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April 2021
An article about QCELL's PhenoCheck crop imaging lab-in-the-field unit was published in the newsletter of The European Institute for Plant Phenotyping EMPHASIS.
Crop Imaging
Crop Imaging
Transforming precision agriculture with the power of Spectral Vision​

Precision agriculture emerges as the first choice approach for ensuring farming competitiveness and global sustainability in the era of steep population increase and climate change. An “agri-tech” revolution is in progress, providing innovative tools for controlling and optimizing farming, towards reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and water.

Farmers are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of maintaining direct control of the state of health of crops. Spectral imaging has been proven as an indispensable tool for monitoring aerobic and anaerobic stress conditions in plants. However, it is basically operated though expensive and complicated installations, including either satellite or airborne (airplane or drone) platforms. Apart from that, remote image sensing setups are not readily applicable to green houses and only partially exploit the potential of spectral imaging because they rely on ambient light.

Transforming precision agriculture with the power of Spectral Vision​

Precision agriculture emerges as the first choice approach for ensuring farming competitiveness and global sustainability in the era of steep population increase and climate change. An “agri-tech” revolution is in progress, providing innovative tools for controlling and optimizing farming, towards reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and water.

Farmers are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of maintaining direct control of the state of health of crops. Spectral imaging has been proven as an indispensable tool for monitoring aerobic and anaerobic stress conditions in plants. However, it is basically operated though expensive and complicated installations, including either satellite or airborne (airplane or drone) platforms. Apart from that, remote image sensing setups are not readily applicable to green houses and only partially exploit the potential of spectral imaging because they rely on ambient light.

The PhenoCheck camera in action: Tablet computer, battery-powered spectral Imaging, providing vegetation index/spectral mapping, all in real-time.

QCELL’s PhenoCheck Camera is a visual diagnostic tool that informs the users about the presence of invisible abnormality-related phenotype changes, instantly and at an early and reversible stage. It also informs about fruit ripening for predicting the optimal harvest time.
The PhenoCheck Camera is the world’s first handheld, advanced spectral imager, designed to operate in the hands of farmers/agronomists and researchers.
The PhenoCheck Camera is an affordable solution requiring no technical background to operate. You can take it with you and carry out as many on-the-spot diagnostic and monitoring checks as you need. Please take a few moments to explore what the PhenoCheck camera can do for you.
QCELL’s PhenoCheck Camera is a visual diagnostic tool that informs the users about the presence of invisible abnormality-related phenotype changes, instantly and at an early and reversible stage. It also informs about fruit ripening for predicting the optimal harvest time.
The PhenoCheck Camera is the world’s first handheld, advanced spectral imager, designed to operate in the hands of farmers/agronomists and researchers.
The PhenoCheck Camera is an affordable solution requiring no technical background to operate. You can take it with you and carry out as many on-the-spot diagnostic and monitoring checks as you need. Please take a few moments to explore what the PhenoCheck camera can do for you.

PhenoCheck Camera
PhenoCheck Camera

The QCELL’s PhenoCheck camera is a battery operated, wearable/handheld, macro-imaging system for the in situ monitoring of crops. It is a powerful tool for analyzing plants, fruits, flowers, seeds etc., offering objective and quantitative information for anaerobic and aerobic stress conditions.

The PhenoCheck camera displays, in real time, vegetation index and spectral maps in both reflectance and fluorescence imaging modes. The camera integrates a proprietary dome illumination module for isolating ambient light and for ensuring glare-free imaging.

Spectral phenotype mapping informs about the presence of pathogens, viruses, pests, water and nutrient stress. It also offers an objective means for the assessment of fruit ripening, for predicting of the optimal harvest date. By integrating all these unique features, the PhenoCheck camera comprises a valuable tool for controlling and optimizing farming, towards reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and water.

The QCELL’s PhenoCheck camera is a battery operated, wearable/handheld, macro-imaging system for the in situ monitoring of crops. It is a powerful tool for analyzing plants, fruits, flowers, seeds etc., offering objective and quantitative information for anaerobic and aerobic stress conditions.

The PhenoCheck camera displays, in real time, vegetation index and spectral maps in both reflectance and fluorescence imaging modes. The camera integrates a proprietary dome illumination module for isolating ambient light and for ensuring glare-free imaging.

Spectral phenotype mapping informs about the presence of pathogens, viruses, pests, water and nutrient stress. It also offers an objective means for the assessment of fruit ripening, for predicting of the optimal harvest date. By integrating all these unique features, the PhenoCheck camera comprises a valuable tool for controlling and optimizing farming, towards reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and water.

The handheld PhenoCheck camera with the integrated dome illuminator, interfaced with a (wearable) tablet PC. A fully automated, powerful analytical tool that goes everywhere, anytime and gives answers instantly.

The PhenoCheck handheld camera informs instantly and at any selected spot about changes in the spectral phenotype caused by stress conditions, infections etc. and helps you to monitor and control treatment options. It also offers an objective and scientific means for assessing fruit ripening and agro-product quality. The PhenoCheck handheld camera brinks the diagnostic power of spectral imaging in your hands and the modern agri-tech revolution to your business.
The PhenoCheck handheld camera informs instantly and at any selected spot about changes in the spectral phenotype caused by stress conditions, infections etc. and helps you to monitor and control treatment options. It also offers an objective and scientific means for assessing fruit ripening and agro-product quality. The PhenoCheck handheld camera brinks the diagnostic power of spectral imaging in your hands and the modern agri-tech revolution to your business.

Technology & Specifications
Technology & Specifications

The QCELL’s PhenoCheck camera is based on a patented electro-optic arrangement that acquires several critical spectral bands simultaneously and at video rate. The camera comes integrated with a specially designed dome-type LED illumination system, which ensures glare-free imaging and allows for multimodal imaging operation.

Multimodal imaging refers to the camera’s ability to operate either in the diffuse reflectance or in the fluorescence mode, in both, the Visible and the Near-Infrared spectral bands. All camera operations are controlled through a touch-screen graphical user interface. The PhenoCheck camera displays color images (reflection and fluorescence), spectral images, vegetation index heat maps and spectral maps side-by-side and at video rate! All images and maps are captured instantly and simultaneously with a single touch on the PC’s touch screen, or by clicking the integrated “capture” button.

The PhenoCheck camera is a plug-and-play, turnkey system. It is interfaced with a dedicated tablet PC with a single cable transmitting both power and data. It is a low power system capable of working continuously for more than four hours, powered only with the PC’s battery.

The QCELL’s PhenoCheck camera is based on a patented electro-optic arrangement that acquires several critical spectral bands simultaneously and at video rate. The camera comes integrated with a specially designed dome-type LED illumination system, which ensures glare-free imaging and allows for multimodal imaging operation.

Multimodal imaging refers to the camera’s ability to operate either in the diffuse reflectance or in the fluorescence mode, in both, the Visible and the Near-Infrared spectral bands. All camera operations are controlled through a touch-screen graphical user interface. The PhenoCheck camera displays color images (reflection and fluorescence), spectral images, vegetation index heat maps and spectral maps side-by-side and at video rate! All images and maps are captured instantly and simultaneously with a single touch on the PC’s touch screen, or by clicking the integrated “capture” button.

The PhenoCheck camera is a plug-and-play, turnkey system. It is interfaced with a dedicated tablet PC with a single cable transmitting both power and data. It is a low power system capable of working continuously for more than four hours, powered only with the PC’s battery.

The handheld PhenoCheck camera with the integrated dome illuminator, interfaced with a (wearable) tablet PC. A fully automated, powerful analytical tool that goes everywhere, anytime and gives answers instantly.

The PhenoCheck camera is the world’s first handheld video spectral imager and mapper, offering a dual mode of operation (reflectance and fluorescence) and macro spectral phenotype imaging. You can take it with you anywhere and carry out your on-the-spot diagnostics.

PhenoCheck Camera Specifications

  • Imaging spectral range: 400-1100nm
  • Illumination spectral range: broad-band 400-1100nm and narrow-band 365nm or 405nm for fluorescence excitation
  • Illumination technology: diffusive dome Illumination eliminating glare
  • Imaging modes: reflectance and fluorescence
  • Real time simultaneously displayed images: 410nm, 464nm, 542nm, 639nm, 780nm, 880nm, (30nm FWHM), color reflectance, color fluorescence, vegetation index maps and unsupervised classification maps.
  • HyperSpectral Imaging: 50 bands with machine learning spectral estimation
  • Spatial resolution: 6 megapixels for every acquired/estimated image and map
  • Field-of-View: 23X15 mm
  • Magnification X30 and X50 (with window magnification)
  • Hours of battery operation: 4
  • Weight: 800gr
The PhenoCheck camera is the world’s first handheld video spectral imager and mapper, offering a dual mode of operation (reflectance and fluorescence) and macro spectral phenotype imaging. You can take it with you anywhere and carry out your on-the-spot diagnostics.

PhenoCheck Camera Specifications

  • Imaging spectral range: 400-1100nm
  • Illumination spectral range: broad-band 400-1100nm and narrow-band 365nm or 405nm for fluorescence excitation
  • Illumination technology: diffusive dome Illumination eliminating glare
  • Imaging modes: reflectance and fluorescence
  • Real time simultaneously displayed images: 410nm, 464nm, 542nm, 639nm, 780nm, 880nm, (30nm FWHM), color reflectance, color fluorescence, vegetation index maps and unsupervised classification maps.
  • HyperSpectral Imaging: 50 bands with machine learning spectral estimation
  • Spatial resolution: 6 megapixels for every acquired/estimated image and map
  • Field-of-View: 23X15 mm
  • Magnification X30 and X50 (with window magnification)
  • Hours of battery operation: 4
  • Weight: 800gr

The NDVI Vegetation Index map (bottom). Pseudocolors represent chlorophyll concentration variations (red-yellow: high, blue-green: low)

Applications
Applications
The PhenoCheck camera is “a lab in the field”

The PhenoCheck Camera comprises an indispensable tool in the hands of agronomists, plant pathologists, farmers, analytical scientists etc., for obtaining and maintaining direct control the state of health of crops and for reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and water.

The PhenoCheck camera provides scientific and objective means for fruit ripening assessment and for the prediction of the optimal harvest time. By offering spectral information in the Near-Infrared (NIR) spectral range, internal quality attributes are obtained. These data together with the measured spectra in the visible part of the spectrum offer a better prediction of fruit ripeness

The PhenoCheck camera is an affordable video rate spectral imager offering macro-scale reflectance and fluorescence spectral analysis and mapping. It detects and maps effects on plant color and spectral phenotypes, of pathogens, viruses, pests water and nutrient stress.

The PhenoCheck camera is “a lab in the field”

The PhenoCheck Camera comprises an indispensable tool in the hands of agronomists, plant pathologists, farmers, analytical scientists etc., for obtaining and maintaining direct control the state of health of crops and for reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and water.

The PhenoCheck camera provides scientific and objective means for fruit ripening assessment and for the prediction of the optimal harvest time. By offering spectral information in the Near-Infrared (NIR) spectral range, internal quality attributes are obtained. These data together with the measured spectra in the visible part of the spectrum offer a better prediction of fruit ripeness

The PhenoCheck camera is an affordable video rate spectral imager offering macro-scale reflectance and fluorescence spectral analysis and mapping. It detects and maps effects on plant color and spectral phenotypes, of pathogens, viruses, pests water and nutrient stress.

The PhenoCheck camera has two modes of operation: Reflectance (left) and fluorescence (right) spectral imaging. A handheld camera with the analytical power of a lab instrument, delivered in the field.

PhenoCheck camera performs 6 Megapixel spectral imaging and in situ digital microscopy for analysis, documentation and follow up.

Detection of Botrytis infection with the PhenoCheck spectral mapping (right), a condition that remains invisible (undetectable) in the color image (left).

PhenoCheck camera quantifies the extent and the severity of fungi infection effects on a leaf.

PhenoCheck camera performs 6 Megapixel spectral imaging and in situ digital microscopy for analysis, documentation and follow up.

Detection of Botrytis infection with the PhenoCheck spectral mapping (right), a condition that remains invisible (undetectable) in the color image (left).

PhenoCheck camera quantifies the extent and the severity of fungi infection effects on a leaf.