Pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, meal deliverers, vegetable processors and even the National Archives. They all use the temperature loggers supplied by TService in Gennep. Although the company is a particularly big name in the pharmaceutical industry, it does not focus on one sector alone and that, according to Jochem van Ooijen, offers an advantages for the fruit and vegetable sector.
“Because of a broad focus on the market, we know what problems are in one sector and how we can apply solutions from other sectors for them,” says Jochem. “We are therefore a suitable partner for our customers and we help them find solutions. It is that broad focus, solution-oriented approach and also an innovative view that ensures that we have something to offer in the fresh produce sector. Not only for monitoring temperatures in the cold stores and reefer containers, but also for completely different problems that we can solve with a little thought added to it.”
TService offers temperature monitors from various manufacturers, so the company is not tied to one supplier and that makes them flexible. One of the latest systems that the company offers on the market is the SenseAnywhere, an IoT (Internet of Things) monitoring system. "This is the next generation in the world of temperature loggers," says Jochem. "Actually you don't even talk about loggers anymore, but about monitoring. A logger is a device that you program in advance and have to read manually, while monitoring offers a fully automatic solution. We installed this system among other things at a Belgian grower who has his fields in Nicaragua, stores the products in Belgium, and monitors them all from his office in Singapore. This illustrates how this system can be used by importers and exporters who have their cold stores overseas and who want to easily monitor it from a distance.”
Monitoring with SenseAnywhere
“SenseAnywhere is easy to install yourself. The devices are compact and comes with screws or a magnet to stick it on the cell wall. The software system itself works hierarchically. This allows you to give employees on site limited access if necessary. The system also offers the possibility to issue reports at fixed times with the data for analysis.”
The SenseAnywhere hardware
TService does not only have SenseAnywhere in its range, but also solutions to, for example, conditioned transport. “We have a number of standalone temperature loggers with built-in GPRS (Unlike GPS, they work via mobile data connection) that are suitable for reefer containers. These are small devices and made for single use. These devices transmit their data via the internet to your phone or computer, so you can see what the temperature is and what the status is of your cargo.”
Temperature logger for conditioned transport
However, at TService they see more possibilities that a temperature logger can offer on the market. For example, Coen Boonen, Product Manager at TService, also sees a role for this equipment in the fields.
“Take the chance of frost damage for a fruit grower as an example. In recent years, temperatures have become more irregular and the differences between day and night are sometimes enormous. We can adjust a temperature logger that you normally use in the cold store so that it can also be used in the field to issue a warning if the temperature drops below zero. Then the grower can intervene. You could even link certain actions to it. We have several solutions for problems that you could address with these devices.”
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