With its new mobile temperature data logger, Cobalt ML3, Oceasoft, Montpellier, France, has leveraged cutting-edge Internet of Things communication networks to support shipping and logistics cycles for temperature-sensitive products. The new data logger features communications access via LoRaWan, the long-range communication protocol of the LoRa Alliance.
Tracking the temperature of sensitive and perishable products during transport is a real industry challenge. The growing requirement for traceability has led to increasing expenses related to monitoring the cold chain: by 2022, it is expected that $6.23 billion will be spent annually for cold chain monitoring.1
Oceasoft, a member of the LoRa Alliance, developed the Cobalt ML3 solution to meet challenges in the transport industry. The Cobalt ML3 connected data logger takes care of temperature traceability during product logistics phases, leveraging specialized long-range wireless technology. The solution automatically collects temperature data recorded by Cobalt ML3 modules and transfers the information to a secure Cloud platform via a network of receivers using the LoRaWan protocol.
Now, with the new solution from Oceasoft, no human intervention is needed to ensure continuous temperature monitoring across the entire logistics chain. Cobalt ML3 can also use the public network to upload geolocation information about a container or vehicle.
The Cobalt ML3 solution has been chosen by Dispam Groupe 2M, a French expert in refrigerated truck transport, with a deployment in progress for its entire vehicle fleet to ensure end-to-end temperature tracking for its customers.
Setup of Cobalt ML3 is reportedly fast and intuitive, with configuration and data access simplified by the CobaltView companion Web application PC, tablet, and smartphone. Temperature readings are stored in the Cobalt ML3 module’s internal memory as well as on the secure Oceasoft Cloud platform, OceaCloud.
A Cloud application development interface (API) is also available, enabling data to be integrated with third-party information systems. In case of anomalies, such as out-of-bounds temperatures, alerts can be sent 24/7 by e-mail, SMS/text message, or voice message via the OceAlert platform.
Cobalt ML3 is designed to keep up-front investment and maintenance costs down, using low-energy-consumption technologies enabling battery life up to one year. Battery operation further helps make installation fast and easy. An external waterproof, protective casing can be used for logistics and transport applications requiring additional robustness.
Cobalt ML3 respects regulatory standards, notably EN 12830 and 21 CFR Part 11. For more information, visit Oceasoft.
Basta N, Lipowicz M. 2016 Biopharma Cold Chain Sourcebook. Brooklyn, NY: Healthcare Commerce Media, Corp, 2016.