Tyson Foods as a Technology Company
Scott Spradley, EVP & Chief Technology Officer
Faster, simpler, easier, more efficient. That’s what drives Tyson Foods’ technology team as we look for opportunities to replace manual processes with smart, digital solutions.
While we’re keeping our eye on innovative, futuristic technologies, from edible bar codes to 3-D food printers, our primary attention is on five key areas: mobility, advanced analytics, industrial IoT (Internet of Things), robotics and blockchain.
In case you’re not familiar with projects like these, here’s a quick overview of how they impact Tyson Foods:
Industrial IoT: Lots of opportunity here, from artificial intelligence and computer vision to machine learning and drones. For example, we’re testing the use of “DeepLens” cameras in one of our plants for real-time product identification and tracking. We’re also exploring the use of drones to safely inspect our buildings and keep our facilities secure, and we think we can even use drones to help us identify animal safety issues or animal health concerns. We’re also investigating using some advanced, low power, yet accurate sensing technologies that can transmit data so that we can monitor our properties, recognize events that require immediate attention or that can otherwise impact our animals.
Tyson is in the food business, but in some ways, we’re a technology company. When I first came to Tyson, I would say that our vision is to become a technology company that happens to provide the world with good food. We’re well on our way to transforming Tyson Foods from an “85-year-old food company” to a company that operates at the speed of business with immense digital capabilities that just happens to be 85 years old. We’re building a great team of subject matter experts who are looking at the latest tech trends through the lens of the food supply chain. The possibilities are exciting, and so are the potential benefits for our customers, consumers, team members and investors.
Published November 7, 2018.
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