COVR

COVR is working to provide a free toolkit for coboteers to determine how to test and validate safety for their collaborative robot application or component. COVR's mission is to enhance safety for all robots that share space with humans by applying skill-based testing across robot domains. Increasing safety for collaborative robots enables new innovative applications, thus boosting production and job creation for companies utilizing the technology. COVR will offer coboteers the opportunity to apply for a COVR award of up to € 60,000, to test the safety testing services offered by COVR; either alone or in a consortium with other coboteers. COVR is led by the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), Roessingh Research and Development (RRD), The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Fraunhofer IFF, and The National Research Council (CNR). COVR collaborates with all companies in the Cobot value chain. From robot and component manufacturers to system integrators to end-users, to provide value and safety in all stages of cobot adaptation. Whether you are an established company looking to deploy cobots or an innovative startup with a prototype of a cobot-related product, COVR will assist you in analyzing, testing, and validating safety for that application.

Food DNA

FoodDNA is a web platform developed by Univerlab to address the needs of the food industry regarding issues related to the traceability of the food supply chain and its environmental impact. The European research project that led to the development of FoodDNA aims to enhance, increase, and support the sustainability of the food chain, as well as to provide consumers with simple and transparent data. To this end, Univerlab has developed a simple tool for calculating the environmental footprint of various food products. FoodDNA assigns a score to each product based on its environmental impact. This algorithm takes into account water consumption, chemicals, and energy used in the production of the specific food, and the emissions due to the particular production process and transportation, according to the principles of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies. The tool for calculating the environmental footprint has been improved and validated for calculating the production of fruits and vegetables, and a specific section has been dedicated to grape production, considering its specific processes. Univerlab has demonstrated that the inventory collected with the algorithm corresponds to 80% of the inventory collected by the manual LCA procedure and that the results, at the end of validation, differ in a negligible range. Therefore, FoodDNA is an innovative marketing tool supported by a rigorous and shared methodology, based on numerical data, to which the consumer is increasingly sensitive.

Trick

Univerlab is a partner in the European project "Product data traceability from cradle to cradle by blockchains interoperability and sustainability service marketplace – TRICK". The ultimate goal of the partners' project activities is to create a traceability platform based on blockchain technology, containing various services capable of evaluating and certifying all the steps of the production and distribution chain. The two main use cases for this platform are the textile sector and the agri-food distribution sector. Univerlab's role within the project was to conceive and fully develop an advanced traceability platform for calculating the predictive shelf-life of perishable foods. This platform, integrated into the TRICK platform as an external add-on, is called Shelf-Life Manager. This web app allows for real-time tracking of the perishable food distribution chain, such as fruits and vegetables, and for the acquisition of important environmental data like temperature and humidity of storage. Thanks to data acquired from a hardware system developed ad hoc by Univerlab, Shelf-Life Manager can calculate the remaining shelf-life of the product using algorithms based on statistics and predictive microbiology. While Shelf-Life Manager software platform was originally designed for implementation in TRICK, it is a stand-alone web app that can be easily customized or used directly to reduce waste and increase the profitability of many agri-food supply chains. Its architecture is based on three main user types: the producer, the transporter, and the wholesaler. Each user has their own credentials, obtained through spontaneous registration, and can perform various actions and monitor the agri-food distribution chain associated with their accounts.

Food Life

FoodLife is a software/hardware platform designed to reduce food waste in Italian and European hospitality facilities. Developed entirely by Univerlab as part of an ongoing European research project titled "A dynamic solution to improve the perishable food supply chain in the Ho.Re.Ca. sector by the 'real life' of the food – FoodLife", it addresses a significant issue in the continent. Food waste in Europe is a major concern, with the annual production of perishable goods for the Ho.Re.Ca. (Hotel, Restaurant, and Café) sector in the European Union amounting to 13 million tons, of which 37% becomes waste. This waste has a substantial environmental impact, contributing about 6% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU (equivalent to 76 million tons of CO2 per year). These statistics led Univerlab to conceive and develop a platform with the potential to revolutionize the food redistribution world by connecting hospitality facilities with non-profit organizations, ensuring that no edible and healthy product is wasted. The FoodLife system consists of a software and two different hardware systems, catering to hospitality facilities of various sizes. This allows both small vacation homes and large hotels to fully utilize the potential of this innovative solution. A key feature of the FoodLife software system is its extreme ease of use, making it implementable in any facility, even those without staff specifically trained in this area. With the significant results achieved during the initial phases of the project, FoodLife aims to reduce food waste in the hotel sector from 28% to 6%.

Smart Food Box

Univerlab is developing a software/hardware system designed to reduce the waste of perishable foods at the domestic level. While the reduction of food waste in the distribution chain and in the B2B sector is still a significant issue, it can be addressed using platforms specifically developed for this purpose, including FoodLife and Shelf-Life Manager, both developed by Univerlab. Reducing waste in individual consumers' homes is a crucial action to limit the waste of resources and reduce the pollution emissions associated with food production and distribution. This is why Univerlab has embarked on a project that will lead to the launch of Smart Food Box in the market. The Smart Food Box research project activities are supported by the Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy, through the fund for the development of technologies and applications in artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things. The technology Univerlab is developing with this project involves artificial intelligence. Specifically, the goal is to apply AI to a sensory device designed for the prevention of food waste. A vast amount of data obtained through an integrated camera and a multi-sensor device known as an electronic nose, along with a temperature sensor and a humidity sensor, will be processed using artificial intelligence. This will allow for the determination of the shelf life of perishable foods and track their consumption at a domestic level. In addition to the hardware component, a dedicated mobile app will be released, featuring various statistics. The sensory device will be integrated into a fully washable and non-toxic food box, enabling anyone to have a powerful tool for the prevention of domestic waste.

Loft Italy

Univerlab has benefited from funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PROGRAM 2014-2020. Axis 3: "Increasing the competitiveness of SMEs". Objective 3.5: "Birth and consolidation of micro, small and medium enterprises". Action: "Support interventions for the creation of new enterprises through direct incentives, the provision of services, and micro-finance interventions." This intervention was completed in December 2022. Loft Italy markets food products, services, and enogastronomic experiences in the area through its digital platforms. With Loft Italy, enogastronomy and tourism, online and offline, mutually promote each other. The user's journey begins at the time of booking a stay at one of the Loft Italy affiliated holiday homes and continues even after check-out. Indeed, Loft Italy's products and services can be purchased by guests at any time once they have obtained the access link to the platform. Originally a web platform, Loft Italy's digital ecosystem includes an e-shop, a dedicated app, and a virtual store. On the site, it is possible to purchase more than 50 products including regional specialties and organic foods, and choose from over 80 experiences in the area such as cooking classes, visits to producers, and wine tasting. The products are associated with blockchain technology that allows consumers to know the life cycle of the product and, thanks to a special LCA Score, understand how eco-sustainable they are.

Precision Farming

Univerlab has developed a comprehensive management platform for small and medium-sized Italian agricultural businesses. This software/hardware platform, named Meta Supply Chain, enables these companies to autonomously carry out various strategically important activities for the agricultural sector. Firstly, Meta Supply Chain allows for the management of all company activities, including raw material supplies, warehouses, stables, harvests, products in shipment, and more through a convenient web app optimized for both desktop and mobile. This unique solution effectively replaces the traditional farm notebook. The software also records comprehensive data about the company's lands, workers, clients, suppliers, shipments, and livestock, providing users with a single space to find all the information necessary for managing the agricultural business. A key and innovative feature of Meta Supply Chain is the automated pre-audit process for organic certification. Typically, this verification process must be carried out by an external consultant, often at a cost prohibitive for small and medium-sized enterprises. With this pre-verification service integrated, individual companies can discover if they comply with the requirements for this certification and, if not, receive advice on which internal procedures to modify in order to conform to the European regulatory standards defining organic certification. Additionally, the platform developed by Univerlab includes a hardware system that allows individual companies to monitor and record environmental parameters in real-time in warehouses, greenhouses, stables, and cultivated fields. This optimizes agricultural production and the preservation of products and raw materials, as well as ensuring animal welfare. Meta Supply Chain also features a mobile app, developed for both Android and iOS, which enables operators to easily record various activities carried out in the company. To ensure an unprecedented user experience and allow all operators to manage their activities with extreme ease, a QR code system has been implemented. This system allows for the recording of various activities from the mobile app simply by scanning codes present on tools and agricultural machinery. The platform was developed by Univerlab as part of a research project, in collaboration with several agricultural companies in Lombardy and Piedmont and the involvement of consultants specialized in regulatory aspects related to organic certification.