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Trazado, a new information system in real time that registers the incomes and outcomes of olive oil

Trazado, a new information system in real time that registers the incomes and outcomes of olive oil

The managing director of the Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero Foundation, Ricardo Domínguez, addresses in this article the development of an information platform called Trazado, which consists of a real-time information system that registers the incomes and outcomes of olive oil between the different facilities in the value chain.
Traceability could be defined as the set of those pre-established and self-sufficient procedures that allow knowing the history, location and trajectory of a product or batch of products throughout the supply chain at any given time, through tools determined (AECOC definition).

Under this concept, the Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero Foundation considered the need to contribute to improving the traceability of olive oil in order to promote greater transparency of good practices throughout the value chain, as well as greater guarantees for the sector as a whole and the consumer.

Today there are many initiatives launched to guarantee traceability in the olive sector. From the production of projects such as Olivetrack, from the University of Córdoba (UCO), which traces the olive from practically every tree to the industry; or the multiple bidi codes that we can scan on the bottles of the final product and provide us with information about their origin and production.

Every industry must have perfectly verifiable internal traceability, which allows it to make decisions in the event of any incident in the manufacturing process or in response to a request from the inspection, which is emphasized in the draft Royal Decree that approves the standard. quality of olive oils, although some aspects of improvement should be considered.

In a complementary way, the Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero Foundation valued the need that, using new technologies, the traceability of the product could be maintained between the different operators of the system: oil mills, refineries, packers, goldsmiths or the Foundation's own warehouses.

In this sense, we considered that it was necessary -as we saw in the definition- the trajectory of the product, when passing from one installation to another through the tanks that we observe every day on the roads. For this reason, the Fundación del Olivar and the Hispatec company proposed the development of an information platform called Trazado, which consists of a real-time information system that records the exits and entrances of olive oil and its related products between the different facilities f the value chain.

The information of each movement carries with it the usual data of a document or delivery note accompanying the transport, as well as a fingerprint of the product, which allows us to identify it.

All this information in real time at the moment the cistern leaves its origin will be located in the digital “cloud” duly protected by blockchain technology, guaranteeing its inviolability throughout the process, in addition to the confidentiality of the information.

At the same time, the tanker equipped with a GPS device will automatically report to the platform its path to its final destination, at which time the receiver of the merchandise will be able to verify online the information registered on the platform and contrast it with that of the received product.

The platform, intelligently and automatically in permanent connection with the positioning devices, will check the trajectories and travel times, sending alerts to any anomalous incident.

In addition, Trazado becomes a guarantee tool for the industrialists themselves in their commercial transactions, as well as for the quality inspection services of the Autonomous Communities.

With this development we intend to contribute to an improvement in the operation of the olive oil sector, with the support of the sector as a whole, and fundamentally the industrial and packaging industry, which has been involved and contributes to the development of the application.

By Ricardo Domínguez, managing director of the Patrimonio Comunal Olivarero Foundation
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