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In the past, shippers of perishable products would arrange with carriers to deliver their shipment from Point A to Point B and hope for the best. There was little or no visibility into the temperature conditions in the back of the truck or where en route the truck actually was.

Fortunately, the FlashLink® BLE Data Logger changes all that. The “BLE” stands for Bluetooth Low Energy and has turned the product into a real-time temperature, humidity and location solution.

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Extreme shipment conditions and temperatures require “extreme” monitoring products. Dry ice is commonly used for shipments such as industrial commodities and biological substances in order to provide a very cold shipping container environment.

In order to effectively monitor such shipments to guarantee that the low temperature has been maintained, shippers need loggers that can withstand these extreme conditions.

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The Industrial Team focuses on the temperature measurement and monitoring of high-value industrial and aerospace materials and facilities.

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In the journeys from "Field to Fork," in-transit temperature loggers provide evidence that the commodity is fresh and that proper temperature has been maintained. The independent temperature logger ensures that the item being offered for sale will have the best possible quality and longest shelf life.

But what happens if the loader forgets to start the logger? Indeed, according to DeltaTrak hard data, approximately 8% of in-transit loggers are never actually started!

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A couple of years ago, I took my kids to a fruit orchard in the Bay Area. The orchard had some blackberry bushes, so we picked a lot of berries that hot June day and then went on to also pick some apricots.

We placed the cardboard box with the berries on the back seat of the car and drove home--about an hour away. From that hour in the car which included the time it took the car to cool down, the berries had left bright purple-colored stains on the box. Clearly, the berries had suffered from the heat and would all have to be eaten quickly or be thrown away.

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It’s impossible to read an article today whether it is related to food safety and transportation, or even the drug supply chain, without seeing a mention of Block Chain somewhere on the page, or within the article. It is almost like a new era for the Internet and any other data “carrier” service, but we are assured by the “experts” that it will power the Internet of Things (IOT), and potentially will open doors to many other logistics services applications.

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Peter Norton is a senior logistics and supply chain manager and consultant to the life science industry, with extensive experience in both the domestic US and global markets.

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