Eyes On The Road

In your business, it may be critical that your food remain between certain temperatures. It seems like as great as your drivers are, you know that they are the critical bottle neck in your new plan to comply with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to have “eyes on the road”? A way that you could travel along with the product, standing in the trailer with a thermometer watching the temperature to ensure your food doesn’t spoil? The driver needs to be focused on driving rather than watching the temperature the whole transit. They do check periodically, but how often? Being able to have multiple eyes on the temperatures would be great for any company with food in transit.

In the years of the past, there’s the temp recorder that rides in the back with the product, but really all that does is protect the consumer right? That only offers you the opportunity to not sell ruined product and end up in court rooms, but does NOTHING to protect your load from spoiling IF the temperature goes outside of the allotted range.

In the last few years, companies have been developing something new. Something innovative. Something that’s worth your looking into. We’re talking about a device with a CELLULAR modem inside it, GPS antenna, Computer Processor, and ability to send and receive data. When you add a peripheral device like a temperature sensor, this becomes your eyes on the road. This becomes your guy sitting back there in the trailer with a thermometer.

How Does It Work?

A temperature probe peripheral unit is installed near the return air on the reefer (where air is the warmest) measuring the ambient air temperature. Each time the control device requests a reading, the air temperature is measured and sends that data back to a cloud server. The server processes this information and if it identifies a problem (temperature outside of the thresholds you set), you’ll see that on the screen, OR, better yet, you’ll be sent an alert to e-mails of your choice, phones of your choice, or combinations of both.

But, it gets even better. What if you do get alerted that the temperature is rising, nearing the threshold of being outside the allotted range? Where is the driver? Can they fix the problem? Are they close enough to the destination that they need to just stay on track and it will be delivered safely? This is where this system gets even better. Along with that temperature, the control device sends you the GPS coordinates of the trailer, a time stamp, and other critical data that you can use to make your decision quickly and resolve issues before they even become a critical issue.

Fleet Tracking companies like National Fleet Tracking have been providing companies with this type of low cost service for several years and helping companies like yours implement a solution that protects their loads in transit. Make sure to talk with a fleet expert about how a device  like the NFT-2820 with a temperature probe can help save you time and money and put your company at less risk under the FSMA.