Australian company GoMicro has released a device that allows Australian farmers to assess grain quality using a smartphone.
With this grain quailty measurement technology, that uses an app, growers will be able to assess most export grains by the middle of 2023. Farmers can already use the device for lentils. The technology, developed by GoMicro, is also being used to assess soy quality, by PB Agrifood in Queensland.
GoMicro’s AI technology will eventually enable a wide variety of grains to be assessed for physical characteristics. CEO Dr Sivam Krish expects that the low-cost, portable device, named the Assessor, could replace expensive machinery, industrial cameras and grain feeders that are currently required to separate the grains for assessment.
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Dr Krish says that GoMicro’s technology can assess over thousands of grains in one go in about a minute with an accuracy of over 95%. Dr Krish: “GoMicro’s advantage comes from the small number of image sets required to train its AI applications. We achieve high detection accuracies with a few hundred images, using our signature imaging conditions.”
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In Australia, customers of GoMicro are now using the so-called Assessor. Grain quality assessment in the grain industry mostly happens at the delivery point. In Australia, these delivery points can be several hundred kilometres away. If the grain being delivered does not meet the standards required, it may be downgraded, or rejected all together.
On-farm grain quality control will enable farmers to assess the quality of their product before delivery. This gives them the option to clean it or choose the most appropriate strategy to maximise their financial gain.
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