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The current horsemeat scandal could have been avoided if a system developed by the University of Wolverhampton to trace food was in use, according to experts.
The University, alongside eight partners across Europe, have recently completed the Farm to Fork research project.
This was a pilot 3.6m euro project which developed and utilised a range of technologies, including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to identify and trace food information across Europe from producer to consumer.
The system works by identifying individual items of food and tracking precisely what happens to them during the production process.
RFID and other technologies (such as bar codes) identify the item and allow its location and the process it is undertaken to be determined. Sensor networks allow environmental factors such as temperature and humidity to be tracked. The records are stored in a secure database from which the history of individual items can be generated. They are packaged and labelled with a QR or other code which identifies the individual item.
The NTAILS project is providing opportunities for recently qualified graduates, the prospect of assisting West Midlands businesses in the development of suitable automatic identification/sensor based solutions. Our successful client based in Telford is now looking for a Graduate Software Developer. The contract will be paid and will be for a period of 3 months. More information can be found below and if you would like to apply, please follow the link below. Alternatively, contact us on 01952 288210 for an informal discussion.
NTAILS Graduate Placements are now fully occupied - Updated April 2014
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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an identification technology that has been around for some time. It has mainly being deployed by larger enterprises such as `Marks and Spencer` and `Sainsbury’s`. However, it has many potential uses in all sizes of business and a few of these are listed below:
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Richard Przeplata is an IT Professional with over 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing and commercial business sectors and has gained extensive awareness of the challenges that are faced by SMEs. Since joining the University of Wolverhampton in 2006, Richard has been involved in a number of business engagement programs with SMEs from across the West Midlands region to provide high quality knowledge transfer and encourage new technology adoption.
Lynsey has worked for the University for 9 years and has successfully delivered 5 ERDF funded projects and 1 EU funded project. She is currently responsible for the implementation and monitoring of project delivery and also the financial management of project and staff. Lynsey regularly sources funding opportunities for both the University and SMEs and also assists with proposal writing, to check technical eligibility and financial modelling. She is also the Centre Manager for the e-Innovation Centre, the University’s successful Telford Incubation Unit.
Peter Osborne is currently working as a Software Consultant for IT Futures at the University of Wolverhampton’s E-Innovation Centre.
He is a highly skilled software consultant and has a strong background in software development, research and project management. He has worked at the University for over 12 years in various roles and has a vast knowledge of European projects having previously worked at the University as a Research assistant on a FP5 project as well as being a technical consultant for European projects for the IT Futures department where he was the technical lead on several funded projects. His current interests include mobile application development, html5 and css3, web development and open source.
He is also a keen photographer and enjoys playing golf.
Delroy has had over 18 years’ experience within the University of Wolverhampton, with a wealth of knowledge from delivering European projects and commercial contracts. These opportunities have allowed him to cover wide cross sections of industry, offering and presenting advice and fulfilling development and on-line marketing. Delroy is very passionate about aiming to provide the right consultative solution and he takes a bird’s eye view of matters and strives to develop a professional business relationship with the clients and colleagues. He is currently working across projects and supporting the department.