Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Trimble integrates Digi temperature monitoring

Steve Rogerson
October 16, 2018



Trimble is integrating Digi’s SmartSense continuous temperature monitoring for food safety systems in its data aggregation and supply chain analytics platform.
 
SmartSense is providing remote, real-time temperature analytics in California-based Trimble’s freight portal for the first time. The collaboration establishes an end-to-end integration flow of data by placing temperature sensors and cellular gateways on fleets of vehicles to collect and transmit information.
 
Businesses have to ensure the quality and safety of their perishable and high-value shipments in transit, and Trimble and SmartSense allow users to have access to data aggregation via a single analytics platform offering a unified display of information from varied sources so they know about and can avoid potentially dangerous situations regarding their products.
 
This heightened visibility into the perishable goods supply chain should enable informed business decisions based on analytical data to drive appropriate actions that preserve the quality of food products in transit.
 
"We collaborated with Trimble to create real-time shipment visibility that offers rich temperature control tracking and predictive analytics to perishable goods shippers and transportation providers," said Kevin Riley, chief operating officer for Minnesota-based Digi. "This enterprise integration effort with Trimble allows us to expand the SmartSense brand by offering our temperature monitoring expertise to a major player in the supply chain data and analytics space."
 
The collaboration establishes an end-to-end integration flow of data by placing temperature sensors and cellular gateways on fleets of vehicles to collect and transmit information, making real-time temperature analytics available in Trimble's freight portal. Many of Trimble's users have a vested interest in ensuring that their goods maintain proper temperature in transit, be it to prevent food-borne illness, vaccine spoilage or otherwise potentially dangerous situations regarding their products. As companies suffer damage to their brands following these types of mishaps, more organisations will require complete visibility into the level of care their products receive in transit.
 
"Our clients have the expectation that they will be able to view all of their cold chain data through a single pane of glass, and we realised that we weren't able to meet that expectation without supplying temperature data," said Joe DeBoth, senior vice president for Trimble. "With SmartSense by Digi's cold chain monitoring expertise, we were able to easily pull reliable data into our aggregation platform to offer real-time analysis and actionable insights."
 
SmartSense IoT products are used for food monitoring, facilities monitoring and supply chain visibility for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, transportation, logistics and foodservice markets.