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FoodSQRBlock: Digitizing Food Production and the Supply Chain with Blockchain and QR Code in the Cloud

Dey, Somdip and Saha, Suman and Singh, Amit Kumar and McDonald-Maier, Klaus (2021) 'FoodSQRBlock: Digitizing Food Production and the Supply Chain with Blockchain and QR Code in the Cloud.' Sustainability, 13 (6). ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

Food safety is an important issue in today’s world. The traditional agri-food production system does not offer easy traceability of the produce at any point of the supply chain, and hence, during a food-borne outbreak, it is very difficult to sift through food production data to track produce and the origin of the outbreak. In recent years, the blockchain based food production system has resolved this challenge; however, none of the proposed methodologies makes the food production data easily accessible, traceable and verifiable by consumers or producers using mobile/edge devices. In this paper, we propose FoodSQRBlock (Food Safety Quick Response Block), a blockchain technology based framework that digitises the food production information and makes it easily accessible, traceable and verifiable by the consumers and producers by using QR codes. We also propose a large-scale integration of FoodSQRBlock in the cloud to show the feasibility and scalability of the framework, as well as give an experimental evaluation to prove this.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: food production; supply chain; blockchain; QR code; cloud computing; food safety; barcode; traceability system; agri-food; agriculture
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2021 15:35
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30119

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