How Blockchain, AI and IoT Simplifies AgriFood Product Quality for a more efficient, sustainable and transparent food supply chain
In today’s society, AgriFood trading practices have evolved to keep up with consumer demands of high quality, safe and sustainable food products. A key tool to help AgriFood businesses to meet this demand is blockchain.
The use of blockchain technology has become an essential tool to ensure efficiency and transparency for AgriFood trade transactions. Additionally, understanding food provenance is becoming more prevalent among end-consumers, making it critical for AgriFood businesses to better understand, manage and communicate product movement from farm to fork.
What is blockchain technology?
Blockchain is a shared distributed ledger technology that allows users to share verified, immutable information with each other. In this way, blockchain helps agrifood supply chain stakeholders to share trusted information with each other for each trade transaction, allowing the tracking of food provenance and the building of a more visible, efficient and transparent supply chain.
Blockchain can be used for applications such as improving food quality control throughout AgriFood supply chains.
Using Blockchain, AI and IoT to Improve Product Quality Control
Studies have shown that fruits and vegetables are thrown away due to unsuitable storage and shipment conditions. For instance, in Central and Southern Asia, losses in transport can be as much as 30% of the overall yield, a huge amount of waste.
As AgriFood products are transported along the food supply chain, they often take different routes and go through numerous handlers. This means that the ability to track the produce across the supply chain is challenging, making it difficult to ensure optimal product quality. This is particularly critical in the fresh produce industry where ensuring quality is key to maximizing shelf life.
The challenges that AgriFood businesses need to overcome to assure product quality are:
- Processing large quantities of trade, product and document information
- Underutilizing valuable technology
- Keeping track of product information
- Optimizing processes that ascertain product quality information
How DiMuto uses Blockchain, AI and IoT to ensure Product Quality
DiMuto uses blockchain technology along with Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to determine product quality in an objective and simplified manner.
DiMuto transforms the way of assuring product quality by following four steps:
- Utilizing IoT technology in our Digitial Asset Creation (DACKY) Devices to capture product data, down to every single carton, throughout the supply chain
- Organizing the collected data to be accessible, readable and understandable by different users on our Trade Solutions Platform
- Enhancing the collected data with more insights using AI
- Data gets saved on the blockchain to ensure immutability
DiMuto DACKY devices capturing pre-shipment carton information at various packing facilities.
Visual Images of each carton of AgriFood product is then automatically uploaded onto the DiMuto Platform, and associated with each trade transaction so that the product, quality control and sales teams across the AgriFood organization can access these data easily.
DiMuto AI and Machine Learning then enhances the information gathered to provide useful insights using predictive models and analysis, this process will procure important product information to assess on its quality score:
- Product Identification
- Product Size
- Product Quantity
- Product Quality
Watch the above video to learn how DiMuto uses AI to determine pre and post shipment product quality
The insightful data will be stored on the blockchain, ensuring security and immutability through a decentralized node network.
There is a risk of a single point of failure with the current practice of keeping important information in a centralized server. The data in blockchain, on the other hand, is spread among all nodes in the network. As a result, it prohibits the system from being controlled by a central authority. Thus, accessibility to product quality information is invariably simple and secure.
This will help to determine the product quality of AgriFood products in a more efficient manner, helping AgriFood businesses to better control food quality at various stages of the supply chain.
With DiMuto’s solution, AgriFood companies can reduce food wastage due to more visible, efficient and reliable product quality controls along the supply chain and take the next step towards food sustainability.
If you are interested to learn more about how DiMuto helps AgriFood companies to utilize blockchain and other technology for a more efficient and sustainable supply chain, please reach us here or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.