Our Testlab on the Integrity of Food creates innovative solutions to food safety and quality, food authenticity, food provenance biosecurity, increasing productivity whilst reducing waste, and supply chain and logistics management.
We’ll be looking at how new data and technology can add value to Tasmanian small-to-medium enterprises. This can be used as a framework for an integrated solution that will automate data collection and operations.
Testbeds have been developed around key industry issues that have the ability to significantly impact small-to-medium enterprises in agrifood. These include:
Biosecurity and Food Safety
A small mobile biosecurity kit is capable of identifying disease on a crop and providing real-time analysis. The diagnosis comes through IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity from the kit to the cloud and back to a laptop or mobile phone.
Optimising of Food Quality
The process to determine food and beverage quality is becoming more digitalised. For example, electronic tongue tasters are available to provide an accurate assessment for standardising food quality, ensuring consistency of experience (flavour and quality) for manufacturers and consumers.
Real-time Supply Chain Sensing
Through the use of sensors on farms, important data can be gathered, integrated and analysed. This can help to make better decisions related to environmental impacts on growing, energy and water usage, reducing waste, and eliminating breaks along the perishable food cold chain.
This Internet of Things focused testbed will improve productivity, reduce waste, and build sustainable business practices by integrating data to inform decision making. Further efficiencies can be gained through the automating of data collection from sensors and automating business operations.
For more information, take a tour of our Virtual Testlab.