Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning

Functionality in Traceability Systems 

Can be used in a variety of ways to enhance traceability in supply chains, including conducting risk and predictive analysis of supply chain data and automating traceability processes.

Description 

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can be used in many different ways – from data analysis to automation of traceability processes – to support supply chain traceability. For example, AI (specifically natural language processing) and machine learning have been used in the context of Supply Chain Mapping to surface previously unknown relationships among supply chain actors beyond the first tier by analyzing open-source information such as business reports and media articles. AI analysis has been used to support Forensic Tracing, specifically with microbiome analysis. AI has also been used alongside Satellite Imaging to detect supply chain risk.

AI and machine learning can play an important role in supporting traceability by moving paper-based, manual processes to a digital platform. These technologies support automated and large-scale ingestion of the traceability data found in documents such as certificates or purchase orders. AI-enabled tools can be used to extract relevant data from such documents and validate it by evaluating it against other sources. Data resulting from these and other traceability processes can be analyzed using AI tools to provide insight into supply chain risk and greater visibility into operations.

Associated Traceability System Element

Artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used in various ways to support different traceability methods, including Supply Chain Engagement, Product Tracking, and Scientific Validation.

Supply Chain Characteristics Feasibility Considerations

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning require a sophisticated approach to technology. No matter the context in which AI and machine learning are used, supply chains that seek to benefit from this technology will need to have the ability to operate in a high-tech environment.

Examples

Author
Altana
Technology
AI-enabled supply chain mapping
Author
Versed AI
Technology
AI-enabled supply chain mapping
Author
Gavin G. McDonald et al.
Technology
Machine learning and satellite data
Author
Unilever and Orbital Insight
Technology
Satellite Imaging

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