The Internet of Things is taking over, particularly in the cold chain industry. IoT is defined as a network that involves machine-to-machine communication, which is changing how delivery and fulfillment companies are conducting operations. IoT technology is ideal for regulating and reporting real-time temperature data for the cold chain.
IoT and the Cold Chain
The Internet of Things makes the cold chain process extremely versatile, affordable, and convenient. Precise IoT monitoring can help the cold chain industry in the following way:
Real-Time Alerts for Perishable Items
Before IoT technologies, the cold chain industry had a difficult time tracking and controlling the temperature of their cargo, leaving food vulnerable to temperature fluctuations. Thanks to IoT, temperature data can be monitored and controlled.
Reduce Food Spoilage
Cold chain items are susceptible to temperature fluctuations. Changes by only a few degrees can cause the food to spoil. The best way to preserve the shipment is by having real-time information available at any given time. IoT monitoring systems issue alert texts and emails if shipment temperatures exceed safe limits while in-transit.
Smart Inventory Management
IoT sensors can be implemented across warehouse centers to track goods and decrease human error.
Enhance Regulatory Compliance
Detailed monitoring and record-keeping are required to stay FSMA-complaint. IoT technologies allow shippers to provide proof that perishable food items remained at safe temperatures during transportation.
IoT technologies allow for less paperwork and reduced vehicle maintenance and fuel consumption. Moving towards a cloud based portal will cut down on labor costs and human error.
Contact Cargo Data Today
If you’d like more information on IoT technologies, going paperless, or any aspect of temperature monitoring, we’d be happy to help. Feel free to give us a call at (800) 338-8134.