BT9 expands, enhances its Xsense cold chain monitoring technology

BT9 has announced a number of advances to its Xsense automated data collection and analytics system for the cold supply chain. As a result of these enhancements, BT9 has expanded its data collection and analysis capabilities beyond fresh produce to include more food products such as meat and poultry, fish and seafood, dairy, ice cream, chocolate, snacks, and pharmaceuticals.
The company’s most recent advances include:
•Xsense HiTags sensor, Version 2.0—Disposable RF sensor tags that can be installed in cartons, pallets, storage areas, fields, facilities, delivery docks and trucks, are now able to monitor a wider range of temperatures from –35° 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.
•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 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, and offer expert consultancy services.
BT9 is also offering, along with its strategic partners, a number of complementary systems. These include sophisticated container designs and modified atmosphere packaging to further maximize efficiencies in the supply chain.
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