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May 2016 Vol. 52

IoT applications in the food supply chain

During the 2006 E. coli outbreak, it took the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention three weeks from the first report of the outbreak to announce that the culprit was spinach from a particular supplier. Had the Internet of Things been in place, however, it would have taken a lot less time to track and trace the implicated product, suggests Michael Coene, executive adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton. And this is only one example of the numerous possible IoT applications in food supply chains.

In this issue of CIO Decisions, Senior Site Editor John Moore details the various potential IoT applications for reducing food safety problems and other issues inherent in the food supply chain. Plus, we break down how VDI technology helped one blood supply provider become more efficient, decrease blood wastage costs and potentially save more lives; sit down with the United Nations' CITO to discuss how she plans to innovate the organization's IT group and combat the dark Web; and get an organizational agility expert's take on how to successfully carry out a reorganization.

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  • IoT could revolutionize food safety

    by  Francesca Sales

    Sensor technology could have sped up the search for the culprit in the 2006 E. coli outbreak that was linked to contaminated spinach. In May's issue of CIO Decisions, we explore the ways food safety could be improved with the integration of IoT into various areas of the food supply chain.

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