Smart Picking Bag System


About the Technology

Growlogic’s ‘Harvest Ant’ technology is based on a combined harness / bag unit that incorporates several inbuilt sensors. The sensors provide real-time information such as harvested fruit weight, location and time to a computer program. This information can then be analysed to provide individual picker efficiency information. The collected data can also provide yield maps and crop insights.

The Trial

For this trial, Harvest Ant picking units were integrated into commercial harvesting operations on a lychee orchard and avocado orchard in Bundaberg. The pickers trialling the bags included both male and female workers and ranged from those with little or no experience to seasoned pickers. During the harvest, selected pickers used both traditional picking bags and the Harvest Ant units and were interviewed afterward to gain feedback.

This case study provides an overview of findings from the technology trials including:

  • Background
  • What the technology is
  • How the trial was done
  • Results
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Grower feedback
  • Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology

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Presentation of this case study is for information purposes only. It does not constitute a commercial endorsement by the stakeholders of the Bundaberg Agtech Hub.

Trials conducted by Hinkler AgTech Initiative

The CQUniversity Hinkler AgTech Initiative was funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal. The Hinkler Regional Deal is a collaboration between the Australian Government, Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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