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19-Jul-2011
Keeping It Fresh
 
 

Asset-tracking technology not only provides peace of mind, it helps save time and money by providing a remote glimpse into a company’s assets, even if they are on the move. Applying these solutions to business-critical situations, such as delivering fruit and veggies, is a growing trend in the marketplace because it can boost ROI and, ultimately, the bottomline.

One business-critical example is the delivery and storage of perishable food, which requires specific conditions during and after transport in order to maintain freshness and safety. Billions of dollars worth of these items are transported each day, with retailers such as supermarkets and restaurants depending on their “assets” to arrive fresh.

Companies such as Pedigree Technologies, www.pedigreetechnologies.com, offer specialized asset-tracking and monitoring solutions for food services. The company’s OneView solution will send email or text alerts if conditions change dramatically or reach a critical level, such as a power outage causing a refrigerator to drop below a preset temperature.

The idea is to empower companies to address issues before they reach the point of no return, which could end in massive amounts of spoilage, waste, and lost revenue opportunity. While perishable food is in transit, even a slight delay in the distribution chain can be disastrous. Realtime wireless monitoring using M2M (machine-to-machine) technology can help.

Cold-chain monitoring is a type of asset tracking for items that need to be kept at a certain cold temperature. StePac, www.stepac.com, a packing and transit solutions company, offers a specialized solution for transporting fresh produce called Xsense.

Xsense relies on Telenor Connexion, www.telenorconnexion.com, to supply connectivity for the solution, which provides business-critical data about shipments, such as temperature and humidity, as well as standard GPS tracking.

The solution provides transparency into the process of transporting perishables. Receivers can see whether products have remained at the proper temperature before accepting shipments, and senders can keep track of their temperature-sensitive goods 24/7.

Xsense disposable sensor tags are placed within pallets to monitor each one individually. The solution also pushes email or text alerts as soon as something begins to go awry. This way, corrective action can be taken and food waste and lost inventory can be minimized.

This type of technology not only benefits the provider and the retailer, it benefits the consumer, too. With sensors keeping an eye on our produce as it crosses the country, we can be sure we’re buying the best-quality ingredients possible.
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