Issue or Problem
Everyday, thousands of biomedical research and medical personnel
need to obtain various types of biomedical products. The time
and effort associated with this activity is enormous, particularly
in a manual supply chain environment. Moreover, medical supplies
often go missing or are unaccounted for due to a lack of accurate
product tracking and data recording.
Many hospitals and bio-medical facilities have freezer programs
to keep restricted, climate-sensitive items frozen. And while
freezers provide proper storage conditions for these types
of items, allowing authorized personnel secure, convenient
access to such items is a considerable challenge. It's also
difficult to keep accurate records of product distribution
due to the lack of an automated monitoring system (in some
cases, researchers simply help themselves to restricted supplies
- product tracking is voluntary).
cStar's eDispense system is a remote-monitored vending apparatus
for life science products, including reagents, enzymes and
controlled narcotics, which need to be stored in chilled or
frozen environments. A wirelessly-enabled dispensing system,
eDispense uses GPRS / GSM / ARDIS and MOBITEX wide area networks
and Spread Spectrum local area networks to provide controlled,
24-hour access to products in a secure, paperless environment.
cStar also provides a retrofit solution that wirelessly enables
monitoring and inventory tracking for other freezers and refrigerators.
eDispense is a true on-line, real-time, end-to-end
turnkey solution that offers:
The eDispense system also provides advanced tactile support,
ensuring compatibility with varying product-packaging
formats; it's an ideal turnkey solution for boosting marketing
incentive programs and eliminating product shortages.
- ISO magnetic stripe card compatibility
- encoding equipment
- vending equipment
- glass front advertising
- wireless local or wide area networking
- comprehensive e-commerce management
- product and machine support and
- back-end software necessary for automated billing.
The cStar eDispense system provides authorized users
with around-the-clock access to climate-sensitive and
restricted medical and life science products, while
automatically managing and tracking inventory, compiling
accurate sales data and logging all machine activity.
Only users with authorized swipe cards can access the
dispensing apparatus and administrators can remotely
view a comprehensive log of user statistics and product
sales for a given machine, in real-time, via encrypted
web pages. Automated inventory and supply chain management
eliminates the chance that a dispensing apparatus will
sell-out of a crucial product when it's needed most.
And the eDispense system's automated security function
monitors machine temperatures and alerts administrators
to temperature fluctuations and system errors in real-time
- so eDispense users get the products they need, when
they need them, in a secure, automated environment.
|cStar's TrakR series is an end-to-end, wirelessly-enabled
system that tracks the
distribution of medical and life science products stored
in freezers and refrigerators.
With cStar's TrakR solution, you can store, refrigerate
and distribute restricted products in an automated, secure,
paperless environment, while remotely monitoring inventory
and collecting accurate statistics on product use and
sales. And TrakR's fail-safe early alarms mean you can
be confident that refrigeration units are functioning
properly, storage temperatures are consistent and your
products are secure at all times.
With TrakR, you can remotely monitor and manage every
detail of your inventory and respond quickly to sales
activity and product storage conditions to eliminate product
shortages and product expiration, significantly boosting
both operation efficiency and customer service. And TrakR
supports activity-based accounting, so you can track products
to projects, researchers and grants and maintain comprehensive
records of end-user access and product distribution.