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Meeting USDA, HACCP Compliance for Food Production and Storage with Wireless Mesh Sensing

9/11/2019


The Challenge

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) compliance requirements in K-12 school kitchens called for upgrades to record keeping and the calibration and verification of refrigeration equipment. The requirements are part of a USDA food safety plan based on HACCP management principles.

The Solution

Advantech provides a complete solution for environmental monitoring of food storage and food distribution areas:

  • Wzzard Mesh Wireless Sensor Nodes report data via wireless mesh networks.
  • Users can retrofit existing equipment regardless of brand or style, including: walk-In, reach-in or mobile refrigeration units.
  • The Wzzard self-forming, self-healing mesh wireless network makes installation quick and easy. No special skills are required.
  • The Wzzard mesh wireless networks enable monitoring of multiple refrigeration units at each school.
  • Scalable – users can add additional sensing nodes at any time to monitor additional parameters like leaks/flood detection, compressor current, compressor charge state and door open/close. 
  • Low Maintenance - Wzzard mesh wireless sensor nodes are self-powered, using a lithium battery lasting up to 5 years. There is no need for external power, enabling easy placement.  
  • Generates email and/or SMS alerts if temperatures exceed a threshold. 
  • Generates reports for compliance and safety monitoring. 
  • All schools can be managed from a single location using a detailed graphical dashboard
    •  Commercial Refrigeration/Cooler/HVAC
    • Temperature & Humidity Sensing/Monitoring

Product Features & Benefits

  • Ultra-low power 802.15.4e SmartMesh IP technology
  • Communicates with SmartSwarm network gateway via highly scalable and reliable wireless mesh networks
  • Connect to industry standard analog or digital sensors MQTT and JSON IoT protocol to application platform
  • Wide operating temperature
  • Environmental monitoring - including commercial refrigeration, food processing and storage applications and more

Wzzard Benefits

  • Regulatory compliances
  • Labor savings - Unlike manual monitoring, Wzzard mesh networks provides 24x7 monitoring and reportingcapabilities
  • Eliminates food loss from spoilage caused by refrigeration temperature fluctuation
  • Easily add and monitor HVAC, furnaces, water heaters, commercial dishwashers and more