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IoT to increase safety and reduce waste

Safety and waste

Temperature monitoring is critical across the food sector to ensure food safety. Most foods have to be kept within a specified range of temperatures to preserve its quality and ensure consumer safety.

IoT systems allow for real time monitoring across the whole manufacturing and distribution process through to the supermarket or restaurant fridge. Audit trails can be maintained if required.

Traditional safety analysis requires manual collection and lab testing of food samples. In the future, automated devices with on board sensors will test samples in-line and provide real-time data from chemical and spectroscopic analysis.

Once again, Industrial IoT devices will not only save time and energy in food quality and safety testing, they will also contribute to authenticity tracing, helping validated products get to market faster and fresher.

Monitoring “use by” dates can reduce wastage of the final product whilst improved processing and temperature control can reduce waste through the manufacturing process and minimise use of utilities.

A key benefit of IoT-based sensing is the ability to retrofit devices onto existing equipment which when combined with data analytics can transform maintenance schedules, reducing costs of repair and periods of non-productivity

If you would like to know more about CENSIS activity in this sector, let’s talk.

Food and drink

Increasing safety and reducing waste is one of the health and social care subjects explored in our CENSIS FutureTech programme.

This is an area where Internet of Things (IoT) technologies could deliver huge benefits and enhance people’s lives.


Sector knowledge

Within the FutureTech programme, CENSIS met with people from different sectors to hear their ideas about the transformative potential of IoT.

IoT technology will transform business operations across Scotland and impact every sector of the economy.


5 subject areas

The Scottish Government-funded FutureTech workshops were held across Scotland throughout 2019 in the subject areas of

  • Food and drink
  • Health and social care
  • Smart towns and cities
  • Transport
  • Tourism

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