Business-to-business (B2B) and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) are technologies that enable the automated exchange of business transactions such as orders, invoices, and other business documents between disparate applications and different business entities by means of telecommunication.

The major benefits of EDI are fewer errors and faster cycle times, resulting in lower inventory and improved bottom line. Without EDI, digitization and JIT (Just In Time) production would be impossible.

EDI/B2B nowadays is widely used and in many industries such as automotive and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), there is no alternative to EDI. Businesses who want to trade with major players in those industries have to adopt EDI technologies otherwise supply contracts are awarded to other companies who are willing to adapt to modern and competitive business practices.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Business to Business (B2B) Services enable organisations to participate in EDI exchanges. The use of a Managed Service is an alternative to implementing and operating your own EDI/B2B software. Commerce-Connections offers a wide range of traditional EDI and B2B Services to suit the individual needs of our clients.

The services range from an entry level browser-based WebForms solution with many ready-made trading hub connections to a full integration solution for handling high volumes of data. Additionally, there is the option for customized translations maps, bespoke software integration and dedicated B2B portals.

The CCXEDI Service enables full application integration but does not require onsite B2B software.

Please select from the range of services or software options or to find out which solutions suits your business best, or simply contact us to discuss the best option for your business.

Now with services supported by Alibaba Cloud in the UK, Hong Kong and China, Commerce-Connections has started a new era for Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN)

After its 20 year presence in the UK, Commerce-Connections will bring its highly acclaimed Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN) service to China and Hong Kong thanks to cooperation with Alibaba Cloud. The CEN service will allow fast and secure commercial document transfer between domestic and global trading partners and is specifically tailored to suit China, Hong Kong and the UK’s eCommerce requirements for Business-to-Business (B2B)/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

Principles of the Commerce-Connections Gateway

By using Alibaba Cloud’s services, Commerce-Connections can send commercial documents in and out of China and Hong Kong, securely and confidently. Commerce-Connections is now able to avoid such issues as connection drops and data loss that are usually met when dealing with alternative CEN providers handling communication worldwide.

Hong Kong, a leader in manufacturing, now provides a CEN service in Frankfurt. This allows EDI to be translated for correspondence with Europe and the rest of the world. Similarly, the CEN service in China means that you can transfer data both locally and globally whilst complying with B2B global standards. Irrespective of the protocols being used in the local area, such as AS2 or FTPS, Commerce-Connections offers a truly secure local delivery translation service.

The main benefit of the Commerce-Connections gateway is that data is gathered at a local hub before being sent out or received internationally. In other words, there is a collection point and centralised delivery from Commerce-Connections UK, and a centralised delivery from both China and Hong Kong, which is key to assist with security and peace of mind.

Examples of Industry Sectors
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Composites Engineering
  • Printable Electronics
  • Retail
Client Benefits
  • Fast commercial document transfer without loss of data
  • Documents delivered within seconds
  • Cost-effective solution
  • Ability to add any EDI-ready clients to the CEN
  • Minimal downtime during migration
Migration Process

Commerce-Connections aims to make CEN migration a simple process while ensuring minimal, if any, business disruption. Below are the basic steps taken during a CEN migration:

  • A plan will be agreed upon listing all upcoming steps and costs
  • The CEN migration will initialise at a time that suits the client
  • Commerce-Connections will provide updates during each stage of the migration
  • Post-migration, Commerce-Connections runs various tests to ensure client connections are running as required
  • As standard with all its services, Commerce-Connections provides 24/7 international support
A Global Perspective of CEN

Partner with Alibaba Cloud

As a channel partner with Alibaba Cloud, Commerce-Connections will be actively involved with SAP data integrations for companies trading globally, from within China. As we are an existing business partner with SAP SE, the expertise and technologies we have developed, over 20 years in the industry, are perfectly suited to overcome the Supply Chain Data Integration challenges companies face when sending business documents to and from mainland China.

Together with Alibaba, we aim to bridge the gap for companies wishing to trade securely, efficiently and reliably between mainland China and the rest of the world.

CEN technology has been helping companies better manage their supply chain for decades. However, many experience issues that impact their bottom-line, including:

  • Unsatisfactory customer service and slow problem resolution
  • An unreliable network with too much downtime
  • Outdated, inflexible platform and technology
  • Cumbersome onboarding of new trading partners
  • Manual, time-intensive tracking of exceptions and costly errors
  • Confusing fee structure with unexpected charges

That’s why you want to be sure you are using the CEN that is the most reliable, efficient and cost-effective.

Commerce-Connections B2B/EDI Translation Service is a cost effective alternative to implementing your own B2B EDI software.

The outsourced translation service, CCXEDI (Network-Based Translation) allows you to quickly and easily implement business-to-business (B2B) trading relationships with minimum investment in additional hardware, software or IT resources.

The service is delivered from a high performance B2B Server and maintained by our EDI and network specialists. This will allow you to focus on your core business.

Who should use the service?

The B2B/EDI Translation Service is the solution for organisations that seek a fully integrated and automated B2B solution but don't want to operate their own B2B environment for cost, skills or other strategic reasons.

Service Offering Details

Customers simply need to connect via FTP(s), AS/2 to the Service Center Mailbox and up/download their agreed in-house files. This process can be fully automated.

Our experts will perform tasks such as :
  • Translation map definitions between inhouse file and EDI/XML or other formats
  • All communication setups with your trading partner
  • Any custom application process definition (file split, validation etc.)
  • Change management
  • Service Help Desk 09:00 - 17:00 (standard support)
  • 24/7 support for mission-critical business issues
Features
  • EDI/XML and-to-any translation (EDIFACT, TRADACOMS, ebXML, Ansi X12 ..)
  • Message delivery to your trading partner via direct connections or VAN
  • Wide range of communication protocols supported (FTP(s), HTTP(s), AS/2, OFTP, SMTP); we can also exchange data via a VAN interconnect or through API
  • Error notification
  • Transaction Reports
Benefits

Commerce-Connections aims to make VAN migration a simple process while ensuring minimal, if any, business disruption.
Below are the basic steps taken during a VAN migration:

  • Respond quicker to new business opportunities that require B2B/EDI capabilities. Using Commerce-Connections CCXEDI Service gives you access to our EDI experts who will support you in all B2B and EDI related matters.
  • Reduce operating costs No hardware or software for B2B/EDI translation is required at the users site. Consequently, no ongoing maintenance is necessary.
  • Flexible charging options from pay-as-you go to flat fees depending on the volume. There are no hidden charges. To send an EDI message is 40% cheaper than a first class stamp!
  • Keep up with changes in technology and B2B/EDI standards without the worries. Commerce-Connections uses a state of the art B2B Server that supports all major EDI standards.
  • Protect your investment All mappings and setup can be re-used should you decide to migrate to a Commerce-Connections in-house EDI system at some point in the future.
  • Easy connect to the Managed Service mailbox via a secure Internet FTP link or use a VAN mailbox service for data transfer.
  • Automation of manual processes

As manufacturers, retailers and distributors recognise the importance of working closely together to improve operational efficiency and service levels, and as competition becomes fiercer and margins continue to shrink, the way information is managed and shared is becoming a critical issue for industry executives to address.

To achieve competitive advantage by eliminating loss of revenue from incorrect product information, suppliers and retailers need to communicate in a more efficient manner.

Global Data Synchronization (GDS) a collaborative electronic commerce strategy is a worldwide initiative intended to resolve product data inaccuracies among trading partners.

Global Data Synchronization has been implemented using a Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), where country-specific data pools – such as 1SYNC or other mostly GS1 operated or dominated data pools provide a GDSN compliant Service.

Those data pools are able to register GTIN information in the GS1 Global Registry™. The advantage of this is that once registered, GTIN information can be published to any trading partner world-wide that subscribes to a GDSN certified data pool.

Other more dynamic approaches for Data Synchronisation are more pragmatic avoiding the highly expensive data pools which have formed a monopoly. Often it is not necessary to register GTIN information worldwide and all the overhead in infrastructure may not be justified.

The alternative approach consists of direct connections between the parties (retailers and suppliers) via supplier portals and EDI links which allows the capture of product information among other functions. A supplier can choose to enter product information manually into the portal, upload a spreadsheet (CSV) or transmit using EDI/XML messages.

Both approaches make strategic sense and Commerce-Connections supports either option. For trading partner portal solutions please follow this link to learn more about the CC Portal Services or the CC Data-Sync Service.

Our NHS Message Broker Services are based on our tried and tested Retail and Manufacturing Message Broker Services that all are certified under the GS1 UK’s ‘purchase-to-pay’ programme.

Our Services provide a solution for trusts and suppliers, of any size, regardless of their back office system’s capabilities. Our Services range from a simple WebForms solution to a fully integrated managed service.

By using our Services users are freed from the costly, and time consuming, process of deploying an onpremise EDI solution as everything is taken care of by the experts at Commerce-Connections. Where required, the Services include the provision of a ‘connector’ for securely exchanging messages between Commerce-Connections and our Service users.

Service Provision

The Commerce-Connections NHS Message Broker Services run on highly available servers in a virtualised environment in our tier 3 Data Centre.

The Services are available 24/7 and, for users requiring that extra level of security and confidence, a fulldisaster recovery service is available, for an additional charge.

Our annual charges include standard support (08:30 - 17:30, Monday - Friday, no bank holiday cover) for non-critical business issues and 24/7 support with a two-hour response time for mission-critical business issues.

Additional Services

Until such time that all suppliers to the NHS can enter their product data into a data pool, our Services will work with orders from trusts using proprietary product catalogues. Similarly, our Services will work where existing pricing frameworks are in place. These Services are offered as additional modules to our standard Services.

Commerce-Connections has over 50 man years of experience in working with ERP and finance systems commonly in use today. We have worked with software vendors and consultants to make sure we fully understand how their solutions interact with other services and solutions.

For SAP R3 users we offer consulting during EDI integration planning and subsequent deployment. Many organisations using ‘high-end’ ERP/finance applications need to be able to monitor the thousands of ‘processes’ running each hour. A process could be an order in, an invoice out, an employee’s holiday application form etc. Our edpem solution allows an organisation to report on any process, monitor its progress and allow informed business decisions to be made in a timely manner. edpem is an on-premise business tool for monitoring and reporting any type of business process, and is currently in use across a wide range of organisations.

CC-Ltd is a PEPPOL Access Point provider

Providing solutions for NHS Trusts, Private Healthcare and their Suppliers

The NHS has mandated the use of PEPPOL as a message format and message transmission protocol. The format is XML and the protocol is AS2. Both have been in common use for a number of years. AS2 uses the Internet and should, in theory, be free to use.

CC-Ltd is not just a PEPPOL Access Point provider

We provide Order to Cash EDI/B2B Services on a ‘Pay as You Go’ basis to any type of organisation. Whether your company is supplying the NHS, Private Healthcare, Retail, Manufacturing, Automotive etc…. our Services will allow you to trade electronically with your trading partners. Regardless of which CC-Ltd Service you choose there is no need to purchase additional hardware or software everything is provided by us.

Contact us today for free advice on what your next step should be and to discuss the consequences of not registering with a PEPPOL access point before the end of September.

Our Plans

Our services are truly ‘pay as you go’. Monthly usage charges are based on actual usage and are invoiced monthly in arrears. There is no such thing as a ‘free message’ it will have been accounted for, and charged somewhere.

Why pay, up front, for transactions you may never use?

Our monthly usage charges are based on volume (per Mbyte) and this equates to a starting price of approx. £0.06/transaction reducing to approx. £0.03/transaction for high volume users.

£500.00/Year

Simple, fully managed, web portal

Monthly message translation and administration fee.

Ideal for any company with small order volumes, no ERP of finance systems or whose ERP/finance systems can’t integrate.

Web Forms

Web browser required

Starts at £650.00/Year

Secure FTPS connection provided for exchanging documents

24 x 7 email and telephone support

Full integration with your ERP/Finance system

Monthly message translation and administration fee.

Integration

Integrate with your ERP/Finance app

Starts at £650.00/Year

Secure FTPS connection provided for exchanging documents

24 x 7 email and telephone support

Full integration with your ERP/Finance system exchanging PEPPOL format messages

No message translation charge, flat rate for message administration.

Integration Plus

For any organisation whose ERP/Finance App can exchange PEPPOL XML messages

* All the above plans are based on 12 month rolling contracts and are subject to a one-time set up fee.

Please feel free to download the .pdf version of this webpage : CC PEPPOL Access Point.pdf

The CC WebForms Service (CCWebFX) is a browser-based forms solution which enables businesses to trade electronically without the need for investment in EDI/B2B software and/or acquiring the necessary skills to manage such a system.

As a subscription-based service (pay-as you-go) CCWebFX is the most cost-effective and affordable solution for small and medium size businesses to comply with EDI requirements of their trading partners such as ASDA, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrisons, Argos, Makro, Boots, Dixons etc. With our predefined trading templates, users can achieve immediate EDI compliance for most UK retailers and most automotive companies.

Large organisations can choose a custom version of the CC WebForms Service to extend their trading network and reach smaller trading partners with minimum effort. For more information regarding connecting suppliers and extending your trading community, please read about the CC Web Portal Solution or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Unlike our competitors, the Commerce-Connections WebForms Service can be used on most browsers. This includes Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and many more.

In Short

Commerce-Connections WebForms Service is an alternative to operating and managing your own EDI System. The service enables customers to participate in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) without the need for investment in EDI software or skills. Companies who join the CC WebForms service are able to trade with a wide range of companies in the retail, automotive and government industry sectors.

Features and Benefits
EASE OF USE

When printed, online forms look like their paper equivalents enabling users to keep business processes intact. Prefilled forms increase accuracy and speed of document turnaround, while built-in template capabilities save re-keying time and minimize data entry errors.

E-MAIL NOTIFICATION

Rather than checking regularly for new transactions, users can set up an e-mail notification to receive an alert as soon as a new transaction arrives.

READY-MADE EDI/FORMS DEFINITIONS

For immediate compliance with most retailers and automotive companies and customs definitions for new trading partners

LABEL PRINT

Download label information to your label printer with barcode straight from the WebForm

MESSAGE DELIVERY

Messages are sent to trading partners in real time, therefore an invoice submitted electronically will arrive in your trading partner's mailbox in a matter of seconds.

COMMUNICATIONS LINKS

We can send and receive your data from and to all major Value Added Networks (VAN). We also offer AS/2, FTP and other facilities to connect to your trading partners.

ASN GENERATION

Build your ASN from one or several orders with packages and pallets

BACKGROUND EDI TRANSLATION

The EDI/XML conversion happens in the background and is monitored by our service specialists.

SERVICE HELP DESK (9-17H)

With after hours emergency support

CHANGE MANAGEMENT

New functions or changes in EDI requirements are implemented as required

FLEXIBLE PAYMENT OPTIONS

Choose between pre and post payment - and special deals with selected trading partners.

TRANSACTION REPORT

Users can request regular transaction reports detailing all transactions for a specified period.

Smart temperature and humidity monitoring service in the cloud - Is monitoring temperature and humidity important to your organisation?

At Commerce-Connections we offer the complete monitoring service, not just the hardware or software, but the entire monitoring solution.

Our solution can be integrated into any existing system while adding value, saving cost, improving time efficiency and eliminating human error. We have a real-time alerting system 24/7 which can be easily customised.

Hardware + Software + CC Air Service = COMPLETE MONITORING SERVICE SOLUTION

Do you have regulatory requirements and take pride in delivering quality to your customers?

Empowered by an advanced firmware technology, Commerce-Connections offers a practical solution designed to meet strict regulatory compliance requirements for the cold chain, pharmaceutical goods, consumables plus numerous other products and environments, such as hotels, supermarkets and hospitals where temperature monitoring is essential. At the same time you are able to provide transparency and instil confidence in your customers. You have the ability to view and export historical data, as an audit trail anytime and anywhere.

No time or man power to install a new solution?

Our devices are WIRELESS and plug and play, so your complete monitoring system can be up in minutes. We have a dedicated customer service helpline 24/7 and an easy-to-reach technical team at your service.

Not sure if this is right for your organisation?

Feel free give us a call or email us at air@cc-ltd.com. We will be happy to help with any of your questions and meet any specifications. We can engineer our products and customise or even create bespoke solutions to suit specific requirements. Why not arrange a trial?

Overview

The CC Air Solution

Commerce-Connections offer a practical solution designed to meet strict regulatory compliance requirements for the cold chain, for example pharmaceutical goods, consumables plus numerous other products and environments, such as hotels, supermarkets and hospitals where temperature monitoring is essential.

Our bespoke user-friendly interface is concise, clear and consistent throughout. The user is able to set alerts and designate on who receives them. The software ensures standards in which electronic files are considered equivalent to paper records, saving time and effort.

Furthermore, our service eliminates manual recording errors combined with multiple alert types. Both devices work via RF (radio frequency) and accuracy has been calibrated to 0.1°C compared to a standard thermometer at 0.5°C.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Continuous monitoring of temperature and humidity
  • Ability to integrate the data into any organisation’s back-end system
  • Access to the interface from anywhere in the world via the cloud
  • Fully bespoke interface with added options
  • Detailed visualisation of data
  • Historic records stored for future analysis and comparison
  • Custom alerts for specified temperature and/or humidity triggers
  • Life-time factory-calibrated on all devices
  • Temperature range: -30°C to 70°C (can be significantly extended)
  • Life-time warranty promise on all devices

CC Air Hardware

Smart Sensors – Ongoing real-time monitoring of temperature and humidity
Smart Loggers – Continuous recording of temperature and humidity during long-haul transit

Industry

Commerce-Connections Ltd has designed a simple, easy-to-install wireless sensor solution for a wide variety of applications. Whether you are a small to medium size business or a large corporation, our CC Air service can help to monitor your facility, increase your operating efficiencies, improve and maintain high quality and help manage and protect your assets.

Care Homes

  • Reduce staff workload while ensuring safety
  • 24/7 monitoring in all areas within a care home facility
  • Ability to monitor multiple care homes

Supermarkets face the task of accurately monitoring refrigeration and freezer temperatures. This is vital for the safety of the food-buying public. Historically, supermarkets have relied on staff to read temperature probes manually, leading to the possibility for human error and time consuming. This, in turn, can lead to large amounts of food wasted with the obvious increase in costs.

Food poisoning organisms can multiply quickly in foods such as meat, fish, poultry, rice, milk, cream and eggs (these are called high-risk foods). It is paramount that all food in supermarkets is kept at the right temperature. Consumers of supermarkets have been made ill when food has not been stored correctly. Legally frozen food must be maintained and stored in line with the manufacturer's instructions.

Commerce-Connections has developed a system which can monitor and analyse temperature across the large fixed refrigerators and freezers used in store. Our wireless Smart sensors transmit every 5 minutes ensuring constant awareness of any changes complemented with our user-friendly monitoring interface. An alert can be sent to the store manager as well as an engineer if and whenever it is triggered.

Our service drives quality throughout a store environment and at the same time eases the process of following the below regulations:

• Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 Hygiene of foodstuffs

• The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 (Schedule 4)


Measuring and monitoring of temperature is paramount in all areas of a care home. From food storage and climate monitoring to infection control and regular checking of water temperature.

Fighting Infection

The HSA (Health Saving Association) in the UK classifies elderly people as a high-risk group. Legislation has changed recently, so even the smaller care homes need to keep constant safety checks and ensure there is an adequate risk assessment in place including temperature control.

Climate change is already affecting the spread of infectious diseases throughout the world, as an example in human health, there is a direct risk from water pathogens which can lead to dengue fever, malaria, cholera and, increasingly in the UK, Legionnaires disease. All are linked to warmer temperatures. Within a care home environment with potential restrictions of movement for the elderly in a confined area it is imperative that the temperature does not become too warm.

Our Smart temperature sensors can be used for running water and pipe surfaces as well as environment monitoring – a popular choice for caretakers or building engineers who often bear the brunt of testing and the care home paying for a call-out or service check-up.

Food Safety

The health and age of residents obviously makes them more vulnerable to hazards like food-born bacteria which can be prevented by storing and cooking foods at safe temperatures. There is the ‘danger zone’ of food safety, when in storage cold food should not go beyond the temperature of 4.0°C and hot food should never be lower than 60°C.

There is the very important matter of accuracy. For example, the storage temperature of chilled food is especially critical, so food thermometers should have an accuracy of +/- 0.5°C. Our smart temperature sensors are life-time calibrated to even +/- 0.2°C. Not only are the sensors more accurate they are also automated, compared to manually recorded thermometer readings, which could lead to human error and would have to be calibrated on a regular basis.

Record Keeping

Another factor to take into consideration is what to do with a temperature once it has been taken. In recent years, European legislation has demanded regular food temperature recording. Taking accurate temperatures alone is not enough - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety regulations require enhanced due diligence on the recording of results at every stage.

In legionella testing, the sheer number of water points and outlets even in an average-sized building is only matched by the volume of records required to monitor them. All this can be a logistical nightmare for managers resulting in trolling through mountains of paper, which is why many are turning to paperless systems that have the added bonus of reducing the risk of human error.

Cold Chain/Food Transport
  • Complete traceability throughout a produce journey
  • Temperature breaches flagged up instantly with real-time CC Air alarms
  • Fully automated system

From the Frozen to the Fragile

Food is being transported over longer distances, from producer to consumer; this distance is often measured by ‘food miles’. In the UK, comparatively little of the food we consume comes from local producers; much will have been transported over great distances. There is a need to consider the environmental conditions that the goods will endure during transit. Will the goods go through high-humidity zones or extreme low temperature zones for example?

Temperature breaches in the cold chain need to be flagged up quickly and reliably. Our efficient and user-friendly data loggers and Smart sensors help to ensure accurate and effective cold chain management.

Commerce-Connections offers a chance to validate products at the point of use and while in transit, which will show clearly and unmistakably whether a product has been adversely affected by a temperature breach.

Our complete monitoring service introduces accountability measures into the shipping and handling stages of the temperature-sensitive cold chain. By providing prominent visual notification to shipping personnel of the presence of monitoring equipment, alarms and historical records encourage proper handling and transport of temperature-sensitive products.

Wine
  • Captures temperature & humidity 24/7
  • Can monitor immense vineyards and wine cellars
  • Alerts whenever temperatures exceed pre-set criteria or the fluctuation is too rapid

Temperature is the crucial variable for wine makers and collectors. It is likely that relatively few wines are spoiled by low humidity, but many are ruined through storage at high and/or variable temperature and humidity levels. The rate of chemical reactions within wine increases as the temperature increases, which encourage the loss of alcohol and aroma and flavour compounds due to volatilisation. Low temperatures will result in a poor extraction of colour and tannins in red wines and can also cause sluggish fermentations and the production of high levels of ethyl acetate. High levels of humidity are damaging to labels and packaging and can lead to the drying out of the cork.

Our CC Air service monitors temperature and humidity quickly, easily and cost-effectively. CC Air offers precise temperature monitoring features focused on quality control: detailed time/temperature histories, highlighted events above or below specified temperature ranges, and full documentation. CC Air secures winemakers with sustainable management & monitoring practice on quality improvement and cost decrease for energy usage.

Pharmaceuticals
  • Track 24/7 from manufacturing to delivery
  • Real-time alarm alerts
  • Life-time calibrate to accuracy of 0.1 -/+° C

Pharmaceutical temperature monitoring guidelines issued by the FDA (North America) and MHRA (UK) dictate that controlled drugs and vaccines stored in pharmacy fridges must meet benchmarks that deliver maximum efficacy and shelf-life. In addition, pharmacy fridge temperature monitoring systems are subject to regular audits for compliance to these guidelines as an integral part of the regulatory process.

To meet such strict protocols a comprehensive regime of pharmacy temperature monitoring and accurate record-keeping is the basis of the compliance strategy for any facility storing controlled drugs and vaccines. Manual pharmacy temperature monitoring at the level of detail needed is time-consuming, a poor use of highly-qualified resources and lacks the essential accuracy.

Commerce-Connections' web-based radio frequency temperature monitoring systems deliver accuracy, regulatory compliance and totally absolute audit trails to global customers in pharmacy or those who specialise in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Using web-based technology, data and records are securely accessible 24/7 anywhere in the world on any device running on a web-browser or an app.

Restaurants
  • Easy to prove audits
  • Ensuring food quality
  • Trigger alerts if temperature falls out of range

For restaurants and food service providers, the quality, freshness and safety of the food they serve is of the highest importance. Increasingly complex menus, vast numbers of food service suppliers from domestic and international locations and new government regulations are making it ever more critical to ensure that fresh, frozen and processed foods have been stored and cooked properly. Fresh produce could sit on restaurant surfaces and corridors before being attended to by staff within a busy kitchen and experience high temperatures that can reduce quality and potentially lead to increased risks of harmful bacteria.

Commerce-Connections offers the ability to track produce from transport to delivery consistently through our data loggers and Smart sensors, both devices operate on the same system. This prevents staff from falsifying information and preparation for unexpected visits from food inspectors is not as time consuming. In addition, uncompromised audit trails are instantly available.

The CC Air service simplifies keeping to regulations such as:

Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs

The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 (Schedule 4)

Supermarkets
  • Easy to install for no extensive training
  • Reduces cost, time and human error
  • 24/7 real-time monitoring service

Supermarkets face the task of accurately monitoring refrigeration and freezer temperatures. This is vital for the safety of the food-buying public. Historically, supermarkets have relied on staff to read temperature probes manually, leading to the possibility for human error and time consuming. This, in turn, can lead to large amounts of food wasted with the obvious increase in costs.

Food poisoning organisms can multiply quickly in foods such as meat, fish, poultry, rice, milk, cream and eggs (these are called high-risk foods). It is paramount that all food in supermarkets is kept at the right temperature. Consumers of supermarkets have been made ill when food has not been stored correctly. Legally frozen food must be maintained and stored in line with the manufacturer's instructions.

Commerce-Connections has developed a system which can monitor and analyse temperature across the large fixed refrigerators and freezers used in store. Our wireless Smart sensors transmit every 5 minutes ensuring constant awareness of any changes complemented with our user-friendly monitoring interface. An alert can be sent to the store manager as well as an engineer if and whenever it is triggered.

Our service drives quality throughout a store environment and at the same time eases the process of following the below regulations:

• Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 Hygiene of foodstuffs

• The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 (Schedule 4)

Legionella Compliance
  • Active monitoring 365 days a year
  • Able to use in a variety of environments
  • Alerts appropriate personnel immediately

Legionnaires’ disease occurs as a result of infections caused by the legionellaceae family of bacteria.

It is a form of pneumonia which results in around 250 identified cases a year and can prove fatal, especially to the elderly or those prone to respiratory problems or with impaired immune systems.

Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by inhaling small droplets of water suspended in air which contain the legionella bacterium.

Legionella bacteria occur naturally in surface water and soils etc but can also proliferate within man-made environments such as cooling towers, swimming pools, domestic hot-water systems and showers, ice making machine, refrigerated cabinets, whirlpool spas, hot springs, fountains, dental equipment, industrial coolants and many more.

Proliferation of the bacteria typically occurs between 20°C - 45°C and is assisted by the presence of suitable nutrients present in dirt, sludge and scale as well as conditions of poor water flow and stagnation occurring in water systems.

In the UK employers are required to control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria in accordance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. This is achieved by following the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L8 the Control of Legionella (Bacteria in Water Systems) and in general these require the employer to conduct the following:

  • Identification & assessment of the legionella risk
  • Prevention or minimisation of risk from exposure to legionella
  • Systems for the management and selection, training and competence of personnel
  • Record keeping of maintenance, cleaning and disinfection of legionella

Whether you run a commercial office, school or are a manufacturer, monitoring water usage is becoming more important every day, especially with the growing strain on our waterways and changeable weather patterns.

By collecting temperature information regularly to monitor water tank temperatures you can be assured your tank’s environment will not be storing any problems. With configurable temperature settings our Smart sensor service will monitor water temperature to confirm it is kept within guidelines.

Embedded alerts will also tell you of any drifts in temperature, so you can keep on top of the situation and maintain a healthy water environment. Alerts can be sent by email to appropriate personnel.