The importance of eating right, including fresh vegetables and fruit in your diet, is a key component of leading a healthy life. What does data have to do with that? Well, if we don’t get enough of the right nutrients, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines. Access to food is something the majority of us take for granted. How often do you wonder where your next meal is coming from, who’s growing it, and whether it’s actually good for you? Forbes brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “How IoT And Big Data Analytics Can Make Our Food Safer.”

The Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analytics have emerged as tools to help with food accessibility and safety. The food industry has used IoT in the form of bar codes and occasionally radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to trace shipments of products from points of origin to destination.

New uses for IoT are more sophisticated sensors that can provide additional data about globally-transported food products to track and ensure food safety for consumers.

Gathering all this data is helpful for analytics to track and record failure points, patterns in food safety issues, and even predict food spoilage conditions, based on those patterns.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.