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Record number 495927
Title Virtualization of food supply chains with the internet of things
Author(s) Verdouw, C.N.; Wolfert, J.; Beulens, A.J.M.; Rialland, A.
Source Journal of Food Engineering 176 (2016). - ISSN 0260-8774 - p. 128 - 136.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2015.11.009
Department(s) LEI Innovation, Risk and Information Management
WASS
Information Technology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Fish distribution - Food chains - Internet of things - Traceability - Virtual objects
Abstract

Internet technologies allow supply chains to use virtualizations dynamically in operational management processes. This will improve support for food companies in dealing with perishable products, unpredictable supply variations and stringent food safety and sustainability requirements. Virtualization enables supply chain actors to monitor, control, plan and optimize business processes remotely and in real-time through the Internet, based on virtual objects instead of observation on-site. This paper analyses the concept of virtual food supply chains from an Internet of Things perspective and proposes an architecture to implement enabling information systems. As a proof of concept, the architecture is applied to a case study of a fish supply chain. These developments are expected to establish a basis for virtual supply chain optimization, simulation and decision support based on on-line operational data. In the Internet of Things food supply chains can become self-adaptive systems in which smart objects operate, decide and learn autonomously.

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