The aim of this event has been to disseminate RFID F2F not only as a project but above all as a system that can be of interest to the food industries.
Anuga FoodTec is the only event in the world that provides all sectors of the food industry with a process-oriented and cross-sector view covering all raw materials of the complete process chain for the production of food and beverages. There have been extremely good discussions with many kind of companies and organisations with questions about this concrete project.
1,334 exhibitors from 41 countries (50% foreign participation)
Area of over 127,000 m2
More than 42,000 trade visitors from 131 countries (58% foreign attendees)
RFID Farm to Fork, as a continuation of its pilot experiences, needs to be disseminated as an open transnational food information framework which allows customers purchasing food products to access traceability information about the product.
The RFID technology enables all the details of a food item's history to be automatically gathered and stored on a database, including information about origin, processing, storage conditions and transportation. All these information are made available in an electronic format following existing and established world standards.
This makes the solution attractive to potential new system users around the Europe, so the main target audience of the event were companies of the food sector that could be early adopters of the solution.
There have been two scheduled seminars being held by F2F partners at the Speakers' Corner - Passage 4/5 on wednesday 28th March. In both seminars, professor Robert Newman, from the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Technology (Project Coordinator), presented the RFID F2F project, and introduced some real cases coming from the pilot experiences deployed by F2F partners.
Four different categories have been addressed to the audience during the two presentations titled RFID and WSN technology for food traceability: the European project "RFID from Farm to Fork" (F2F):
11 - 11:30 with focus on cheese and meat pilots by Piero Filippin (Senior consultant at IT Futures, an IT consultancy based within the School of Technology at the University of Wolverhampton, UK);
15 - 15:30 with focus on wine pilot by Dr. Iñigo Cuiñas (Associated Professor and Vice Dean of the School of Telecommunication Engineering, manages the research group Sistemas Radio at University of Vigo, SPAIN) and fish pilots by Dr. Mira Trebar (Assistant Professor and head of the Laboratory for Computer Architecture at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, SLOVENIA).
One of the most important objective is to raise awareness about the need for the food suppliers to understand the way product traceability contributes to the marketing strength of the product; this should lead to the decision of adopting a business specific system to provide the needed information to the common open infrastructure.
The main message is that F2F highlights the principles of interoperability and visibility in the food supply chain processes, supports food traceability practices (cold chain and environment monitoring, provenance, production control), gives reliability to companies and increases transparency towards the end consumer (clear nutrition values, graphics and maps about the single batch).