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  • Importing and Exporting: A Container Conundrum

    Whether you believe it to be detrimental or beneficial, globalization continues to alter literal and figurative landscapes the world over; and many inherent characteristics of this sweeping transformation are readily apparent in everyday commerce. Though these activities have dramatically increased in frequency over the past thirty years, businesses often remark that the regulatory guidelines and support systems overseeing and accompanying such movements, respectively speaking, haven’t evolved as fast as necessary.

    Two actions that occur interminably in ports across the U.S. are the importation and exportation of goods via shipping containers. Regardless of whether they are transported by water, land, or air, there are governmental requirements to follow, risks to mitigate, and assets to protect. Major ports leave little room for error. The Port Newark Container Terminal handles over 600,000 containers annually with plans to double that number by 2030. Goods can be lost during transfer or seized by U.S. Customs if lapses in cargo oversight or regulatory compliance occur.

    Depending on which industry or industries a company operates within, the goods it imports and exports are subject to various and sometimes quite specific forms and levels of federal classification, regulation, and duties. The more accurate and responsive a firm is with information regarding a shipment, the faster exportation or importation can transpire; and similar to most other business processes, time equals money.

    Export.gov is a helpful and thorough resource that guides firms through the often-intricate affair of exportation. The U.S. State Department, which implements and manages export controls, lists the following as the crux of its efforts:

    The U.S. government controls exports of sensitive equipment, software and technology as a means to promote our national security interests and foreign policy objectives. Through our export control system, the U.S. government can effectively:

         • Provide for national security by limiting access to the most sensitive U.S. technology and weapons

         • Promote regional stability

         • Take into account human rights considerations

         • Prevent proliferation of weapons and technologies, including of weapons of mass destruction, to problem end-users and        supporters of international terrorism

         • Comply with international commitments, i.e. nonproliferation regimes and UN Security Council sanctions and UNSC        resolution 1540

    Regarding the inbound flow of containers and their contents, post 9/11 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission shifted away from its former charge of trade protection and tariff collection to a more pressing primary objective: detecting, deterring, and preventing terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States. The full guide, written in 2003 and revised in 2006, is available to importers here and addresses topics like free trade, origin marking, product classification, and small-business importation.

    As you might have already deduced, April’s posts are dedicated to importing and exporting supply chain materials or goods. Moving beyond this broad overview, each of the next three weeks will take a closer look at specific industry regulations; large U.S. freight forwarders and the particular challenges of shipping by land, air, or sea; and implementing a comprehensive asset protection solution that tracks and monitors containers traveling long, sometimes unfavorable distances. It should be a productive and intriguing month, so if you haven’t already, bookmark us.

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    Written by:

    Chris Monaco, Covert Content Creator

    As a man of many achievements, Chris Monaco is Temperature@lert’s newest Covert Content Creator. Hailing from Beverly, MA, Chris is armed with a trifecta of degrees, from a BFA (Maine at Farmington), to an MFA (Lesley University), all the way up to his most recent achievement; the coveted MBA from Suffolk University. Outside of his academic travels, Chris has added many international stamps to his passport, including: Seoul, Korea and Prague, Czech Republic, wherein Chris taught English as a Second Language to dozens of international students. His hobbies include writing, skiing, traveling, reading, and the world of politics. His personal claims to fame include two cross-country car trips through the U.S. and a summer’s worth of courageously guiding whitewater rafting trips. Chris’ ideal temperature is 112°F, the optimal temperature for a crisp shave.

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  • Advice Corner: Temperature@lert Sensors and High-Voltage Wiring

    Temperature@lert recently encountered a situation with one of their best customers, a well-known and respected entertainment company. This particular company is the largest provider of family entertainment in the world with more than 3000 employees, and hosts a variety of productions for more than 30 million people annually. The specific circumstances and resulting solution can benefit other customers in similar predicaments.

     Temperature@lert Cellular Device

    The Setup:

    The customer has several Temperature@lert Cellular Edition devices deployed around the world for their operations, and each device hosts approximately 3-4 wired temperature sensors. These sensors range from 6’ to 150’ in length.  Many of the longer sensors were mounted alongside a conduit that housed electrical wiring for a motor. The sensors were attached to the side of the conduit housing with zipties.

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    The Problem:

    The customer uses the PRO Sensor Cloud Plan, which allows constant temperature readings for every five minutes. They noticed that the Temperature@lert sensors (alongside the conduit) were only recording readings 3-5 times per day. This error was not related to the Temperature@lert Cellular Edition.

    The Cause and Solution

    After trying several creative strategies to rectify the situation, Temperature@lert Technical Support was able to identify the cause of the reading disruption. The conduit housing contained several wires that transmitted high voltage electricity to the stated motor, some as high as 220 volts. Ultimately, the electromagnetic field (EMF) of these wires was causing interference and thereby preventing the temperature sensors from transmitting readings to the Cellular Edition. With this in mind, Temperature@lert advised the customer to situate the sensors away from the high voltage conduit. Once this was completed, the customer reported that the sensors were effectively transmitting readings every five minutes as originally intended, and thus indicating that the problem had been resolved.

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    Temperature@lert would like to open this discovery to all customers and potential prospects as a statement of best installation practices. Whenever possible, ensure that Temperature@lert sensors are not placed alongside (or near) high voltage electrical wiring as stated in the above example. For more information on installation best practices and troubleshooting your device, please contact Temperature@lert technical support for assistance.

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  • HACCP Inspections: Active Managerial Control

    The FDA’s stance on Active Managerial Control

    More now than ever, the active communities of review and ranking sites have provided a clearer window into restaurants and food establishments, and needless to say, this transparency and honest feedback is invaluable to owners and consumers alike. With that said, restaurant owners and operators are also tightening their in-house food safety practices to prevent spoilage and bacterial infestation. In the larger picture, these practices reflect well on the operational capability of the establishment, and also serve to prevent the stigmata of food inspection violations. 

    The FDA has long published documentation on prevention and adherence to the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) preventative approach for food service. Still, many restaurant owners and operators are unaware or unfamiliar with these practices and suggestions, and to this day, health inspectors are suspending licenses and punishing these businesses for failing to comply. While reviews and consumer feedback are invaluable to the welfare of a restaurant or food establishments, these inspections are not to be overlooked or ignored. The following explication of active managerial control serves to inform you about the basics of HACCP, and what you should expect from a visit with the health inspector.

    Temperature@lert HACCP Food Safety Monitoring

    One of the primary objectives of a health inspector is to observe the level of active managerial control, or as the FDA defines “the purposeful incorporation of specific actions or procedures by industry management into the operation of their business to attain control over foodborne illness risk factors.” In short, such actions and procedures are a preventative and proactive approach to food safety, as opposed to reactive post-disaster tactics. Following this approach is critical for any food establishment or restaurant to ensure best practices in the kitchen. The above statement specifically cites foodborne illness risk factors, of which are outlined below.

    • - Food from Unsafe Sources (farms, meatpacking plants, etc)
    • - Inadequate Cooking (to subpar temperatures)
    • - Improper Holding Temperatures
    • - Contaminated Equipment (bacteria, mold, dust, etc.)
    • - Poor Personal Hygiene (for line cooks, chefs, and prep personnel)

    The health inspector will be focusing on these five points of failure as they represent the most sensitive areas for food safety and food consumer protection. There are a number of tactics that can be used to avoid these risk factors, and while some dwell in the neighborhood of common sense, others are not so obvious. The following food safety management tips are taken directly from the Regulator’s Manual for Applying HACCP Principles to Risk-based Retail and Food Service Inspections. Consider this a quick ‘cheatsheet’ for your next inspection, and be sure to employ as many of these smaller strategies to conquer the larger goal of safe food practices. These represent FDA-approved guidelines for HACCP compliance.

    • - Standard Operating Procedures for critical operational steps in a food preparation process. This includes cooling, heating, reheating, and holding.
    • - Recipe Cards or ‘cheatsheets’ that contain specifics steps for individual item preparation. This should include important boundaries such as final cooking temperature, verification, and directives for temporary storage.
    • - Monitoring procedures for preventing bacterial growth, spoilage, and proper cooking/holding temperatures.
    • - Record keeping. These include temperature records, employee records, and equipment maintenance and upkeep documentation.
    • - Health policy for restricting ill employees from the establishment.
    • - Specific goal-oriented plans, such as Risk Control Plans (RCPs) that are used to control specific and more incremental risk factors.

    In the next piece, we’ll dive further into these incremental risk factors and RCPs that can easily be employed in your restaurant or food establishment. Remember that while the world of online reviews can boost your consumer reputation, the food safety management suggestions from above are equally as important for the long-term livelihood of your business.

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  • Are Disposable BioPharmaceutical Factories the Model of the Future?

    GE reportedly building disposable drug factory for China site.

    Disposable diapers, disposable syringes, disposable cameras, contact lenses, cell phones, food containers, cups, plates, cutlery, razors, (paper) towels, mops, batteries, water bottles, lighters, rocket boosters; the list seems endless. Some of these items are understandable, such as rocket boosters, many can be replaced by reusable items, refillable water bottles and rechargeable batteries for example.  Some are for convenience and possibly excusable at times, disposable eating items at an impromptu gathering for example.  Some such as disposable syringes are chosen because they reduce company liability in addition to other benefits.  Some are desirable, disposable income jumps to the top of the list.  But what does it mean to build a disposable factory?

    According to the website BioPharmaReporter.com manufacturing giant General Electric is planning to build just such a project for JHL Biotech to be located at a site in China. (Link to Source)  What is this about and why disposable?

    Introduced in late 2012, GE’s Healthcare announced KUBio™, a 1200m2 pre-fabricated modular facility “delivered with a complete ready-to-use production line, based on GE Healthcare’s Ready-to-Process™ single-use technologies.” (Link to Source)  The company’s website shows design images of the plant with its Spartan exterior and an interior dedicated to cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturing.  The company boasts using the off-the-shelf design as a way manufacturers can bring manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals such as antibodies on line quickly, in 14 to 18 months including planning, delivery and construction.  This compares to the traditional 24 to 36 months for traditional designs, and speeds time to market at a lower capital cost according to GE.

    GE Healthcare's KUBio  (Graphic: Business Wire)GE Healthcare's KUBio  (Graphic: Business Wire) 

    Exterior and Modular Interior of GE’s KUBio Single Purpose BioPharmaceutical Factory (Link to Source)

    GE will pre-build the plant’s modules in Germany under cGMP specifications and deliver it to JHL’s site in the Biolake Science Park in central China’s most populous city, Wuhan. 

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    Left: Wuhan Biolake Industrial Park (Link to Source), Right: Interior of KUBio Module (Link to Source)

    The modular trend is not new.  Aside from modular offices used at construction sites and modular classrooms for schools, other industries have adopted the trend.  Most recently modular data centers have garnered much press.  Preloaded server and facility modules can be delivered and interconnected quickly to shorten time to market.  Some data centers these days look like cargo transport containers stacked in desert or remote locations so long as high speed telecommunication lines and electricity are available.  Back in the BioPharmaceutical world, German based Sartorius has been promoting its disposable reactor designs that, while not a complete turnkey facility, provides a ready to use production capability comes ready for six distinct processes. (Link to Source)


    Left: Sartorius FlexAct® CH disposable cell harvesting Biopharmaceutical processing modules (Link to Source ); Right: Microsoft’s Preassembled Components Module contain air handling and IT components (servers, etc.) ready to plug into Data Center facilities. (Link to Source)

    One question remains.  How cost effective are modular BioPharmaceutical factories in the long run?  Because they are single purpose, when the material manufactured at the plant is no longer needed, is the factory truly disposable.  If yes, what does that do to the cost of acquisition and site preparation capital?  Data center technology is generally outdated in three years, five tops for leading edge companies and financial institutions, so disposability is planned.  And modules can be delivered wholesale to replace outdated modules.  The outdated modules may be just fine for less demanding industries so long as the original owner is assured all data is purged.  The same may not be said for single purpose reactors which in some cases may be contaminated with proprietary materials.  Images of Walt and Jesse disposing of their RV meth lab after the DEA is closing in on them come to mind from the TV series Breaking Bad.

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    Breaking Bad Images - Left: RV Meth Lab (Link to Source);  Right: Disposable Lab? (Link to Source)

    BioPharmaceutical manufacturers will need to assess the value of time to market and depreciation of “disposable” factories to determine if the single-purpose modular factory model is right for their business.  Watching GE’s KUBio developments and the experience of JHL Biotech in China may help determine the answer.  Ultimately companies will need to rely on their understanding of the market as well as a reasonable RoI analysis to make the best decision.

    Temperature@ert’s WiFi, Cellular and ZPoint product offerings linked to the company’s Sensor Cloud platform provides a cost effective solution for organizations of all sizes.  The products and services can help bring a laboratory or medical practice into compliance with minimum training or effort.  For information about Temperature@lert’s Cellular and SensorCloud offerings, visit our website at http://www.temperaturealert.com or call us at +1-866-524-3540.

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  • Temperature Paranoia and the Danger Zone: What's Happening in the BOH?

    The news is grim, the fear lives on, and wouldn't you know it, Friday the 13th is on the horizon. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,  food temperature was listed as the most common violation for 140 restaurants  in Milwaukee during July and August. Health inspectors found this violation in approximately 40 out of the 140 restaurant checks, a near 30% clip. Without diving through the squeamish details, it's clear that temperature control is an ongoing challenge for restaurants and their owners.

    It begs the question: How can you be sure that your next lunch or dinner dwelling has recently passed this type of health check? Cloth napkins and decorated storefronts can be misleading and frankly, this type of news seems to surface on a regular basis. Take the recent Clover Food Labs mishap for example, a living lesson in the dangers of food storage temperatures and losses. Temperature@lert contacted Clover Food Labs about implementation of a possible solution, and regardless of the outcome, we hope that Clover decides on a safe and reliable solution for their storage operations.


    We've written before about the misleading storefronts of Food Trucks, and we've talked about the challenge of erasing "roach coach" assumptions to convince patrons that specialized trucks are trusted sources of quality meals. For their purposes, image goes a long way.

    But what about your local sub shop or cheap slice hideaway? When you make a commitment to these establishments, your focus is more on the bang for the buck, rather than any health concerns that may be apparent. Think of a pizza "hot box", wherein the slices-to-go might sit for an extended period of time. How can you be sure that these boxes maintain safe temperatures for the pizza, and further, how often are they cleaned? Does the shop seem to have an older unit that provides no digital readout of real-time temperature? What about the employees and walk-in freezers; have they been properly trained to watch out for temperature fluctuations or possible malfunctions? Is there even a reliable device or thermometer that can be used to check? 

    These questions, and many others, are part of the paranoia news wave based around temperature control, and frankly, some of the answers may be less than desirable. The strive for perfection in a small pizza shop may be to produce quality food for a budget price, but are the food storage practices being ignored as a result? How safe do you feel in these places, despite friendly counter staff and a solid Yelp! reputation? When line cooks venture into the walk-in freezer to grab the needed ingredients, is the dilapidated kitchen a sign of danger? If you've seen Restaurant Impossible, you've seen the lion's share of violations and poor cleaning habits, from dirty filters to unwashed utensils. Do these visible dangers instantly translate to storage temperature concerns? Not necessarily, and assumptions based on image are always unfair and unwarranted, but the news speaks for itself, and it's hard to be reassured in some of the lower-budget establishments.

    In any case, when your personal health is at stake, it's good to have a bit of weariness when eating out on a slim budget. We don't suggest calling your local health department to report any "possible problem" based on one particular incident or noticeable problem, but remember that some restaurants are more responsible and cautious than others.


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  • 3 Questions To Ask Your Monitoring Provider

    Making an enterprise-level purchase can be an arduous and painful task. You might find yourself demoing a product for a few months, waiting weeks for approval, and even with testing, a temporary failure or problem can nix the entire cycle. Don't be fooled though, this sorrow-filled quest to make larger sales can be successful. These preliminary negotiations typically touch on the psychological pulls of a client's needs, concerns, and fears.


    Price is almost always the first need to address, as any given solution must also be cost effective for the client. The main initial concern is capability, or whether the product can fully perform the duties to which it will be assigned. And finally, the biggest fear (and a large reason for the extended cycle) is service and consistency, or put another way: will the product maintain the stated abilities for months at a time, and if not, will the vendor respond with a timely and no-hassle solution to the problem?


    While 'price', 'capability', and 'service' are the initial touch points of a larger sale, monitoring devices and providers have more bases to cover. Keep these questions in mind before choosing your next monitoring provider, and don't let the initial touch points distract you from these other important considerations for purchasing.


    1. How does your warranty work?

    This is somewhat along the lines of the service 'fear' that we discussed above. Check out our blog post on warranties for temperature sensors to read more about this issue (specific to a known vendor). Sensors and hardware may not fall under the same warranty agreement, and warranties on sensors can often be painfully short (90 days in some cases). Before committing to a purchase, be sure to ask your monitoring provider about the odds, ends, and details about your warranty. When possible, purchase extended warranties to insure the products (especially in a larger deployment).


    2. Is Telephone Support included?

    Be careful. A vendor is likely to provide hands-on support and service in the testing phases of a sale, but the ongoing lifecycle of the product is a more pertinent support concern. How will the product be supported over time (even with a warranty)? How are small-scale technical issues addressed, and how seamless is the return process? Don't forget, low-quality service and support can make the most well-insured product into an RMA hassle, so make an honest assessment of their support capabilities. One of the most common mistakes is to utilize a vendor with little (or no) phone support, leaving you stuck with discussion forums and (un)helpful support articles. These will be general, they will not be specific, and it truly takes the touch of a phone specialist to troubleshoot software, firmware, and other technical hiccups. Remember the red phone in each Apple Store that had a direct line to an Apple super-specialist from headquarters? That type of support is priceless. Make sure to press your monitoring provider on support agreements, and ensure that capable support personnel can be reached by phone at all times.


    3. How often do you update your hardware/software, and will our deployment be obsolete in the near future?

    We know that honesty is the best policy, but sometimes, monitoring vendors may not be interested in that practice. Don't always assume that the online product is the finished masterpiece, and remember that revs and product evolution happen fairly frequently. You wouldn't want to purchase dozens (or hundreds) of first generation monitoring hardware if they were soon to be replaced by the second generation. The same applies for software; how will you be made aware of changes and updates? Do these updates affect your deployment, or are they meaningless add-ons that look to sap more cash out of your budget? Are there important compliance features that you're required to follow? Is the device legally certified to meet the requirement?


    All of these questions are often passed by the wayside in the onset of the sale. We're often distracted by budget projections, out-of-the-box capabilities, and the preliminary installation processes. Don't forget these underlying questions when you chat with your potential provider, and make sure to cover all of your monitoring bases without failure!

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  • Temperature@lert Named as Finalist in 2013 American Business Awards


    The 11th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 17 in Chicago and September 16 in San Francisco.

    Boston, MA – May 9, 2013 – Temperature@lert, a leading provider of real-time, cloud-based environmental monitoringsolutions designed to enable businesses to mitigate temperature-related disasters, was named a Finalist today in the New Product or Service of the Year – Software category in The 2013 American Business Awards for their Sensor Cloud service. Temperature@lert will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.


    Sensor Cloud is a web-based Software-as-a-Service product for monitoring the environmental conditions of server rooms, bio-pharma vaccine storages, and commercial refrigerators while providing regulatory compliance data logging and alerting for various environmental sensors such as temperature, humidity, water, and more. The fault-tolerant design helps ensure that sensor data is logged and maintained for years, while the website and free iPhone/Android apps enable access to sensor readings and the ability to edit phone calls, emails, and SMS alerts from anywhere.


    Temperature@lert’s Cellular Products have previously won several awards, including a Stevie Gold Award for their Solar Cellular Edition in 2012. However, it is Temperature@lert’s Sensor Cloud that serves as the brains of all Cellular Editions with over thousands of devices deployed and running the service. Temperature@lert's WIFI and USB devices can also be connected to Sensor Cloud for a consolidated view of all sensor readings and alert statuses. Temperature@lert’s mission is to create a cost-effective and fault-tolerant system that will allow any user to monitor their assets at any moment, anywhere.


    The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. 


    The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA's traditional banquet on Monday, June 17 – in Chicago for the first time, after 10 years in New York; and the new product & technology awards event on Monday, September 16 in San Francisco.


    More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.  Temperature@lert is nominated in the New Product or Service of the Year – Software category for their Sensor Cloud service.


    “Temperature@lert’s Sensor Cloud service directly addresses every industry’s monitoring needs ranging from server rooms, to farms, to medical storage, and even to commercial food transportation operations. We are deeply honored to be recognized as a finalist for our Sensor Cloud service by the American Business Awards,” said Harry Schechter, CEO/President of Temperature@lert. “This honor only further validates the need for remote temperature monitoringbecause everyone should be able to easily prevent temperature related disasters, regardless of type of industry or size of company. We believe in giving you a solution before you even have a problem.”


    Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May.  More than 150 members of nine specialized judging committees will determine Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging, to take place May 13 - 24.  


    Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.   


    About Temperature@lert

    Temperature@lert’s temperature and environmental monitoring solutions provide both real-time and historic views of a location’s temperature and other critical parameters through alerts and cloud-based graphs, data logs and reports. This information allows customers to immediately react to potentially disastrous temperature or other fluctuations in critical environments, as well as provide temperature consistency for regulatory and internal process control requirements. Temperature@lert has more than 40,000 devices installed in over 50 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit www.temperaturealert.com.


    About the Stevie Awards

    Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service.  A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut this year.  Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.


    Sponsors and partners of The 2013 American Business Awards include the Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, Experian, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, and SoftPro.





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  • Temperature Sensing Technologies: Phone Calls or Text Alerts?

    Temperature Sensing Technologies: Phone calls or text alerting?

    We all have our preferences. Vanilla or chocolate. Heads or tails. Red or black. Whatever the case may be, we’re creatures of habit. We want consistency and we want simplicity, and what works for some, may seem inefficient or time-consuming to others. Many of these habitual choices are trivial (shower before shave, chocolate over vanilla), whereas others require more consideration. In the world of temperature sensing technologies, customers and users have their own preferential choice to make for alert types.


    Text Message Alerting for Sensor Technologies:

    “Texting” can be described as a brief electronic message sent between two mobile phones. For some of us, this represents a straight and discreet line into our communication stream.  For temperature alerts, these discreet alert notifications are useful because they don’t interrupt our tasks (such as a meeting or presentation). Alerts sent via text message are direct. Text messages have been widely adopted by vendors of sensor technologies, and aside from email alerting, is the most popular alert type available in the sensor market.


    Phone Call Alerts for Sensor Technologies:

    In a more recent development, a few temperature sensor vendors have implemented phone call alerts into their systems. It’s as simple as it sounds; once a temperature threshold is breached, the device communicates with built-in software and initiates a phone call to a designated person.  In contrast to text message alerting, phone call alerts are a firmer reminder of temperature excursions. Text messages can be overlooked or missed, especially if a phone is set to silent during the evening. In the most critical of times (early hours of the morning and evening), the line of communication (that indicates a failure or problem) needs to be clearly defined and reliable. Highly reliable alert types and notifications are fundamental to corrective action for temperature variance, and once an alert is triggered, the clock begins to tick. A text message alert might be a prod, but a phone call alert is a firm poke.  


    What’s the right choice for you?

    The differences between the two alert types are pretty obvious, and frankly, if the cell phone is set to silent, either alert can be easily missed. But alerts systems aren’t perfect, and even with robust alerting procedures, critical issues can be easily missed. One of the better strategies is the implementation of multiple alert types and escalations. By using a combination of text message and phone call alerts, temperature excursions (and failure notifications) are directed to a number of different people and mediums.

    Escalating alerts takes this idea a bit further, in which an additional “extreme alert” layer is added. For instance, if temperatures exceed 75 degrees Fahrenheit in a server room, system administrators and programmers are immediately notified. If the temperature rises to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (indication that the problem is swelling), higher level employees or owners will receive an alert as well.  This strategy assumes that the first wave of alerts may not be received and/or responded to immediately, and provides a secondary layer of protection if temperatures are reaching certain extremes. Small temperature changes can be handled by the appropriate personnel, whereas an extreme rise in temperature can be part of a company-wide alert network.

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  • Temperature@lert Announces National Natural Products Client Win

    Temperature@lert, a leading provider of high-performance and cost effective temperature monitoring devices, has announced its largest client win in the natural products industry to-date. Temperature@lert’s latest client win illustrates their overall advancement as the premiere choice in temperature monitoring for the natural products industry.

    This is most notable through their latest client win, a well-known leader in the all-natural juices, health beverages, and health food bars market. The client is currently using Temperature@lert’s Cellular Edition and a Sensor Cloud “Pro” Plan for monitoring their products in distribution centers nationwide. By maintaining proper temperature storage conditions, these products will sustain their proper lifespan while also meeting FDA requirements. The client will be alerted to both temperature changes and power failures, and will have access to their data and reports for compliance needs 24/7 through Temperature@lert Sensor Cloud system (via iPhone/Android app or the web interface).

    “In the past year, Temperature@lert has found itself growing at a faster pace in the natural foods and beverages industry, which shows us that it is important to monitor these raw goods at every point in the chain,” stated Temperature@lert CEO/President, Harry Schechter. “It’s very interesting for the whole Temperature@lert team to be able to offer the perfect monitoring solution for any point in any vertical, especially in the natural foods industry, where product storagetemperatures are critical to not just the product but to the health of its users as well.”

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  • Freezer Tips: Vaccine Storage



    The CDC outlines three main refrigeration types in their toolkits for vaccine storage. They refer to 'dual-zone', pharmaceutical, and freezerless refrigerators. Each refrigerator type has specific "do's and don't", but one should always refer to the technical manual that was provided with the unit for best practices. We'll shed light on a few of the common misconceptions/mistakes in vaccine refrigeration, and the best practices that should follow. You can view the official version of the toolkit by clicking here.

    • Never: Allow vials to touch the top shelf.
    • Never: Place vials under the cooling vent (will skew readings)
    • Never: Store in crisp drawers
    • Never: Store on bottom shelf (runs colder)
    • Never: Replace original packaging with homemade labels

    Always: Place vaccines in the center of the refrigerator in the original packaging. Keep precise organization of every refrigerator, and use plastic trays to divide the refrigerator into sections. 

    • Never: Block the vents/circulating air with vaccines or other devices
    • Never: Place a temperature sensor on the upper or lower racks

    Always: Organize vaccines by specific type, and keep a "map" outside of the refrigerator for visual reference points. 

    Always: Place temperature sensors in mock locations that best emulate the variance that a vaccine may experience. The center of the rack is the best possible location, but if vaccines are stored in lower/upper racks, an additional temperature sensor may be necessary. If possible, utilize a temperature sensor in the lower, middle, and upper racks for extra precaution. 

    Always: Compile sensor data at least once a week, and maintain the logged data for a minimum of 2-3 years. In the event of a disaster, audit, or inspection, these reports will be crucial to uncovering a cause or culprit. 

    Always: If an online interface is available (to view all temperature sensor readings), specify the temperature sensor location/vaccine coverage with a specific name to ensure clarity. Most interfaces will allow you to "name" the sensors.


    If possible: Purchase a temperature sensor system that contains a battery-back up. The costs associated with vaccine contamination are tremendous, and the risks that surround the delivery of tainted vaccines (due to a monitoring failure) are extreme.Typically, the immediate and sudden loss of A/C power indicates a power outage.A battery-backed sensor will not lose power during an outage, and can often send a preliminary alert that signifies the loss of A/C power.

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