Verigo, Gainesville, Fla., released a new IoT quality management system designed to improve freshness and reduce shrink of fresh produce in transit. The quality management system, dubbed Pod Quality, empowers growers, shippers and retailers to enforce process standards according to a new standard quality metric—the remaining shelf life of each shipment.

The Verigo quality management system combines wireless “pod” devices, mobile apps and cloud-based record keeping, and outputs actionable quality metrics stakeholders can actually use. By utilizing over 30 years of research from the USDA and various shelf life studies with berry growers, Pod Quality translates the recorded temperature data into an actionable continuous quality score called “Product Life.” Product Life displays the relationship between a variety of variables -- commodity type, initial freshness condition and overall temperature exposure -- and translates them to a single actionable metric via Verigo’s Product Life Models.