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By Rich Handley

DeltaTrak Adds New Data Security Feature to BLE Monitoring Solution

DeltaTrak has announced the addition of a new data security feature to its FlashLink BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Wireless Monitoring Solution. "With the new security feature, shippers have the option to require receivers to enter an access code before they can see or download data from the BLE loggers," explained Frederick Wu, DeltaTrak's president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "This gives them that extra layer of data security."

A smartphone app sends information from a mobile device to the BLE Web application, where it can then be viewed remotely by authorized users. The solution is suitable for three types of applications, the company reports: 24-7 facility monitoring, pre-cooling operations and delivery routes. FlashLink BLE loggers provide customers with secure access to data, immediate alert notifications, and reports in PDF and CSV formats.

The FlashLink BLE logger is intended to help suppliers maintain continuous visibility of temperature and humidity during facility monitoring and pre-cooling operations. It is designed for use in cold-storage warehouses, distribution centers, greenhouses, temperature-controlled processing areas, and packing and staging areas. Alert notifications are sent to personnel, allowing them to take corrective actions before products are compromised by changes in temperature conditions.

With the FlashLink BLE Wireless Monitoring Solution, the company indicates, pre-cooling operations can improve efficiency, increase pallet throughput and extend product shelf life. The loggers can monitor produce in cooling tunnels; once specified temperatures are reached, alerts can be sent via email or SMS text notifications. This automates tracking and provides real-time temperature conditions. Employees can then analyze the collected data to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their operations, and to assure that products are adequately cooled, while eliminating the problem of pallets not being cooled for a sufficient length of time.

For delivery routes, receivers can read temperature history data from the FlashLink BLE Logger without opening vehicle doors or locating a logger inside a truck. As soon as a vehicle arrives, the smartphone application accesses data from the logger from a distance of up to 100 feet, making information immediately available.

The device's settings are customizable, including device name, logging interval, and high and low alarm limits. All data is available in the cloud, where temperature and location information can be reviewed remotely for the purpose of tracking shipments in progress, as well as making cold-chain management decisions and reports for audits, HACCP and FSMA documentation.

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