Ambrosus — A Closer Look at the Sensor Technology that Ensure Quality Products

Ambrosus is the innovative technology company reinventing the supply chain by integration of blockchain, IoT and real-time sensor technology in aid of global economic development.

In my last blog, I briefly explained how Ambrosus will reform supply chains by implementation of their end-to-end solution, by tracking products via sensor hardware to transmit real-time environmental and logistical data to the blockchain network. Their fundamental focus being the food and medicine sectors, with the goal being to ensure a products authenticity, quality and safety to consume.

In this post I’m going to dive a bit deeper into the sensor technology to explain how they will do this..

The Amber Network (AMB-NET) primarily collects data from tags, tracers and sensors. A tag is placed on the product itself (1D/2D barcodes or electronic RFID stickers), that provides information about the product and its identity. A tracer is a natural compositional feature of a product or an added component inserted into a product. Sensors distinguish a product and its environmental physico-chemical properties.

Depending of the product there are different types of sensor systems that can be used, such as:

Analytical — based on physical methods of analysis measure optical, electrical, acoustical and nuclear techniques.

Biosensors and Chemical Sensors — may be used to detect pH levels, allergens among other physical properties. Where appropriate, immunological and enzymatic techniques or DNA and protein tests are also used to assess food. As well as environmental factors such as temperature, light exposure, humidity, movement and oxygen.

In a nutshell, Ambrosus sensors can test that a products ingredients and its quantities are indeed what they are claimed to be, and that their maintenance, storage and transportation adheres to the required standards.

Data is bonded to an Amber token (AMB) and sent to the network, which follows a product or batch along the supply chain, acting as a digital ledger to ensure the secure and transparent transfer of information. All prior information can be accessed at any stage of the supply chain. This data may include:

  • Tag IDs, location and time, tracer, sensors and gateway IDs
  • Digitized ledgers and transaction IDs
  • Product quality and safety attributes
  • Transportation, handling and storage conditions as measured by sensors
  • Producer operability, capability and workability
  • Integrity of detection systems

Due to the fact that each enterprise’s needs will differ based upon the products they supply; specific detection systems are selected and deployed by at various stages in the supply chain to offer the most effective and cost-efficient solution.

Ambrosus are now actively testing different solutions with industry partners. These solutions include:

  • Traceability of various raw materials
  • Brand protection for premium products
  • Deploying a real-time compliance auditing system
  • Monitoring correct delivery conditions for frozen goods
  • Recording factory manufacturing procedures for audit traceability
  • Secured data transmission and management for clinical trials
  • Quality checker app for premium products originating from China

Collaborating partners include The United Nations 10YFP Sustainable Food Programme, Swiss Food Research, Parity Technologies, and the European Institute of Technology, to name a few.

We can assume that as Ambrosus start deploying their AMB-NET into real world partnerships the value of the Amber Token (AMB) will accordingly increase as adoption and demand of the new system predictably grows.

For more information on the Ambrosus project check out: https://ambrosus.com and for progress updates: https://blog.ambrosus.com/ or anyone of their social channels.