Changes in temperature, damage or tampering during shipment can have potentially catastrophic consequences for pharmaceutical shipments. Zenatek explains how its real-time tracking system keeps a protective eye on sensitive drugs, from loading to final destination.
Even the slightest temperature change during transportation can cause pharmaceutical products to become ineffective, or even harmful to patients. Any deviation must be identified and addressed as quickly as possible, which is where the Zenatek Tracking System (ZTS) comes in. This advanced, real-time technology, reports and monitors pharmaceutical shipments, from loading to arrival.
ZTS ensures shipments are delivered safely and on schedule. It can determine and trace all shipment routes, and sends immediate alerts if something unexpected happens. For instance, it will alert the user if container doors or pallet seals are subjected to tampering, or flag up any risks the goods may have been subjected to. ZTS also informs clients if a container or pallet is turned on its side, capsized or involved in a destructive incident.
The system will trigger alarms when a container's internal temperature or humidity deviate from the predetermined level set by the client, and will alert the user when the temperature returns to the required level. Communication parameters and the temperature and humidity can be remotely configured, even after a shipment has departed.
The system informs users when container doors are opened and provides geocoded proof-of-delivery information to the recipient. This confirms the shipment has reached its final destination, and that there has been no unauthorised opening of the container doors.
The system can also inform on the return of containers to the shipping company yard, avoiding unjustified demurrages.
ZTS was designed in order to develop container tracking devices at an affordable price, while providing what is needed by the user: effective tracking and monitoring. It monitors containers and assets while in transit, providing real-time information via GPS/GSM/internet through an effective partnership with Vodafone to any computer in the world on possible tampering, temperature variances and location.
It is a comprehensive, self-contained service that includes a device to be positioned internally to the container or on the pallet itself, and/or any equipment to be monitored. It does not need to be retrieved at destination as all the journey information is already in the system. GPS is used to track the shipment, with a battery life of one year (based on sending two reports a day).
The amount of daily reports can also be altered according to users' requirements at each instance during the forwarding. Alerts are sent via email and SMS to the user's phone. The user is able to log in with an encrypted password and ID to view the cargo's position and determine the type of alert.
Through a multiple mapping solution viewed on a web-based tracking portal, the position of the tracking device can be located to within metres. Each unique user has access to the ZTS portal, enabling them to view the real-time location and where the shipment has been. In less than a few minutes, the container tracking device is attached to the container doors by two powerful magnets.
No tools are needed for installation, with a universal plate adaptor included for aluminium containers or reefers. Real-time logistics data is available as soon as the device has been installed. The client may store documentation such as packing list, bill of lading and sanitary certificates in the web-based application, which may be retrieved with a password from the client's agent at the destination.
Real-time information on what is happening with shipments and informing users about incidents when they happen by triggering the corresponding alarms, gives them control of the situation, and the possibility of an effective and prompt reaction for damage control, such as reshipping if necessary.