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Temperature sensor applications in cold chain logistics


Network option: NB-IoT/CAT-M1


Connectivity options: Ellenex software platform/API/MQTT/Integratable to third-party platforms.


Industries: Logistics/cold storage


Challenges:

Cold chain logistics refers to transporting and storing temperature-sensitive products, such as perishable foods, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines, under controlled temperature conditions. There are several challenges in cold chain logistics, which include:

1. Temperature control: Maintaining a constant temperature during transportation and storage is a major challenge, as variations in temperature can cause spoilage, degradation, or loss of potency in the products.

2. Transportation: Long distances, transit times, and unpredictable weather conditions can all impact the temperature of the products and make it difficult to maintain the cold chain.

3. Monitoring: Monitoring the temperature of the products throughout the supply chain and tracking their movements is crucial but can be challenging due to the need for accuracy.

4. Compliance with regulations: Cold chain logistics is regulated by various government agencies and must comply with food safety and quality standards, as well as regulations for the transport of pharmaceuticals and other temperature-sensitive products.

Overall, cold chain logistics requires a high level of coordination and expertise to effectively manage temperature-sensitive products and maintain their quality and safety throughout the supply chain.


Introduction: TTS2-N is a temperature sensor that can be used to address the above challenges.


Frozen food transport is a crucial aspect of the food industry, ensuring that perishable goods are transported at the appropriate temperature to maintain their quality and safety. However, temperature fluctuations during transport can lead to spoilage and potential foodborne illness. This is where NB-IoT sensor technology comes into play.


NB-IoT, or Narrowband Internet of Things, is a low-power, wide-area network technology that enables long-range communication for IoT devices. NB-IoT sensors have become increasingly popular in the frozen food transport industry. This technology is particularly useful for tracking the temperature and location of frozen food transport containers. With an NB-IoT sensor attached to the container, real-time temperature data can be monitored and recorded. This data can then be accessed remotely, allowing for immediate action to be taken if any deviations from the desired temperature range are detected. NB-IoT sensors for temperature and location monitoring also provide additional benefits for the transport company. With real-time data transmission, the company can track the location of the container, allowing for better planning and coordination of the transport route. This can help reduce fuel consumption and improve efficiency.


Furthermore, the use of NB-IoT sensors enables remote monitoring, which means that the transport company can monitor the temperature and location of the container from any location with internet access. This allows for greater flexibility and convenience, as the company can monitor the container even when they are not physically present.


Applications:

1. Real-time temperature monitoring: IoT temperature sensors can provide real-time temperature data, which can be used to monitor the conditions of perishable goods in transit. This data can be accessed remotely via the Internet, allowing companies to keep track of their products and make sure they are being transported at the correct temperature.

2. Early detection of temperature deviations: By using IoT temperature sensors, companies can detect temperature deviations in real-time, which can help them take corrective actions before the goods are damaged. This can help prevent waste and reduce costs associated with spoilage.

3. Compliance with regulatory requirements: Many industries, such as pharmaceuticals and food, have strict regulations regarding the temperature of goods during transport. IoT temperature sensors can help companies comply with these regulations by providing accurate and reliable temperature data.

4. Improved supply chain visibility: By using IoT temperature sensors, companies can improve their supply chain visibility, allowing them to track the temperature of their products from production to delivery. This can help them make more informed decisions about their supply chain operations.

5. Predictive maintenance: IoT temperature sensors can also be used to predict maintenance needs in cold chain logistics. For example, if a temperature sensor detects a trend of increasing temperatures in a specific location, it may indicate a problem with the cooling system. This information can be used to schedule maintenance before the issue becomes more serious.

6. Quality control: IoT temperature sensors can help companies ensure the quality of their products by monitoring the temperature during the entire supply chain process. This can help companies detect any issues that may affect the quality of their products, such as temperature deviations, and take corrective actions before the goods reach the end-consumer.

7. Inventory management: By monitoring the temperature of goods in real time, companies can optimize their inventory management processes. For example, they can plan their deliveries based on the temperature data, ensuring that perishable goods are transported at the correct temperature and are not held in storage for too long.

8. Predictive analytics: By collecting temperature data over time, companies can use predictive analytics to improve their cold chain logistics. For example, they can use the data to predict the most efficient route for transport, optimize the use of their refrigerated vehicles, and make data-driven decisions about their supply chain operations.

9. Enhanced customer experience: By providing real-time temperature data, companies can offer their customers enhanced visibility into the conditions of their products during transit. This can help build trust and confidence in the company's supply chain processes, leading to a better customer experience.

10. Energy efficiency: IoT temperature sensors can also be used to improve energy efficiency in cold chain logistics. For example, by monitoring the temperature of refrigerated vehicles, companies can optimize the use of their cooling systems, reducing energy consumption and reducing costs.


Device Datasheet

Temperature sensor: https://www.ellenex.com/products/tts2-n (TTS2-N)

Temperature sensor with location: https://www.ellenex.com/products/ttg2-n (TTG2-N)


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