In the first issue of DC Comic’s 1987 series, The Flash, the superfast superhero, is given the task of speeding across a weather-ravaged country to deliver a replacement heart to a woman in need. Unfortunately for those of us who do not live in the DC Universe, we lack this super-speedster option when it comes to delivering organs or other vital healthcare materials.
Fortunately, though, there are companies that deal in the so-called cold chain logistics space, and these companies are heavily involved in the transportation of healthcare goods.
But of course, when shipping such vital materials, a lot could go wrong. There could be a delay, or a misrouted item, or the temperature in the cargo containers could rise to dangerous level due to malfunctioning equipment. That is why Envirotainer, a specialist in secure cold chain logistics solutions, decided to team up with OnAsset Intelligence, a specialist in machine-to-machine airborne asset tracking solutions, to create a tracking solution for Environtainer’s active containers.
Environtainer was looking to add tracking capabilities to its RKN e1 and RAP e2 active containers, which are designed to offer precise temperature control for the shipping of healthcare materials. The company turned to OnAsset, choosing its SENTRY FlightSafe communications platform in order to ensure real-time data collection and GPS tracking of the containers.
“Our partnership with OnAsset is an important step forward in our ongoing commitment to deliver advanced products and services to the healthcare industry and active management of the global cold chain,” Gustaf Ljunggren, CEO at Envirotainer, said in a statement. “The emphasis on quality transportation of healthcare products is a key focus for both companies, and we believe the integration of FlightSafe® technology and real-time data services will improve the customer experience of our active cold chain network across the globe.”
The SENTRY FlightSafe solution will leverage sensors to detect temperature, humidity, pressure location and vibration, as well as the location of the containers. The sensors are also designed to shut off transmission according to FAA guidelines.
The companies will test the platform through 2014 and it will be deployed in the entire Envirotainer fleet by 2015.
Edited by Braden Becker