Cloud-based Cool.it platform facilitates the collection and sharing of data throughout the cold chain to improve food temperature controls, enable transparency, and help ensure food safety and minimize waste.
Danfoss, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial, and water systems, has announced the development of an independent venture that will provide the cold chain industry with an integrated solution for data management and transparency to control food safety and waste.
Cool.it is a cold chain management technology platform that improves temperature control and transparency through every link in the cold chain—from food producers through transportation, warehousing, distribution, and retail. The easy-to-use, scalable, cloud-based system provides end-to-end product visibility and incident alerts to enable quick, efficient business decisions.
By collecting real-time temperature data and utilizing simple, easy-to-read dashboards—available on computers, mobile phones, and tablets, the system facilitates the sharing of data and can help to increase efficiency, reduce risk of food waste, and improve traceability.
As an open platform, Cool.it is compatible with various manufacturer temperature monitoring solutions.
Cool.it addresses legislation requirements by improving transparency, accountability, and compliance, and provides the business intelligence required to make informed decisions.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, food loss and wastes amounts to $940 billion in global economic losses annually. Furthermore, lost and wasted food consumes approximately 25 percent of all water used by agriculture, requires cropland area the size of China, and generates about eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
“In the US, the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act is imposing tighter restrictions and requiring greater control mechanisms on all of the cold chain’s stakeholders,” said Ian Jones, sales director for Cool.it. “Cool.it will address the growing need for safe and secure temperature control and enable businesses to make informed decisions that impact perishable food safety, waste, and, ultimately, cost—and provides an innovative new level of transparency as food moves throughout the entire cold chain.”
Peter Dee, director of sales and service – food retail at Danfoss, commented, “What’s exciting about the Cool.it solution is that it offers food retailers a tangible solution to immediately comply with HACCP requirements and continue to safeguard their products and customers. Food safety is one of the biggest challenges retailers face today.”