23 August Monitoring of Environmental Conditions in Pharmaceutical Storage August 23, 2019 By Gina Wurms logistics, pharmaceutical |Bluetooth Low Energy|, |server based|, |Angle of Arrival|, |temperature| 0 A real-time tracking and condition monitoring system makes it easy to maintain appropriate temperature conditions when storing pharmaceutical products. At a glance location and temperature monitoring of containers notification when permissible temperature values are exceeded Problem Definition Elevated temperatures or sub-zero temperatures can affect the chemical stability of pharmaceuticals and even alter their physical properties. For this reason, it is extremely important to keep medicinal products within a certain temperature range at all times. Pharmaceutical companies must be able to verify the temperature-controlled storage of their products. However, due to the complexity of storage logistics, maintaining and verifying the cold chain can be a daunting task. Solution A real-time tracking system including temperature monitoring enables continuous maintenance of a temperature-controlled environment in all phases of the storage of pharmaceutical products. It ensures that products requiring a cool environment are stored at a constant temperature of 2 to 8°C. The real-time data can be viewed at any time. If limit values are about to be exceeded, a notification is sent, e.g. in the form of an email. Technical Implementation Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons with integrated temperature sensors, which can be used to determine not only the location but also the ambient temperature, are attached to the containers to be monitored. Using infsoft Tracking, attributes such as product type, delivery date, etc. can be assigned to the beacons and can be searched for. infsoft Locator Nodes AoA are installed in the building. For moderate positioning accuracy requirements, the number of required hardware can be kept low. The infsoft Locator Nodes AoA detect incoming signals of the beacons and transmit the data to the infsoft LocAware platform®. Here, the containers’ positions are calculated and made available via individually customizable dashboards. Employees can access the data using an app or browser application and view the location, current temperature, and temperature history. Using the infsoft Automation Engine, the temperature values are linked to conditions, so that alerts can be triggered automatically if limit values are exceeded or fallen below. Via infsoft Analytics , historical data can be called up and evaluated at any time, providing verification of compliance with the cold chain. Use Case PDF for Download Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Condition Monitoring in Archive Rooms This use case by infsoft describes how a condition monitoring system ensures the long-term preservation of sensitive documents in archive rooms. Read More Condition Monitoring During Cheese Ripening A condition monitoring system ensures optimal environmental conditions for cheese ripening. Read More Monitoring of Stable Climate in Animal Husbandry This use case by infsoft describes how a condition monitoring solution ensures maintenance of an optimal climate in animal barns. Read More Asset Tracking and Temperature Monitoring in the Laboratory In a laboratory, indoor localization and tracking can be used to monitor laboratory samples. Read More Patient Monitoring and Tracking in Hospitals With the help of an Indoor Positioning System (IPS) a complete monitoring of the vital signs of a patient without data loss and additional set-up times can be guaranteed. This increases safety and ensures better patient and staff satisfaction. Read More Livestock Monitoring and Management System This use case describes the implementation of an animal tracking system in order to give farmers the ability to trace the animals’ activity levels, health, and feeding status. Read More Comments are closed.