Case study: SpectraBox

Alongside our consultancy business, we develop platform technologies for use as a springboard for developing rapid solutions for industry. A recent project, SpectraBox, is designed to enable scanning and measurement of fluorescing materials. We have the core platform developed and ready for application.

Many plant and food products fluoresce (such as honey, fruits & vegetables, plant matter, oils, meat), so do many animals such as spiders and fish. Many minerals and chemicals also exhibit fluorescence.

The amount and frequency of fluorescence can be used to measure various properties within the product being assessed. In apples, for example, carotenoids, anthocyanins, and chlorophyll can be measured. Please contact us if you have an application you think we could help with.

Application areas
  As Research & Development Engineers we have been involved in a broad range of applications and industries including:

Animal monitoring & behaviour
Food processing & quality
Manufacturing process lines
Marine applications
Medical & health

We have used ultrasonic, vision, capacitance, and microwave sensors to achieve solutions for the above application areas. Due to project confidentiality, we cannot provide in-depth detail on many of our past projects.

Example Publications & Media
  Alongside commercially sensitive projects, we have independently been involved in a large number of published material in the past 20 years (pre Red Fern Solutions).

   Animal Monitoring:
"Digital pest control In New Zealand", BBC Click, 2015. Helen Blackie and Kenji Irie.
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 [Photo courtesy of Helen Blackie]
  Adapting the 'PAWS' animal monitoring tool for surveillance of insects and other small animals", Kenji irie, Helen Blackie, Paul Riding, Ian Woodhead, Charlie Eason. Presented at the Ecological Society of New Zealand conference, 2014.
  "An animal trap monitoring system (PAWS) for Dogs, Dingoes, and Foxes", Kenji Irie, Helen Blackie, Paul Riding, Ian Woodhead, Charlie Eason, and Jess Roberts. Presented at Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium, New Zealand, 2014.
  "New Automated pest detection and monitoring devices", Helen Blackie, Brent Barrett, Ian Woodhead, Kenji irie, Paul Riding, and Shane Inder. Presented at the 16th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, Brisbane, 2014.
   Microwave Sensing:
  "Microwave detection of foreign objects inside bread loaves", Kenji Irie, Ian Woodhead, Adrian Tan, Jeffrey Hsiao, Amanda Zhang, The International Journal of Food Science and Technology, Lincoln, New Zealand, 2015.
  "Characterising noise on a TDR image sensor", Michael Hagedorn, Ian Platt, and Ian Woodhead. Presented at the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Workshop, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 2013.
   "Timber tomography using time domain reflectometry", Ian Platt, Andrew Hayward, Ian Woodhead and Michael Hagedorn", presented at the International Conference on Sensing Technology conference, New Zealand, 2012.
   Camera Characterisation:
  "A technique for evaluation of CCD video-camera noise", Kenji Irie, Alan McKinnon, Keith Unsworth, and Ian Woodhead. Published in IEEE Transactions on circuits and systems for video technology, Vol. 18, No. 2, February 2008.
  "A noise-bound method for detecting shadow-free scene changes in image sequences", Kenji Irie, Alan McKinnon, Keith Unsworth, and Ian Woodhead. Published in the Journal of the Optical Society of America A., pp167-73, 27(2), 2010.

  "Automated hull-scanning for detection of exotic species", Kenji Irie, Michael Hagedorn, Adrian Tan. Environlink report for Northland Regional Council, 2016. 
  "A laser-based eye-tracking system", Kenji Irie, Bruce Wilson, Richard Jones, Tim Anderson. Published in Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 34(4), pp561-72, December 2002.