Driscoll raises the bar on food
safety with OverSight system
Nov 18, 2010 7:00 AM
To assure the quality and safety of its berries, Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc has added the OverSight system from Locus Traxx of Jupiter FL. This system continuously monitors and reports the temperature, security status, and location of Driscoll’s shipments.
“Driscoll’s posed a unique challenge for us,” said David Benjamin, chief executive officer of Locus Traxx. “They wanted to have real-time information on shipments, but they don’t own their own trucks. Working with Driscoll’s we developed a fully portable and reusable version of our OverSight system. The portable version can be quickly attached to any truck/trailer combination and provide the same real-time monitoring and reporting as our fixed installations.”
The OverSight system places temperature, door open security sensors, and GPS location and communication modules on refrigerated trailers to make shipments of refrigerated foods self-reporting. SmartTag wireless sensors detect and report changes in temperature to assure food safety. They also report door-open-and-closed status for shipment security.
SmartTraxx GPS location and communication modules add GPS location information to the SmartTag sensor data. This information is sent continuously from the shipment to the OverSight data center. All data are checked for problems such as: too hot, too cold, door open when it should be closed, or a shipment stopping at an unauthorized location.
To make sure the right people get the right information at the right time, the OverSight system issues Intelligent Alerts. These are automatically generated text messages and e-mails that immediately notify those responsible of any issue with any shipment.
All the in-transit temperature, location, and security data can also be viewed online, anytime, from any computer, through the OverSight DashBoard. This easy-access capability supports rapid traceability, which can help isolate issues and limit the scope and cost of recalls.
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