Walleye Technologies Joins with Purdue University Research Team to Study Microwave Technology in Fruit Inspection

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First agricultural application for Walleye Imaging System

Walleye welcomes opportunities to partner with interested parties in industry, academia, and end-user communities to explore further applications for our imaging technologies.

Walleye™ Technologies, Inc., the leading developer of hand-held microwave imaging systems, announced today that it is collaborating with a Purdue University research team that has been awarded a grant from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to study the use of microwave technology for fruit inspection. A primary goal of this project is to develop and validate a rapid and nondestructive sensing system for detection of hollow heart, an internal deformity, in watermelon. Walleye Technologies will further develop its patented microwave imaging system for this application.

Dr. Suranjan Panigrahi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, will lead the multidisciplinary research team of scientists with backgrounds in agricultural engineering, computer engineering, plant pathology, vegetable production and agricultural economics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. David Holbrook, Chief Technology Officer of Walleye Technologies, will be an active participant on the grant team, bringing expertise in microwave imaging. The team will work in close collaboration with local watermelon growers in Knox County. “This project is a wonderful example of private industry and academia working together with local growers to utilize innovative technology to improve the sustainability and profitability of an agricultural product,” says Dr. Panigrahi. Other faculty members involved in this project are: Drs. Daniel Egel, Shubin Saha and Nicole Olynk.

Walleye’s Holbrook adds, “Walleye welcomes opportunities to partner with interested parties in industry, academia, and end-user communities to explore further applications for our imaging technologies.” The Purdue study is the first agricultural application of the Walleye imaging technology, which has a wide range of potential applications in many areas requiring nondestructive inspection and internal imaging, including security, aviation and construction.

About Walleye Technologies
Walleye Technologies develops next generation hand-held portable imaging systems capable of “seeing” into and through solid objects. The company’s patented imaging technology platform, the Walleye Imaging System, generates high quality images and has a diversity of applications. To learn more about Walleye Technologies, please visit http://www.walleyetechnologies.com.

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