FoodReg provides computerised systems that require varying degrees of special development and customisation, but the core of each system is the same: the XiReg platform developed by its parent company Xifrat Daten.
XiReg was developed as a rapid application development and operational platform, specifically to handle requirements such as traceability. A key characteristic of traceability applications is that they have to link together data from diverse sources, each of which might have its own ontology (technical language and concepts). In such applications, it is also difficult to predict what data may need to be collected and associated, and requirements may change over time - requiring great flexibility and ease of configuration.
XiReg is therefore built with a completely flexible and definable ontology, with the ability to be configured to transform and amalgamate data as necessary to mirror the real world in any particular case. The platform is also built on a core XML database, which provides an open structure for the storage of data, and preserves data in its original form for later interpretation (as well as preserving the original data record in case this is required for the purpose of auditing).
Configurations of XiReg are based on a hierarchy of repositories, where definitions are inherited from higher levels in the hierarchy. This architecture naturally maps to the structure of large organisations, to networks of organisations, or even to complete industry sectors. The inheritance from ‘higher level’ repositories enables a consistent application of standards in sub-repositories, it facilitates central management and control, and it speeds implementation.
Each repository is a safe area dedicated to a single client, and data from different clients in not mixed in any database table. Each client controls access to its own data, and can determine what data they want to share and with whom. Individual operating units, as well as sub-divisions of these, can have their own repositories, while inheriting from their antecedents. Within each repository there are sophisticated rules for allocation of roles to users, with associated rights of access and control.
The platform is web-based, so the application can be delivered to any number and type of end terminals (including mobile terminals such as smart phones) and central management is facilitated. FoodReg delivers some services to customers as a cloud service (SaaS) while certain customers deploy their own server instances on their premises. The platform can integrate with existing or future enterprise IT systems.