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reporting data as they hit that first Digi’s SmartSense can also detect gateway at the beginning of the if a truck door or roll door on a voyage. At the end of the voyage reefer is open or closed. This “really (the destination), all the data is gets into driver behavior,” explains downloaded and the shipper can Dougherty. “Are they leaving the decide whether to accept door open during a dethe shipment based on its What they livery and letting cold air temperature profile. escape? really want “That’s not real-time GPS data is also importto know is: data, but it gives them ant to know if a truck or What’s the confidence that the temperature of load arrives at the expectproduct integrity is what ed distribution center. the it should be because they Through data analysis product can see its temperature of these key metrics, it in the profile,” notes Dougherty. is now even easier to truck.” “You can download the understand a product and Andrew Dougherty, temperature profile and make decisions to further vice president of say, “I want to accept this sales for SmartSense enhance its shelf life. by Digi International shipment or reject it based “People want to know on its temperature history about the temperature in on its journey to me.’” the pallet or in the reefer, but what A product’s temperature profile they really want to know is: What’s is comprised of several important the temperature of the product in metrics, which can be collected and that truck?” says Dougherty. analyzed to prevent product loss Data analysis is helping Digi and damage. International answer that question Humidity is especially important. for its customers. The company has

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invested a lot of time and resources in the space, specifically in what it calls virtual product simulation. Virtual product simulation allows the company to create software models of different food products that are being shipped. While sensors record the ambient temperature around those products, Digi is able to simulate what the actual product temperature is based on those sensor readings. “We’re able to say, ‘Alright, while our model is predicting that your ambient temperature is at 50, we know based on historical data that your ground beef is only at 38, so you don’t need to discard that product right now,’” Dougherty explains. As the ROI equation continues in a favorable direction, the food and beverage industry should expect additional advancements in data analysis that will not only improve their bottom line but lend a hand to a safer and more secure food supply chain.

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