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A short summary of the Grain Network Meeting 2018
Kim Vejlby Hansen: The grain industry is of great importance to FOSS. We actually started off in grain. We have developed a lot of, or at least, contributed to a lot of the analytical equipment used. I think it's fair to say that everybody, nowadays, talk about digitalization, artificial intelligence, and so on. We are very much aware of that in FOSS. Actually, it's a little bit funny because networking connectivity is the purpose of the grain network, but we can put more into it, we can put more functionality and intelligence into it.
Mia Andersen: With the connectivity services that we can offer today, you can actually remotely monitor and diagnose if one instrument is not performing as it should. You can also get online monitoring from either FOSS or a grain network administrator.
Tomas Nilsson: The networking tool that we have today, the Mosaic network, makes it easier for us to connect to all the instruments.
Francois Chambon: We have many instruments, more than 1,500, so it's difficult for me as I’m the only person [network manager] working permanently for the Agroreso company so it's difficult to be everywhere, all the time.
Tomas: We can make sure that they have the latest and up to date calibration and adjust it accordingly.
Francois: With Mosaic, I can see everything that has been done in the instrument in an instant. I can do corrections and distribute all the corrections instantly through it all. This is really helpful for standardisation time.
Marc Provot: When we sell or buy cereals, the common approach is based on determination like moisture, test weight, protein content and so on. If there is a difference of practice between the buyer and the seller, of course, they won't find the same results and that leads to a dispute. The main aim of the standardisation is to reduce disputes about analysis results.
Tomas: We also have other digital services coming now with the FOSS Net Grain being one of the newer ones where we can do calibration monitoring.
Vic Cameron: One of the big things in the UK grain testing network is to monitor the performance and the calibrations over the harvest, and having 183 FOSS machines in our network. It's vital that the FOSS calibrations are performing when you do something really robust, something live, something that we could look up immediately and get performance on the calibrations. So we were invited to take part last year in trialing the new FOSS Net Grain system. Real-time data is what we need and that's what FOSS Net Grain will give us.
Kim: We're proud to say that a lot of the analytics, the grain industry is using today for the receival of grain is made or developed in corporation with FOSS. We feel a great responsibility for providing the next analytical equipment, the next kind of solutions.