Meet our new VP of Engineering

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Meet our new VP of Engineering, Pieter Boogaerts. With over 15 years of IT experience in a variety of leadership roles and industries, we count on Pieter to further optimize and strengthen our R&D capability.

Can you tell us a bit more about your career so far?

I started out as a software developer but pretty quickly took on more responsibility by managing teams in IT infrastructure and operations. I’ve done my share of development and operational support for complex enterprise systems. The last 10 years I worked in IT architecture roles in Food Retail and Telecom. I primarily focused on developing the long term IT strategy, translating it into a feasible short term technology roadmap and driving it day by day by inspiring the team.

What will your role be as VP of Engineering?

My first focus, together with the R&D team, is to streamline our development pipeline so we can bring it to the next level. We want to bring new functionalities to the market at increased speed while maintaining the high quality of delivery and customer support that Qcify is known for. I strongly believe in the potential of a more DevOps oriented approach as an essential foundation for the future of Qcify.
Secondly, we want to further develop our product and feature roadmap. Based on customer feedback and insights from our sales and field services team, we plan to enhance our QiS system. In addition, the team has a few other product ideas in mind but hopefully more on that in a future update 😉

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m used to working in big enterprise organizations, so I’m really looking forward to the speed and dynamics of a young organization. Definitely at the stage Qcify is today: expanding its service offering and at the same time scaling up the organization.

Any other interesting facts we should know about you?

I’m an avid tinkerer and proud dad of two boys. Always happy to help out on a raspberry or python project, throw in some astronomy and I’m completely sold.

Crossing 100,000,000 almonds inspected

This past week we crossed the 100,000,000 California almonds inspected milestone. And with the harvest season in full swing we’re pretty sure that number will go up quickly.

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One of the next milestones will be 250,000 samples analyzed. Just to give you an idea about the magnitude: it takes a human inspector typically about 15 minutes to analyze one 500 gram sample. So if a human would have analyzed our current 213,846 samples it would have taken that person approximately 25 years to complete the analysis.

Meet Qcify's new R&D Engineer

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Meet Antoon De Cleen, our new R&D Engineer. We’re excited to welcome Antoon to our R&D Team!

What will your role be as R&D Engineer?

I’ll be pushing the limits of Qcify’s deep learning technology even more to the boundaries of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) universe. Ultimately this will assure that a machine installed in Australia will improve the performance of a unit in California and vice versa. At Qcify we’re still amazed that there are established companies out there that have thousands of machines deployed and that do not do a single thing with all the data that’s been generated.

Any other interesting facts we should know about you?

I recently graduated from KU Leuven with as a Master of Science in Engineering, with option in Computer Science and major in Artificial Intelligence. In my free time I love working on my oldtimer Moto Guzzi.

Our team is growing

Our team is growing – and we need you!

We want to keep pushing our technology to the limit and going out of our way to keep our customers happy. That means we need dynamic new talent to grow our team. Does one of these positions sound like it could be something for you?

● IoT developer (Belgium)

● Administrative assistant (Belgium)

● Field Service Engineer (California)

Want to know more, or know someone who could be perfect for the job?

Click on the image below to get in touch!

What are Qcify's core values?

For any business, whether they’re as young as Qcify or already been around for a very long time, it is important to listen to its customers and to know its core values. For this particular reason, do you see our team on a regular basis talk to customers about values. And no, we’re not just talking about the value add of our technology to their operations.

During a recent off-site we went through past email exchanges and conversations with customers in order to try and see if we were still on track with core values that we believe are important in our interactions with business partners and customers.

In case you wonder “And what are those core values” well here they are:

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Giving back: Australia

As you might know we at Qcify believe in giving back and paying it forward. About 1.5 year ago we installed our first machines in Victoria, Australia. Since that moment more machines followed in Australia as well as California.

Qcify already sponsors a youth basketball team in Belgium but we were looking for a different way to "invest in the future" in Australia as well. After a long search we decided to give back in the form of preservation. And what better way to help preserve Australia's nature than to help create a safe haven for one of Australia's endangered species: the koala.

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This past weekend our CEO, Raf Peeters, visited the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Kangaroo Island to make a donation. If you want to learn more about this wonderful place and their mission then just click here.

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Sampling all throughout the Central Valley

With the 2018 almond harvest started in California it's time for our machines to kick into high gear and gather quality data for the new crop. Below image shows the location and density of our machines all throughout CA.

As soon as the samples are run over our machines and data starts flowing in we'll get a clear picture on how exactly this year's crop compares to the previous one so stay tuned for further updates.

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