COVID-19 vaccine temperature, location tracking pilot is success

November 30, 2020 //By Rich Pell
COVID-19 vaccine temp, location tracking pilot is success
IoT development company SODAQ has announced that it has completed 50 successful runs tracking the location and temperature threshold of COVID-19 vaccine shipment containers from thermal insulation product company va-Q-tec by using the Nordic Semiconductor NRF91 communication module.

The va-Q-tec containers are going to be used for sending Covid-19 vaccines across the world. The vaccines need to be stored in a controlled environment between 2°C and 8°C (about 36°F to 46°F) for at least 96 hours during transportation. According to Fedex, says the company, the pharmaceutical industry is estimated to incur $15 billion in product losses each year due to temperature deviations alone, and approximately 1.5% of all pharmaceutical shipments are marked as scrap due to logistical failures.

SODAQ has developed an ultra-low-power and ultra-thin tracking smart label, which uses a printed battery and, in addition to sensing location it senses impact, acceleration, temperature, and the opening of a box. The solution the company designed for the vaccines comes with a rechargeable standard lithium battery, which, at 6 mm thick, is actually the thickest component of the entire device - all other components such as the Nordic nRF9160 chip, the temperature sensor, USB recharge connector, and the antenna are all slimmer enabling the device to be inserted into the double sided cardboard layer of the transportation box.

The test run involved fifty single shipments, not all of which were with va-Q-tec boxes. All runs performed exactly as intended, says the company, something that does not occur often in proof of concepts using prototypes.

The test included the recharging of the device, reusing the device on the same box, and reusing the device on a new box and shipments to various European countries such as Italy, Poland, Germany, the UK, France, and Spain, and in addition to the US and Canada. In all countries either LTE-M and otherwise NB-IoT connected properly and correctly to the device, says the company.

The global connectivity for the pilot was provided via APIs from IoT Connectivity company monogoto, which provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for secure cellular connectivity. The monogoto connectivity solution includes a self-service management platform and over 400 APIs for


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