Welcome to the GeoShepard™ Cannabis Tracking FAQs. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact us.
What is GeoShepard™?
GeoShepard™ is the first to market automated cannabis tracking system that is patent protected. We solve 4 major issues:
- We automate the manual move to increase efficiency and accuracy.
- We automate the weighing of product to reduce labor and rework. Click HERE to download our FREE application from iTunes.
- We track product in transit in real-time from grow to dispensary.
- We provide real-time inventory logistics for regulators via our cloud-based dashboard.
GeoShepard™ is utilizes a network of wifi based hubs to create geofences to track Bluetooth beacons 24x7x365. Data is transmitted, stored, and analyzed securely in our cloud-based servers. By teaming with GeoShepard™, you receive hubs, beacons, adapters and access to the software through your internet browser for a low cost monthly fee.
How will GeoShepard™ make compliance easier?
GeoShepard™ integrates with METRC and other Seed-to-Sale systems to sync your data in real time. It allows you to quickly audit your inventory. It will send you automatic notifications by email, text, or phone call to keep you informed about what is going on in your business.
Is GeoShepard™ a Validated METRC Integrator?
Yes. GeoShepard™ has completed Franwell training and has signed the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) Confidentiality and User Agreements for Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska. Additionally, we have demonstrated our ability to perform the software functions specified by METRC and received our production API keys. Here are some links to verify our claims:
- Validated METRC Vendors for MD – TBD
- Validated METRC Vendors for MI – TBD
If any of the above links don’t work, please visit www.metrc.com and click on your state under the Customers tab.
Do I have a METRC API key?
Yes. You or your operations manager will have a User API Key in the METRC system if you are cultivating and selling legal cannabis in Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and soon Maryland & Washington. When you go into METRC, you should see the current key pop up if you have one, then you can simply just click Generate and receive a new key.
How do I know my scales are compatible with GeoShepard™?
First, check that your scale has a male RS232(DB9) port for our adapter to plug into. If your scale does not have this port, you will need a new scale. GeoShepard™ is an A&D Scale distributor and you can purchase a scale directly from our store. We are constantly adding new brands and manufacturers to our compatibility lists. Please contact us to see if your scale is on our list.
What is the difference between GeoScale™ and GeoScale™ Lite?
GeoScale™ Lite is our free application that allows cultivators to scan barcodes and ingest weights into a comma delimited file which is emailed to them so they can copy/paste the data accurately into the state mandated systems.
Our full version GeoScale™ application integrates directly with metrc and automatically updates the state system. There is a low cost fee with this service.
It seems like it takes a while for a barcode to scan. Why?
It all depends on the length of the barcode. The longer the barcode the longer it takes to scan. And metrc has long…loooong….barcodes. Of course, it’s better than writing them down on paper!!
If you are interested in a faster response time, Contact Us about our GeoShepard™ beacons which don’t need to be scanned because they are always talking to our app.
We’re a small shop, can we afford GeoShepard™?
Absolutely! GeoShepard™ has an affordable monthly pricing model that allows you to avoid large up-front expenses. It is a fully deductible expense. We are always happy to work with small businesses to make sure we can meet their needs within their budget.
How do I know my computers can run GeoShepard™?
GeoShepard™ is a software service, which means that it runs on any computer, laptop, or mobile device through an internet browser. If your computer can run an internet browser it can run GeoShepard™! Click HERE to read our blog on how GeoShepard™ does data security and keeps your applications running.
Won’t training my employees on totally new software take a lot of my time?
We agree that training employees and getting their buy-in with a new system can be time consuming. That’s why GeoShepard™ includes free training for all of your employees as part of our initial setup process. As a GeoShepard™ user our expertise is always available to you and your employees through training or technical support at no added cost.
What if I try GeoShepard™ and I don’t like it?
The Technical Account Manager assigned to you would like to speak with you about your needs, and why GeoShepard™ isn’t meeting them. If you’d like to request that a feature is added or that something about the product is changed, we want to hear your feedback. If we cannot resolve your issue, or GeoShepard™ just doesn’t fit your business model, you can cancel at any time during the FREE trial period.
What if I need to transfer my data from GeoShepard™ to different software?
We will gladly provide you with an electronic or hard copy of your data at your request. GeoShepard™ is a fully open and transparent product; we firmly believe that you should have access to your data at any time in the format that best suits you. To that end, you can download a copy of your data at any time.
What can you tell me about the Beacons?
Our BLE beacons are about the size of a quarter. They are water resistant and powered by a CR2032 battery. Each ping from the beacon sends a packet of data to our hubs. This data contains a unique identifier, a timestamp, signal strength, battery life, and temperature.
Wait!! Did you say temperature?
Yes, our beacons transmit the temperature of each individual plant. This allows grows to customize operations, improve heating & cooling, and increase yield.
Is Bluetooth radiation dangerous?
Bluetooth uses a non-ionizing radiation (meaning there’s not enough energy present to break molecular bonds, so claims of direct impact on DNA or the like are generally nonsensical). At the frequencies used by your wireless devices, the goal is to minimize the heating produced by the device. In general, radiation exposure is governed by level and duration. Reducing either the level or duration of exposure reduces the exposure accordingly. The good news is that a relatively small percentage of the energy produced by a device penetrates the skin.
At any rate, back to the original question, since Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is designed to reduce the energy consumption of Bluetooth communication and increase battery life, by definition it will reduce the exposure level compared to a standard Bluetooth device. If you’re consuming less energy you’re radiating less power over the same amount of time. The GeoShepard™ Beacon is a BLE device.