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Active RFID Sensors Used by Panalpina to Monitor Worldwide Cold Chain Network

A third of Panalpina’s air cargo that is moved is temperature sensitive thus each cargo is equipped with active RFID sensors between the times of pickup and delivery. The demand for such RFID technology is increasing at a fast pace, especially, but not limited to the healthcare industry. As a result Panalpina is integrating its cool chain network with SmartView technology while SmartView is also being integrated into the company’s IT platforms for seamless launching.

The shipments being moved by Panalpina are healthcare shipments for the most part but Panalpina is also responsible for moving pharmaceuticals, chemical pre-products, dangerous and hazardous substances, printing machines and high tech wafers.

SmartView is a active RFID based temperature control system from Ambient Systems, an award-winning solution for cool chain optimization. Panalpina uses SmartView in its own controlled freight network. Through the use of the RFID product, temperatures can be recorded in the air and continuously monitored in the transit warehouse and while on the road when being transferred from the warehouse to the planes take off location.

The temperature is recorded by the SmartView system every 15 minutes through use of the RFID sensors, which are attached onto the shipment. Once the plan reached the delivery location, the information is automatically transferred to the central database. The Panalpina routers are typically located in the airport transit warehouses.

Panalpina is also currently working on a system, which will make temperature monitoring of individual shipments directly accessible to its customers.

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