Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 275–287 | Cite as

The design of an electronic pedigree system for food safety

  • Weili Han
  • Yun Gu
  • Wei Wang
  • Yin Zhang
  • Yuliang Yin
  • Junyu Wang
  • Li-Rong Zheng


The problem of food safety is a critical issue in recent years. To address the issue, the technologies of the Internet of Things are used to offer the possibilities to easily track the processes in the production, storage, transportation, sale, and even using phases of foods. This paper, therefore, introduces the design of an electronic pedigree system for food safety, which uses electronic pedigrees to enhance the safety of food supply. The system implements an extension of the pedigree standard of EPCglobal, and offers a more trustworthily tracking service to monitor and supervise the production and supply of food. We discuss the key issues of the design, and implement a prototype to evaluate the feasibility of the design. Finally, we analyze the trustworthiness assurance and security of our electronic pedigree system.


Electronic pedigree Food safety Internet of things Trustworthiness 



This paper is supported by the 863 project (Grant NO: 2011AA100701), the Project-sponsored by SRF for ROCS, SEM, and the project of Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (Grant NO: 12ZR1402600). The corresponding author is Lirong Zheng. The documents can be viewed at Thank Ms. Min Li for her English polish.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weili Han
    • 1
  • Yun Gu
    • 1
  • Wei Wang
    • 1
  • Yin Zhang
    • 1
  • Yuliang Yin
    • 1
  • Junyu Wang
    • 2
  • Li-Rong Zheng
    • 2
  1. 1.Software SchoolFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.School of Information Science and EngineeringFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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