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OV E RV I E W

Almac chose Optel Vision packaging line equipment and
its Level 3 SiteMaster software, with the intention that
SiteMaster would then report data back to the client's Level
4 system.

Traceability software options

product data. The intent of Origin is to provide a common
repository that will direct wholesalers and other trading
partners to where pharma products entered the supply chain,
which HDA member wholesalers are eager to establish in
order to manage product returns come November 2019,
when these returns need to be verified. Adents solution users
will thus have a streamlined link to Origin. The action is
all the more notable for its contrast to TraceLink, which
sued HDA for assumed antitrust violations late last year,
then promptly dropped the lawsuit in February. Also, while
TraceLink is closely aligned with Amazon Web Services (and
cloud computing tools available there), Adents is aligned with
the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
* Antares Vision, another leading machine-vision vendor,
has launched its own Level 4 solution, ATSFour, which Adriano
Fusco, business development director, says was entirely homegrown, and is closely coupled to the software Antares has been
providing for its machine-vision and packaging equipment.
The software is available as an on-premises or single-tenant
cloud application (more on this later), and the cloud-based
version makes use of the latest "graph database" technology, an
advance over traditional relational databases.
* How about a free traceability solution? Vantage
Consulting (New York), an IT systems-integration house,
used its booth at this year's Interphex meeting (New York;
April 17-19) to announce collaboration with an open-source,

A crucial component of a comprehensive traceability
solution is the Level 4 software-the point at which serial
data from multiple packaging lines within an organization
is brought together, to report out to trading partners (in the
US) or governments (in the EU and elsewhere). Here, there
have been notable developments over the past 12 months:
* Frequentz, a company whose software goes back to a
major effort by IBM in the mid-2000s, was acquired by rfXcel;
Mark Davison says that the company will continue to support
the software among its users for the near term, while gradually
migrating them over to rfXcel's flagship platform, rfXcel
Traceability. This spring, the company was honored by HDA
in its annual Distribution Management Award. The company
was also a merit finalist for an Environmental Monitoring
module which, as part of a traceability system, tracked
temperature and other conditions during drug shipments.
* Optel Vision (now Optel Group), a leading vendor of
machine vision systems for pharma traceability, acquired
two software companies-Verify Brand, a Level 1-4 vendor,
and Geotraceability, a "geomatics" vendor that tracks
products in agriculture or natural
resources from the field to the
factory. The acquisitions are part
of Optel's vision for a true endto-end traceability solution (i.e.,
from raw materials through to the
consumer). (See Louis Roy profile,
p. 10.) Verify Brand, which has a
handful of existing customers in
life sciences, is notable for handling
a consumer-awards program for a
major beverage and food retailer,
thus demonstrating this consumer
touchpoint.
* Adents, a French firm with long
experience in product serialization,
has stepped up as the first (and so
far, only) Level 4 vendor to have a
certified data-exchange interface
w ith Origin, the master-data Fig. 1. A late-2017 survey by TraceLink shows significant improvement in feelings of industry
repository created by HDA, for readiness.

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