When we plan to edit the calendar, we will try to refer to the timeline of major events in the industry so that our reports are timely. So, after planning the May 2018 issue and seeing that FSMA’s Food Sanitation Transport (STF) rules will be in force for small and small businesses in the previous month, it seems to me that STF may be an individual industry wanting to know more many.
What I didn’t plan a year ago was the extent to which experts in this field wanted to discuss blockchain technology. It seems that in the past few months, I have received at least one email with the word blockchain every week. Although not as ubiquitous as the Internet of Things, it is definitely a new buzzword.
I don’t have a simple way to describe blockchain technology, as I did for IoT – I used to describe it as having a Facebook page on your toaster and posting status updates to your fridge. The best thing I can do now is to reference other definitions and describe them as digitally distributed ledgers.
When I started interviewing people’s STF articles and blockchains, I was really only familiar with Bitcoin, which used the technology to power cryptocurrency payment systems. To better handle this, I found someone I know who owns Bitcoin – the IT support administrator for our office. Regarding this trend, we talked about an hour of talk. When I talked about the blockchain in food safety, there was a spark in his eyes and said: “Yes, of course, I can see how this will be. it works.”
I met the same enthusiasm when interviewing blockchain technology to ensure food safety throughout the supply chain. Experts are envisioning this will enable true end-to-end communication and the ability to validate food safety tools that are used throughout the supply chain from growers to retailers, enabling all parties to see all the information.
The blockchain is just one of the transformative technologies to be observed in the next few years. Others are artificial intelligence and hybrid (virtual and enhanced) realities, which are particularly useful in the context of factory operations.
If you are thinking, “Yes, these concepts are not all new,” I heard, but what can change the game is the complexity of the technology and how they will be applied to modern manufacturing plants. In addition, another important factor to consider is that this 5G is coming soon, which may bring many opportunities for connecting people, tools and equipment.