The digital revolution has transformed nearly every aspect of how we live and work. As part of the digital revolution, the Internet of Things has become an increasingly growing topic of conversation, particularly in the cold chain industry. IoT is 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 tracked and controlled.
Ensure Temperature Stability
Concrete, real-time temperature monitoring instruments regularly report temperature data to The Cloud while the shipment is in-transit. Temperature data is uploaded to The Cloud, along with location and door status. This information gives companies relevant information to optimize their processes.
Reduce Food Spoilage
Cold chain items are extremely sensitive to temperature variations. Changes by only a few degrees can cause the food to spoil. The best way to protect the shipment is having detailed 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.
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.
Enhance Regulatory Compliance
To stay in compliance with the FSMA, detailed monitoring and record-keeping is required. IoT technologies allow shippers to provide proof that perishable food items were transported at safe temperatures.
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.