Altierre Adds Temperature Sensing to Wireless Store Platform

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Altierre Adds Temperature Sensing to Wireless Store Platform

07/12/2009
Altierre Corp. has expanded its line of wireless sensor network applications with the addition of digital temperature tags that monitor hot, refrigerated and freezer cases, and act as a warning system to help prevent spoilage due to temperature changes.

“Food safety and spoilage is a significant concern and problem for all food retailers, and in particular large grocery chains, for whom ready-to-eat and refrigerated prepared foods are an increasingly large percentage of sales,” said Sunit Saxena, chairman and CEO of San Jose, Calif.-based Altierre. “Instead of employees walking around manually reading thermometers throughout the stores, which is subject to human error and delays, our tags monitor refrigerators, freezers and hot cases 24/7 and alert managers to temperature variations via their computer screens, e-mail or text messages.”

Altierre’s temperature tags employ the same infrastructure used for its other applications. “We now offer grocery chains a single low-power wireless infrastructure that supports digital display and display-less sensor applications for operational excellence and dramatically impacts the bottom line,” added CFO and VP of marketing Shan Kumar, a grocery industry veteran who held various senior-level positions during his 16 years at Safeway and was VP of marketing at Albertsons before joining Altierre.

The vendor’s suite of radio frequency (RF)-based applications was developed to enhance productivity, merchandising effectiveness, and the consumer shopping experience in the store. The company’s digital pricing solution is an eco-friendly system that delivers real-time, chain-wide dynamic pricing, to improve price accuracy, and help reduce costs and paper waste.