Capturing Critical Data for a Cold Chain Solution

February 1st, 2021

What Can SenseIT IoT Sense?:  Capturing Critical Data for a Cold Chain Solution


The global cold chain market size is estimated to reach USD 447.50 billion by 2025, according to a new study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. That’s why SenseIT IoT by Domain will become an important application critical to guaranteeing successful shipments of temperature sensitive materials such as pharmaceuticals.

Pharmaceuticals are expensive, perishable, and valuable. But the true value is the patient need. According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, drug safety in the supply chain is most critical at the point closest to the patient.  In this highly competitive and regulated industry, pharmaceutical companies require effective cold chain procedures so that medications will not be compromised.

Domain conducted a successful trial using SenseIT IoT with Triose, a life sciences logistics firm, in concert with United Health Services, a major health care provider.  The objective of the trial with SenseIT IoT was to determine how our client could produce metrics needed to meet insurance company standards and thereby ensure that patients would receive medications that would not fail. Medications must be received on time and cannot be compromised during shipment.

The trial involved 10 shipments of expensive pharmaceuticals in mid-state New York, tracking the delivery of critical drugs from the hospital directly to patients’ homes.  The drug in this case was a specialty medication, at a cost of $7,000 to $9,000 per vial. Each package consisted of the drug, ice pack, and sensor sealed in a Styrofoam container. In order to avoid compromising the drug, it was important to maintain a temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. With SenseIT, we know the temperatures to 1/100th of a degree. At no time did any of the shipment go outside the bounds of the temperature threshold. If it had, an alert would have been sent to the person responsible for the shipment. In some cases, this could occur in time to salvage the shipment. With SenseIT we also know where the shipment is at any time, based on GPS coordinates.

The success of SenseIT in this trial has led our client to believe that combining their intellectual property with Domain’s technology will give their company a competitive edge.  Our client now plans to use SenseIT IoT to differentiate offerings to customers as well as meet the standards set by insurance companies for metrics and data to prove their procedures can guarantee successful delivery of an uncompromised drug.


How SenseIT IoT Works:

SenseIT IoT. SenseIT is a condition-monitoring internet of things application developed by Domain to help businesses track shipments and product handling conditions in real time. Using sensors from various manufacturers, we upload collected data to SenseIT’s cloud, standardize the record format and insert it into an SAP HANA database. SenseIT resides on a hyper scalable infrastructure on SAP HANA database and Microsoft Azure. With SenseIT, Domain’s customers can see the exact location of the truck, plane, or train that is transporting their products, as well as the condition of the product, thereby protecting their valuable property in real time with precision and ease.

After completion of a product shipment, SenseIT automatically produces a COPH, or a Certificate of Project Handling. The COPH lists shipment details such as start and stop date and time, maximum and minimum sensor readings, including GPS location of the product at the time of the message. The COPH provides our customers with concrete information with which to supply their customers.

SenseIT IoT can be used with its own portal or tightly integrated with SAP Business One, or in combination of the two. Soon Domain will integrate SenseIT with other enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs) such as S4/HANA and Oracle Netsuite.

What can SenseiT sense?

  • GPS Location
  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Tilt Axis X
  • Tilt Axis Y
  • Tilt Axis Z
  • Shock / Drop
  • Light


The report for each condition measured provides the following:

  • Date stamp
  • Time stamp
  •  GPS location

And soon SenseiT will be able to detect light. If a package is opened unexpectedly, SenseiT IoT will alert the product shipper.

SenseIT readings are accurate.  In the case of temperature, they are accurate to 1/100th of a degree, and the sensors used by SenseIT are NIST certified.

As you look to the future of your company, let Domain help you get there and maintain that edge using the knowledge provided by the SenseIT solution.

Domain specialists are looking forward to speaking with you and your colleagues about how this solution can greatly enhance your manufacturing or distribution business, making it even more profitable than ever.

For more information about Domain’s state of the art shipment and monitoring technology, email or call 610-374-7644 Option 1.