TraceableLIVE: Connected Lab Considerations

Cole-Parmer® Traceable® Data Logger Monitoring Devices allow you to constantly monitor your critical environments, including temperature, humidity, liquid nitrogen, CO2, and barometric pressure, store your data using TraceableLIVE® Cloud Service, and receive on-time alerts 24-7 to any changes to your environment.

When implementing connected devices in the laboratory, considerations include IT security, regulatory compliance, ease of setup/use, all at an affordable cost of ownership. Cole-Parmer’s Traceable Data Logger Monitoring Devices Compatible with TraceableLIVE Cloud Service meet these considerations.

IT security

While many other manufacturers are also entering the IoT market, not all technology is the same. When purchasing any instrument equipped with smart technology, validate the security features of the system prior to implementation to ensure protection and peace of mind.

Cloud data needs to be stored on a secure database, like Azure. Azure is a highly secure cloud foundation managed by Microsoft. TraceableLIVE® cloud data is stored on an SQL Azure database, which has received numerous certifications for compliance. (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/trust-center/).

TraceableLIVE® implements additional security:

  • All communications between TraceableLIVE® devices or users and the cloud is encrypted using the HTTPS protocol. In other words, devices with TraceableLive, in normal operation, are connected to the network in passive mode, which means the device itself cannot be accessed unless it is first reaching out. Once a device with one of these technologies is connected to a Wi-Fi network, it will only communicate with the TraceableLive cloud services using encrypted HTTPS communications. The HTTPS/SSL communication encryption certificate protects the proprietary co mmunication instruction set that is used in these and other secured devices and protects against an attacker emulating a server without the encryption certificate.
  • OWIN authentication—uses secure, universally trusted login functionality, making it much less likely that users’ information could be compromised
  • Role-based authorization scheme—restricts app users’ access to functions based on their role (Admin/User)
  • TraceableLIVE® data queries are separated by account id to ensure that no user will ever see data from another user account
  • To further enhance security, when a TraceableLive device is communicating with the cloud service, the device must authenticate itself using a set of credentials. Each device is uniquely identified and validated by the cloud service in order for it to connect.

Regulatory compliance

As more and more regulations drive the workday, new IoT products provide easy compliance with those new standards: FDA regulation 21 CFR Part 11, EU Annex 11 compliance, and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) are but a few. Products already meeting those requirements can provide peace of mind and save time and energy, allowing more time for the experiments or other daily tasks.

Multi-point calibration on an individually numbered Traceable® Certificate assures accuracy from our ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (1750.01) calibration laboratory accredited by A2LA. It indicates traceability of measurements to the SI units through NIST or other recognized national measurement institutes (NMI) that are signatories to the CIPM Mutual Recognition Agreement.

Ease of setup/use of TraceableLIVE products

The TraceableLIVE products are easy to set up and use. After purchase, the user can go to TraceableLive.com to create an account. Register the device to the account by scanning the QR code or by entering the device’s serial number and then connecting to your internet service.

TraceableLIVE data logging products setup and use

Traceable Data Loggers compatible with TraceableLIVE Cloud Service meet these concerns all at an affordable total cost of ownership. TraceableLive subscriptions are available at low or no cost, with a premium subscription that adds 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.

See the cloud service selection guide to choose the data logger that’s right for your application.