CENSIS Conversations: Scotch whisky industry
Episode 1: The Scotch Whisky Industry
Available to watch now on You Tube (running time 56:24)
The disruption caused by the pandemic meant that we could not offer our normal events schedule, and had to move everything online very quickly in spring 2020. While this was disappointing, we soon launched a number of new ways to stay connected. Our virtual coffee sessions that began in March have created informal networking and discussion opportunities in lots of new subject areas, while our first major online conference, Scotland’s Countdown to COP26, brought over 2,000 together on one day in November to discuss and debate challenges and opportunities around climate change.
As we come towards the end of the year, we’re pleased to introduce another new events format – CENSIS Conversations.
Hosted by science and technology journalist Gemma Milne, CENSIS Conversations is a new series of pre-recorded panel discussion ‘vodcasts’ (video podcasts), each bringing together a panel of experts with a member of the CENSIS team to discuss the challenges and benefits of using sensing, imaging and IoT technologies in their respective subject areas. By bringing together diverse groups of people – including technology developers and end users – who share a common interest in the subject for discussion, we hope to offer some thought-provoking discussions that analyse subjects from different angles.
Joining Gemma for this discussion are:
- Murray Blyth, Head of Distilled Spirits, Siemens
- Michael Fletcher, Business Development Director, CENSIS
- Lindesay Low, Deputy Director, Legal Affairs, Scotch Whisky Association
- Kirsty Wainwright, Bottling Operations Manager, Beam Suntory
In this conversation the group discuss challenges and opportunities around innovation in the whisky industry, and how sensing, imaging and IoT technologies are being used to respond. The full product life cycle is discussed along the way – from agriculture and crop growth, to production, bottling, distribution and action against counterfeiting. In between, the group chats about a diverse range of subjects including Industry 4.0 and digitalisation, machine learning, automation and digital twins, increasing productivity, real-time condition monitoring and maintenance, new business models, the role of blockchain, environmental impact and even the response of the industry to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A full transcript of this Conversation is also available (PDF).