It seems like every industry these days is becoming a “tech industry”, but the last one we thought would follow in this trend was the maple syrup industry. Armina Ligaya published an article in The Financial Post yesterday all about how the maple syrup industry is in the process of entering the 21st century.
We all might picture the maple syrup industry as one that is quite antiquated, a spout in a tree with a metal bucket attached but it is one that is in the process of undergoing a bit of a renaissance. Since the early days of maple syrup tapping there have always been issues with loss from holes in the tubes which transport the syrup. One of the only real ways to find and fix leaks was to have full-time staff walking around the sugar bush and searching for leaks. That’s about to change though!
A frustrated maple syrup farmer decided things needed updating and once he realized he wasn’t going to be able to find a technology solution he decided to create his own. He recruited a developer and began to build what is known as Tap Trek Technologies. In her article, Armina describes this as a “system [that] uses solar battery-powered radio units strapped to trees, each unit monitoring the vacuum pressure on about a half-dozen lines and transmitting that information, real time, to a computer or smartphone”.
This is a major breakthrough in an industry that has been lagging for decades. It wouldn’t be surprising if it became very crowded in the coming years, after-all it is almost a half billion dollar a year industry in Canada alone!