Deliver Value with Cold Chain Management

Reduce wastage and ensure sensitive shipments arrive in perfect condition with IoT-powered cold chain monitoring.

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The IoT is enabling new possibilities for industries across the globe, and the logistics sector is no exception. Cold chain monitoring is just one example of how businesses are using connected devices and real-time data to optimize cargo conditions, streamline operations, reduce costs and improve safety.

But the possibilities extend far beyond cold chain monitoring. Discover how IoT is transforming various industries by exploring our collection of IoT use cases across transport & logistics, manufacturing, smart cities and utilities. See how businesses are utilizing connected technology to achieve real world results.

What is Cold Chain Monitoring?

Cold chain monitoring involves the continuous reporting of temperature data on goods in transit. For sensitive cargo, such as medicines or high-value foods with short use-by dates, there is a need to ensure temperatures do not drop below a required level to avoid spoilage or products becoming unsafe to use. Sensors that communicate the temperature status of refrigerated shipping containers, trucks, vans and even the shipments themselves are increasingly being utilized to assure shippers and consumers of an uninterrupted cold chain.

9.2million in 2026

Installed base of active cold chain tracking units to reach


of all foods spoiling during transit

With user safety at stake and between 7% and 15% of all foods spoiling during transit, the appetite for investment in cold chain tracking is substantial, especially following the recent implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act in the US. Worldwide revenues from food cold chain track and trace alone are set to exceed US$7 billion by 2032 with shipments of remote tracking systems that utilize cellular or satellite connectivity for refrigerated cargo and cargo containers expected to reach 5.1 million units in 2026

Eliminate Wastage with Cold Chain Telematics

Cold chain management systems enable full insights into the temperature status of a cargo from start to finish with some systems adding information such as velocity and shock to add further value. It is the accurate reporting of the temperature of the cargo that has the highest value and underpins investment in the technologies and services that support cold chain asset tracking.

By utilizing cellular and satellite connectivity, cold chain asset tracking can be assured across the surface of the planet, regardless of whether tracked goods are on ships, trucks, in warehouses or at their final destinations. The ubiquitous access to connectivity means users can set the intervals at which temperature sensor data is reported according to the sensitivity of the cargo. Vaccine cold chain management during the pandemic, for example, demanded continuous low temperatures and these were assured with regular cold chain monitoring. Other substances have less stringent demands, such as fresh produce not being exposed to excess temperatures for a specific length of time.

Keep Cool Under Pressure

Preserving the end-to-end cold chain is a complex task that can cross borders, involve multiple modes of transport and bring together different service providers at each stage of chain. The ability to unify cold chain data for sensitive use cases, such as pharmaceutical cold chain management, is one challenge that needs to be addressed in order to provide a consistent, easy-to-understand set of data but the complicated connectivity needs of a product that is containerized and shipped across the world before being delivered by truck and ultimately local van to its final destination should not be underestimated.

It is ideal to minimize the number of technologies utilized in order to save costs and simplify management but in this scenario, cellular connectivity would be needed from the factory to the port, satellite capacity required while on the ocean, and further cellular connectivity needed to assure the cold chain status of the onward delivery. Robust global cellular and satellite connectivity is a key demand of cold chain tracking.

How the Cold Chain Delivers Value

Cold chain management comes at a cost but this can be outweighed by the benefits it provides. These include:

  • Improved efficiency: Cold chain monitoring enables manufacturers to assure customers that their products have been delivered without interruption to the required temperature. The ability to provide this information helps accelerate the delivery process and updates on cold chain status can be provided at every stage of the cargo’s journey, highlighting if damage has occurred.
  • Proven safety: Cold chain tracking reduces the number of shipments in which temperature deviations happen and more cargo is delivered that has not exceeded the expected temperature range. This results in higher volumes of safe products being delivered. In addition, the guesswork of deciding whether a product is safe for consumers in removed because there is an audit trail across the entire cold chain.
  • Reduced waste: The cold chain is sensitive to freezers or refrigerators breaking down or to shipping delays, warm warehouses and products being left in sunlight. The knowledge that cold chain management systems provide mean that goods poised to spoil can be moved, cooled or have their deliveries accelerated, thereby reducing waste.
  • Real-time insights: Organizations in the cold chain can access temperature location and condition information on cargos in real-time. This allows evasive action to be taken to ensure cargos can be preserved and that sensitive materials are kept within acceptable ranges. Knowing the status at all stages enables actions to be taken to fine tune cargo conditions and assure delivery with the cold chain uninterrupted.

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Continuous Connections Underpin Cold Chain Performance

The cold chain relies on the integration of satellite, cellular and local connectivity such as Bluetooth Low Energy or Wi-Fi. The chain starts from the point of manufacture and ends at the delivery to the consumer so every step must encompass access to connectivity. Telenor’s Managed Connectivity Services offer full global IoT connectivity that supports all types of cellular connectivity from 4G LTE and 5G to low power wide area options like NB-IoT and LTE-M. These provide the foundation for scalable, reliable and transformative cold chain monitoring.

Integration with satellite and the hyper-local connectivity available in warehouses, for example, creates a seamless end-to-end experience and Telenor IoT’s Connectivity Management Platform supports the implementation of large-scale deployments such as cold chain monitoring which involve high volumes of connected devices sharing multiple data points at frequent intervals.

Uninterrupted Cold Chain Reinforces Trust

As reliable cellular connections become more available the richness of data that cold chain monitoring systems can share increases. It is now possible to monitor shipments in real-time, rather than relying on periodic updates on their status and this is of increasing importance for shipments of pharmaceutical products as well as foods. The ubiquity of cellular access means that many more on-land use cases are suitable for cold chain monitoring as the costs of services are outweighed by the benefits in reduced wastage and increased consumer confidence.

Telenor IoT, with our connectivity solutions and IoT experience, understands the value that cold chain monitoring can deliver as it reduces the amount of spoiled cargo across the globe and helps streamline product delivery to customers.

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