HACCP Reporting and Temperature Recording
Retail environments selling temperature sensitive food are required to capture and log detailed records of fridge temperature to ensure food is stored correctly and safely. mpro5 already makes this less labour intensive by reducing the amount of manual data entry and documentation.
IoT will take this one step further, automatically entering temperature readings via a wireless enabled temperature sensor, placed in each fridge. Each sensor transmits readings periodically to a WiFi gateway in the shop, which forwards the data to the mpro5 cloud platform. Benefits will include further time savings, enhanced accuracy of recordings and alerts for retailers if something goes wrong, preventing unnecessary wastage.
Near Field Communications, also known as NFC, is a sensing technology used with an mpro5 device to initiate a job or tell the system that a job has been completed, closing the task down. An example of NFC technology in action is their use in security patrols. To ensure guards patrol the full perimeter of their location, NFC tags are placed around the grounds. Every time the guard’s phone detects an NFC tag, their location is fed back to mpro5, validating that this location has been checked and time stamped.
Often our mpro5 customers require task scheduling and workflows that enable cleaners and maintenance workers to follow pre-defined routes, ensuring they attend various locations to carry out tasks. To date, the schedule has been manually entered, but our new occupancy sensing will allow tasks to be carried out on a priority basis. Sensors located in various rooms around a building will feed mpro5 with information relating to how many people have been using it, this information will be used to prioritise tasks and set up new jobs in real time. The benefits of this new capability will drive efficiency, improve services and enhance the quality of service for many utility services providers.
Stock Control and Contents Gauging
mpro5 are already using sensing technology to measure levels of stock. A great example of this is with Metro newspaper stands, where we will soon be trialling ultrasonic level measurement sensors. These will transmit the level in height via the sigfox low power radio network, telling mpro5 the height of papers left in the stand. This technology in conjunction with mpro5 will optimise the delivery scheduling process, driving efficiency.
Currently we are working on techniques to track high value drugs during transportation, logging temperatures whilst in transit. Many high value pharmaceuticals must be stored in specific temperature conditions to avoid the drug becoming inactive or spoiling, becoming harmful. Our vision is to place a sensor in each shipment, to log and transmit data throughout transit. Our sensors will allow companies to ensure their shipments make it to their destinations safely, without exposure to conditions that could adversely affect their quality.