DB Schenker rolls out RFID temp-monitoring service

Logistics giant DB Schenker is working with an unnamed global pharmaceutical company to roll out a radio frequency identification (RFID) system for monitoring temperature-controlled shipments. The service provider is developing the system for air, sea, land and rail transport, with this first roll out devoted to air. The drugmaker is using the tags to monitor shipping temperatures as part of its QC effort.

DB Schenker, which has so far spent $145,000 on the project stretching back to its first pilot in early 2010, wants to demonstrate its cold chain abilities to customers and prospects. Another purpose is to verify airline temperature-control claims.

In this current roll out, DB Schenker and the pharma company decide which products will be monitored in two temperature-controlled shipments to the U.S. At its Germany warehouse, DB Schenker reads the tag IDs and then attaches the tags to a sampling of items within the shipment, aiming for a spot-check of two to 5 items per flight. The tags record a temperature reading every 15 minutes. 

In the U.S., the goods are unloaded and a worker retrieves the RFID-tagged packages and brings them to a desk-based reader. Temperature, date and time data are read and transferred to the client's computer system.

- see the story


Using AI and RWD to Uncover Rare Disease Insights, Accelerate Commercialization and Improve Patient Outcomes

Wednesday, March 24 | 2pm ET / 11am PT

Learn how IPM.ai transformed real world data into real world insights to assist Audentes in their development of AT132 for the treatment of XLMTM. The session reviews how IPM.ia and Audentes collaborated to uncover the XLMTM patient population.