Innovation Award Win for Analytica-Veritaxa
Analytica and Veritaxa are the proud winners of the ApiNZ Conference 2019 Roy Paterson award for innovation for the Classifynder™ automated pollen identification and classification system. The Roy Paterson Trophy acknowledges the best innovative idea, invention or technology in beekeeping.
Analytica is investigating the use of automation and artificial intelligence to improve sample throughput, and reduce the reliance on specialist staff, for pollen counting. To do this, we are using a piece of technology called Classifynder™, which has been developed by Veritaxa in Palmerston North. Veritaxa is a Massey University spinoff company. The Classifynder™ system uses robotics, image processing and neural network technology to count and classify microscopic objects like pollen grains and is the result of more than 10 years of research and development. To find out more about this technology, click the document attached to this article (see below). More information is available on the Veritaxa website.
It was an exciting moment for Analytica and Veritaxa receiving the Roy Paterson award. We are thankful to Apiculture New Zealand for their recognition of the Classifynder™ as a tool with great potential for the NZ and global honey industry for honey authentication, and also as an example of good kiwi ingenuity!
Pollen counting using the Classifynder™ will be available commercially through Analytica Laboratories.
The Apiculture New Zealand Conference & Trade Exhibition is an event that occurs annually. Keep an eye on the Apiculture New Zealand website for information regarding future conferences.
Analytica Laboratories general manager Steve Howse (second left) accepts the Roy Paterson Trophy from Mike Jones of Pharmapac Ltd, sponsor of the award. Robert (Bob) Hodgson from Veritaxa is at left and Trophy judge John Berry is at right. Photo: Alick Saunders.