bluechiip has developed an IT‑based temperature and identification tracking solution for biosamples in the health and life sciences industry. The system represents a generational change from current methods such as labels (hand‑written and pre‑printed), barcodes (linear and 2D) and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).
The bluechiip system uses a patented and highly miniaturised smart chiip that enables the bluechiip® chain‑of‑custody system. Every time a smart chiip is read, an instantaneous temperature is measured, time stamped and recorded. This allows an accurate temperature history to be recorded to provide a more complete chain of custody. The smart chiip will survive and operate in extreme temperature environments such as cryogenic storage and gamma irradiation making it suitable for biobank applications.
The smart chiip is a passive device based on MEMS technology that contains no electronics and is either embedded or manufactured into cryogenic storage equipment such as vials, cassettes (canisters), racks and towers or liquid nitrogen tanks.
The smart chiip has advantages over more traditional identification technologies that have significant limitations e.g. Where a barcode requires a visible tag or line‑of‑sight optical scan, bluechiip® technology does not; and unlike labels, barcodes and RFID, the bluechiip® technology can sense the temperature and ID of each individual biosample a smart chiip is attached to or embedded in.
The bluechiip® technology has initial applications in the healthcare industry particularly those businesses which require cryogenic storage facilities (biobanks and biorepositories). Several other key markets outside of healthcare include cold‑chain logistics/supply chain, security/defence, industrial/manufacturing and aerospace/aviation.