The idea behind the project is based on several years of research on new sensors, prediction models and how actors in the supply chain can cooperate and utilize each other’s information for a sustainable society, with the aim of reducing food waste, but also increasing the level of innovation in the Swedish food industry. The goal of the project is to develop intelligent logistics and packaging systems that in real time communicate and predict quality and product security of chilled foods. The solution can be used along the food supply chain by the food industry, distributors, retailers as well as consumers.
The DYNAHMAT project started in November 2013 and will conclude in the autumn of 2016.
The project is organized in six work packages:
Exploration driven logistics and packaging innovation
WP1 constitutes the core of the project, where the practical innovation process of field testing and verification of the designed and developed solutions and systems are carried out. This is where the specifications for the solution’s various components will be established, altered and updated as the project progresses. With a starting point in the innovation methodology’s exploration-driven planning, the project efforts will proceed based on a number of assumptions (cost, reliability, security, etc.) that at specified milestones will be revised and expanded according to the actual results and challenges that the test studies give rise to.
Workpackage leader: Fredrik Nilsson.
Evaluation of sensor technology
WP2 will test and evaluate various existing electrical engineering solutions for wireless data collection of parameters associated with food quality and security. Sensor technology including RFID tags, Bluetooth tags, temperature logger/meter and biosensors will be designed and constructed according to ISO, EPICS and GS1 standards and can collect data on: position (where), time and date (when), temperature and/or other biological markers (why), the packages’ unique identity and packaging level (who).
Workpackage leader: Johan Nilsson.
Modelling and prediction of shelf life
WP3 investigates the relationship between food quality and sensor response. A prediction of the shelf life date is enabled by validating existing models for the selected food categories, connecting them with sensors that measure quality-affecting parameters (WP2) and IT system solutions for computing and communication (WP4). The project focus is on the microbiological quality because this limits/affects the shelf life of the selected product groups.
Workpackage leader: Elisabeth Borch.
Evaluation of system solutions from an ICT perspective
WP4 focuses on system solutions from an ICT perspective. This includes the specification of the relevant services in terms of functional requirements (e.g. what data output will be produced based on what data input) and non-functional requirements (e.g. response time and quality prediction), development of the appropriate system architectures to realize services, and evaluation of solution proposals based on criteria such as cost and usability.
Workpackage leader: Paul Davidsson.
Implementation challenges in the food supply chain
WP5 focuses on the key aspects in the food supply chain that are required for successful innovation implementation. These aspects can be divided into strategic, business model related, and operational. The purpose is to contribute advanced knowledge and documented learning about the inter-organizational challenges that an implementation will entail, and thus provides significant support for the sub-studies in WP1.
Workpackage leader: Fredrik Nilsson.
Consumer confidence, honesty and legislation
WP6 deals with consumer confidence, integrity issues such as labelling falsification, and legislation concerning shell life labelling. This comprises consumer studies aimed at ensuring usability and benefits for the consumer and the reduction of their food waste by the consumer, something that is built on the credibility and trustworthiness of technology and product value. There will also be discussions with Livsmedelsverket (Swedish National Food Agency) on legislation to identify how dynamic shelf life can be applied in the future and at the same time comply with established legal requirements for labelling.
Workpackage leader: Klara Båth.