Affiliations: [a] Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, Informatica, Gestionale, Meccanica, (DICGIM) Universitá di Palermo, Scuola Politecnica, Palermo, Italy
| [b] Dipartimentodi Scienze Agrarie e Forestali (SAF), Universitá di Palermo, Palermo, Italy
Corresponding author: Giada La Scalia, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, Informatica, Gestionale, Meccanica, (DICGIM) Università di Palermo, Scuola Politecnica, Viale delle Scienze Ed. 8, 90128 Palermo, Italy. Tel.: +39 09123861866; Fax: +39 09123860840; E-mail: [email protected].
Abstract: The aim of this paper was the development of a Smart Logistic Unit (SLU) based on RF technology to support the management of the food supply chain, in order to guarantee the shelf life of products in agreement with logistic efficiency and system sustainability. For this purpose, the main parameters that influence the quality of perishable products were determined and a shelf life equation based on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) was modelled. The levels of VOCs were gathered by the sensors allocated inside the SLU, which configures as the remote element of a system for identification and data transmission. The proposed model was then validated through an experimental test, simulating the real life transport conditions.