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The implications of cloud-based IoT on temperature monitoring in the life science supply chain

The life science industry is always looking for ways to improve reliability and efficiency across the supply chain. New technologies for tracking and temperature logging hold great potential, but which to choose?  

While the life science industry is celebrated for innovation in drug development, it is understandably conservative in its approach to early adoption of new technologies in areas such as logistics and distribution, where reliability and predictability of operations is critical. 

Items such as temperature loggers continue to use hardware formats such as USB – universal, tried-and-tested and with relatively low failure rates. However, that reliability ceases to be a factor when users fail to upload the data to the system, causing gaps in the timeline which can lead to uncertainty of the shipping condition of the goods and ultimately questions on the impact on patient safety, but also lack of data for insights that could improve supply chain efficiency. As an alternative, wireless technologies have come a very long way in a short time and their advantages in terms of efficiency, cost, and error-reduction now make them a compelling choice in many use cases. 


While there are situations where a conventional logger is absolutely fit for purpose, it’s definitely the case that a wireless, automated solution has particular benefits; automated, reliable excursion reporting can contribute to reducing the costly waste of spoilt shipments, as well as eliminating delays in reporting while awaiting user intervention upon arrival. 

So, of the most commonly used wireless protocols available, which is best?

Read this whitepaper which was published where Kjell Runngren, Product Manager at TSS discusses and explains the wireless protocols options available and their pros and cons. 

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