Cold Chain and Internet of Things

Cold Chain and Internet of Things

March 31, 2019

The rise of perishable and refrigerated deliveries to a customer’s doorstep has increased the need to monitor packaging and the resultant temperatures surrounding the food.

The supply chain for food products that must remain refrigerated is called the “cold chain”, and it must be monitored very closely due to food poisoning issues that may arise from food thawing.   The internet of things (IoT) coupled with RFID technology can be vital in allowing more direct shipments of food from distribution center to the customer’s front door.


Video Spotlight: The importance of cold chain distribution


This post is based on the All Things Supply Chain article, Cold Chain Demand Soars Thanks to This Sweet Treat by Guest Blogger, March 4, 2019, and the YouTube video, The importance of cold chain distribution, by Moneyweb, November 6, 2017. Image source: © Serenethos / Alamy

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the risks associated with IoT and the cold chain?

Guidance: Students may first need a basic briefing on IoT and RFID.  Then, ask students to describe the risks of the technology for the cold chain.  One example students may identify is hacking risk to the network.  Consider Continue reading

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Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

September 23, 2018

Three Square Market, which implanted 100 employees with microchips last year to open doors, log into computers, or buy snacks from vending machines, is working on a new microchip with GPS tracking capability and voice activation. This chip can also monitor vital signs and in the future, applications could involve storing medical records for use in emergency situations.

The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted in the hand between the thumb and forefinger.  Some are concerned with privacy issues, but some are embracing the technology, including about 4,000 users in Sweden who can ride trains without tickets or turn on lights in their apartments.

How far this will go is yet to be seen, but many believe the technology will become widespread.


Video Spotlights: Wisconsin business chips employees and This is what it feels like to get microchipped


This post is based on the Washington Post article, This firm already microchips employees. Could your ailing relative be next?, by Peter Holley, August 23, 2018; and the videos, Wisconsin company implanting chips in employees, by CNBC, July 27, 2017, and This is what it feels like to get microchipped, by Continue reading

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