BT9 Expands Cold Chain Monitoring Technology
Published: October 28th, 2013
BT9, a Migdal Tefen, Israel-based company, has advanced its automated data system for cold chain tracking and has opened its first North American office.
Enhancements to the Xsense automated system for cold supply chain expand data collection and analysis capabilities beyond fresh produce to include more value-added food products, as well as pharmaceuticals, the company said in a press release.
Xsense HiTags sensor Version 2.0: Disposable RF sensor tags can be installed in cartons, pallets, storage areas, fields, facilities, delivery docks, and trucks, and are able to monitor a wider range of temperatures from -35°C to +50°C and relative humidity from 30% to 95%. Data is transmitted automatically and in real-time to a Communication Unit. If there isn’t a Communication Unit in the vicinity, data is logged until it encounters one.
A Communication Unit now available in three formats: Fixed formats are for permanent installation in warehouses, portable formats are used when transporting goods or storing in a temporary facility, and vehicle-mounted formats can be used for permanent installation in trucks. The Communication Units transmit data obtained from the HiTags along with their GPS location to BT9’s cloud-based servers. This, in turn, enables actionable, real-time responses to mitigate any identified risks and provides post mortem analytics on risk management.
A new online application: Customers can now view and control real-time, web-based information and cumulative reports for benchmarking and risk mitigation from any PC, laptop or mobile smartphone with Internet access, 24/7.
New analytics, management information, and logistic scoring reports: BT9 provides both real-time alerts and historical information reports for automated shipment departure, location and arrival; segmented pallet history, location and at-risk pallets; as well as detailed information on warehouses, distribution centers and small refrigeration facilities.
Tailor-made product offerings and reports: BT9 can customize automatic Excel reports, integrate data exchanges with customer ERP systems, provide data mining based reports for government and large corporations, as well as offer expert consultancy services.
BT9 is also offering, along with strategic partners, sophisticated container designs and modified atmosphere packaging to further maximize efficiencies in the supply chain.
“It’s a very exciting time for our company,” said Israel Ben-Tzur, BT9’s chief executive officer. “Interest in the Xsense system has grown rapidly since we first introduced BT9 one year ago. As we continue to expand our innovative technologies and complimentary services, we are able to increase the number of global areas and industry sectors we can support. The future is limitless.”