TR5 Overview

For more than 15 years, Trace Register has been the leader in traceability software for the global seafood industry. We have defined, pioneered, and refined approaches to full-chain traceability. Built on the concepts of Link. Analyze. Act., our products help every member of the seafood supply chain ecosystem.

Utilizing the newest technologies, we’ve been able to take an unprecedented approach with our latest release, TR5 platform. This approach enables an event-based system for the new era of full-chain traceability.

Click on each of the points below to learn why TR5 is different from previous traceability:


TR5 is an open, interoperable system based on industry standards.

Until now, traceability systems have been closed systems based on proprietary standards, which the seafood industry will no longer accept.
  • Built on GS1 and GDST industry standards, TR5 users can send and receive traceability data from any other system using the same industry-standards. We believe your competitive advantage lies in what you can do with your traceability data, not in its data format.
More than two-thirds of traceability data is static. Product definitions (trade item definitions) account for 25%, and location data (supply chain entities or SCEs such as vessels, farms, and plants) for more than 50%.   
  • In legacy systems, data templates capture static data, but this has proved to be highly inefficient and brittle, creating significant inconsistencies of data between trading parties. TR5 addresses this problem by using standardized master data based on GS1 standards to improve data consistency significantly and build in system resiliency.
Traditional traceability systems are based on the concept of key data elements (KDEs). KDEs are key-value pairs, Name = Value. This approach worked when only a handful of KDEs was required. However, today, many companies manage more than 100 KDEs per product. 
  • Event-based traceability is much different and captures the history of a product as a series of critical tracking events (CTEs.) Each CTE has five KDEs: Who, What, When, Where, and Why. By grouping event-based collections of KDEs, a contextual dimension results that is not possible with traditional traceability.
Also known as a “web of data,” it is an advanced framework allowing data sharing across multiple boundaries. By interlinking webs of traceability data with existing resources, TR5 enables richly interconnected networks of machine-processable meaning.
  • Linked data makes it easy to integrate traceability data into existing workflows rather than replace them. For example, many of our partners use traceability data to streamline their interactions with their customs brokers when dealing with SIMP.
In the past, attachments and certificates were associated with products. With TR5, attachments are associated with events, and certificates are associated with master data.
  • Attachments support digital claims and are “linked” to the CTE it supports.
  • Certificates are associated with master data and have a valid timeframe. By linking these to master data, it allows for easy sharing and validation of both the certificate and the associated master data element.
Traceability data, just like any other data, has a quality score of about two sigma (highly unreliable), unless it has an integrated quality management process to produce a reliable output.
  • TR5 integrates the proven methodology of CMCA and takes it a step further by enabling CMCA Corrective Actions, or Linked Work Items. As CMCA executes against the traceability data, it creates Linked Work Items that can be shared between members of the supply chain. Each Work Item makes it seamless for supply chain partners to collaborate and manage issues when they arise.
Downstream trading partners are faced with the challenges of knowing whether they have all CTEs for every product, and wondering whether someone in the middle modified the data. TR5 addresses these challenges by registering CTEs on a blockchain every time they are sent to a trading partner. This is especially critical when data is exchanged between different traceability systems.
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