Wiliot to Debut Real-Time Humidity Sensing for its Revolutionary Ambient IoT Platform at Groceryshop 2023
- With new capabilities available in Wiliot’s ambient IoT Visibility Platform, food companies and retailers can now continuously monitor the humidity of products, at the case level, from farm to store — reducing waste, while enhancing quality, freshness, safety, and sustainability.
- Wiliot’s real-time ambient IoT Visibility Platform endorsed as the low-labor, route for grocers and food producers fullcompliance with the Food Safety and Modernization Act’s Rule 204 (FSMA 204).
Wiliot, the Internet of Things pioneer whose ambient IoT Visibility Platform is enabling trillions of “things” to gain intelligence, announced it has achieved the breakthrough ability to sense and analyze humidity levels of grocery products, in real-time, throughout the supply chain.
Wiliot will debut its humidity sensing technology and demonstrate the Wiliot Visibility Platform at Groceryshop 2023, Sept. 19-21, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, at Wiliot booth #A440.
Wiliot Co-Founder and COO Yaron Elboim will speak about ambient IoT, humidity sensing, and FSMA compliance on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 9:35 a.m. as part of the Groceryshop panel session “Technologies Strengthening the Supply Chain.”
By adding humidity sensing to the company’s Visibility Platform—on top of Wiliot’s existing temperature, location, and carbon emissions sensing capabilities—Wiliot has made it possible for grocers, retailers, food distributors, and CPG brands to better ensure the safety, integrity, freshness, and sustainability of moisture-sensitive products end-to-end and at unprecedented scale.
Wiliot’s ability to enable continuous monitoring down to the product level is unlike any traceability technology available today, positioning it perfectly to help companies comply with new U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) safe tracking rules.
“This is a game-changing technology achievement for supply chain visibility, and we consider Groceryshop 2023 the perfect place to share it with our many partners and other industry participants,” said Wiliot VP of Data Products & Algorithms, Thaddeus Segura. “By adding humidity sensing to the Wiliot Visibility Platform, we are transforming the handling of products we all consume and depend on. Now companies can deliver impeccable quality to their customers while promoting sustainability and responsible resource utilization.”
The Wiliot Visibility Platform connects the digital and physical worlds through the Wiliot Cloud and Wiliot IoT Pixels, which are low-cost, self-powered, mass-manufactured postage stamp-sized compute devices affixed to products and packaging.
IoT Pixels continuously and automatically transmit data to the Wiliot Cloud via standard Bluetooth devices, greatly reducing the staffing and operational cost of traditional tracking methodologies, while also reducing error rates, waste, mis-shipments, mis-picks and out-of-stocks.
By using the latest technology to efficiently connect any item to the internet and embedding it with intelligence and awareness, companies can create more efficient, profitable, and sustainable supply chains.
With this latest launch, Wiliot engineers have now introduced to IoT Pixels a tiny membrane that detects humidity in the air. When an IoT Pixel is exposed to different humidity levels, the information is relayed wirelessly to the Wiliot Cloud. In the cloud, this humidity data is combined with temperature and location data to generate insights and timely alerts for staff that can better optimize supply chain operations.
“Based on this new humidity data, companies can now track, in real-time, the relative impact of environmental conditions on moisture-sensitive products – to improve their freshness, quality, safety, and integrity,” Segura continued. “Food retailers can apply freshness insights to their operations to ensure the freshest, ripest products are sold first, while healthcare companies can monitor the safe handling and storage of medicines and health commodities. The Wiliot Visibility Platform gives businesses an entirely new level of insight into their supply chains.”
Products, from produce to pharmaceuticals, have different humidity handling requirements. The Wiliot Visibility Platform helps ensure compliance from producer to distributor to retailer to pharmacy, delivering significant benefits for companies and consumers. Produce stays fresher longer, reducing the amount wasted due to rot and spoil; medicines, which must be stored at specific temperatures and humidity levels, stay safe; and vaccines, which require precise handling and environmental conditions to deliver their intended health benefits, remain effective.
Ambient IoT Visibility Supports FSMA Rule 204 Compliance
Wiliot’s ambient IoT Visibility Platform stands to play a major role in helping companies in the food supply chain and retail markets comply with new FDA traceability rules. As part of the Food Safety and Modernization Act’s Rule 204 (FSMA 204), companies must track the safety of food products and share traceability data with the FDA and consumers.
In August 2023, former FDA Deputy Commissioner of Food Policy & Response Frank Yiannas, an architect of FSMA 204, joined Wiliot as strategic advisor to companies seeking effective technology solutions for complying with supply chain transparency regulations. “Wiliot is in a unique position to enable this transparency to become a reality faster and more efficiently than others,” Yiannas said upon his appointment.
Finalized in November 2022, FSMA Rule 204 rule seeks to create visibility within the supply chain to enable a better response to foodborne illnesses, contamination, and other public health and safety issues. Affected companies must comply with the rule by January 2026.
“Wiliot, and the ambient IoT, are changing the way the world operates – helping businesses transition to fully automated, completely transparent, and increasingly sustainable supply chains,” concluded Wiliot’s Thaddeus Segura. “Now, with humidity sensing added to our platform, we’re establishing a new baseline for product freshness, quality, and safety – which will pay significant dividends for businesses and consumers alike.”
Wiliot is currently working with many of the world’s largest companies across retail, logistics, apparel, CPG, and pharmaceuticals on a variety of ambient IoT projects.
For more information on Wiliot, visit www.wiliot.com.