Seminar: A Fog Computing Framework for Scalable RFID Systems in Global Supply Chain Management

Zaynab Musa
M.Sc. Candidate
Supervisor: Dr. K. Vidyasankar

A Fog Computing Framework for Scalable RFID Systems in Global Supply Chain Management

Department of Computer Science
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Room EN 2022


Abstract

The perishable goods sector of the global supply chain industry is characterized with enormous value tied up in assets which may become worthless if they are not kept in precisely controlled and cool environment. Losses in the perishable goods global supply chain occur mostly due to the lack of on-demand access to actionable data that enables real-time decision making. While Cloud-based Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems have been employed for tracking, tracing and monitoring of product freshness and quality, they do not provide real time visibility as all operations have to be sent to the cloud and the limited network availability is heavily relied on. Fog Computing provides a comprehensive solution to these challenges by allowing work to be done at the edge of the network thus reducing latency, conserving bandwidth and enabling real-time visibility.

This thesis investigates in depth the application of Fog Computing in perishable produce supply chain management using blackberry fruit as a case study. Fog nodes are introduced for real time monitoring and actuation at each stage of the supply chain. We show how they help in reducing the shelf life deterioration of the fruit while in transit from the field to retailer.

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