At NovelFarm, the University of Bolzano and IIT (Italian Institute for Technology), presented a "fruitmeter that uses electric current to measure parameters, which can then be used to assess the ripening level, texture and water content of fruit," explain Pietro Ibba and Maria Rivola.
Pietro Ibba and Maria Rivola
It is a portable device that can be used by all actors along the chain to check the quality of fruits still on the tree, monitor logistic phases and assess stocks.
Sensors applied to a fruit
"We have an advanced prototype and believe various companies could invest in this technology. The system has a frequency range between 10 Hz and 100 kHz, internal and external calibration and a long battery life. Electrical impulses are read by the device and converted into real data that can be used by operators."
Pietro Ibba in front of the poster illustrating the device