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AKUA LLC announced that Parkinson Seed Farm has awarded AKUA a fixed price contract to provide cargo tracking and environmental monitoring of potato seed exports from the United States.

The award is a result of a successful proof-of-concept trial conducted in early 2016 for shipments of potato seeds from Parkinson Seed Farm in Idaho, USA to a customer in Algeria. During the trial, environmental, tracking, and breach data were collected and evaluated to determine the effectiveness of AKUA’s Data-as-a-Service solution for temperature monitoring and cargo tracking.

“Parkinson Seed Farm is a leader in introducing new technologies and tools to the farming industry,” said AKUA CEO, Neil Furukawa. “By creating an easy-to-use solution, AKUA has enabled Parkinson to take full advantage of emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to benefit their business.”

“AKUA successfully demonstrated how IoT devices can be utilized to improve the logistics efficiency and monitor the environmental conditions of our potato seed export shipments,” said Parkinson Seed Farm Owner, Dirk Parkinson. “With our initiative to increase exports, we will be able to analyze the data in real-time to be able to make real-time logistics decisions prior to shipments arriving at its destinations.”

The data from Parkinson’s export shipments will also be made available to the recently announced Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Borders and Maritime Security Division’s Global Supply Chain pilot research program. With voluntary customer consent, AKUA’s secure gateway platform service provides the cargo tracking and breach detection data to the US government’s Supply Chain Visibility Platform.

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