Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) will enable organisations to deliver a million midday meals to schoolchildren in India, said a top official of software major Accenture.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines, which mimic cognitive functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as learning and problem solving.
The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.
Accenture Labs, the research and development arm of Accenture, executed a project named “Million Meals” over a period of six months in Bangalore kitchen of NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest non-profit organisation providing Mid-day meal to 1.6 million children in India every day.
An analysis of the project indicated a potential to improve efficiency by 20 percent, which could boost the number of meals served by millions.
The project overhauled Akshaya Patra’s supply chain and operations, resulting in improved food quality and expanded service reach.
The project demonstrated how disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and block-chain can help address significant challenges in mass midday meals production and delivery.
As the research and development arm of Accenture, its Labs specializes in solving complex social problems under its ‘Tech for Good’ programme, using innovative technologies.
Accenture Labs began the project with a strategic assessment and design thinking, then developed a prototype for improving kitchen operations and outcomes.
AI, IoT and block-chain were used in collecting school feedback, tracking food delivery, measuring the quantity of food, supplies to be purchased and monitoring midday meals production.