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IoT to boost beer freshness in shipping

The Internet of Things is finally being put to practical use in the maritime industry, with Globalstar announcing that its STX3 chipset is to form the basis for the first Internet of Things (IoT) system for monitoring craft beer while it is shipped around the world.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}US beer distributor, B. United International, is deploying satellite-enabled sensor technology from Ovinto to monitor the location, temperature and pressure of hundreds of beer, cider and mead brands as they are shipped in tank containers from breweries around the world.

The data will be transmitted over Globalstar’s satellite communications network to B. United, providing real-time details about the status of beer in each container, even when it is in transit across the ocean.

B. United says it will publish live satellite data about each tank container of beer as part of its commitment to transparency in the distribution process of its brews, allowing partners to monitor the quality of the product en route.

Unlike commercial beers, craft beers very often use complex yeast strains and are difficult to transport because natural re-fermentation can increase the CO2 level and turn the beer to foam. By shipping beer in tank containers with remote temperature controls, B. United believes it can cut maintain quality while also reducing its costs.

An initial trial of the system was launched in October 2015, with the technology fitted on a 14,000-litre tank full of beer to monitor the temperature, pressure and location.

This trial was reportedly a success, resulting in zero waste and giving B. United a better understanding of the shipment’s journey to assist in optimising its supply chain. The system is now being installed in all of B. United’s tank containers, each with four temperature-controlled compartments. The deployment will be completed by spring 2016.

“After a journey of ten days from Europe or four weeks from Japan, the taste of craft beers can change. On arrival in the US, we review the data from Ovinto and analyse samples in our lab to determine the best way for putting it in kegs,” said Matthias Neidhart, founder, B. United.

“The reliability and affordability of Globalstar’s satellite technology makes it possible for us to access and publish data from the transporting ships even when they are in the middle of the ocean.”

“Thanks to this first ‘Internet of Beer’ technology, our customers and partner breweries can see with their own eyes that the assumed trade-off between quality, freshness, cost, waste and distance can be eliminated. This new paradigm allows us to give all our customers brews of highest flavour and aroma complexity with absolutely no compromise.”{/mprestriction}

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