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


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