders, reservations, manage inventory, loyalty programs, etc. byteLAKE and Protel are working together on upgrading Simpra Suite with Artificial Intelligence capabilities about which both companies will announce more details during the fall season of 2022. To learn more about the product, visit this website Restaurant, Hotel and Payment Solutions | Simpra (

Cognitive Services for Restaurants

Add-on software that recognizes meals and sends a list of these to the cashier’s machine. Bundled up with Simpra Suite. Available as a complete solution for restaurants, including camera(s), tablet(s)/point of sale (POS) equipment, payment terminal(s)/cashier’s register(s), inventory management software, etc. Contact us for more details at: and visit this website during the fall season of 2022.

Here’s how it works:

Intelligent Restaurant

  1. Clients place food on trays and as they move toward the counter, they place the tray under the camera located near the cashier’s desk. Clients can see their tray on a local screen as the items are about to be recognized by the AI.
  2. Cashier taps on a “Get Price” button which triggers byteLAKE’s Cognitive Services (AI).
  3. POS (point of sale) server grabs a frame from the camera and sends it over to AI.
  4. AI then recognizes the items on the tray.
  5. POS server sends over the recognition results from AI, again, to the local screen so that the client can see the results as well.
  6. In parallel, the POS server sends the list of recognized items to the POS panel so that the cashier does not have to enter them manually.
  7. POS panel can then present the order summary and redirect for payment.

Co-financed by

Budget & Consortium:

The goal of the project is to enable efficient visual analytics in restaurants (i.e. detect food types, recognize empty seats, etc.) and eventually automate the billing process and various operations. The project is part of the Euripides² project: EDISOHCS – Europe’s Dining Industry, Smarter Operations and Higher Customer Satisfaction project.

byteLAKE’s “AI for Restaurant” project has been co-financed by the National Centre of Research and Development (NCBR) in Poland as part of the EUREKA 2019 competition. Amount of project co-financing by the NCBR: PLN 498 511.30 (EUR 109 437.85; May 15th, 2020). Documents related to the fund’s approval (in Polish) are available on website.

The project is being executed in a consortium between byteLAKE and Protel Bilgisayar A.Ş. (Turkey). Learn more about the project:

byteLAKE has later on transformed the initial “AI for Restaurants” project into a product called Cognitive Services for Restaurants (announcement) and both companies are now offering it as add-on software to Protel’s complete software package for hotels and restaurants called Simpra Suite. The solution was presented for the first time in Istanbul in 2022 (link).