Fresh Food Supply Chain Tracking


About the Technology

The Escavox system uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tracking tags to track produce in real-time from the point of origin to the point of sale. An Escavox ‘blue box’ tracker contains a microchip and antenna and is placed with the product during packing. The device continually monitors time, temperature and location and shares this information with a centralised database as the produce moves through the supply chain. The Escavox system is accessible via a user-friendly dashboard, providing the grower with complete visibility of their product during its journey.

The Trial

This trial involved the deployment of 211 trackers during 223 supply chain ‘tracks’ (some tags were used multiple times) from Bundaberg to domestic destinations in New South Wales (NSW), South Australia (SA), Victoria and overseas destinations in China and Malaysia. The tracks involved 12 different produce types grown by 14 separate growers.

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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