Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 289–319 | Cite as

Value-centric design of the internet-of-things solution for food supply chain: Value creation, sensor portfolio and information fusion

  • Zhibo Pang
  • Qiang Chen
  • Weili Han
  • Lirong Zheng


The revolution of Internet-of-Things (IoT) is reshaping the modern food supply chains with promising business prospects. To be successful in practice, the IoT solutions should create “income-centric” values beyond the conventional “traceability-centric” values. To accomplish what we promised to users, sensor portfolios and information fusion must correspond to the new requirements introduced by this income-centric value creation. In this paper, we propose a value-centric business-technology joint design framework. Based on it the income-centric added-values including shelf life prediction, sales premium, precision agriculture, and reduction of assurance cost are identified and assessed. Then corresponding sensor portfolios are developed and implemented. Three-tier information fusion architecture is proposed as well as examples about acceleration data processing, self-learning shelf life prediction and real-time supply chain re-planning. The feasibilities of the proposed design framework and solution have been confirmed by the field trials and an implemented prototype system.


Internet-of-things (IoT) Food supply chain Value-centric design Sensor portfolio Information fusion Industrial information integration engineering (IIIE) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhibo Pang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qiang Chen
    • 1
  • Weili Han
    • 3
  • Lirong Zheng
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.iPack Vinn Excellence Center, School of Information and Communication TechnologyRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)Kista-StockholmSweden
  2. 2.Corporate ResearchABB ABVästeråsSweden
  3. 3.Software SchoolFudan UniversityShanghaiPeoples’ Republic of China
  4. 4.School of Information Science and TechnologyFudan UniversityShanghaiPeoples’ Republic of China

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