The Australian grain industry is making significant strides in embracing digital image recognition technology to evaluate grain quality attributes and defects in grain samples. Grain Trade Australia (GTA) is currently leading discussions with key industry specialists in Sydney, Australia, to establish a standard and supporting framework for the national adoption of this cutting-edge technology.
GTA’s chief executive officer, Pat O’Shannassy, emphasized the importance of consistency in the various grain supply chains. Digital image recognition technology has the potential to enhance the speed, accuracy, and consistency of grain quality testing, which is crucial for all stakeholders involved in trade. The current processes for some grain quality tests rely on visual examination or other methods that have not changed for many years. Therefore, it is essential to develop a standard and an accepted process to ensure the consistency and accuracy of new equipment before it is introduced to the market.
Researchers and technology providers are eager for the industry to adopt digital image recognition technology, but there is currently no standard or implementation framework to support its acceptance and use across the grain industry. GTA is proposing an industry standard and supporting framework to enable the digital assessment and transformation of quality and phytosanitary components of the Australian grain testing and certification processes for both domestic and export grain. The proposed standard will allow both government and commercial companies to adopt a uniform system for assessing, approving, and maintaining emerging digital imagery grain assessment technology.
GTA was established in 1991 with a mission to formalize commodity trading standards, develop trade rules, and standardize grain contracts across the Australian grain industry. The organization plays a vital role in ensuring efficient facilitation of commercial activities across the entire supply chain.
In conclusion, digital image recognition technology presents exciting opportunities for the Australian grain industry. GTA’s efforts towards establishing a standard framework will pave the way for widespread adoption of this technology while ensuring consistency in testing procedures. With such advancements in place, we can expect an improvement in efficiency across all aspects of grain production and trade processes.