IoT in the Food Supply Chain: will we embrace the revolution?
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Connecting Paddock to Plate
The Internet of Things (IoT) is positioned to have a major impact on the food supply chain. Based on research carried out by Quocirca in October 2016, this report, commissioned by Rentokil Initial, discovers the potential of IoT across the food supply chain.
There’s no doubt, IoT will be a key enabler for opportunities to improve efficiencies, and a new level of food safety and incident prevention from paddock to plate.
At Rentokil Initial, an event ‘Connecting Paddock to Plate’ was held on Tuesday 9th May 2017 at the RACV Club, Melbourne. The event facilitated the sharing of best practices, information on current or growing ecosystems, and development of relationships to partner with third parties; each with the aim to optimise the performance of their own organisation.
Alain Moffroid, Managing Director of Rentokil Initial (Pacific) MC’d the event; setting the scene and the need to embrace this IoT revolution. Kate Levy, Research & Innovation Lead at Rentokil Initial, presented the results of RI’s recent IoT research study and explored what we need to do in order to embark on this new journey.
Renald Gallis, VP Ecosystem & Marketing at Thinxtra, took us through the basics of the IoT, its evolution, its future and followed the journey of a banana through an IoT supply chain.
Nick Saharan, Innova Manager (Oceania) from Marel, shared case studies of two businesses who are early and advanced adopters of automation and the IoT.
Chris Preston, Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs of the AFGC, highlighted the areas where our government and industry bodies need to change in order to provide an environment for which our industry (and nation) will be able to take advantage of the IoT's transformational benefits.
To support the technology agenda, the event was also live streamed on a single page website to view on HDTV, Computer iOS and Android.
By 2020, it is predicted that 20.8 billion connected devices with sensors that monitor, measure, record and report on environmental and behavioural factors will be used worldwide (Gartner, 2015). When this data is aggregated, analysed and combined with other public sources of information, we can generate valuable new insights that reveal new ways to improve food safety.
At Rentokil Initial, our innovative wireless connect system - PestConnect - is designed using sensor technology to enable and protect your premises. We record the outputs, incorporate our observations and recommendations, and display integrated analysis in our online reporting system called myRentokil.