Spectral Engines Foodscanner with apple

Food is one the most important factors in people’s lives, but unfortunately it is also one of the major causes of health problems that occur nowadays. The number of food-related problems such as food allergies, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases have grown fast and they are causing severe problems globally. Also, the authenticity of food products is a huge problem in many developing countries and keeping the products fresh through the time-consuming supply chain are matters that need to be taken into consideration. The world needs new, easy, fast and preferably portable tools to manage these issues.


Spectral Engines has developed a novel spectral sensing platform that offers unique benefits in many
applications, such as food sensing and analysis. The Food Scanner solution concept utilizes the world’s smallest true NIR spectral sensing module, advanced algorithms, cloud-connectivity and a vast material library to reveal the fat, protein, sugar and total energy content of food items at good accuracy. Our FoodScanner –solution utilizes well-proven infrared spectroscopic methods for material detection, giving it a high measurement performance in compact size. The solution is truly portable and easy to accommodate to other applications, both industrial and consumer.



Our solution has gained acknowledgement. It was awarded as the winner of Horizon Prize, a competition organised by European Union, in March 2017. Earlier, in February 2016, the solution has received Photonics Prism Award in detectors and sensors category at Photonics West 2016.

Read CEO Jarkko Antila’s related blog post “Helping Europe tackle obesity, diabetes, food allergies and hypersensitivities”