LoRaWAN and Cold Supply Chain

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:38

Today, cold supply chain is a household topic in a way that no one would have predicted a year ago. Seemingly everyone has an awareness of the critical role that temperature-controlled storage and distribution is playing in the rollout of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Modern life wouldn’t be possible without it. So many of the foods we eat and products we use must be distributed in temperature-controlled environments that ensure their safety and quality. 

Today, cold supply chain practices are being transformed by the use of wireless sensors that solve these challenges by allowing continuous temperature and humidity monitoring that is far more accurate, efficient, and effective than the previous intermittent, manual processes. However, some common wireless technologies that provide the connectivity for these wireless sensors struggle to perform in harsh cold supply chain environments, where insulated metal walls and other factors can negatively impact technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Because of this, LoRaWAN technology has emerged as a key wireless technology for these cold supply chain applications because of its ability to perform even in those challenging environments.