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Embratel Launches IoT Solution for Health Management

The system enables pharmacy managers to access online drug information and make decisions.
By Edson Perin

With the first system controlling environmental conditions, temperature and humidity sensors are distributed at strategic points at pharmacies. These sensors, using a local mesh network, transmit information to a communication gateway within the pharmacy, which uploads data to the Internet via the Claro NB-IoT network. That data is then stored in an application database, which is available for online access by the pharmacy owner. Using this app, a pharmacy can view the history of measurements and alarms, the extraction of reports and the monitoring of device operation, as well as other information.

The vaccine cabinet solution includes a communication module that enables the uploading of data to the Internet via the NB-IoT network. Similar to the environmental conditions control system, information is sent to an application that allows the pharmacy owner to access online measurements, reports and alerts.

"In the case of vaccine cabinets," Couto says, "the system will allow the continuous monitoring of temperature and humidity levels, and will signal malfunctions, open doors and power outages. With this approach, customers can eliminate costly installation steps for network or Wi-Fi infrastructure, and reduce the time required to monitor the equipment, improving the quality of the activity and minimizing the risk of the required disposal of high-value products like vaccines."

The technology is currently in the testing phase for certification by Anatel and InMetro. "Once certified," Couto explains, "pharmacies will be able to dispense manual temperature and humidity records, making their relationship with the regulator more predictable and less burdensome."

According to Couto, the process of developing IoT solutions happens in several stages with partner companies until an ideal solution is arrived at for a client. She says it is only with this format that a user can work on what she identifies as the four layers of the Internet of Things—devices, connection, integration and applications—and fully meet customers' demands.

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