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BT9: “Intelligent cold chain monitoring”

Cold chain control company launches no less than four new dataloggers

It is vital to be able to keep an eye on one’s perishables along the cold chain. BT9 has introduced four new dataloggers to its Xsense® range to expand monitoring capabilities: a real-time GPRS datalogger, a BLE logger, a USB logger, and a HiTag2™ datalogger with door sensor.

Reusable GPRS tracker with temperature and relative humidity sensors
The Xsense RT-2G datalogger is an easy-to-use compact real-time monitoring device that records temperature, relative humidity, and location. The device is rechargeable and reusable. It is suitable for monitoring of one-way shipments, return shipments, last-mile, or even fixed locations. It comes with a pre-installed and pre-activated SIM card.

Use is simple. One defines a shipment in Xsense Cloud, assigns the logger to the shipment, turns on the datalogger, places the logger on the products to be monitored, and sits back to receive the information. In Xsense Cloud, readings are added to a route map, metrics are derived, alerts and notifications are automatically sent.

The logger has an operating life of up to 90 days and can store more than 4,300 hours of readings (at X minute reading interval), which is useful when the device is outside of cell coverage range.

Xsense BLE/USB logger with temperature sensor
The Xsense BT-USB-03 datalogger supports both Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and USB for connectivity. This datalogger affords the convenience of retrieving readings from the logger with one’s smartphone via the Xsense mobile app. The smartphone app uploads information to Xsense Cloud, where upon the information may be accessed via browser, smartphone, or API. With the readings in Xsense Cloud, derived metrics, alerts and notifications are generated and shared, automatically. Location information is noted whenever data is uploaded.

One nice difference between the BT-USB-03 and most USB dataloggers is that the datalogger continues to operator if readings are retrieved via BLE. So, this logger can be run for a long period while offloading readings along the life of the logger. This feature means the logger is suitable as a low-cost option for use in last-mile or location monitoring, in addition to monitoring of one-way shipments.

Alternatively, one may retrieve readings via USB to one’s computer. The readings are exported in a report in Acrobat® PDF format. The process and benefits of using the USB export option are identical to that for the Xsense USB datalogger described below.

Xsense USB logger with temperature sensor
With their new Xsense USB-01 datalogger, BT9 took a common USB datalogger, and added their own special twist. Like most other USB dataloggers, readings are off-loaded by plugging into the USB port of a computer at the destination, and the export may be in CSV or Adobe PDF format. What BT9 added is Xsense integration and automation. The PDF file may be uploaded to Xsense Cloud via the Xsense platform, where the contents will be stored for viewing and sharing later on mobile app or computer; alerts and metrics may be generated, and notifications will be sent to all parties associated with the shipment, automatically. To ensure compliance with data handling standards, the PDF files stored in that Cloud.

And, to make the process even more convenient, the PDF files may be sent to their Xsense email server, where the files will be processed. Rather than having to send PDF files to a unique set of email addresses with each shipment, all PDF files can be sent to a single email address, whereupon all other tasks are undertaken automatically.

BT9 believes that these features will increase the rate with which shippers using USB dataloggers will get to see the readings.

HiTag2 datalogger with door ajar sensor
The HiTag2 series of wireless RF dataloggers are now available with a door sensor: the HiTag2 Door. The sensor is constructed of two parts, a magnet, which is placed on the door, and a magnet-sensitive switch, which is placed on the door frame. The datalogger can report the door ajar status in real-time, or at the end of a journey. It is suitable for monitoring of the status of doors at facilities, and on vehicles.

HiTag2 dataloggers work with Xsense wireless gateways (CUs), which automatically read data from the dataloggers and send it to Xsense Cloud. HiTag2 models are also available with ambient temperature sensors, probe temperature sensors, and relative humidity sensors. Because they are wireless, and battery powered, they are quick and easy to install, having a range of up to 100 meters.

With these dataloggers, BT9 is offering clients more choices and an even more comprehensive overview of their goods during each step of the products’ journey, for “Intelligent Cold Chain Monitoring”.

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Rob Williams

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