A paper out of China explores how governments can use the Internet of Things (IoT) to more efficiently collect regional economic statistics.

The paper argues that some official regional statistics are slipping through the cracks with manual collection.

From the paper:

The circulation process of agricultural and sideline products, drugs and other commodities includes four stages: raw material production, processing and packaging, commodity circulation and supply and sales. IOT can summarize and extract the common characteristics of commodities through the technology of entity code (ecode), which will give each single product a unique code. Through ecode coding, agricultural and sideline products, drugs, auto parts and other commodities can be collected, tracked and managed in the process of circulation, which will realize the whole process quality management of commodity circulation.

At the same time, the quality traceability management system should be connected with the national IOT management service platform. Through the national IOT platform to provide commodity ecode coding information, consumers can query all the traceability information of each commodity circulation four stages, which will realize the visual monitoring of the whole traceability process from the production place to the consumers. Through the establishment of commodity quality and safety information database, consumers can find the source of the supply chain according to the traceability process once they find the quality problems, which will effectively control the goods in real time and recall the manufacturers. Through IOT technology, the government can protect the quality traceability management of regional economy, which ensures the legitimate rights and interests of consumers.