The Expanding Sensor
The sensor is defined by Cambridge Dictionaries Online as “a device that discovers and reacts to changes in such things as movement, heat and light” and this little device has made a significant impact on the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Besides tracking cargo and parcels, sensors also monitor temperature and humidity levels and combined with analytics, supply chain partners receive valuable information in which actionable steps such as a parcel intercept or an adjustment in temperature within a container can be taken. In addition, the sensor can determine if re-icing cold chain shipments is needed or be used to inspect and repackage damaged goods or help in pursuit of stolen products.
While we are all familiar with such providers as DHL, FedEx and Kuehne + Nagel as providing specialized pharmaceutical supply chain services, there are also a growing number of companies that provide specific monitoring and analysis. One such company is CargoSense which is a technology startup company based in Washington DC focused on the transportation monitoring of pharmaceuticals and other perishables. CargoSense provides what it calls “Black Box” insight for individual shipments. Not only is temperature monitored but also humidity, light and over twenty other sensor points.
Source: Pharma Logistics IQ