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PlantConnect Cold Chain Monitoring

- By Pavan Pawar

Have you ever experienced your product containing costly vaccines, leading to recalls?

Is your attention being diverted to a lengthy investigation revealing a quality loss during transport?

Now there is a solution: PlantConnect Cold Chain Monitoring

Transportation and storage of temperature sensitive products is a common and unavoidable practice. Products like milk, food, medicines, vaccines, flowers, ice cream, retail products to semiconductors, active pharmaceutical ingredients, etc. The value of the products in these containers could range from a few thousand rupees to millions of rupees. Any temperature deviations from absolutely desirable levels for extended periods, can result in the whole shipment being written off leading to financial and other losses. In case of drugs and vaccinations, they are ineffective if not maintained below said temperature. On the other hand, keeping the temperature excessively low can result in power wastage and avoidable costs. Thus temperature must be maintained at “correct” level.

Can temp control be done by manning these points and having manual control? Obvious answer is “NO”. Such a practice will be hugely wasteful, unreliable and non-traceable. So what is the solution?

PlantConnect Cold Chain Monitoring is a complete integrated cold storage and transportation monitoring system providing real-time data, alerts, traceability, domain specific analytics and visualization. You can monitor parameters like temperature, humidity, location, time –line, etc. during all parts of the supply chain. Users for the systems could be industries like food, agricultural and pharmaceutical industry. PlantConnect CCM is designed to enable you to monitor performance of the cold chain at each step and ensure that deviation are noticed in real time and acted upon. This is will help mitigate risk to quality of your product during production, storage or transportation. PlantConnect Cold chain monitoring solution can even be used to ensure that it can be later proved that products when delivered were as desired. Data can be analysed easily and Supply Chain partners can be compared with historical data. PlantConnect CCM is robust and can scale from monitoring of single static warehouse to multiple warehouses, cold storage facilities, transportation units over large geographies and in real time.

How PlantConnect CCM works:

PlantConnect CCM is a web-based solution. Cold chain points are monitored using Temperature sensors, RFID based data loggers, GPS trackers, sensors and other specific devices. Data is uploaded from each of this location to PlantConnect server. The server analyses the incoming data in real-time for any condition outages (rise is temperature over set limit, drop in humidity, etc.) These events are logged and alerts are sent to concerned persons over SMS.


such pro-active alerts can help prevent adverse conditions through immediate action. Supply Chain partners can also be updated with result and it is possible to save transports costs in delivering damaged goods through Supply Chain.

PlantConnect CCM consists of all the required hardware, databases and infrastructure to support the requirements of cold chain monitoring. PlantConnect also provides facility to generate graphs and reports on the data collected.

PlantConnect CCM deployment diagram

We have the tools and the knowledge needed to improve the quality of the air we breathe, while simultaneously slowing climate change and reducing the substantial economic and human toll of both air pollution and climate change. What is needed now are sufficient resources and bold political action to make achievement of both of these two concordant goals a reality.



  1. Visualization of temperature graph for a site or Hierarchical tree view of all sites at a glance

  2. Alarms for deviations in parameters from benchmark. Alarms sent over SMS to concerned person

  3. GPS tracking

  4. Reports & Charts

  5. And many more…

As per a recent survey, the risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes. Only a few other factors have greater impact on global health today than air pollution. The evidence clearly signals need for concerted action to clean up the air we all breathe.


Regionally, low- and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest air pollution-related burden in 2012, with a total of 3.3 million deaths.