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Opportunities in
Food and Agriculture

Smart Farming means that plants or animals get precisely the treatment they need, determined with great accuracy thanks to a combination of technologies including GPS, robotics and miniaturized bio-sensors (PICS). This allows production to be optimized, which means more sustainable crops and increased food safety. We need to, since the world’s population expected to grow to almost 10 billion by 2050,  boosting agricultural demand, even in a scenario of modest economic  growth, by 50% compared to 2013.

Example of key opportunities we see are:

Optimization food waste in food processing, transportation and distribution, e.g.;
- Early detection/prevention outbreaks of pests and diseases of plants and animals

Optimization food processing equipment;
- Distributed sensing, spectrometry to improve production yield, quality control
- High-speed sorting and foreign body detection
- IR and Terahertz spectroscopy for e.g. moisture monitoring

Optimization production;

Environmental characterization soil, water, (sun) light, volatiles);

Phenotyping;

Professional/consumer end-user in-situ tools for food quality and nutrition elements monitoring.

Examples Food and Agriculture
Optimize food processing

The food processing industry usually works for several clients with their own specific requirements, which means a complex process within the factory. With photonics based 5G Wireless, the industry is able to optimize the throughput of the system. Sensors play an important role in accurately measuring quantities and quality of ingredients.

Smart farming

Farmers capture a lot of data these days, which enables the farmer in forward planning, learning to give plants just the right amount of water, light and nutrients at the right time. One of the advantages of terahertz sensors is that it is a contactless technology, which means it can achieve non-invasive measurement. Unlike X-rays, Terahertz is non-ionising radiation so it is completely safe on both the food and human body.

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