Industry leaders announce exclusive partnership to integrate FlightSafe® data services with RKN e1 and RAP e2 temperature-controlled air cargo containers.
OnAsset Intelligence Inc. (OnAsset), the market leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) airborne asset tracking solutions, and Envirotainer, the world leader in secure cold chain logistics solutions within the healthcare and biotech industries, today announced a strategic partnership to advance Envirotainer’s industry leading air cargo containers, RKN e1 and RAP e2. The containers will be equipped with real-time data collection and GPS tracking availability throughout transit using OnAsset’s patented SENTRY FlightSafe® communications platform.
“Our partnership with OnAsset is an important step forward in our ongoing commitment to deliver advanced products and services to the healthcare industry and active management of the global cold chain,” said Gustaf Ljunggren, CEO of Envirotainer.
“The emphasis on quality transportation of healthcare products is a key focus for both companies, and we believe the integration of FlightSafe® technology and real-time data services will improve the customer experience of our active cold chain network across the globe.”
The RKN e1 and RAP e2 active containers offer reliable temperature control, based on compressor cooling and electric heating technologies for products in global air transportation. Currently, data on the condition of products inside is gathered 24/7 but is not available for review until the containers reach specific destinations. By incorporating the patented, FAA-compliant FlightSafe® communications platform from OnAsset, the RKN e1 and RAP e2 containers will transmit location, condition and temperature-sensitive information anytime the containers are on the ground. This way, Envirotainer’s customers have immediate access to quality data and the peace of mind regarding product condition throughout transit. Partners within the active cold chain network will also have real-time condition alerts on the container to facilitate proactive response procedures, maintenance awareness and improved return procedures.
“Envirotainer is well-known for their expertise in active container solutions and have pioneered major enhancements for cold chain transportation in the air,” said Adam Crossno, president and CEO of OnAsset. “OnAsset is pleased to be working with Envirotainer to enhance their active container network with SENTRY FlightSafe®. We believe we are taking the next step in cold chain innovation as partners.”
SENTRY FlightSafe® is a highly-advanced wireless tracking device platform that includes multiple sensors such as temperature, humidity, pressure, shock, location and vibration with an additional patented intelligence feature, FlightSafe®. This feature enables the device to use multiple modes of sensing and proprietary logic to automatically turn off its wireless transmitting radios to ensure safe and FAA-compliant operation during flight.
“Our customers have been asking for increased visibility to active container locations and condition for some time and we are very pleased to partner with OnAsset to achieve this advancement,” continued Ljunggren.
The project resources will have a strong focus on compliance matters in relation to both the EASA and FAA, such as how to safeguard data integrity and security.
“Our goal is to enable the cold chain airfreight transportation world in an unprecedented way on a scale that has not been seen before,” said Ljunggren. “When the platform is launched, a large amount of data will be gathered and stored 24/7 to the benefit of our customers. We know that data ownership and sharing is a concern to our customers, and in order to safeguard this information, as we are safeguarding the physical product, the project team needs to be very diligent and focused on data integrity and security.”
Envirotainer will test the platform during 2013 and 2014 with a number of pilot customers in order to develop a fully working prototype and to obtain required approval and certification. The new technology will be deployed throughout the Envirotainer fleet in 2014 and 2015. Once it is fully deployed, Envirotainer’s current value-added services, such as Active Container Data (ACD) and Transport Evaluation, will be fed with both position and sensory data. A new set of information services will also be developed by Envirotainer in order to assist customers to strengthen their ability to secure and verify QA and supply chain performance.
Envirotainer is the world-leader in secure cold chain logistics solutions, primarily within the healthcare and biotech industries. The company manufactures and leases active temperature-controlled container solutions for air transportation, including validation, support and service. Envirotainer operates through an open, global network of airline companies and logistics partners. The company is represented in nearly 50 countries around the world with headquarters in Lagga Marma outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Envirotainer is a registered trademark of the company Envirotainer AB. For more information, please visit www.envirotainer.com.
About OnAsset Intelligence
OnAsset Intelligence Inc. is the global leader in airborne asset tracking services. The company manufactures wireless devices that monitor all modes of transit including land, sea, and air. Products and services include SENTRY wireless hardware and the Vision™ Monitoring Platform. Its flagship product, SENTRY FlightSafe®, is approved by commercial and cargo operators across the globe. The company is headquartered in Irving, Texas. For additional information, please visit www.onasset.com.