Fresh Produce Storage and Tracking in a Connected World – Deployed

Client Overview

A well-known fortune 500 company, having chain of grocery stores across the globe.

Business Challenge

Client was facing a challenge to keep up with their stock status. They required a solution to:

  • Track the packets of processed/raw food from factory to freezers in the restaurants and to the garbage, to ensure timely delivery of the packets, usage of food and proper garbage of packets
  • Ensure that the food is not consumed after expiry date and is trashed
  • Improve the inventory management of the food to avoid excess production as well as shortage of supply

VOLANSYS Contribution

Designed an innovative solution by sticking RFID tags on the containers for tracking. Deployed VOLANSYS’ Modular IoT Gateway in the stores to gather information about the packets from RFID tags using strategically located RFID readers. Deployed ZigBee® based temperature sensors to monitor freezer temperature via Modular IoT Gateway.

The tag information goes to the cloud software where it is stored and processed using Blockchain technology to derive various useful analytics for better decision making. Blockchain facilitates permanent storage of the information securely and allows the availability of the information in various forms to relevant decision makers.

  • Design of custom gateway firmware for the solution including the integration of RFID reader libraries and cloud agent
  • System integration of RFID readers, gateway, cloud and temperature sensors
  • Developed Reader setup and Tag commissioning process
  • Development of complex algorithms to remove duplicate tags, cloud connectivity management, attachment of temperature sensor data with packet per store and local storage of tags information in gateway, in case of loss of internet
  • Designed cloud application for processing and sending the information to the cloud over Wi-Fi/ Cellular
  • Set up pilot deployment and supported for two months trial
  • Real-time logging of debug messages to help in remote debugging during pilot phase

Solution Architecture

VOLANSYS-Fresh Produce Storage

Benefits Delivered

  • Efficient management of fresh produce inventory with smarter workflows, reduced supply-chain cost, visibility across all warehouses/locations
  • In-time trashing of expired food to save the users from accidentally serving expired produce