The Australian grain industry is taking a major step towards the adoption of digital image recognition technology for grain quality assessment. To achieve this, Grain Trade Australia (GTA) in Sydney, Australia will be leading discussions with key specialists in the field to draft a standard and supporting framework for the national implementation of this technology.
The use of digital images to assess grain quality attributes and defects has emerged as an effective tool for improving the speed, accuracy, and consistency of grain quality testing. However, existing processes for some tests have remained unchanged for many years, relying on visual examination or other testing methods. In order to facilitate the widespread adoption of new technology across the industry, it is necessary to establish a standard and accepted process that ensures consistency and accuracy.
Researchers and technology providers are eager to see digital image recognition technology adopted by the industry, but there is currently no standard or implementation framework in place to support its acceptance and use. This has hindered progress in this area and limited the potential benefits that could be gained from this emerging technology.
GTA aims to address this issue by proposing an industry standard and supporting framework that enables the digital assessment and transformation of quality and phytosanitary components of Australian grain testing and certification processes. This applies to both domestic and export grain. By adopting a uniform system for assessing, approving, and maintaining emerging digital imagery grain assessment technology, both government agencies and commercial companies can work together more efficiently towards common goals.
Pat O’Shannassy, CEO of GTA, emphasized that advancements in the accuracy of digital image recognition technology have significant potential benefits for the industry. He stated that GTA’s proposed standard will enable a faster, more accurate assessment of grain quality attributes while also ensuring consistency across various supply chains. This will ultimately facilitate trade by making it easier to verify compliance with established standards.
GTA was established in 1991 with the purpose of formalizing commodity trading standards, developing trade rules, and standardizing contracts across the Australian grain industry. By continuing to play a leadership role in shaping technological advancements within the sector, GTA helps ensure that commercial activities within the grain supply chain are conducted efficiently and effectively.