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Asia-Pacific cold chain management to benefit from EROAD, Euroscan tie-up

Iain Morris
May 21, 2014
Companies in the Asia-Pacific dry and refrigerated goods transport sectors are being offered a new cold chain management service thanks to an alliance between technology players EROAD and Euroscan.

The partners are combining their technology expertise to offer prospective customers a single integrated reporting solution for tracking and monitoring machinery performance and cold chain goods integrity.

EROAD (Auckland, New Zealand) is known for providing electronic road user charging and commercial services to customers in New Zealand and parts of the US – and also offers a telematics solution in Australia – while Euroscan (Hoensbroek, Netherlands) has developed cold chain solutions for data recording and online transport monitoring.

A prominent customer of the latter is McDonald’s (Oak Brook, IL, USA), which relies on Euroscan solutions to monitor temperatures and assets when transporting goods worldwide.

The tie-up between EROAD and Euroscan will mean that transport fleets in the Asia Pacific region have access to an “exceptional range of transport intelligence”, claim the companies.

Customers making use of the service will be able to make accurate asset deployment and management decisions using an integrated online reporting platform, they say.

Under the terms of the partnership, Euroscan is to become one of a select group of dealers for EROAD in Australia, while EROAD will be an official network partner for Euroscan in New Zealand.

“EROAD’s best-of-breed technology is an excellent fit with our cold chain expertise,” said Euroscan Asia Pacific managing director Mark Mitchell. “Our combined offering has a simplicity of operation which will appeal to the transport industry.”

“They will be happy to replace multiple pieces of hardware working in isolation with one integrated solution,” he added.

Steven Newman, EROAD’s chief executive, said that most large New Zealand operators transport chilled goods at some stage and that end-user requirements for cold-chain monitoring and management are growing.

“With this alliance and bundling of Euroscan’s world-class solutions, EROAD can help our customers meet the compliance standards contained in the proposed new New Zealand Food Act,” he said.
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