Dark Kitchens

Automation solutions for centralized meal prep and crowdsourced delivery.
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Why Automate?

Food delivery is exploding and ghost kitchens (or cloud kitchens) offer a level of flexibility and affordability that has never before been seen in the restaurant industry. For ghost kitchens, efficiency is everything. Maximizing space means improving the flow of materials to and from each kitchen. Finished orders need to be kept warm or cold and handed off to the right driver without any delay.

Introducing automation to a ghost kitchen's operation has many benefits. An AerNode integrated into an exterior wall of a ghost kitchen will allow drivers to pick up orders without leaving their vehicle. Multiple pickup terminals eliminate bottlenecks during peak hours and limited human involvement eliminates errors and delays during handoff. The AerNode is capable of ingesting packages directly from a conveyor belt. RFID tags, barcodes, and QR codes are all acceptable ways of identifying packages and we provide APIs and other tools to make integration fast.

Ghost kitchens can seamlessly integrate with any delivery provider on our platform. Delivery providers can deeply integrate with our API and use predictive AI to further reduce pickup times. For delivery providers not on our platform, a pickup PIN can be sent to drivers to pick up their orders. The AerNode is unparalleled in its capability and is a necessary tool for every ghost kitchen.

How It Works

Define your needs.

What are your package capacity requirements? How important Is package retrieval time? Would you like to integrate drones are rovers in the future?

Find a location.

The AerNode can be installed indoors or outdoors. The AerNode must be placed on a solid level surface. Make sure you can run power and data to the AerNode.

Configure your AerNode.

Once you know what you need and where you will place the AerNode, design yours online using our Configurator. See how different options affect the price, capacity, and performance in real-time.

Preorder your AerNode.

Pre-order your AerNode by placing a small refundable deposit. You do not have to configure your AerNode before preordering and we can help you with the configuration process.

Get Ready!

When we approach your spot in line, we'll send you relevant documents and the ability to select an installation date. You or an authorized employee must be present during installation.

Features & Benefits


Everything listed here and more is included in a single monthly subscription. No pricing tiers. No hidden fees. No upcharges. And the best part is, you can pause your subscription anytime!


Create one or more temperature-controlled zones within the AerNode to keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Receive a notification when an order has been left inside the AerNode for too long.


A seamless curbside pickup solution today will become a hub for autonomous vehicles in the not too distant future. AerNodes will always be compatible with new modules allowing you to expand functionality over time.


Our extensive collection of APIs allows you and delivery platforms to deeply integrate with the AerNode. For example, we can use driver location data to queue up orders and minimize order retrieval times.


Our team is constantly adding new software functionality to the AerNode. In fact, we often put extra hardware in the AerNode that we don't plan to use until later. We stay ahead of the curve so you will too.


We'll take care of regular maintenance and occasional hardware upgrades. Redundant sensors allow us to see when problems occur and predictive AI can warn us of problems even earlier to minimize downtime.


The AerNode is robust, secure, and well-engineered. Every AerNode comes with liability insurance to cover unforeseen damage caused by the AerNode. The AerNode itself is never your responsibility.


Want to change the kiosk theme for an upcoming promotion? Our online portal gives you powerful customization options that can be deployed instantly to all your AerNodes. No need for an expert.

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