How can AI, blockchain and drones help protect our food supply chain. A video was created by several Industry Advisory Councils of CompTIA to show how these technologies can be integrated into an end-to–end solution to keep us healthy and safe. In late 2019, a romaine lettuce E.coli outbreak made national news. The incident lasted for more than two years and infected 167 people in 27 US states. 85 of those affected were taken to the hospital. A similar outbreak occurred in the previous year, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans to throw out all romaine salad. How could this have been prevented? CompTIA’s Industry Advisory Councils members think they have the answer.
Council members believe that their respective technologies could be used in an end-to–end solution that would raise red flags across the supply chain and prevent lettuce from reaching customers’ hands. The video below was created by four councils (Artificial Intelligence Blockchain Drones and IoT). It demonstrates how emerging technologies can reduce E.coli risk.
The video is available here. It begins with a TV newscast discussing an outbreak. It then “rewinds” to a farm scene in which drones and IoT sensors capture data on the produce. AI analyzes the data and writes it to a blockchain. This is an immutable record. The four technologies detect a potential problem and test the produce to determine if it is infected. The TV news team broadcasts a happier story at the end because the outbreak has never occurred.
Council Collaboration Shines Light on Real-Life Business Problems
A year-end planning meeting between CompTIA’s communities, Industry Advisory Councils and CompTIA’s communities spawned the idea of a video that would show how seemingly disparate technologies can be used together to create a potentially significant solution. Although the councils have traditionally worked together on their own projects, several members of the 2019 planning meeting discussed the possibility of collaborating on a larger project.
Adam Lesh, a technologist at AL Consulting who is also chair of the Blockchain Advisory Council, stated that there were “some obvious opportunities to bring together all the technologies.” “For example, blockchain can be used to support other technologies. It is not a front-facing tech. Everything we do is in support for another. As we were attending the 2019 wrap up sessions, it occurred to me that blockchain is a data collector. We log and store data. AI requires a lot data, and drones and IoT both generate a lot. It was a natural fit. After I had gotten a few other council members on board, I was able to concentrate on solving a business problem. The next step was to find the right way to tell the story.
The other councils were open to collaboration and met virtually every day throughout 2020 to create the storyboards, script, and finally the video.
Robert Senatore, CEO at Data2Go Wireless and a past member of CompTIA’s IoT Advisory Council, stated that this project was a case where “1+1=3.” None of the technologies could have stood alone to create a solution as meaningful or as important as what they did here. It took input from multiple technologies to create a seamless solution that would keep the public safe and healthy. “We hope this project will send a message of unity among new technologies and that working together creates better solutions for the public.
These are just a few examples of how emerging technologies can make life better
The councils aim to get all tech companies involved in technology business, from distributors to solution providers to solution providers to MSPs, to recognize and accelerate the development and deployment of new technologies.
Tom Derhake, a partner and cofounder of Cuesta Partners, a technology advisory company and member of CompTIA’s Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council, stated that “I hope people understand how interconnectedness and power these technologies working together.” Although the technologies are becoming more common in modern language, it’s difficult to understand how they work together. It is extremely powerful to connect the dots using a live use case and see how the technology drives it.
The council members discovered an unexpected benefit to working together: they learned a lot more about the technologies of other councils, which opened up new opportunities for their own businesses. Senatore stated, “It was thrilling and also taught me more blockchain and AI, which helped my ability to see solutions at a higher degree than the IoT environment I live in every single day.”
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