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Standards and Sensors for Visibility in the Pharmaceutical Cold Chain

Fill the Blind Spots in Your Cold Chain

The pharmaceutical cold chain has seen rapid developments in sensor technologies. With a greater number of critical drug treatments requiring shipping and storing in uninterrupted cold conditions, from manufacture all the way to patient administration, full visibility into the product’s entire journey, including problematic events like temperature excursions, helps ensure product quality and patient safety. However, there are blind spots in the cold chain. A solution could be the implementation of compatible sensor configurations and standardized data-sharing processes.

Data-sharing processes and architecture, built on a foundation of existing GS1 Standards, are the connective tissue that holds the sensor network together.

Six Sensors for Visibility

In this whitepaper, discover how different sensor technologies have been deployed in the cold supply chain:

  • Active RFID
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • Low-Power Wide Area Networks
  • Near-Field Communication (NFC)
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) and Temperature

While some of the sensor technologies discussed may not appear in current GS1 Standards implementation guidelines, they are increasing in prevalence in the cold chain ecosystem. Therefore, it is important to consider the various sensor technologies in achieving interoperability.

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