The FDA plans to leverage technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to ensure food quality and transparency of sources.
5G has transformed industry after industry, but one unexpected one is food service. Americans are cooking more than they did pre-pandemic, shifting food resources to consumers rather than restaurants. The industry is ripe for a comeback, and according to T-Mobile, 5G could lead the way.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a strategic blueprint to inject technology into the food industry for better customer experiences and safer processes. It plans to leverage cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to ensure food quality and transparency of sources. In addition, it would help to ensure that regulations are followed throughout the food supply chain.
When COVID-19 hit, the FDA realized they could do more with the blueprint. It now includes key findings from the pandemic for a safer and more resilient food supply.
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5G is a critical component of leveraging technology
5G has opened up capabilities with AI and IoT and made more possible than we dreamed. Thanks to reliable sensor data, food processing plants and those along the supply chain have a closer, more accurate look at their facility’s conditions. In addition, the influx of data flowing into AI solutions allows for greater processing insights. 5G ensures consistent data delivery to power AI. In turn, companies can make faster decisions to recover from a disruption—from large ones like a global pandemic to smaller ones like an interruption at a factory.
5G allows suppliers to increase offerings beyond what’s traditional and reach consumers with specific food needs and preferences. These small-run offerings will give consumers greater control over their food and choices, allowing manufacturers and suppliers to reach new market segments. We could even see greater involvement from robotics and personalized apps that tell consumers where their food comes from and opens up even more choices. 5G makes it all possible.