Be&Save – Study of technologies and operative models that enable  the sustainable management of the alimentary supply chain

ABSTRACT

The goal of the project is the study of technologies and operative models that enable  the sustainable management of the alimentary supply chain through:
• the valorization of Biological Waste of production as an energetic source
• the reduction of the amount of alimentary products discarded by distribution systems and by consumers
• the treatment and valorization of the edible fraction of urban solid wastes.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
GIOVANNI ATTOLICO

DATA SHEET
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   TYPE AND DATE
   NATIONAL PROJECT
   STARTING DATE – Jan 1, 2012
   ENDING DATE – Apr 31, 2015

COST
TOTAL COST €: 21.206.454,96
TOTAL FUNDING € 15.879.594,32

CNR ISSIA
COST € 60.454,90
FUNDING € 36.272,90

SUMMARY

ISSIA participates to the project by investigating, in cooperation with the Institute of Studies on Alimentary Productions of the National Research Council, technologies and methodologies to acquire multi-spectral and iper-spectral images of agro-alimentary products and to process and analyze the collected data. The final goal is to evaluate their quality level, to detect and classify their defects, to measure non-destructively some of their chemical and physical relevant properties.
Relevant results have been obtained in the automatic and non-destructive classification of the quality level of fresh-cut nectarines which are normally graded using destructive chemical and physical tests in laboratory and exploiting the visual evaluation of properly trained operators (fig. 1, 2, 3). A second successful experiment has been made on a particular local variety of carrots (typical of Polignano, a small area in the south of Italy). In this case the computer vision system developed by ISSIA has been able to predict anti-oxidant activities and phenol content of products on the base of color analysis accomplished on calibrated color images acquired in the lab (fig. 4, 5, 6).

 

A typical color image acquired by the computer vision system.

 

Image of the external surface of carrots

 

Image of the internal part of carrots.

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Test made on the internal part of carrots by analyzing the colors of the inner parts of the product.

The image shows the four quality levels corresponding to edible product. Only the best three (score from 3 to 5) are visually appealing enough to be commercialized.

Smart Cities Be&Save 2015

TECHNOLOGIES AND BUSINESS MODELS FOR THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF THE FOOD CHAIN THROUGH THE ENHANCEMENT OF BIOLOGICAL WASTE FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION, THE REDUCTION OF FOOD WASTE IN THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND CONSUMERS, AND THE TREATMENT AND THE ENHANCEMENT OF THE EDIBLE FRACTION OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE.

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Enea
Omnia Energia S.p.A.
Sal.Gel. Srl
Tsem Research Srl
Università degli Studi “Magna Grecia” di Catanzaro
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Future Space S.p.A.
I.Tra.C. Srl
Interporto Rivalta Scrivia S.p.A.
Università degli Studi di Messina