Extreme temperature monitoring

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

CalAmp has released a new tag, the iOn Xtreme Temperature Tag.

The smart sensor tag can pair with a thermocouple probe to monitor the environmental temperatures of assets in conditions as low as -270 and up to 400 degrees Celsius, making the device suited for tracking and monitoring shipments of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, biological materials and liquid nitrogen.

When affixed to an asset or container, the tag captures proximity location and ambient temperature readings at a user-defined logging rate. It then transmits that data via proprietary Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signal to CalAmp SC iOn gateway devices—from the time the asset is in the warehouse, through transport by land, sea or air, until it reaches its final destination.

Through built-in device integration with the CalAmp Telematics Cloud (CTC) platform, the captured data is securely communicated to the cloud in real time, making the information available to guide critical business decisions at the edge and enabling end-to-end supply chain visibility over temperature-sensitive goods.

Purpose built for telematics, fleet and supply chain needs, the CTC platform offers pre-integrated devices, device security, global cellular connectivity and device management.

Using CTC, users can also manage the Xtreme Temperature Tag and other CalAmp supply chain gateways, tags and disposable devices and link their data with any existing supply chain management solution thanks to CalAmp’s application programming interface (API) development support.

Overhaul has deployed CalAmp’s Xtreme Temperature Tags as part of their cold chain tracking solutions for pharmaceutical customers, providing end-to-end real-time visibility, security, and integrity of all time and temperature sensitive shipments. Temperature monitoring enables Overhaul to ensure the quality, integrity, safety and compliance of their customers’ pharmaceutical shipments including the safe transport of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Life sciences companies entrust us to facilitate the safe and efficient transport of essential shipments and provide visibility where companies need it most; end-to-end and in real-time,” said Barry Conlon, CEO and founder of Overhaul.

“This includes life-saving pharmaceuticals, mission-critical vaccines and biological materials needed to advance new therapies and medicines. This extreme temperature tag provides our customers with new levels of visibility and greater confidence in the supply chain of highly perishable materials.”

“When companies transport sensitive products and materials, they need real-time insight into shipment locations and ambient temperatures to identify and respond quickly to any deviations. We developed this Xtreme Temperature Tag to provide visibility and actionable intelligence—at the edge—so our partners and customers can act with agility, mitigate risks and protect these vital assets that so many lives depend upon,” said Jeff Clark, senior vice president of product management at CalAmp.

As a single-use device, the iOn Xtreme Temperature Tag offers a long-lasting battery and configurable logging rate. It is also shock and vibration resistant.