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Rentokil Initial at GFSC 2017

Discover our fascinating new research into the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on Food Safety, and learn how Rentokil Initial can support your business at the 2017 Global Food Safety Conference (GFSC 2017).

Don't miss the opportunity to speak to our experts, try our IoT-based game and explore our latest product innovations. We look forward to meeting you.

Find details below about:

  • Rentokil Initial at Stand 311/410
  • Special Session about the impact of IoT on food safety

Join our Special Session at GFSC 2017

Rentokil Initial Special Session on Thursday, 2 March 8.30am – 9.15am

Join experts from Rentokil Initial and Google and learn more about the exciting potential impact IoT could have on the future of food safety.

Special session topic

The Internet of Things and its impact on the future of food safety 
Predictions for a future dominated by the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies can seem more like fantasy than reality. In this session, we separate the facts from the fiction and explain exactly what IoT means for the food industry.

We open with a must-see presentation from Internet giants Google, who share their vision for a world transformed by digital technologies and IoT. Google will also shed light on what food safety professionals can already learn from successes and failures in other industries.

Building on this unique insight, Rentokil Initial will discuss new research by Quocirca that looks at the food industry’s specific readiness to exploit the full potential of IoT and improve food safety practice.

Rentokil Initial will focus on the challenges and the realistic possibilities. Above all, it will set out how the industry can fully leverage the potential of technology to improve world-wide collaboration on safety and manage risk and compliance more effectively.

There’s no doubt, the Internet of Things will be the key enabler for innovation-led solutions that open up fantastic opportunities for a new level of safety and incident prevention in the food industry.

Ask yourself – how far could you improve food safety performance if your production facility could tell you it is contaminated, or if you could know risk of pest infestation is imminent because you can track the weather?

Meet our speakers

A global team of Rentokil Initial experts will present our Special Session, joined by Mike Truty from Google:

Gene White

Technical Director,
Rentokil North America

An Entomological Society of America Board Certified Entomologist (BCE), Gene's professional activities includes memberships in the Entomological Society of America and Pi Chi Omega, a professional pest management fraternity. He is also a member of the Purdue Entomology Development Council, Michigan Pest Management Associations' education committee and a regular speaker at industry conferences.

Mike Truty

Cloud Solutions Architect,
Technical Program Manager, Google

Mike Truty is a Solutions Architect with the Google Cloud Customer Team. Mike has been an engineer, creator and leader for over 25 years building software and hardware for enterprise and consumers. For 10 years at Google, Mike has had a hand in creating engineering systems in technical infrastructure for data centres, networking, kernal software and compiler automation.

Judy Black

Vice President of Technical Services,
Rentokil Steritech

With 29 years of experience in the pest management industry, Judy has served on State pest control association boards, authored publications relating to pest management and volunteered as the former Director of the Entomological Society of America Certification Board. Currently the President of Pi Chi Omega, the professional pest management fraternity, Judy's contributions have been well recognised by the industry.

Savvas Othon

Group Science and Innovation Director,
Rentokil Initial

With more than 23 years of experience in the pest control industry, Savvas started out as a Rentokil technician. He went on to hold various positions in pest control industry until re-joining Rentokil Initial as Technical Director of the UK in 2007. In 2012, Savvas was appointed as Group Director for Service Innovation and took over the responsibility of the company's R&D centre of excellence in 2013. He currently sits on the executive board of the British Pest Control Association.

Visit stand 311/410

Visit us at Stand 311/410 to see some of our latest innovations and meet our experts.

Discover how our innovations are helping to mitigate risk in the food supply chain.

Try your hand at our IoT-based game ‘high alert’ and see if you can beat the clock prioritising pest and hygiene risks for your chance to win a Fitbit.