Has IoT reached its full farm-to-fork potential with its latest standards in food safety and compliance?
With the piling growth in population comes a growing need for food and drink. We as consumers have to face the ultimate brunt of emerging demands.
It is important for the supply to match with the demand, in a way that it does not exceed and result into wastage. It is as well important to secure the quality of food.
How do we co-relate IoT with food safety standards? From pasteurization to refrigeration, fewer failures, fewer consumer complaints, financial savings, and more efficiency improvements – if IoT is able to measure it all, it is as well able to manage it! IoT provides data where it didn’t actually exist and in a way that will drive action. B2B companies in the food and beverage sector are harnessing digital technologies to help increase efficiency, profitability, and sustainability.
Adoption of IoT implies that strict regulations are in place.
Food and beverage industry does not have its fair share of early adopters and many times companies get baffled with technology overload. Just the right mix of efforts, techniques, and experience is required to maintain food safety standards and avoid wastage.
Details listed here are a practical insight into prioritizing adoption of IoT techniques:
- In farming – IoT enabled sensors are installed in farming equipments to monitor weather conditions, the moisture level of soil, the maturity of the crop, and presence of insects, fungi and other minerals in the soil. Such sensors also help in optimizing irrigation, automating the switching on and off according to the location, fertilization requirements, and ways to maximize crop yield.
- In livestock barn – Sensors in livestock farm can help in monitoring herd weight, herd health, milk production in cows, feeding cycles, controlling and managing animal diet as and when required. This can also help in checking the breeding time, reproduction, checking controlled conditions for perfect breeding, brooding barns, hatcheries with strict temperature control etc.
- Tracking live location – Tracking locations via GPS to making use of drones to deliver food packets, smart technologies have found a place in almost every equipment these days. These can be used to plant straight rows, optimize the position of irrigation equipment, GPS instruments can be used to remotely access farms or building and lab conditions.
- Monitor machine performance – In-built sensors can be used to monitor machine performance, detect early warning signs of equipment that needs preventive service.
- Food compliance and safety – IOT can dramatically enhance human expertise. One such example is the use of IOT in GSF food production and supply chain maintenance. It has revolutionized the way restaurants maintain food safety and freshness. Digital signage, door hinge sensors, gesture recognition, shelf weight sensors, and Wi-Fi tags collect valuable data that help managers understand how their restaurants consume energy, manage inventory, and keep clean — even helping them identify ways to do those things in a better way. More importantly, temperature sensors can be used to trigger alerts if food reaches an unsafe temperature, prompt workers to make appropriate corrections and ensure immediate safety.
History is riddled with the examples of catastrophic consequences that have resulted from unavoidable knowledge gaps between generations. Most meticulous engineers and mechanics have worked with the most intelligent machines (robots) of their times.
IoT gives us the facility and capacity to have a complete and real-time visibility into every physical thing with which we interact within the real world.
IoT has become a driver of food safety and compliance lately as it can enable innovation and better communication with the people involved in the production, processing, packaging, and delivery. Organizations have been considering IoT app solutions to help assist various day to day tasks.
Internet of things (IoT) has transformed the way industries have been doing their services, collecting data, providing insights in real time and processing automation via sensors. Smart Homes & Buildings, Agriculture, Healthcare, Education, Manufacturing, Wearable are some other industry-focused areas in IoT app development.
IoT app development services are going to be the digital revolution that will streamline the concept of interconnecting gadgets, people and system with each other through a single network.
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