The era of the “connected refrigerator” may have arrived, but Mark Roemers, co-founder of Netherlands-based AntTail, has simply given up on consumer refrigerators, smart or otherwise. They don’t cool evenly, with a dozen or more degrees Fahrenheit temperature difference between storage in the door and storage in the back of a typical refrigerator — more than enough to allow for degradation of certain medications. 

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This factsheet gives an overview of AntTail sensors for temperature monitoring in the pharmaceutical supply chain. But hardware is only a part of the solution - the AntTail service is cloud based and provides transparancy throughout the supply chain.

The AntTail supply chain solution consists of different sensors for every part of the chain – addressing specific needs for transport in boxes, pallets, trucks, warehouse and even patient home solutions. All sensors work together seamlessly and are an integral part of the service, which allows transporters to monitor temperature in each phase of transport: real time and online. As a secure cloud computing solution, companies need not invest in complicated infrastructure and software solutions. AntTail provides both the sensors and the software as a service. 

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AntTail from sensor to service

At this years selection for the best cloud solutions in the Netherlands, AntTail was acknowledged for its end-to-end quality system supporting the pharmaceutical supply chain with the award for Best Cloud Product. Intelligent sensor technology enables correct usage of medicine and monitors the temperature of medicine throughout the supply chain. As a full service cloud computing solution AntTail provides insight and transparancy from pharmaceutical company to patient.

Transporting and storing medicine at the right temperatures ensures the quality of the medicines. AntTails' solution is aimed at pharmaceutical companies, distributors and logistical companies that need to comply to rules and regulations. Real time data is available to support decision making and quality control.  

As per February 1st 2016, Robert Jan Gorter has joined AntTail as Program Manager, responsible for introducing AntTail products and services to customers. He will also be involved in new product development as AntTail is continually expanding it’s line of temperature monitoring solutions with new products and services.

Prior to joining AntTail, Gorter was responsible for managing the development, validation, realization and introduction of new products based on the Myria Wise wireless network technology. During the development phase he was actively involved in the requirement and architecture definition and managed the design of hardware, embedded firmware, wireless network software and the software coupling with back office systems.

“It’s the right time to join AntTail,” says Gorter. “At Chess Wise I was working on the development of the AntTail temperature sensors. Now I can play an instrumental part in the actual delivery of sensors and temperature solutions for new AntTail customers.”

Mark Roemers, AntTail CEO adds: “We’re happy that Robert Jan has joined our team. His experience in this field is very valuable and will help us to accelerate our product development and service our customers.”

Gorter holds a degree in Electronics from University of Technology in Delft and a PhD and a Masters degree in Mechatronics from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Vodafone Partnership with AntTail

Vodafone and AntTail announced September 15th 2014, a global partnership to use mobile services to improve the logistic ColdChain and Patient Adherence.

The collaboration will create new mobile and internet-based services to support patients through their treatment journey, improving medication adherence and giving patients confidence to manage their condition more effectively.

For the ColdChain logistics more and more demands are made to prove compliance by new rules in the GDP. AntTail is uniquely positioned with Vodafone to provide Pharmaceutical companies and 3PL providers the insight they have been craving for.