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AntTail using sensors & IoT to monitor the supply chain

AntTail using sensors & IoT to monitor the supply chain

Using smart sensors and Internet of Things to monitor the entire medical supply chain

Introduction & Challenge

AntTail designs, develops and delivers products and services to the pharma industry, to monitor and track the origin and temperature of medicines throughout the cold medical chain. AntTail delivers compliance to the Cold Chain and reduces wastage of precious medication and enhances profitability by combating counterfeiting.
Critical medicines are vulnerable to temperature variation and counterfeiting. This vulnerability was getting worst because of the long and fragmented medical supply chain. On an average, a typical pharmaceutical supply chain has to deal with 30 hand-overs, 15 warehouses and 15 trucks, reefers or planes, end-to-end. In addition, the total lead-time from manufacturing to patient varies from a few days to months. Temperature-sensitive medication is wasted in this value chain and the quality of returned medication can not be ensured and is thus destroyed, resulting in loss of expensive and life-saving medicines.

Solution

AntTail provides real-time global security and temperature monitoring services to protect high-value medicines and vaccines. The AntTail application, designed and developed by Vanenburg Software, is the backbone of this infrastructure. AntTail consists of the (mobile) application, database, pheromone network and sensors. It is a cloud computing and SaaS-based solution which helps to ensure product quality and prevent counterfeiting.
With AntTail, pharmaceutical, transportation and logistics service providers, healthcare providers, and retail outlets can follow their shipments and deliveries. They can check the temperature during every step of the lifecycle. AntTail works within existing cold chain quality procedures, eliminating the need for complex implementation and capital investments.
AntTail`s LastMile solution is a comprehensive monitoring solution that checks and records temperature and “un-packing” events of shipments, online and in real-time. The sensors are packed along with the medication in sealed bags and travel together until the patient opens this sealed bag and takes out his/her medication or stops the treatment and returns the rest of the medication. Because of the compliant monitoring of the medication, the returned medication of high value can be reused instead of being destroyed.

The sensors/chips, attached to the medicine, are part of the pheromone network and are measuring conditions and registering events. Each chip acts as a repeater in the network. All registrations are sent out and repeated by chips in the neighborhood. Ultimately the signal is picked up by a router which will send the data by GPRS/UTMS to the Big Data server in the cloud.
The AntTail portal, designed and developed by Vanenburg Software, makes this information globally available and accessible anytime, anywhere.

Conclusion

Vanenburg Software developed the AntTail cloud application combining the big data platform with sensor-technology. This Internet of Things application for the pharma industry offers critical traceability with Temperature monitoring, from manufacturer to patient, and vice versa.

Summary:

AntTail designs, develops and delivers products and services to monitor and track 24/7 the condition and temperature of medicines throughout the cold medical value chain. AntTail chose Vanenburg Software to design and develop the AntTail cloud based solutions to ensure product quality and prevent counterfeiting. The AntTail cloud apps combine sensor technology and big data with innovative and scalable mobile solutions.

Challenge:

  • Critical medicines are vulnerable to temperature variation and counterfeiting
  • The medical supply chain is long and fragmented, from the production facility to the patient

Solution:

  • End-to-end security & temperature monitoring service to protect medicines and vaccines in the entire medical supply chain using state-of-the-art sensors integrated with Internet of Things (IoT) technology tightly coupled with advanced cloud-based services.

 

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