Case Studies | Pharmaceuticals

Using Blockchain and IoT to maintain the integrity of pharmaceutical products in shipments and storages​

Client:

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Arabian Ethicals

Challenges:

  • Degradation of medicines in warehouses and deliveries.
  • Unable to consistently monitor temperatures and humidity levels.
  • Unable to combat the illegalities of counterfeits.

Approach:

  • Blockchain and IoT-based product traceability system.
  • Continuously monitor temperature, humidity, location and historical data.
  • Integrate blockchain-based serialization
  • Transmit real-time data/updates of operations.

Results:

  • 100% transparency on product’s whereabouts while delivering it from manufacturer to the end customers.
  • IoT integration for real time tracking of the product storage conditions.
  • End customers can easily scan the QR codes to view information about Product Authenticity and Integrity during the chain of custody.
  • Complete digitalization of Trip planning and tracking, saving ~ 70% of the time spent by the operations team on this activity.

Our Clients Issue

Pharmaceutical distribution company, Arabian Ethicals, would sometimes face rapid degradation of medicines stored in their warehouses and in transit deliveries. As a distribution company, it was paramount for Arabian Ethicals to find a solution to monitor and ensure that temperatures and humidity levels were consistently maintained, and to ensure that all perishable products were safe and high quality at the point of consumption. Typically, failing to keep products at the correct temperatures can result in textural degradation, discoloring, bruising and microbial growth, which as a consequence, entailed a  loss of business. Furthermore, Arabian Ethicals also wanted to combat the illegalities of counterfeits by addressing any vulnerabilities that could be exploited within their existing ecosystem.

Our Solution Approach

Block Gemini worked with Arabian Ethicals to integrate a product traceability system within their existing platform that could continuously monitor the temperature, humidity, whereabouts and historical information (via serialization) of products as they move from supplier to the end customer. Part of this solution meant that IoT devices and sensors had to be integrated into warehouses and transportation vehicles, and transmit the generated data into a central system for further functionality. Furthermore, this system would also have the ability to recognize products via serial numbers (on the blockchain) to record, store and retrieve product information as it passed through the supply chain. By doing so, Arabian Ethicals would be able to maintain the integrity of shipments and storages with real-time data / updates of:

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  • In-transit temperatures and humidity of vehicles in the existing temperature chain while ordering goods from a supplier
  • Temperature and humidity of warehouses in the existing temperature chain
  • Product data, such as conditions and traceability recorded on blockchain and made accessible through serialization.

The final iteration would eventually lead us to develop a customer application for the end consumer. This application would allow customers to scan a product’s QR code to transparently obtain historical data (conditions and locations) throughout its supply chain journey.

The End Results

Araibian Ethicals now operates under a product traceability system with cold chain management features. Relevant stakeholders can track products at any distribution process in real-time and receive alerts of temperature violations during shipments. As a result, Arabian Ethicals is able to uphold integrity at an industry standard level and garurante full transparency with stakeholders that matter most. Other than real-time tracking, users are now also able to recall historical records of storage and shipment conditions, whereabouts, and temperature violations by simply accessing designated modules within the system, or scanning a product’s QR code using the customer application.

End-to-End

100% transparency on product’s whereabouts while delivering it from manufacturer to the end customers.

Real-Time

IoT integration for real time tracking of the product storage conditions.

Improved

End customers can easily scan the QR codes to view information about Product Authenticity and Integrity during the chain of custody.

70% Saved

Complete digitalization of Trip planning and tracking, saving ~ 70% of the time spent by the operations team on this activity.

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