Infratab makes and sells smart sensors designed to answer the question, “How fresh is it?” Supporting these sensors are software apps and dashboards that manage sensor data; cloud databases that store this data; and most importantly, analytics that map, aggregate and curate data for condition and freshness-based business decisions. Collectively these elements are known as Infratab Freshtime®.
At the core of Infratab’s solutions is Freshtime Points® metrics for quantifying freshness and condition. Freshtime Points is shorthand for describing how much of a perishable’s life has been used and how much is left. This information is useful to the brand owner, the transporter, the retailer, and the consumer. Freshtime Points also establishes metrics, which rate the condition of a location. Examples of locations monitored are warehouses, transport reefers, air cargo shipping containers, cold storage and pre-cool rooms, refrigerators and refrigerated containers, chilled display cases, and cold-pack totes.
Freshtime passes along the freshness status of the tagged perishable either via the cloud, via a reader or, physically from a mother tag to a daughter tag. The daughter tag can be another sensor tag, an EPC or NFC ID tag, a barcode, or a printed label. The mother tag can be monitoring a vat of wine or a large vial of reagents. When wine is bottled or the reagent is transferred to a smaller vial, the freshness and other condition status can be passed to the daughter tag. No matter what the daughter tag, Freshtime facilitates this inheritance very simply and cost effectively.
Freshtime data-capture software manages tags and tag data. This data is sent to a Freshtime cloud or stored locally. Freshtime analytics, whose metrics are based upon Freshtime Points, aggregate, forecast, and map data about the condition of tagged perishables and associated locations and carriers.