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 e-Dispense™ 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, e-Dispense™ uses 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
e-Dispense™ is a true on-line, real-time, end-to-end turnkey solution that offers:
The e-Dispense™ 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.
cStar's e-Dispense™ 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 e-Dispense™ system's automated
security function monitors machine temperatures and
alerts administrators to temperature fluctuations and
system errors in real-time - so e-Dispense™ users get the
products they need, when they need them, in a secure,
|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
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