Restaurant Letter Grading: What Does a B Really Mean?

With more than 50% of U.S. food dollars spent on meals prepared outside the home, safety inspections at restaurants have become a core function of public...

Written by Garret Weigel | August 17, 2018

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Food Safety

Restaurant Letter Grading: What Does a B Really Mean?

With more than 50% of U.S. food dollars spent on meals prepared outside the home, safety inspections at restaurants have become a core function of public health authorities to prevent the outbreak of foodborne illness. They’re also a topic of great interest to the consuming public.

Written by Garret Weigel | August 17, 2018

Supply Chain

The Amazon Effect: How Customer Expectations Have Impacted the Supply Chain

In the mid-nineties, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon to sell one of a few promising categories of products: compact discs, computer hardware, computer software, videos, or books. His decision to revolutionize the way we purchase books would prove to have a cascading effect on expectations with online shopping.

Written by Garret Weigel | August 15, 2018

Food Safety

The Future of Food Safety Compliance in Artificial Intelligence

Although the term “AI” usually reminds us of futuristic scenarios made popular by science fiction, the use of robotic function in food service surprisingly commenced more than a hundred years ago when vending machines first appeared in 1897. We’re now starting to see a significant acceleration in food service automation like never before. New technologies are transforming the way restaurants, food processors, and...

Written by Garret Weigel | August 10, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

Differentiating Your Drug Store: The Future of Technology in Pharmacies

As more companies enter the pharmaceutical market, it will be important to differentiate services to attract and retain customers. One way to do this is to take advantage of technology to get ahead of the curve and improve customer satisfaction. Many pharmacies today are looking for solutions that improve patient outcomes, a goal that should be cornerstone to every pharmacy.

Written by Garret Weigel | August 8, 2018

Food Safety

Food Safety Milestones Part 3: Top 10 Food Laws & Regulations

In Part 1 and Part 2 of our mini-series on the milestones of food safety, we covered food preservation methods from antiquity through the industrial age. In Part 3, we complete the series with a survey of the top 10 Federal Laws and Regulations having the greatest impact on food production and consumption since the 20th century. These legal developments have been critical to protecting consumers, as food safety...

Written by Garret Weigel | August 3, 2018

Food Safety

2 Important Initiatives to Enable Multi-Unit Franchisee Success

Setting up a successful multi-unit franchise is challenging. It requires significant investments in time, energy, and resources to realize success. Despite this challenge, there are many benefits to investing in multiple franchises. By opening multiple units under the same franchising license, managers will take on less risk and can realize profits sooner than if they were to open a single store.

Written by Garret Weigel | August 1, 2018

Supply Chain

Autonomous Trucking and the Importance of Fleet Management

Autonomous vehicles, commonly referred to as “self-driving cars,” were previously science-fiction, but in recent years have proved to be a viable technology that will undoubtedly change the way we think about driving. While most of the hype has been tied to consumer applications, such as ride-sharing services and personal vehicles being completely or at least partially outfitted with autonomous features, one of the...

Written by Garret Weigel | July 27, 2018

Food Safety

Food Safety Milestones Part 2: Food Preservation in the Industrial Age

In Part 1 of our mini-series on the milestones of food safety, we surveyed the history of food preservation techniques prior to the advent of the Industrial and Scientific Revolutions. In this post, Part 2 will look at five essential technical advances in food preservation discovered primarily by scientists and developed by inventors: canning, pasteurization, refrigeration, freezing, and thermometry.

Written by Garret Weigel | July 25, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

The Costs Associated with Medication Errors

It’s understandable that people who are admitted to hospitals should expect to return in better health, and that their prescribed medications improve their well-being. Unfortunately, this is not always the case despite the high standards that doctors are held to. The healthcare industry has been and always will be under scrutiny for rising prices, so any impact on reducing costs should be a welcome initiative.

Written by Garret Weigel | July 20, 2018

Connected Facility

The Power of Prediction: The Analytics Maturity Model in IIoT

Advances in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) domain have created a wealth of new opportunities for making sense of the world, but has brought with it the challenge of leveraging massive amounts of data to improve decision-making. As the number of connected devices continues to grow, manual data collection methods are quickly becoming impractical. Implementing systems that apply analytics to generate...

Written by Jason Sroka | July 18, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

Hospital Food Safety: The Benchmark for All Food Service Organizations

If you think that maintaining a safe food environment can be challenging for restaurants, imagine how imperative it is for a hospital. Food safety in hospitals is of paramount importance, since their patient populations are at higher risk of developing a foodborne illness, especially:

Written by Garret Weigel | July 13, 2018

Food Safety

Discover the Simplicity of Digital Temperature Logs

Maintaining accurate temperature logs in a fast-paced food service environment is a constant challenge for most restaurant and retail companies. Data logs are essential to compliance and regulation management to ensure quality products are served to customers. However, keeping track of a paper-based log is undoubtedly a hassle.

Written by Emily Kokesh | July 11, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Technology in the Modern Hospital

Organizations of all types and sizes are working hard to keep up with the growth of new data in 2018 – and succeeding! The abundance of data today is enabling organizations to make more informed decisions and provide higher quality services.

Written by Emily Kokesh | July 6, 2018

Food Safety

Food Safety Milestones Part 1: A Short History of Food Preservation

Although it appears that outbreaks of foodborne illness are increasing these days (partly due to extensive media coverage), they date back to the Stone Age. Based on historical accounts, researchers at the University of Maryland have traced the first recorded case to Alexander the Great’s death from typhoid in 323 B.C. Other notable victims of food poisoning include British author Rudyard Kipling, pioneer American...

Written by Garret Weigel | July 4, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

Why Amazon’s Entry into Pharmacy and Food is Good for IoT

News broke yesterday that Amazon will purchase PillPack, a delivery pharmacy that sorts medication by dose. Amazon’s entry into pharmacy with PillPack and food service with Whole Foods is a great thing for IoT companies. Amazon has used technology to reinvent online shopping, and is doing the same thing in pharmacy and supermarkets. Incumbent competitors will need to aggressively adopt IoT technologies, such as...

Written by Jeremy Macdonald | June 29, 2018

Food Safety

How do you determine the financial impact of a foodborne illness outbreak?

The number of foodborne illness cases in recent years has been on the rise, frequently caused by preventable mistakes. In addition to having significant consequences to brand perception, these incidents have quantifiable impact on brand value.

Written by Garret Weigel | June 27, 2018

Food Safety

Investigating Foodborne Illness Outbreaks: The FSMA Process

As we covered in an earlier post, consumer groups who are upset about the unresolved outbreak of E. coli related to romaine lettuce have demanded that failures in the FDA traceability process be repaired before the end of the year. In this follow-up post, we’ll take a closer look at this process as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in 2011.

Written by Garret Weigel | June 22, 2018

Food Safety

Food Safety is Broken, Here’s Why

Food safety programs are broken. They are largely paper based, and lag behind technological innovations realized through wireless sensors and digital checklists. Every year, roughly 1 in 6 people (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Many of these incidents are easily preventable, but companies who lack a modern food safety solution are not doing all they can...

Written by Jeremy Macdonald | June 20, 2018

Supply Chain

4 Signs Blockchain will Revolutionize the Supply Chain

The supply chain, a series of product transfers between manufacturers, distribution centers, and retail locations, is a complex network of transactions. From raw material to finished product, every transfer throughout the chain requires documentation to ensure that product quality is not compromised, items are en route to their correct destination, and a number of other parameters that require monitoring to...

Written by Colin Warkentin | June 14, 2018

Connected Facility

Transforming Facilities Management with Wireless Sensors and Digital Checklists

One of the most important aspects of facilities management is to optimize the efficient use of assets, whether it be a process or a physical piece of equipment. Ensuring optimal use of these assets is near impossible without visibility into equipment performance and a task management system to improve productivity.

Written by Garret Weigel | June 6, 2018

Supply Chain

The Positive Impact of Driver Wellness Programs

In our second blog post about the trucking industry, we observed some of the causes of the truck driver shortage in the U.S. One major factor is the unhealthy lifestyle comprised of poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and sleep deprivation that can make the occupation unappealing to potential new recruits and force current drivers into early retirement for health reasons. In this post, we look at how some innovative...

Written by Emily Kokesh | May 29, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

The End of the Wired Era: 3 Benefits of Remote Monitoring Solutions for Hospitals

Hospitals have an obligation to ensure that their patients are healthy: from the medication they take to the food they eat, the last thing a patient should experience is an illness caused by a lapse in safety precautions. With many legacy technologies still in use today, the likelihood of a temperature excursion affecting food or medication should be taken seriously. Despite new regulations mandating the use of more...

Written by Garret Weigel | May 25, 2018

Supply Chain

Supply Chain Crisis: America Needs More Truckers

In a previous post, we reported the recent update to the ELD Mandate for livestock truckers, an urgent issue that pits recommendations for the transport of live animals against the new federal regulations. In fact, some trucking industry authorities claim that the ELD sanctions may result in drivers leaving the field, contributing to an already challenging driver shortage. In this post, we summarize some of the...

Written by SmartSense | May 14, 2018

Supply Chain

Livestock Drivers Catch a Break With ELD Mandate Extension

Here at SmartSense, we understand the complexity of the food supply chain at every link. Making sure that our food arrives fresh, safe, and at the right temperature is the responsibility of everyone working in processing, packaging, distribution, and sales. It’s not always easy—and if anyone knows that, it’s the truckers who haul our goods from coast to coast.

Written by SmartSense | April 25, 2018

Connected Facility

Designing and Deploying Your Temperature Monitoring Solution

The excitement of getting your brand-new temperature monitoring solution up and running can quickly meet its demise when your initial setup doesn’t go as smoothly as planned. The easiest way to avoid this dilemma is with proper preparation for setting up your new units. A typical first-time setup should only take a few minutes. In this post, we’ll explore best practices to ensure you not only get yourself up and...

Written by SmartSense | March 29, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

Demystifying Humidity Regulations

Most non-refrigerated pharmaceuticals come with the recommendation on the package that you store them in a “cool, dry place.” Continuous and automated temperature monitoring makes it easy to follow the “cool” part of these recommendations by changing the temperature of a cooler or freezer when alerted. Wisconsin’s Board of Pharmacy has recently become the first to make a recommendation on how to interpret the “dry”...

Written by Genevieve Shattow | March 26, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

4 Lessons to Learn from the IVF Disaster at University Hospital

You may have seen the headlines about the crisis at Cleveland’s University Hospitals Fertility Center. It is every safety manager’s nightmare. Between the overnight hours of March 3 and 4, one of the facility’s liquid nitrogen storage tanks began to warm up. Undetected by both the hospital staff and its monitoring system, more than 2,000 embryos and eggs have most likely been compromised during the excursion.

Written by SmartSense | March 15, 2018


Solving for FSMA Through IoT

Real-time Temperature Data Is Essential

Written by SmartSense | March 7, 2018

Connected Facility

Connecting Your Enterprise: System Considerations for IIoT

You almost know everything you need about preparing your business for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT entails connecting and monitoring equipment, vehicles, and other hard assets within a company’s aggregated information network to enable additional organizational insights, efficiency, and control.

Written by SmartSense | February 27, 2018

Connected Facility

Connecting Your Enterprise: Plan Your Implementation Approach

We’re back for round two in a series offering practical advice to prepare your business for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In this context, IIoT entails connecting and monitoring equipment, vehicles, and other hard assets within a company’s aggregated information network to enable additional organizational insights, efficiency, and control.

Written by SmartSense | February 21, 2018

Connected Facility

Connecting Your Enterprise: Welcome to Industry 4.0

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also known as Industry 4.0, has received a lot of media hype in recent years. This movement entails connecting and monitoring equipment, vehicles, and other hard assets within a company’s aggregated information network to enable additional organizational insights, efficiency, and control.

Written by SmartSense | February 14, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

How to Create a Connected Pharmacy Using Digital Monitoring Solutions

Pharmacies have an obligation to store, deliver, and administer life-saving medications and vaccines. Since patients depend on them and costs are high, maintaining pharmaceuticals at their optimal temperature is paramount to both ensure their efficacy and minimize risk.

Written by SmartSense | February 7, 2018

Connected Facility

Connectivity 101: It’s All in the Cloud

At SmartSense, we go beyond monitoring the temperature of your assets—we also monitor our own system of sensors to ensure that we get all of the temperature readings when they’re expected.

Written by Jheel Doshi | February 1, 2018

Connected Facility

Here’s Why Continuous Monitoring Keeps Your Inventory Safe

Food safety and pharmaceutical storage are two applications where knowing the temperature of the storage area for a product is critical to ensuring its safety and viability. Produce will spoil quicker when it’s not cooled during storage, which can lead to quality issues in the freshness and taste of the final product.

Written by Jason Sroka | January 25, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

Highly Beneficial Technologies to Transform Your Pharmacy

Technology is causing swift transformations in the methods that pharmacies now use to manage and dispense drugs and medications. Advances in diagnostics, automation, and analytics help pharmacists provide better customer service, while also improving patient outcomes and logistical efficiency.

Written by SmartSense | January 18, 2018

Pharmacy Safety

Let’s Assess Product Simulation vs. Defrost Cycle Filtering

Act with confidence based on actual product temperature.

We love to build new things, and we love to apply those capabilities to customer challenges. It takes time to get to know each customer’s challenge and to get to why they are interested in a remote monitoring solution.

Written by Dan Bachiochi | January 4, 2018

Connected Facility

SmartSense's Top Remote Monitoring Articles of 2017

Another year has come and gone, and IoT has allowed us to accomplish more than anyone ever thought possible. New technologies are revealed daily, making once complex tasks easier and more manageable. Disasters such as the hurricanes taught us at how important connectivity is to keeping people safe during emergency situations.

Written by SmartSense | December 28, 2017

Food Safety

The FSMA Transport Rule: What it is & Who is Responsible

The FSMA Rule on Sanitary Transportation is one of seven foundational rules proposed by the FDA to create a risk-based framework for food safety. The overall objective of the rule is to prevent practices during transportation that create hazards, such as failure of refrigeration, inadequate cleaning of vehicles, and inappropriate packing materials. Ultimately, the rule was put in place to minimize the potential of a...

Written by SmartSense | July 5, 2017

Food Safety

Food Safety Modernization Act: An Overview

When the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in 2011, it shifted U.S. food safety policy from a reactive afterthought to a proactive mission. That is, rather than responding to contamination after the fact, the law mandates preventing problems during manufacturing and transport before they occur. FSMA also provides the FDA with new enforcement authorities to achieve higher rates of compliance and tools to...

Written by SmartSense | June 27, 2017

Food Safety

Who’s Included in the FSMA Food Transport Rule?

The FDA recently released its final FSMA rule, which applies specifically to food transportation. FSMA covers many aspects of food production, transportation of that food being one of them. While many food safety professionals have implemented HACCP or similar plans, they’ll need to review their current plans to ensure they comply with FSMA.

Written by SmartSense | May 11, 2016

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