AKCP Wireless Tunnel Solution Deployed for COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery and Storage
In response to the pandemic, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use throughout the world. As the vaccine is based on mRNA technology it requires refrigeration to temperatures as low as -80°C. This is a challenge for the cold chain logistics industry. Monitoring the COVID-19 vaccine during delivery and storage is critical.
Pfizer distributes its vaccines in the United States from a centralized hub in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Packed in reusable containers holding 1,000 vaccines and surrounded with dry ice. The containers can maintain the required temperature for several days until delivery to storage facilities. The containers are monitored by Pfizer during delivery to ensure temperatures are maintained and the shipments tracked.
It doesn’t end with the delivery. From the storage facilities, the vaccine will need to be transported to regional, and local health centres. In some countries with less developed infrastructure, this is a serious challenge. The government health authorities and local distributors must ensure that storage facilities, transportation and last-mile delivery are monitored. With monitoring in place, temperature excursion is avoided and vaccine efficacy is maintained.
AKCP with their Wireless Tunnel™ infrastructure has announced a solution for vaccine transport and storage monitoring. AKCP has incorporated its 30+ years experience in professional sensor solutions to address the unique needs of the mass distribution of temperature-
Wireless Tunnel™ Sensors are assigned to shipments, refrigerated warehouses, trucks, planes. Data is communicated to the AKCP Wireless Tunnel™ Gateway at strategic points throughout the cold chain. Sensors act as data loggers until in range of a gateway. At this point, they automatically connect to the gateway and upload the data onto the Wireless Tunnel™ Cloud.
The challenges facing the global cold chain logistics industry in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine are immense. They require careful management of billions of doses around the world. Getting the vaccines from manufacturer to in-country storage facilities is only the start. By implementing the AKCP vaccine delivery and storage monitoring solution the loss of vaccines and their efficacy can be minimized.
AKCP established in the USA in 1981, has 30+ years experience in professional sensor solutions. AKCP created the market for networked temperature, environmental and power monitoring in the data center. Today with over 150 employees and 200,000 installations, AKCP is the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of networked wired and wireless sensors. AKCP has several divisions tailored to the needs of different industries.