ImpacTrack is a new, low-cost data logger with a family of synthetic food shapes, developed by Martin Lishman Ltd. The innovation has impressed the judges of the Innovations Awards at LAMMA 2019 who have awarded it a Gold Medal in the Future Innovations category.
Using low-cost digital Agri-Tech solutions to meet the challenge of reducing food waste in agriculture has been the driving force behind the development of this novel concept.
“The fact that 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted globally each year, with almost 60% of crops spoilt, damaged or wasted during post-harvest operations, presents a huge challenge to the food production industry,” says dr Gavin Lishman, Managing Director of Martin Lishman Ltd. “But digital Agri-Tech solutions, leading to more efficient post-harvest methods, do not need to cost the earth and can reduce losses to as low as 1-2%.”
ImpacTrack is a small data logger cube that can be installed within the packaging of any fresh produce to monitor temperature and impact shock during transit over any distance by road, rail, sea or air. The data gathered can be downloaded at the end of the journey via Bluetooth to any smart phone or tablet using the ML Sensing App.
According to an article on martinlishman.com¸ the logger can also be encased in a 3D printed shape that mimics the size, shape and density of the fruit or vegetable being processed, which allows real-time monitoring or recording of damage during handling by machines or humans at any stage from the field to the shop floor