Edge-Cloud Blockchain and IoE-Enabled Quality Management Platform for Perishable Supply Chain Logistics

Chen Yang, Shulin Lan, Zhiheng Zhao, Mengdi Zhang, Wei Wu, George Q. Huang

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In perishable supply chain logistics, even a small departure from the required storage conditions at any distribution link can compromise the quality of transported products, such as food, pharmaceuticals, and other bioproducts, resulting in big losses for the businesses involved or even threats to public health. To enhance quality management (QM) and consumer confidence, an edge-cloud blockchain and Internet of Everything (IoE)-enabled QM platform is proposed to achieve low delay and rapid response for sensor data acquisition, authentication, consistency, and transparency in cold supply chain logistics. Then, we design an adaptive data smoothing and compression (ADSC) mechanism to reduce IoE data size, and analyze and store those data in the edge gateways with limited computation and storage capacity for correctly characterizing logistics operations and transactions. Moreover, to ensure the data integrity during last-mile delivery, the mobile edge gateway is adopted when the goods are temporarily off the communication range of the fixed edge gateway in the truck. Then, we propose a synchronization engine with a formal workflow applied at mobile and fixed edge gateways where data blocks are generated, validated, and synchronized with the cloud. Finally, a real-life case study on vaccine logistics is introduced to verify our proposed approach with results presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3264-3275
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Edge-cloud blockchain
  • Internet of Everything (IoE)
  • perishable supply chain logistics (SCL)
  • quality management (QM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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