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By Rich Handley

DeltaTrak Unveils BLE Wireless Monitoring Solution

Last week, DeltaTrak showcased its FlashLink Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Wireless Monitoring Solution at Germany's Berlin ExpoCenter City. "With the current 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," said Frederick Wu, DeltaTrak's president and CEOs, 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.

This solution is suitable for three types of applications, the company reports, which include 24-7 facility monitoring, pre-cooling operations and delivery routes. With the FlashLink BLE loggers, customers have secure access to data, immediate alert notifications, and reports in PDF and CSV formats.

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

With the FlashLink BLE Wireless Monitoring Solution, the company reports, pre-cooling operations can improve efficiency, increase pallet throughput and extend product shelf life. The loggers monitor produce in cooling tunnels and, when required temperatures are reached, alerts are sent via email or SMS notifications. Instead of pre-cooling based on time and relying on personnel to take pulp temperature readings, this automates tracking and provides real-time temperature conditions throughout the process. Data can be analyzed by personnel to identify strengths and weaknesses of their operations, and to assure that products are adequately cooled, while eliminating the problem of pallets not being cooled sufficiently.

For delivery routes, receivers can read temperature history data from the FlashLink BLE Logger without opening vehicle doors or locating the 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 away, which means information is available immediately.

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

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