The Future of the 
Internet of Things

A Look at Food Cycle Scenarios

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As Ivan sits at his IoT Headquarters in California, he and his team plan out the entire food cycle for their exclusive brand of organic tomato sauce, which are the only patented organic seeds for tomatoes on Earth in the year 2050. Using a host of connected devices, sensors, bots and drones, Ivan and his team are plan a farm-to-plate experience for their premium customers. Production, post-harvest, processing, distribution and consumption - are all controlled using the Internet of things to prepare the most nutritious and connected tomato sauce.

Scenario 1: Production
Intercontinental farming using IoT

Ivan and his IoT team manage inter-continental tomato farms across the world, specifically in North America, Asia and Australia. Each of these organic tomato farms are locally acclimatized and yet use identical patented seeds. The head office has received several complaints over the last month from the agribots managing the farms in Asia about the weather conditions being very poor. So weather modification drones connected to weather sensors have been deployed to the Asian farms to help this month's harvest improve.

Scenario 2: Post-harvest
Sensor-speak and bot conflicts

Meanwhile, on the Asian vertical plantation, the microbot irrigation workers, which communicate with the sensors on each tomato plant, have clashed with the agribots, who manage the entire harvest cycle. The agribots have prescribed a low amount of water no pesticides for the tomato plants, but for irrigation, the microbots follow only sensor-speak, no matter what the condition of the sensors. This has also become a cause of great concern for Ivan and his team because the agribots have been making many autonomous decisions, in particular Argo1409, who was already warned about not bringing in modified seeds into the farm. 

Scenario 3: Packaging
IoT connected nutrients and freshness

The tomato harvest this year has been particularly good in Australia. Drone swarms - controlled by the IoT headquarters - hover around the farm. They pick the best tomatoes for the sauce after doing a quality check for those that are ready to go to the processing pods. In the pods, after processing without any preservatives, the fresh tomato sauce is placed in aerodynamic packaging, which will transport the sauce through high-speed systems to individual customers. The packaging has an interactive active nutrients indicator as well as a freshness indicator, which comes from sensor readings.

Scenario 4: Distribution
Home drones and Customer IDs

The Hyperloop system connected to the IoT quarters finds one million homes across America that have placed 5 minute orders for the organic tomato sauce. Once the packaging reaches the Central Hyperloop Distribution Center, private home drones match their IDs on the packaging and do their pickups.

Scenario 5: Consumption
IoT in home systems and healthcare

Premium customers ask for a farm-to-plate service that connects their home food supply systems with Ivan's IoT headquarters. Using this IoT system, premium customers can select a tomato patch of their choice, in any continent across the world. They can also make modifications at the harvest, packaging or distribution stages to receive a customized tomato sauce that syncs up with their current healthcare data.

Author: Kalika Sharma @ka_li_ka

Artwork/Research: Mayankk Jain @mayankk_jain