Healthy Food from the Farm to the Kitchen – Smart Quality Assurance in a Connected World

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1. Summary

We propose and demonstrate smartphone-based Internet-of-Thing (IoT) compatible, low-cost optical instruments for enabling ubiquitous sensing and quality assessment of many agricultural items through their life cycle from production to retail. Analysis during production, processing, storing or even purchasing at supermarkets supported with internet connectivity between farmers, traders and consumers will provide a revolution in food supply through online, global markets. The work is based on the lab-in-a-phone technology developed at the interdisciplinary photonics laboratories (iPL) within the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney in Australia, led by Prof. John Canning.

The hand-held device is a mini-spectrometer, entirely powered by a smartphone’s battery, optical source (white/UV LEDs), in-built camera detector and a low-cost dispersive element within a compact attachment. A customised smartphone app allows detection of the light and processing the spectrum which represents a unique fingerprint of each of the different agricultural products based on their characteristics chemical competition. By integrating a long optical fibre bundle on the light propagation path, the technology provides measurements at difficult-to-access places, such as the interior or back of a crop bushel or top of a tree or the inside of shipping cartons and containers. A 3D printed small house holds all these components combined with a smartphone camera unit, making it robust, portable and easy to use by farmers, traders, quality assurance managers or customer.

By way of example, the unique fluorescence band of extra virgin olive oil measured by the smartphone is used to allow distinction between low quality olive oils and extra virgin olive oils. In another example, fruit quality is assessed directly through component spectral bands of apples. The technology can be applied across all agricultural food products including honey, milk, wine, meat and more.


2. Additional Details

Please look at our publications for details of some of the initial demonstrations of the smartphone based sensing.

  1. M. Hossain and J. Canning et al, Optics Letters, 41(10), 2237-2240 (2016). Link: https://www.osapublishing.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-41-10-2237
  2. M. Hossain and J. Canning et al, Photonic Sensors, 5(4), 289-297 (2015). Link: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13320-015-0256-x
  3. M. Hossain and J. Canning et al, Optics Letters, 40(8), 1737-1740 (2015). Link: https://www.osapublishing.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-40-8-1737
  4. M. Hossain and J. Canning et al, IEEE Sensors Journal, 15(9), 5095-5102 (2015). Link: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6916991/
  5. M. Hossain and J. Canning et al, presented in the Australian Conference on Optical Fibre Technology, Sydney, Australia (2016). Link: https://www.osapublishing.org/abstract.cfm?uri=ACOFT-2016-AT3C.3
  6. M. Hossain and J. Canning et al, Submitted in the 25th Optical Fiber Sensor Conference.







Comments

28
Kazi Saiful
about 2 years ago

Good luck M Arafat Hossain

Tazrin Ahmed
about 2 years ago

Best of luck Sir :)

ZWEEL RANA
about 2 years ago

Nice Work!!!

Molla Zarjis Ahmed
about 2 years ago

All the best of you ,dear Mr.Arafat Hossain.Go ahead.

ashiq mahmood bipu
about 2 years ago

Best of luck,Sir

Nitol Saha
about 2 years ago

Best of Luck Sir

Antora Jaman
about 2 years ago

All the best Sir

Adij Adij
about 2 years ago

Best of Luck

badal ahmmed
about 2 years ago

All the best Sir..

Arif Md. Arifuzzaman
about 2 years ago

Best of luck, sir!

MD Shaikat Hossain
about 2 years ago

Wish all the Best!!!

Jakir Hossain
about 2 years ago

Best of Luck

komol roy
about 2 years ago

Best wishes

sourov ghosh`
about 2 years ago

All the best sir...... :)

S.M. Hasanul Banna Kasemi
about 2 years ago

Shihab best of luck.

ms samu
about 2 years ago

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S. M. Ahsanul Manna Kasemi
about 2 years ago

Best Wishes

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about 2 years ago

Best Of Luck

Cicero Martelli
about 2 years ago

Good luck!

Md. Samiul Habib
about 2 years ago

All the very best!!

Tanvir Ahmed
about 2 years ago

Good Luck!

Md Arafat Hossain
about 2 years ago

Thanks guys!! We appreciate your inspiration in our research.
This is something that will definitely help us specially our farmers to know the food quality and identify any fraud product using most of the existing technologies that we are carrying everywhere.

Zhikang Yu
about 2 years ago

Good luck Arafat!

Iqbal Asif
about 2 years ago

Go ahead Buddy :)

Md Khalilur Rahman
about 2 years ago

Go ahead brother....

Sabbir Ahmed
about 2 years ago

We are proud of you sir. Best of luck. :)

David Allen
about 2 years ago

Will it work on rocks and soil - eg for identifying different clay minerals?

Md Arafat Hossain
about 2 years ago

Hi David, so far the device is workable on solid/liquid within the visible range of the spectrum. It's possible to identify those elements depending on their absorption and fluorescence property change within the range. Happy to discuss details at mdarafat.hossain@sydney.edu.au

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Postgraduate Researcher (The University of Sydney)