In 2018 Chris Miller, founder of Fruitometry and creator of the Fruitometry Digital Crop Estimation (DCE) technology, was asked if he could develop software to count the kiwifruit in an orchard’s canopy.
Chris Miller had spent the previous 17 years as lead software engineer for Team New Zealand, transforming the performance of their onboard equipment with machine vision and artificial intelligence using neural networks. But he was ready for a new challenge.
In 2018 he sold his Auckland home and moved to Katikati where he formed Fruitometry. Since then he has written more than 80,000 lines of software code to translate fruit images into data and built a data centre on site to ensure Fruitometry can produce heat maps within 24 hours of an orchard scan, rather than relying on expensive cloud based data hosting services.
Fruitometry has had the support of a research and development grant from Callaghan Innovation since 2020.
“Fruitometry is simply the most accurate way of managing crop load in our orchard. The density reports give a clear picture of where the work needs to be.”
Marc Jenkins, PacificHort
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