“IoT technologies in the fruit supply chain have the potential to reduce pre‐ and post‐harvest losses, lower input, improve quality and achieve higher product traceability” Vincenzo Verrastro – IAMB – CIHEAM
Fruit market is nawadays one ofthe main worldwide agircultural sector and the one that showed most management problems. That’s why this sector needs gaining access to advaced management tools.
Many late IoT applications affected fruit sector; and expecially the grape and table wine ones, dimostrating how this sector can be flexible, able to adapt to late global tendencies and the real benefits gained by using these tools.
Tools like sensor data, cloud-based systems for monitoring and early warning systems to control pests\desease are just few of IoT world tools developed in latest years for fruit supply-chain, from farmer to customers.
Using these tools during production process means being able to really come into contact with the field’s needs and translate this into an advantage both in terms of efficiency of the production process and product quality, as well as a More immediate and satisfying response to the needs of a more and more smart market.
As Vincenzo Verrastro (IAMB-CIHEAM) said “IoT technologies in the fruit supply chain have the potential to reduce pre‐ and post‐harvest losses, lower input, improve quality and achieve higher product traceability“.
The “Fruit Trial” is one of trails provided by IOF2020 project (see here) and includes 4 usecases that cover just 4 possible application and development fields of world-class IoT technologies. Among these usecases, the Fresh Table Grapes Chain is dedicated to grepe wine sectorn and technologies for real-time monitoring and irrigation control, plant protection and product shelf-life predictions.Table grapes crops are very sensitive to water supplies and therefore need specific and continuous monitoring.
Fruit trial aim is to enable farmers growing more and more environmentally-friendly and economically sustainable crops as well as provide consumers with more “transparent” products.
In these years, when traceability and sustainability “footprints” become true sources of competitive advantage, technology plays the most important role: accompanying one of the oldest business sectors in the 2.0 era.