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New Asset Tracking, Monitoring System for Pharma

September 17, 2007

System Planning Corp.'s PharmaTrak combines asset tracking and monitoring to enable real-time tracking of pharmaceutical and biomedical supply shipments.


ARLINGTON, VA /PRNewswire/ -- System Planning Corporation announced the introduction of PharmaTrak, a highly-reliable, industry-specific derivative of its patented GlobalTrak asset monitoring and tracking system engineered to meet the rigorous tracking and monitoring requirements for pharmaceuticals and biomedical supplies.

PharmaTrak provides real-time tracking and monitoring throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain from manufacturer to distributor to retailer or clinical trial—without gaps—as shipments move from truck to ships, back to surface transport, and through distribution centers.

PharmaTrak's sensor suite begins with basic security monitors such as door position, light, and acoustic detectors. The industry-essential temperature sensors on PharmaTrak can be set to monitor and record temperature, report periodic average readings at customer-determined intervals, and send immediate alerts if excursions beyond acceptable ranges occur. Humidity, shock, and vibration sensors also can be calibrated to alert or report as needed.

"There is two-way communication between the asset monitoring unit positioned on the shipment and a network operations center called the Information Management Bureau (IMB) via cellular or satellite networks," said Joseph McKinney, GlobalTrak vice president for business development.

"The IMB offers stakeholders secure, online access to shipment data. Sensor data records can be reviewed and alerting instructions updated through user configurable business rules," McKinney said.

PharmaTrak supports growing government demand for electronic pedigrees for pharmaceuticals such as California will implement in 2009, according to Richard C. Meyers, president and CEO of GlobalTrak.

"Because of the IMB's flexible architecture, the documentation that comprises a shipment's e-pedigree - purchase orders, bills of lading, and routing information, for instance - can be electronically associated with specific shipments in the IMB," Meyers said.

"The IMB's 'sophisticated permissibility' feature allows any shipment stakeholder to be given as much or as little access to read, receive, or add to shipment data as the customer chooses," he added.

PharmaTrak offers data management from the pallet or carton to the item level via RFID, barcode, or other electronic input. It can also serve as RFID edgeware if required. The IMB data envelope can be easily imported into existing logistics and inventory management systems, Meyers said.

For more information about GlobalTrak and PharmaTrak, visit the Web site.


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