Applied research to develop artificial intelligence prototype for the FoodDocs’s food safety platform
Applied research in smart specialisation growth areas: NUTIKAS
Applied research project will be carried out by FoodDocs OU and in cooperation with research and development organization STACC. The project has been established and based on the research of FoodDocs’ food safety platform to develop a prototype of an artificial intelligence robot which can simulate real time conversation for the company’s food safety platform. The period of implementation - 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020. The project will have a positive impact on the growth of FoodDocs’ competitiveness and export capacity.
The aim of the project is to carry out an applied research in cooperation with the Software Technology and Applications Competence Center (hereinafter STACC), which will result in a prototype of artificial intelligence and its supporting chatbot, which must be ready for testing in an operational environment. As a result of the applied research, the following results shall be delivered: 1) a prototype of the artificial intelligence (software code) should meet the requirements described in the technical description of the procurement; 2) an artificial intelligence database (so-called memory) with test data collected during preliminary studies and examination; 3) system architecture plan with supporting technical specifications; 4) integration instruction.
The result of applied research will be used in post-project product development so artificial intelligence prototype can interact with existing FoodDocs’ food safety platform. This will be introduced to the market as a new and advanced ICT-based food safety platform, which will allow us to enter the new markets quicker and approach new target groups (food producers). This new solution will help us to solve current time consuming jobs like translation and understanding of foreign documents, check the legal requirements and regulations of different countries etc., because the new artificial intelligence robot can easily proceed and complete all of these jobs.
FoodDocs – digital food safety plan
FoodDocs OÜ is a company that creates a new e-government solution for the food handlers in the European Union – to create themselves a compulsory food safety plan for their companies, and then manage their food safety documents that are in conformity with the requirements, provided by law comprehensively and easily.
The aim of the project is to create a comprehensive food safety system for the Estonian food handlers – a convenient and fast cloud-based dashboard where one can manage everything related to food safety – to create a food safety plan; the requirements imposed on personnel; the monitoring required by law (pest control, laboratory analyses, critical control points); to receive filtered information about changes in legislation, and a training environment that takes into account the area of activity of the food handler, and the information sharing environment between the Veterinary and Food Board and the food handler. The aim is also to introduce the dashboard to the neighbouring country Finland that is also very exemplary in integrating e-government services.
As a result of the project, the entire food safety monitoring system in Estonia will be converted from the manual paper form into digital and automatic form. The dashboard itself will start working for the food handler – it will send reminders and necessary information, allow quickly and easily modify the required documentation; all the required service providers could be found there (cleaning agents, pest control, analyses, training); it will record the entire history of the company's food safety plan, etc. The described dashboard has also been introduced to the neighbouring country Finland and the first customers have already digitized their food safety documentation.
The value of the project for a company is to make the food safety plan a viable product that the handlers can use as a tool.
The food safety plan starts here
Web platform-based environment for automatic creation of a food safety plan and an administration environment for the management of the activities provided for in the plan.
The purpose of the innovation grant is to create the best innovative technical solution for the development of the following components: to create a web platform-based environment for the automatic creation of a food safety plan. To create a web platform-based administrative environment for the management of the activities provided for in the food safety plan. To create a training environment for achieving the conditions set for the personnel in the food safety plan. To ensure the sustainability of the web platforms, incl. information security, backup, version management, etc.
As the grant result, an accurate technological description was prepared for developing the content of the service/product.
A smart food safety plan starts here
Today, the documentation on the approval and the food safety of the most food handling companies (both the creation and the day-to-day compliance) is done on paper, which is time consuming, entails paper and money costs, as well as awkward proceeding with matter. Large-scale shortcomings are in data processing, recording, modification and storing (the so-called traceability requirement), which could be technically very easy to eliminate. The aim of FoodDocs is to solve this problem for the customer as easily and understandably as possible.
The purpose of the development grant was to develop the technical solution elaborated in the framework of the innovation grant: to create a web platform-based environment (so-called smart-application) to automatically create food safety plans by using, among other things, statistics and experience from other food handlers/VFB for developing the best solution (so-called automatic case study) for ensuring the food safety. To ensure the sustainability of the web platforms, incl. information security, backup, version management, etc.
As the grant result, MVP (minimum viable product) software was accomplished.