Food and drink businesses will explore ways to use Internet of Things (IoT) across the industry
Food and drink businesses will gather to explore how they can exploit Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
CENSIS, Scotland’s centre of excellence for sensor and imaging systems and IoT, will host the FutureTech seminar at West Brewery in Glasgow.
Following the event, CENSIS will look to help develop project ideas with advice and funding.
Speakers include sector specialists Graham Young, industry development director at Scotland Food & Drink, and Kirsty Wainwright, production manager at The Glenmorangie Company.
Delegates will look at how IoT can be integrated into the food and drink supply chain, from monitoring the health of livestock to collecting information about food compliance and safety through data analytics.
Business development director at CENSIS, Michael Fletcher said food and drink is worth an estimated £14 billion to Scotland’s economy, but there is even greater potential in the sector if new and innovative technologies are used.
Fletcher said that from production to manufacturing to sales, the whole industry stands to benefit from increased connectivity. Whether it’s monitoring crop growth to maximise yield or using data analytics on the factory floor to increase packaging efficiency, every rung of the ladder can be improved with IoT.
He said that delegates from across the different food and drink sectors in Scotland are joining which shows that there’s a strong appetite among businesses to learn more about this technology and the opportunities it offers the industry.
The workshop is part of a wider programme of business support commissioned by the Scottish Government and delivered by CENSIS to explore and support the use of IoT in Scotland’s key economic sectors. The first workshop, which focused on applying IoT in transport, was held in Edinburgh in June. Workshops on tourism and health are planned for later in 2019.
Young added that exploring innovation to improve processes and efficiency is a part of Scotland Food & Drink’s Ambition 2030 strategy, which aims to increase the value of the industry to £30 billion by 2030.
He said that bringing together such a range of businesses from different stages of the supply chain is really useful in helping them to understand how IoT can be a part of that effort.