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Exploring IoT technologies to unlock efficiencies in the cold chain (Part 2)

By Eamonn Ryan

One of the speakers at the Cold Chain Refrigeration Logistics and Technology Summit was Cassandra Barnes, CEO of CLCircular SA. This article is derived from her presentation, and is part two of a three-part article.

Cassandra Barnes, CEO of CLCircular SA.
Cassandra Barnes, CEO of CLCircular SA. ©Cold Link Africa


The theme of her presentation was ‘Cold chain visibility and monitoring – innovating for smarter and faster delivery. IoT technologies – real time monitoring of refrigerated goods in transit’.

Empowering stakeholders with end-to-end visibility

Barnes continued her presentation by highlighting the importance of end-to-end visibility in driving meaningful change within the cold chain industry. She emphasised the need for all stakeholders, from packhouse managers to logistics co-ordinators and exporters, to have access to real-time information throughout the supply chain.

“For true transformation to occur, we must start with comprehensive visibility,” Barnes explained. “This means understanding every step of the journey, from the farm to the final destination.”

CLCircular’s approach involves providing monitoring devices that capture crucial data points at every stage of the cold chain process. These devices, designed with a circular economy model in mind, are reusable and environmentally friendly, ensuring minimal waste and maximum efficiency.

“Our goal is to equip businesses with the tools they need to make informed decisions. This starts with understanding their unique requirements and providing tailored solutions.”

To achieve this, CLCircular offers a comprehensive software platform that gives users access to real-time data insights. Combined with specialised hardware devices, such as temperature and humidity recorders, light exposure monitors and accelerometers, businesses can track and monitor their perishable goods with precision.

“We believe in providing a complete solution,” Barnes emphasised. “Our devices are equipped with a range of features to address the diverse needs of our clients, from monitoring temperature-sensitive products to ensuring proper handling during transportation.”

One notable feature Barnes highlighted was the atmospheric pressure sensor, designed specifically for air freight purposes. This sensor allows businesses to monitor pressure levels inside shipping containers, ensuring optimal conditions for perishable goods.

“In essence, our goal is to transform raw data into actionable insights,” she summarised. “By empowering businesses with comprehensive visibility and advanced monitoring capabilities, we can drive efficiency and reliability throughout the cold chain.”

As Barnes concluded this segment of her presentation, she transitioned to discuss the next phase: transforming raw data into meaningful information to drive informed decision-making.