Perfrutto wins Innovation Camp 2017
The future of the apple is all about precision. Perfrutto Horticultural Knowledge was the best startup out of the six finalists of the second Interpoma Innovation Camp.
HK Horticultural work on innovative systems for precise fruit growing. Perfrutto is the most evolved prediction model aiming to optimize and increase the crops yield, it is a high-tech service used to forecast production in the orchards of apples, pears and kiwifruit. It processes data from the field (fruit sizes) with Calibit, a digital calliper gauge with on-board data logging. Perfrutto arises from a predictive algorithm developed in 30 years of university research.
The jury comprises journalists such as Cristiano Spadoni (Image Line), Kaasten Reh (Fruchthandel), Rafal Szelezniak (PlantaPress) as well as Christian Weithaler (Head of Brennercom’s Commercial Division), Georg Kössler (Chairman of the VOG - Association of South Tyrolean Fruit Growers’ Co-operatives ), Massimo Tagliavini (Professor at the Faculty for Technology and Natural Sciences at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano), and Hubert Hofer (Director of the Development Department at IDM Südtirol - Alto Adige). Perfrutto convinced with a clear added value for the apple industry and a solution that can be implemented already in 2018. The jury also appreciated the good price-performance ratio and the sound scientific background that guarantees a high-quality service.
Perfrutto gets the opportunity to present itself at Interpoma, taking place from 15 to 17 November 2018, and at the press conference for the presentation of Interpoma 2018 in Berlin, held during FruitLogistica on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 at 10 a.m. at the stand of the South Tyrolean Apple Consortium. This is the price offered by Interpoma for the winner startup of the Innovation Camp, an excellent platform to adapt and integrate the startups' ideas and projects in the best possible way to the territory, with a view to further development, supported by ten mentors with great expertise in the sector.
On this occasion, an Israeli startup joined the camp via skype for an inspiring input session. FFRobitics presented its unique and patented Robotic Fruit Harvester – the FFRobot. The FFRobot emulates the hand harvesting process for efficient, cost-effective and bruise-free fruit picking. It is offering an interesting opportunity for farmers to reduce costs significantly while improving efficiency.
The other participants of the 2017 Interpoma Innovation Camp were:
The first bi-directional market for fruit and vegetable producers, whereby sellers can observe in real time where businesses are searching for their products worldwide. As soon as the target companies are settled, sellers can send their offers with a single click in order to increase their chances of success.
Agribot is a revolutionary robot, i.e. self-driving tractor, capable of independently completing complex agronomic tasks. Agribot does not need to be constantly watched and can work around the clock to ensure that a high degree of precision and accuracy is achieved.
Agra2b provides a digital-trading-system service for farmers. The trading system helps farmers to purchase resources and to sell agricultural products (such as grains, vegetables and fruit) whenever they need to. Additionally, all relevant information is centralised to promote successful practices at a particular location.
This larvae farm produces valuable resources such as protein-rich flours, fodder oils and organic fertilizers for a new and sustainable animal feed industry. The semi-automatic structure requires very few operatives, which leads to economic efficiency and stable production.
eLEAF specialises in the use of satellite imaging and surveillance of plant production, water consumption and other parameters. eLEAF has developed the web-based platform FruitLook for the apple industry in South Africa in order to optimize production and reduce water consumption. This solution should now be implemented in other high-density fruit producing regions around the world.