Picture this: a world where pharmaceutical and food products seamlessly traverse the complex web of the supply chain, arriving at their final destinations with their efficiency and freshness intact.
This world is becoming a reality, thanks to the rapid adoption of environmental monitoring systems.
These systems go beyond mere thermometers, offering a multifaceted solution that empowers businesses to optimize their operations and safeguard the integrity of their products.
Presenting you one of the most remarkable solutions for maintaining the cold chain & reducing product wastage: STEM.
Smart Tracking & Environment Monitoring is an environmental parameters logger. It records the live GPS location, ambient temperature, humidity, pressure, goods mishandling, tampering of the package, and several other parameters. It assures the correct handling of goods throughout the supply chain.
Did you know our STEM comes in multiple variants: STEM as a gateway, as an asset tracker with two battery options, rechargeable & non-rechargeable?
In this article, we will dive into the world of asset tracking & environment monitoring in pharma and food logistics. We will discover the remarkable advantages it brings, and how environmental monitoring systems are transforming business operations.
IoT-Enabled Environment Monitoring Solutions
The Internet of Things (IoT) has played a significant role in transforming the way temperature monitoring is carried out in the pharma and food logistics industries.
By leveraging IoT technology, businesses can now implement smart temperature and environment monitoring (STEM) devices that can record and transmit valuable data in real-time.
These STEM devices are equipped with various sensors that can measure ambient temperature, humidity, air pressure, and other environmental parameters. They also include features like GPS tracking, tampering detection, and physical shock monitoring to ensure that products are handled correctly throughout the supply chain.
The use of STEM devices in logistics helps organizations prevent damaged products from reaching customers, thereby reducing the cost of handling returns and maintaining the brand’s reputation.
Essential Features of Environmental Monitoring Solutions for the Cold Chain
When selecting an asset tracker for your pharma or food logistics operations, there are several factors to consider. Here are the top five non-negotiable features to look for in an environmental monitoring system:
1. The precision of Temperature Readings
The accuracy of the temperature sensor in the STEM device is critical. High-quality temperature sensors, such as NIST-certified sensors, guarantee precise readings. Temperature requirements differ among various pharmaceuticals and vaccines, so it’s essential to choose a device with an appropriate temperature range (e.g., -30°C to +80°C).
2. Additional Sensor Capabilities
Modern temperature monitoring systems should be able to measure more than just temperature. Additional sensors can provide valuable insights into factors like humidity, location, air pressure, tampering, and physical shock. These added features make the device adaptable to various applications.
3. Device Operating Life
Asset tracking devices can be single-use or reusable. Single-use devices are often more affordable but have limited applications. Reusable devices, on the other hand, can be recharged and used multiple times, making them more cost-effective in the long run. That is why STEM comes in two variants: rechargeable & non-rechargeable.
4. Reliability and Data Security
A reliable temperature monitoring system should have onboard memory and battery backup to ensure that data is logged even when connectivity is lost. Secure cloud storage, notification systems, and remote reporting capabilities are also important for practical usability.
5. Supported Cloud Connectivity Options
The choice of cloud connectivity for your environmental monitoring system will depend on the device’s intended use. Options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular (2G/3G/4G/5G), LoRa, NB-IoT, CAT-M, LPWAN, LTE-M, and satellite. Keep in mind that each option may require specific modules and can affect overall device costs and service expenses.
Applications of Environmental Monitoring System Beyond Pharma and Food Logistics
Environmental monitoring systems have numerous applications beyond pharmaceutical and food logistics. Some examples include:
Tracking Pets, Children, and Elderly Individuals
STEM devices can be used to track the location of loved ones for safety purposes. Features like geo-fencing and fall detection can provide real-time alerts in case of emergencies.
Monitoring Immobile Assets
Industries such as real estate, highways, ports, oil and gas, and healthcare often require real-time tracking of critical assets like heavy machinery and equipment. STEM-based solutions can significantly improve asset utilization and provide faster access through real-time visibility.
Vehicle Telematics and Movable Object Tracking
Vehicles, robots, and drones all have mobile applications that require environmental parameter monitoring. STEM devices can capture data such as location, environmental conditions, video feeds, and telematics information (battery/fuel levels, acceleration/velocity) and transmit it to cloud platforms via various remote connectivity options.
How Napino Digital Solutions helps monitor the entire supply chain?
The adoption of temperature monitoring system in the pharma and food logistics industries is revolutionizing the way businesses operate. By leveraging IoT technology and sophisticated STEM devices, organizations can improve operational efficiency, maintain product quality, and ensure the safety of their supply chains. As the demand for temperature monitoring continues to grow, businesses need to invest in reliable and versatile solutions that can adapt to evolving market requirements.
Ready to take control of your supply chain? Try our Smart Tracking Environment Solution and experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your goods are safe and secure every step of the way.