This is currently the hottest news in town regarding IoT technology and all of its proponents. An independent research done by the Inmarsat Communications of UK has shown that the use of IoT technology has not only gained momentum in food processing and agricultural monitoring but that the technology has helped food producers immensely in meeting the difficult importing demands. The report further indicates that IoT technology is the key force behind the acceleration of food production globalization. IoT, or Internet of Things, has been predicted to become the pivotal technological force to run the entire enterprise sector in the coming years, a scenario that is gradually proving true with such kind of breakthroughs like the one mentioned above.
“Let there be no doubt in the minds of anyone that IoT will not only dominate the corporate, but every other digital sector in just a span of very few years ahead,” states a jubilant and optimistic Mr. Clovis Lacerda, who also happens to have founded and currently chairs Parlacom Telecommunications Brazil, an IoT/M2M solution providers themselves in the biggest country in South America. IoT’s direct impact on the food production covers up three main areas: production, hygiene, and sustainability.
All of these things are alone responsible for the overall outcome of any crops, and how they meet the strict requirements of import/export. According to this report, with the aid IoT technology, farmers in the developed nations of the world can now easily meet importing and exporting requirements of other developed nations, whereas accelerating food trade and production on a global scale.
However, among the three major sectors of food production and processing, the majority of IoT services are deployed and utilized for the “Sustainability” of the grown crops and foods. This means to ensure the health and safety of the grown crops via using IoT connected sensors to monitor the food according to the industry standards and prerequisites mentioned by various governments of developed countries. Additionally, IoT sensors are also helping throughout the supply chain procedure (as discussed in one our previous post related to medical supply chain). What this means is that since their growth till the time they arrive in retail stores, connected IoT sensors will continue to protect and improvise food stocks according to the strictest health standards.
“We are in an age where consumers are increasingly becoming aware and concerned about the quality of things they consume. It is only logical to use such groundbreaking technologies that will help to obtain consumers trust, and to deliver them the goods in the way they expect from the producers; IoT technology is that medium which is currently assisting the producers in this endeavor unlike any other way in our history,” states Mr. Lacerda of Parlacom Brazil. Therefore, it is expected that IoT is going to play a major role in monitoring and supply chain management of not only the food and agricultural sector but lots of other enterprise industries in very near future, a thing which surely can be taken for the good of all (at least as of now).
Shazia is the marketing manager of Parlacom Telecommunications Brazil. She has a passion and intense interest in technology, specifically the IoT, and enjoys writing on it (as well as hearing from readers/peers).