Crop protection company UPL has announced a strategic collaboration with California-based digitalisation and Internet of Things (IoT) business TeleSense to reduce post-harvest grain losses through storage and transport.

TeleSense uses sensor technology on an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to monitor the temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels of stored grain. It uses information from the sensors to detect and mitigate potential problems such as hotspots, excess moisture or pests. Machine learning algorithms provide users with alerts to effectively manage and predict grain quality, ensure safety, improve operational efficiency, and increase profitability. UPL says the TeleSense technology complements its existing range of ranges of gas monitoring, safety and detection devices, as well as fumigants.

“Through our OpenAg Purpose, we collaborate with innovative partners to facilitate progress towards reducing food waste while enabling farmer resilience,” says UPL chief executive Jai Shroff. “With around one third of global food production lost annually due to food waste, this is a problem our industry cannot ignore. Our partnership with TeleSense represents a new vision for how grain is stored, handled and transported by creating a more efficient, data-driven supply chain that will reduce food waste, improve food quality and increase sustainability.”

Naeem Zafar, co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, adds: “The food value chain continues to evolve and become more complex. It takes disruptive innovation to deliver solutions that will keep up with the rate of change, and TeleSense is uniquely positioned to lead the way in delivering the future of post-harvest grain management.”