CubeWorks debuts CubiSens XT1 for cold chain logisticsEngineering360 News Desk | November 18, 2022
CubeWorks, a startup specializing in smart sensing solutions, has introduced the next-generation visibility solution for cold chain logistics with its CubiSens XT1. The XT1 is the first temperature tracker of its kind that enables product-level monitoring of biopharma products for temperature compliance and quality assurance for the entire lifecycle. Measuring 16 mm in diameter, the CubiSens XT1 is 100 times smaller than conventional data loggers, small enough to fit on any individual product that requires temperature monitoring.
CubiSens XT1 addresses the biggest cold chain logistics challenges today: fragmented temperature monitoring, data aggregation challenges and incomplete tracking across the supply chain due to temperature data loggers built on outdated technology. Temperature issues in cold chain logistics cost the pharmaceutical industry over $35 billion in losses a year. More than 25% of all vaccines are degraded or go to waste due to the logistical challenges involved in transporting them worldwide.
The large form factors of current generation data sensing and logging technology are driven by the need for larger batteries to power the electronics to achieve the necessary run-time and accuracy specifications. “Smart label” form factors often require trade-offs in run-time, temperature accuracy and range, as well as battery size and chemistry. CubeWorks’ pioneering development of ultra-low power chips optimizes size, cost and performance while meeting strict regulatory and validation requirements of the biopharma industry.
Powering the CubiSens XT1 is CubeWorks’ patented ultra-low power system-on-chip solution, stemming from a decade of pioneering research at the University of Michigan on ultra-low-power circuits that enables 100 times improvement in power efficiency and reduces the number of components in IoT devices by 10 times, making it highly scalable and cost effective for ubiquitous deployment.
The result is a uniquely sized wireless temperature logger that is lightweight, low-cost and can be easily integrated onto vials, bottles or product boxes to provide continuous temperature tracking of biologic products at a new level of granularity. It features an “always on” display to show the compliance status, making it easy to implement across the entire supply chain, including the last mile. Data from the XT1 can be scanned by any smartphone and is uploaded instantaneously on the XTcloud, an SaaS platform for data visualization and management that provides end-to-end temperature tracking of products for complete visibility throughout the supply chain.