Geolocating organ transport containers thanks to IoT
E3 Cortex specializes in the transport of hazardous materials, health products (pathogenic samples) and transplants. Between 1997 and 2003, the leading company in the field of special containers created the first container for transporting human transplants, VITALPACK.
This equipment is rapidly becoming crucial for university hospitals, which are authorized to carry out organ and tissue retrieval and transplantation. In June 2023, Clément PASCAL, CEO of E3 Cortex, will be taking part in our Cap’IoT Smart Transport event to speak on the round table dedicated to transport in healthcare. Here’s what he said:
“The Vitalpack is the only organ transport solution in France. We need Synox to have a traceability system for our Vitalpacks with the university hospitals”.
E3 Cortex’s VITALTRACK solution is also used for transporting all types of organs, following a European directive in 2020 requiring monitoring and traceability of graft temperature.
It’s understandable that the medical profession has other concerns than repatriating containers. Yet containers can be reused up to 10 times, so the IoT makes it possible to locate and repatriate them to their owners.
Synox collects both GPS and temperature data to implement geofencing technology (vehicle zone entry detection) and ensure graft viability by monitoring temperature during transport.
“There’s a natural imbalance in organ transport, due to the fact that a hundred or so hospitals in France are able to harvest organs, while only forty or so are able to carry out transplants.
Clément PASCAL, CEO of E3 Cortex
The traceability sheet replaced and simplified by the IoT
Organs are transported across borders. That’s why E3 Cortex, Ercogener (a sensor manufacturer and Synox partner) and Synox have joined forces to work on the solution so that it is not only IATA compliant, but also complies with the regulations of the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC). The DGAC’s mission is to guarantee the safety and security of air transport by placing sustainable development at the heart of its actions.
“On connected objects, no one is going to press the button, so it’s up to us to find innovative solutions to automate it. This is something that will help democratize the use of connected objects in the airport world.”
Jérôme FENWICK, CTO of Synox
Even if the solution for automatically activating and deactivating the objects has yet to be put in place, it’s a definite technological advance to be able to use pressure and acceleration during take-off to pilot the object. This innovation is still in its infancy, but E3 Cortex has high hopes for IoT solutions to achieve it.
Ercogener, a long-standing Synox partner, has succeeded in developing the “airplane mode” functionality that will soon be implemented on the SoDATA#Viz data management platform used by E3 Cortex.
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To date, Air France is the only airline to transport grafts free of charge.
For local transport, VITALPACKS are also shipped by train with the SNCF. For example, many “Paris-Lyon” journeys are made. These transfers are made possible because the stations are systematically located close to university hospitals or in the urban center.
It should be noted that there are no regulatory constraints or specific requirements in the rail sector, apart from the natural need for remote traceability to ensure the viability of organs and tissues (temperature and humidity monitoring, etc.).
IoT traceability to geolocate equipment
Thanks to IoT, E3 Cortex now has total visibility over the location of its containers. The data collected by the beacon, integrated into the containers, is transmitted in real time to Synox’s SoM2M#IoT and SoDATA#Viz platforms. These platforms enable E3 Cortex to visualize the position of its products on a map, track their movement history and receive alerts in the event of anomalies, notably to anticipate the risk of a break in the cold chain (crucial in this case).
In this way, the specialist in high-security transport can :
– Improve the traceability of its human transplant containers,
– ensure its safety and viability,
– reduce the risk of lost or stolen containers,
– guarantee a responsive service for hospital departments, to save lives.
Our “VITALTRACK” solution, co-designed with Ercogener and Synox, has convinced the players in this market. We will also be working with the Benelux countries and Italy. In short, things are moving well on this front.
Business: Company specialized in the design and manufacture of packaging for transplant, biological and/or hazardous materials.
Geographic scope : International.
Ensuring traceability of the VITALPACK containers used by the university hospitals
Collect all transport data to improve the knowledge of the various stakeholders.
Facilitate repatriation of containers after transplantation and reduce associated costs.
Improve organ cold ischemia times (the time it takes for the organ to be transported before it can be put back into function in the recipient’s body).
Set up a rental service for the Vitalpack device.
Synox is a French designer of IoT solutions.
An IoT pioneer for over 15 years, we help our 700 customers (including 200 local authorities) in France, Europe and around the world to do their jobs more easily, by designing IoT ecosystems with high added value: powerful and invisible, sustainable and responsible, tailored to their needs and uses.
Guided by its spirit of adventure and its crew, Synox puts people and the planet first, innovation at the forefront and service to the French.
E3 Cortex is a company with over 40 years of experience, which has established itself as a leader in the design and production of custom and standard packaging. The company is constantly evolving to meet the specific needs of its customers, while striving for excellence in the quality of its products. This pursuit extends to various sectors such as hazardous materials, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biology, electronics, robotics, metrology, nuclear, and aerospace.
E3 Cortex offers a diverse range of containers tailored to the requirements of each sector, including insulated containers, packaging for radioactive materials, disposable and reusable packaging, polyester containers, as well as a variety of wrapping and cushioning solutions.