We use the term Temperature Loggers to refer to small self contained devices that
automatically measure and record
temperatures. These may be made available
immediately, but the prime purpose is to produce a record of temperature over time, usually to
confirm compliance with a
pre-defined set of limits.
There are currently three different ways to track temperature, RFID (HF), RFID (UHF), and BLE - Bluetooth Low Energy.
Each have their strengths.
This is a good solution for measuring ambient temperature throughout the cold chain.
Passive tags are
mounted at convenient locations. No battery is required. Reading is by means
of a handheld computer.
The range of an HF tag is limited, usually to a few inches, but that is an advantage in this case, where there may be multiple tags in close proximity. A handheld computer is used to read the tag. The application on the handheld computer is set to read, and the user places the handheld computer close to the tag. The current temperature is then recorded.
These tags include a small battery which powers a low current circuit that is programmed to
record a temperature at predefined intervals.
Typically this might be once
per hour. Communication with the logging tag is by means of a conventional UHF RFID channel, which
means that the
batteries are used solely for recording of data - giving a very long working
life, which can be several years, dependent on settings.
As with HF tags, these are best read using a mobile handheld computer. Range is greater with UHF, and can be up to several meters, but this can be problematic when several tags are used close together,so range is often deliberately limited.
These tags are battery powered, and work by taking a temperature at a pre defined cycle,
transmitting that temperature to a fixed reader. In general, BLE tags are capable of recording
presence, temperature and light levels.
The reader will know the identity of the tag, and the current temperature.
The HF tags are the simplest solution, they need zero maintenance,
and there is no concern about battery life.
The UHF option provides more readings, and can be read at a greater range. Tags are slightly more expensive. Battery life introduces an extra variable. It has another benefit - the data collection is usually performed by an individual who is also performing a routine inspection - and so it provides a confirmation of that all locations were visited.
BLE simplifies the reading process, but is more dependent on setup, and again the tags can be slightly more expensive.
SageData Solutions offers software that can be local,
standalone, networked or on the cloud based
servers that interact with the handheld computers to set them up, and to collect and analyse data.
Temperatures can be set for high and low limits, and the reporting system will provide a variety of reports, including summary reports, exception reports, or detailed history reports. These include the identity of the individual taking the readings.
Please let us know if you would like to learn more.