TeleSense, UPL partner to prevent food waste

Around one third of global food production is lost annually to food waste. It’s a problem, says Jai Shroff, that we cannot ignore.

“Through our OpenAg Purpose, we collaborate with innovative partners to facilitate progress toward reducing food waste while enabling farmer resilience,” says Shroff, CEO of UPL.

A recent collaboration with TeleSense, a California-based IoT innovator developing post-harvest grain storage and transport technology, means UPL is one step closer to achieving that goal. The company will help TeleSense strengthen its sales channel by introducing monitoring solutions for post-harvest commodity storage and transport to multiple stakeholders across the agriculture value chain.

“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,” Shroff says.

TeleSense uses scalable sensor technology on an artificial intelligence platform to monitor the temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide levels of stored grain. It leverages fixed and portable sensors to monitor the current and future condition of stored grain, while automating the detection and mitigation of potential issues such as hotspots, excess moisture, or pests. Machine learning algorithms provide users with alerts needed to effectively manage and predict grain quality, ensure safety, improve operational efficiency, and increase profitability. The addition of the TeleSense technology to UPL’s portfolio complements its range of gas monitoring, safety and detection devices, as well as fumigants. 

“Our partnership with UPL represents an unprecedented commitment to reducing food waste, ensuring food security, delivering supply chain sustainability, and increasing profitability for growers,” says Naeem Zafar, cofounder and CEO of TeleSense. “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.”

By combining UPL’s global footprint with TeleSense’s innovative technology, the partnership will provide new solutions to meet the requirements of both developed and developing countries. It also aligns with UPL’s goal to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and its mission to make every single food product more sustainable.

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