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Telenor Connexion enables Stepac real time wireless monitoring of “what’s cool” all over the world

Press Release   •   Jul 18, 2011 13:00 GMT

Telenor Connexion’s embedded connectivity delivers Stepac’s customers premium services for cold chain monitoring to ensure the best quality goods.

Transporting fresh perishables presents a difficult challenge for retailers. The goods must be transported in a timely fashion in order to provide consumers with the best quality goods. To complicate the situation further, some produce are more sensitive than others; with a few hours delay in the cooling process or distribution chain causing a significant reduction in its marketability.

Stepac, a leading global supplier of real-time cold chain monitoring and tracking solutions to the fresh produce industry, has developed the Xsense solution specifically for perishable foods. The solution, which contains Telenor Connexion’s embedded connectivity, allows the receiver of temperature-sensitive goods to know immediately, before accepting the shipment, if products have remained at the proper temperature for the entire trip.

The Xsense solution works in real-time mode, providing vital information about produce quality from inside the carton or package. It contains temperature and relative humidity sensors, which collect and transfer data by wireless communication to a communication unit (CU) via standard mobile and/or LAN networks. Data is available in real time throughout the shipment and alerts can be sent via SMS or email. GPS tracking lets you view the geographic progress of the shipment as well.

"The partnership of Xsense and Telenor Connexion highlights a growing trend of wireless innovations occuring in business and life critical solutions. Everyday, billions of dollars of temperature-sensitive goods are transported from one location to another. By using wireless connectivity it is now possible to seamlessly monitor the entire cold chain from end-to-end in real time, thus providing an accurate picture of the treatment of goods in transit and enabling true asset management," says Gwenn Larsson, CMO at Telenor Connexion.

“To wirelessly monitor the temperature of shipments as they travel along the cold chain - and the world - has a large impact not only on the quality of the produce, but also on the financial success of our customers. The return on investment of cold chains depends mainly on the reduction of food waste. However, improved efficiency such as implementing First Expired First Out (FEFO) management, can potentially also save millions of dollars annually”, says Udi Aviran, Commercial Manager at Stepac.

The Xsense solution has been purchased, in the fresh produce and the meat industry, by more than 200 customers all over the globe.

For more information, please contact:

Udi Aviran, Commercial Manger, Stepac
Udi@stepac.com, +972 52 4312062

Gwenn Larsson, CMO, Telenor Connexion
Gwenn.larsson@telenor.com , +46 734 25 26 36

Julia Fedorova, VisiTech PR for Telenor Connexion US
tc@visitechpr.com, +1 303 752 3552 x223

About Stepac and Xsense®
In the fresh produce industry since 1995, our global sales and support teams have gained intimate knowledge of cold chain logistics. Through the development and marketing of  our Xtend®modified atmosphere/modified humidity packaging for the fresh produce industry, we identified an unmet need for real time monitoring of temperature and relative humidity from inside produce cartons.
To meet this challenge, we developed a new concept in cold chain monitoring: Xsense™, a comprehensive program that enables cold chain stake holders to make critical decisions about their perishable products in real time. Xsense monitors the quality of perishable items, as dictated by temperature and humidity, during all stages of the cold chain—from palletization in the packing house to arrival at retail outlets.
StePac LA Ltd. is a part of DS Smith Plastics, a division of DS Smith Plc.
For more information visit:
www.coldchainquality.com and www.stepac.com

About Telenor Connexion
Telenor Connexion is the leading provider of premium M2M solutions for business and life critical applications, regardless of the vertical market. Building on more than 10 years of M2M experience, Telenor Connexion provides customers with tools that allow for full control of status, location and performance of their connected devices.
Telenor Connexion has provided reliable, international M2M solutions to a number of global customers such as Volvo, Nissan, Daimler, TomTom, Omron, Scania, Qualcomm Enterprise Services, Hitachi and Securitas.
The company was established in 2008 and originates from the successful M2M business within Telenor Sweden. With headquarter in Stockholm, tech center in Karlskrona and regional offices in London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, Telenor Connexion has a global presence serving customers around the world.
Telenor Connexion is wholly owned by Telenor Group, one of the world’s major mobile operators.
For more information please visit www.telenorconnexion.com

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