Every time you prepare your goods for transport, uncertainties can occur. After all, you never know exactly where and in which state your products are. To prevent these uncertainties you want to be informed on their location and condition. Manually keeping track of their condition (e.g. a webcam with every shipment) is practically impossible.

Thanks to the internet of things everything is connected to everything. Not only people are online, but also products, shipments, vehicles and devices are made intelligent. An extra dimension that makes your packaging interactive is sensoring. In this way you stay in control on everything that happens to your products.

In this second article of three we will zoom in on the monitoring of condition of shipments. In the final article we will emphasize RFID: an automatic way of identification that offers interesting opportunities to logistical service providers for creating added value. Did you miss the first article? This was about real-time tracking of the location of shipments.

PackStatus®: monitor shipments real-time and worldwide

The basic function of packaging is the protection of its contents. However, circumstances can occur where the content gets damaged. Think about temperature fluctuations, bad roads or unexpected opening/checking of the packaging by the customs department.

By continuously measuring and reporting these kinds of damaging factors you are immediately informed when something is wrong or about to go wrong. This enables you to take preventive or corrective action.

sensoring

Stagnated or damaged transport costs money

Suppose that a system is down and you send a spare part to fix it. During transport you see in the PackStatus dashboard that due to unexpected circumstances the spare part might not be usable on arrival. Now you can send a new one already, before the first spare part has arrived.

By acting proactively during transport in this way you reduce the down time of the sytem. Moreover you can also take measures to prevent the same mistake from happening again. The PackStatus web portal lets you analyze all sensor data so you can see exactly where it went wrong.

PackStatus® monitors 9 parameters

PackStatus can monitor:

Sensor temperature Sensor movement Sensor vibration
Temperature Movement Vibration
Sensor shock Sensor air pressure Sensor light
Shocks Air pressure Light
sensor humidity sensor open close sensor_temperature
Humidity Open/closed Sound

RFID?

Can PackStatus go one step further?
What if you can add tags to your packaging that enable you to “look” into the box without opening it?
What if you could see from the other side of the world if the product is still in the packaging and complete?

In the final article we will emphasize RFID: an automatic way of identification that offers interesting opportunities to logistical service providers for creating added value

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