April 26, 2021
Data loggers: what they are and what types are available on the market
Data loggers are electronic devices, very useful for all food or logistics companies that want to increase the visibility of their supply chains at controlled and not-controlled temperatures. There are different types of data loggers on the market, such as real-time (tracker), NFC, USB, Bluetooth: these record data ( in a nutshell, data logger) at various intervals during a particular period of time and are equipped with specialized electronic sensors to measure different parameters, including temperature, humidity, UV exposure, pressure, acceleration, shock.
Once the data has been collected, it's usually up to the operators to retrieve the devices from the package/pallet/container and then send them to the quality control departments, which extract the data and organize them into excel sheets. However, this is a manual process that takes 15 to 30 minutes per device, time that could be devoted to other business activities. More advanced versions of data loggers (also called "trackers") may be able to transmit field data in real time to collection and analysis platforms, automating the data extraction and organization processes.
Data logger market trends
Given the continuous expansion of the food industry globally, the data logger market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.4% during the period 2021 - 2026.
Data loggers are fundamental measurement tools, and the evolution towards real-time information facilitates their use.However, data is often collected on closed software, thus generating fragmentation, complicating workflows, and representing the need for extensive adoption of real-time data loggers.
Wenda: APIs, third-party data loggers and integration services
With Wenda, food and logistics companies can easily manage, analyze and share temperature and track & trace data from production to consumer, supporting the most common data loggers. With automated integration services for different data loggers and proprietary, standardized APIs that can always be integrated with the customer's existing systems, the Wenda Platform helps distributors, retailers, logisticians, and others in the food industry to overcome siloed processes and receive unified, clean, and organized data in real time.
Wenda also supports reusable data loggers, which enable time and resource savings, moving in the direction of sustainability. It can thus deliver a very high level of service, resulting in greater visibility and collaboration in food supply chains from production to consumption, customer trust, process efficiency and risk mitigation.