In this era, where everything is either adulterated or contaminated, technologies like IoT and big data helps in ensuring that the food is safe and healthy to eat.
FREMONT, CA: In today’s uncertain scenario, breakthrough big data analytics and IoT technologies have come to the rescue in food security and safety. These two technologies have worked well with numerous other domains and industries over the past few years, like supply chain management and healthcare.
The following are three significant domains where big data analytics and IoT can come in handy for ensuring that the food is free from adulteration and contamination.
Helping the farmers
The combination of big data and IoT helps the farmers in predicting weather patterns. Besides, the big data give the farmers a fair idea about the conditions of the weather as well as soil. Later, the farmers can strategize about the appropriate times for the sowing of seeds and the types of crops that will reap them fruitful results. This planned procedure can help in minimizing the spoiling of the crops and enhancing the production on a large scale.
The data can also help in forecasting the situations that are suitable for the growth of bacteria or fungi so that the farmers can avoid sowing seeds at that particular time.
Supporting food inspection
The IoT based technology ensures that tracking of food is done at all the points. Therefore, it is convenient for the officials to supervise the quality of food at each point and decrease or eliminate risks of adulteration or contamination. The food monitoring is very beneficial in the investigation if there is any mishap during transportation, and the issue can be resolved quickly at the point of mishandling or mishap.
RFID sensors and barcodes on the food packets help in making the traceability of the food chain more compact. The sensors present in the IoT system streamlines the supply chain across the globe.
Where IoT based technologies help in tracking down the source of bacteria, big data analytics provide their support in finding out the relation between DNA and the RNA of the bacteria. The detection of the bacteria and knowing the condition in which the bacteria proliferate helps in preserving the food in the long run.
IoT and big data play a significant role in protecting food from contamination and adulteration. However, with AI to the assistance of both these technologies, food safety can be taken to the next level.