The project will test different types of temperature loggers to determine their practicality and functionality (i.e. ease of use, cost, accuracy, reliability, single use or reusable and if it has SMS/email notifications) that may be of benefit to both growers and exporters.
Many exporters currently use USB temperature loggers that are generally discarded, or the data never accessed unless there is a dispute, thus there is no feedback of information to the exporter. A benefit of using ‘real-time’ temperature loggers is that the data is readily accessible 24/7 from cloud-based systems so that logistical and marketing decisions can be made in-situ rather than having to wait for the consignment to arrive at the destination which could otherwise be too late. Users can elect to receive SMS or email alerts notifying them when product temperatures deviate from pre-determined limits.
By monitoring the export cool-chain growers can determine the best route to market and highlight where temperature fluctuations are occurring. Improvement s can then be made that enable fresh produce to arrive in Asian markets in the best possible condition further enhancing Australia’s reputation and lead to increased sales and profits in the future.