Controlant IoT monitors Pfizer Covid vaccine supply chain

  • January 4, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Icelandic firm Controlant is providing monitoring and supply chain visibility to Pfizer for the global delivery of its Covid-19 vaccine.

Controlant specialises in real-time supply chain monitoring and visibility technologies for heavily regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and food and beverage sectors.

“We selected Controlant’s innovative technology and platform to track and monitor the Pfizer-BionTech Covid-19 vaccines during shipment, from origin sites to their arrival at government preferred channel and designated vaccination locations,” said Tanya Alcorn, vice president of Pfizer. “Controlant’s reusable, real-time data loggers and visibility and analysis platform integrate Pfizer’s existing control tower technologies to help manage temperature proactively, identify and react expeditiously to any events that can impact the supply chain, all while automating quality and logistics processes.”

In addition to the visibility and monitoring that Controlant is providing for the vaccine distribution supply chain, the company is also working directly with the US government and health officials, such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), and stakeholders in Operation Warp Speed, to provide on-site monitoring at US government-preferred designated vaccination locations to help seamlessly ensure continuity during hand-off, actionable communication and visibility, throughout the entirety of the US supply chain journey of the vaccines.

“Controlant has amassed a depth of expertise in vaccine supply chain operations and we are happy to have the opportunity to apply our solutions to the entirety of the Covid-19 vaccine supply chain, through our direct work with Pfizer and government stakeholders,” said Gisli Herjolfsson, CEO of Controlant. “We have built and continue to build products and services to prepare for and meet the changing demands of the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, including real-time and automated solutions, while helping brands, manufacturers and logistics providers in these market segments ensure and maintain regulatory compliance and product integrity.”

Controlant’s round-the-clock visibility and monitoring changes the temperature-controlled supply chain from a reactive operational function to a proactive function, providing stakeholders across a product’s supply chain with an array of services to help prevent supply chain-related product loss, tampering and spoilage, while increasing responsiveness and resilience.

Controlant IoT devices, packed with the vaccines, capture environmental information, including time, temperature and light events, and send the information in real time to a proprietary cloud-enabled software and analytics platform, where stakeholders can view and receive alerts and react to live temperature and location data on demand.

Controlant monitors shipments of pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and food and beverage products to more than 115 countries worldwide.

Using Controlant’s IoT, cloud-enabled analytics, API connectivity and operational services can help users achieve an annualised RoI and, in many cases, millions of dollars in savings, reducing material losses, and enhancing the reliability of their operations.