Bluechiip is a developer of IT-based temperature and identification tracking solutions for biosamples in the health and life sciences industries. Bluechiip’s patented system represents a generational change from current methods such as hand written and printed labels, barcodes and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
The Bluechiip system uses a highly miniaturised smart chip that is attached to or moulded into a storage product. The chip enables the Bluechiip chain-of-custody system. Every time a smart chip ID is read, an instantaneous temperature is measured. This is time-stamped and recorded. This process allows an accurate temperature history to be created to provide a complete chain of custody. The smart chips survive and operate in temperatures as low as -196°C, such as cryogenic storage. The chips withstand gamma and e-beam radiation making them suitable for sterilisation processes.
The smart chip 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, straws, plates, racks and towers.
The smart chip has advantages over more traditional identification technologies. For instance, where a barcode requires a visible tag or line of sight optical scan, Bluechiip technology does not; and unlike labels, barcodes and RFIDs, the Bluechiip technology can sense the temperature and ID of each individual biosample that contains a smart chip.
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 include cold chain logistics/supply chain, security/defence, industrial/manufacturing and aerospace/aviation.