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WayCool begins research on applying photonic technology for fruit ripeness detection

Kolkata, Jun 3 (UNI) WayCool Foods, India's fastest growing Agri-commerce company,
on Thursday signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian
Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) Kancheepuram".
WayCool with the help of IIITDM’s photonic technology will build devices that detect
ripening and rottenness in fruits and vegetables.
The MoU was signed and exchanged between Karthik Jayaraman, CEO, WayCool
Foods and Dr. M. D. Selvaraj, Dean SRIC, Sponsored research and Industrial
consultancy, IIITDM.
This unique non-invasive and non-destructive technology is a combination of Ultraviolet
and Infrared rays that decode the ripening factor in fruits and vegetables thus helping in
eliminating bad quality or infected produce.
Once ready, the technology will help farmers check on the optimal time to harvest their
produce. The non-invasive, non-destructive nature of the test would not only help to negate
wastage and human contact but will also assist in much faster turnaround on the quality check
of produce. Moving forward, this unique technology will be modeled into handheld devices
for easy usage that will help to overall optimize the functioning at various junctions across
India’s food supply chain.
Sharing thoughts on the MoU, Subramanian Akkulan, EVP Innovation, WayCool Foods, said,
“At WayCool, we are constantly working on emerging technology that will help drive efficiency
and reduce wastage in food supply chains. We have invested significant capital in
industry-academia partnerships to develop a range of technologies such as coatings, modified atmosphere packaging solutions as well as rot and damage detection technology. We are
extremely happy to be collaborating with IIITDM, a centre of excellence for technical education
and research in the next generation of non-invasive testing technology for fresh produce. ”
Commenting on the MoU, Dr. Selvaraj, Dean SRIC, Sponsored research and Industrial
consultancy, IIITDM said, IIITDM Kancheepuram is the design centric engineering institution
of national importance under the Ministry of Education (MOE), working to build a product
development oriented ecosystem. Bio-inspired research and development (BiRD) Laboratory
of IIITDM kancheepuram pursuing the research and developmental activities to support the
prime sectors of India such as defence, medical, food and agriculture through state of the art
photonic technology and bio-inspired technologies. BiRD lab at IIITDM Kancheepuram is
committed to make this valuable collaboration with WayCool foods pvt ltd successful and
put its sincere efforts to bring out viable photonic technologies for fruit monitoring.
This is Waycool’s fourth research and development partnership this year. WayCool earlier
this year joined hands with IIT-Hyderabad, to work on food wastage reduction technologies,
and Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) to develop sustainable and optimal technology for enhancing the shelf life of selected fruits and vegetables.
The company has also partnered with National Design and Research Forum to bring a wide
range of technology into cultivation and post-harvest management of agri-produce.
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