Media Sourcery Adds Cold Chain Capability to Asset Tracking Solution
June 7, 2021
Sourcery's solution initial implementation is in tracking COVID-19 test
kits, monitoring that they are stored and transported at the proper
temperature at each point in the supply chain.
Liberty Distribution in Simi Valley, CA, operates the cold storage
warehouse that receives, stores and ships the COVID-19 test kits. “Our
coolers have temperature sensors monitoring that the kits are stored at
the correct temperature,” said Louie Manalad, VP of Logistics and
Fulfillment. “The tracking provided with this solution lets us scan the
kits when we ship them to record this, and allows the customers to scan
upon receipt, making sure they were stored and transported correctly.”
The solution takes data from each event in the life of an asset,
including location, user, temperature, event type and other details, and
puts this information on the shared public ledger of a blockchain. Users
can quickly and easily see the entire event history of each asset
currently in their inventory, in route to their facility, or used assets
history. Media Sourcery’s Cold Chain solution provides an iOS and
Android app for scanning assets to log events in real time, and a
browser app for reporting, recording data and for handheld barcode
“The transparency of having a shared public ledger for the transport,
storage and handling events of the Osang GeneFinder™ COVID-19 Fast/Plus
RealAmp Test Kits will provide unprecedented assurance to our labs,
customers and test populations,” said James Bailey, President for
Achieve Health Management, US Distributor for the test kits. “This
application will also help ensure our end-to-end process provides proper
test kit handling and storage in temperature-controlled environments for
optimal test performance.”
Media Sourcery partnered with ESG blockchain company Topl, using their
BaaS (Blockchain-as-a-Service) offering for this implementation.
“With millions of covid tests performed daily, we are thrilled to
contribute verification of temperature and proof of origin for these
test kits via our purpose-built blockchain,” said Kim Raath, CEO at Topl.
“It further demonstrates the capabilities and possibilities that
blockchain technology can offer the world.”
Putting event information as the event happens on the Topl blockchain
provides all parties in the cold chain the trust and traceability needed
for assets like COVID-19 test kits. If there are events that happened
without scanning, possibly events in the past before the Cold Chain
solution was implemented, those events can be fingerprinted.
Fingerprinting is done by loading a document, photo or other evidence of
the event onto a blockchain storage provider such as Arweave, Gaia from
Stacks or IPFS. The link to this evidence is added along with the rest
of the event information (including the indication that it is a
fingerprint and not real-time) to the blockchain transaction.
The temperature of the kits is monitored with patented time-temperature
technology from Varcode. Varcode’s Smart Tags™ dynamically change based
on customized time and temperature parameters. The labels use a
combination of precisely tuned chemicals and a uniquely printed layer to
capture temperature variances when and where they occur and create a
permanent, irreversible digital record. Varcode time-temperature
parameters are added to the blockchain data along with other asset
addition of Varcode technology to Media Sourcery’s innovative solution
directly supports the safe and effective distribution of COVID-19 test
kits,” said Joe Battoe, CEO of Varcode. “With the entire supply chain's
workflow automated and recorded on a blockchain, point-of-care providers
and their patients can be assured of quality diagnoses."
By integrating Media Sourcery’s ETA (Events-Triggers-Actions) rules
engine, the time-temperature readings are the events that can trigger
actions. These actions can include notifications such as text and email,
or more complex actions through integrations.
“The underlying solution supports the tracking of all assets - digital
assets, hard assets as well as assets requiring cold storage,” said
Larry Ketchersid, CEO of Media Sourcery, Inc. “Our Cold Chain solution
is evolutionary from our workflow products, and revolutionary in the
practical usage of blockchain technologies."