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AT&T and Helps Lineage Logistics with New Food Safety Tech

By Chrissie Cluney
January 22, 2019

Lineage Logistics, a cold food storage operator, has teamed up with for new food safety technology. This is a company focused on using detailed operational data to optimize energy use in industrial facilities.

Lineage Logistics has also called upon AT&T IoT to assist in keeping food safe, save energy and reduce carbon emissions as frozen food makes its way from farms to tables across America.

“We collect energy and temperature data from across these warehouses. By using the platform and AT&T connectivity to get the whole picture, Lineage is able to tell a good kilowatt from a bad kilowatt and adjust the cooling equipment accordingly. This adds up to substantial savings where the cleanest watt is the watt not used,” said Jason Massey, CEO,

Freezing preserves food from the time it is prepared to the time it is eaten requires a lot of electricity. This is especially the case in the cold storage facilities that store meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables and other packaged foods cold during distribution.

How can businesses increase storage capacity and energy efficiency? To increase food storage capacity and improve energy efficiency at Lineage cold storage facilities, installed smart meters and about 1,000 sensors, connected by the AT&T IoT to better measure temperature and humidity. This wealth of data allows Lineage’s data science experts to identify when and where to make temperature adjustments so that Lineage facilities only use as much energy as they need.

With the assistance of the AT&T IoT-enabled system, Lineage was able to reduce its electricity usage by 34 percent (per item stored) in 78 different warehouses nationwide. This system also helped avoid the equivalent of consuming 2.4 million gallons of gasoline in carbon emissions. This significantly reduces Lineage’s annual energy spend and environmental footprint.

“We needed a data-driven system that could give us the Energy Key Performance Indicators we needed to drive efficiency. IoT sensors produced that detail for us.” said Sudarsan Thattai, chief information officer, Lineage Logistics.

Chrissie Cluney has been a correspondent for IoT Evolution World since 2015. She holds a degree in English with a concentration in writing from the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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