The next wave of technological revolution is upon us in the form of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). While the previous industrial revolution already influence not only the industry and businesses, it also has a huge impact on the society as a whole. With so many new innovation and technological advances in the area of information and communication technology (ICT) such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, autonomous vehicles, and many more, we already seen the application of this innovative solutions in the developed countries.
How do we exploit this technologies in halal industry? What kind of solution is suitable? What impact it may have to the key stakeholders in the industry? Will it improve the productivity and efficiency not only for the halal producers but more importantly the halal authorities? In order to answer all those questions, we need a new approach of looking at the impact of current and future technology specifically on improving halal operations, certification, compliance, and integrity from farm to fork.
What we need is the concept of halal informatics that can serve as the bridge between academic and industry where research conducted in university laboratories can be transform into practical, commercial application in the industry that can benefit the society. Halal informatics is a term describing the acquiring, storing, retrieving and using of information to foster better collaboration among halal industry stakeholders that includes authority, industry and consumer (Illyas Tan, MI, Mohamad Husny, ZJ and Ibrahim, IS, 2015).
The science of halal informatics can drive innovation that is defining future approaches to information and knowledge management in various areas such as computer science, Sharia study, bioinformatics, biotechnology, engineering, business and management as well as food science and technology. Halal informatics researchers in these areas can explore and evaluate new methods in areas of data analytics, natural language, cognitive science, human interface design, decision support, databases, and algorithms for analysing large amounts of data generated in halal industry. The science of halal informatics is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on (and contributing to) a large number of other component fields, including computer science, decision science, information science, management science, cognitive science, and organisational theory. We hope that more new technologies will be develop in the area of 4IR in halal industry and further collaborative efforts will be produced between the academia, industry and halal authority to make sure halal informatics can deliver technologies that can benefits halal industry.
Illyas Tan, MI, Mohamad Husny, ZJ and Ibrahim, IS (2015) Halal Informatics: The Past, Present and the Future, paper presented at the Malaysia Research, Conference and Innovation Expo (MRCIE) 2015, Johor Bahru