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Reducing grain spoilage with a sensor ball

The most influential factors in grain storage are moisture and temperature. High moisture content in grain, at certain temperatures, can promote the growth of fungi for example. But new technology can help.

The Silicon Valley start-up company TeleSense has developed a solution for continuously monitoring temperature, moisture, and poisonous gases in grain storage. This is done by using a ball-shaped sensor that can be thrown into a pile of grain or any storage facility. The sensor transmits data up-to 4 times a day about the temperature and humidity of a storage facility. The company then gives clients real-time information about their grain such as when there are hot spots, which can rapidly develop into fires. Machine learning algorithms will also give them recommendations about when to fumigate, how long to store, and also what the quality will be like in the future to help them decide when to sell.

Technology will disrupt how is grain stored

CEO Naeem Zafar explains to AgFunder: “Only 30% of the 475,000 grain storage locations worldwide have some instrumentation deployed to gather data, mostly measuring temperature with only a few measuring humidity. We want storage operators to have a clear view of the condition of all their stored grain, so potential issues can be detected and any negative business impact mitigated.” The technology will disrupt how is grain stored, how it’s transported, and ultimately how farmers and grain elevators market their grain to buyers, namely the ABCD commodity trading houses (ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus), according to Zafar.

Millions in funding

TeleSense has recently raised US$ 6.5 million in Series A funding from a range of strategic, industry investors as well as venture capital firms.

Source: AgFunder

3 comments

  • imran hassan

    A great achievement in grain storage science,

  • Sohail Ahmad

    Good invention but how much sensor ball required in a silo.

  • Ashraf Mr Kandil

    Great invention, make sure they are Bluetooth ready and insert a GPS so you can locate each ball as well as transmit to/from it readily. Allow each ball to speak to a centralized receiver so that you can monitor overall utilization by farm, geography, size of operation and time.
    Use Six Sigma business process improvement technology to challenge yourself and your customer(s) to do better with each release. Make sure that the software handling the reading, transmission, etc can be remotely updated so that as you learn from each new ball utilized in the field you can socialize the lessons-learned to other released-ball bringing about a hive mindset where each member benefits the community of reader-balls.
    You made me proud with your creativity, Mashallah. Keep up the good work.

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