Grain Cloud was in June nominated for the Elmia Lantbruk Innovation Award. The nominated product Grain Cloud, which has been developed by CNet together with our customer Skandia Elevator, is a smart farming app and cloud service that collects information from the grain management system. It shows, among other things, the transport systems and machines that are running, estimated drying times and keeps track of the inventory in several silos. The app sends alerts if there is a downtime in the drying process, machine failure and in need of service.
In September Grain Cloud was honored with the Elmia Silver award 2018 for its innovation. The Elmia Agricultural Innovation Award seeks to honor innovative agriculture and agricultural production technologies. The selected products receiving the award are considered to provide a contribution to the development of Swedish agriculture and inspiration for the continued development of the industry.
We have been elected as a member of the OPC Foundation. OPC is the interoperability standard for secure and reliable exchange of data in the industrial automation space and in other industries. It is platform independent and ensures the seamless flow of information among devices from multiple vendors. The OPC Foundation is responsible for the development and maintenance of this standard.
The OPC standard is a series of specifications developed by industry vendors, end-users and software developers. These specifications define the interface between Clients and Servers, as well as Servers and Servers, including access to real-time data, monitoring of alarms and events, access to historical data and other applications. With the introduction of service-oriented architectures in manufacturing systems came new challenges in security and data modeling. The OPC Foundation developed the OPC UA (Unified Architecture) specifications to address these needs and at the same time provided a feature-rich technology open-platform architecture that was future-proof, scalable and extensible.
Today the acronym OPC stands for Open Platform Communications.
In cooperation with our customer Skandia Elevetor CNet has developed Grain Cloud, a smart agriculture app and cloud solution that quickly and easily gives an overview of all processes and devices in facilities for drying and storing grain. A main component in such facilities are grain elevators, which are used to transport grain into silos. An essential function is the protection of the grain from the elements and allowing that the grain is stored keeping it suitable for purchase through tracing quality and temperature.
Grain Cloud makes the harvesting more efficient. Calculating and keeping track of drying and transport times, while warning in case of a malfunction. It also facilitates planning and division of labour, enabling a more efficient harvest season and higher yields. Additionally, the app allows keeping track of the inventory, regardless of time and location. It also makes maintenance easier because it tracks the utilisation of all devices and provides reminders when it’s time for service.
CNet has successfully delivered and installed the first system running in several farms.
This week we are going to the Finnish farm Maaninka to install a smart farming solution. The farm is located close to Kuopio in the northern Finland. As part of the CLAFIS project we have used LinkSmart .net to IoT-enable different farming equipment such as feed mixer weight scales. Through the MODBUS and OPC protocols we are able to control the equipment from the high level interface provide by LinkSmart. This makes it possible for developers of HMI (Human Machine Interfaces) inside tractors and other farming machines to provide solutions that can optimizing the feeding of animals, harvesting and sowing.
CNet has join the European AIOTI Alliance for IoT Developers and Innovators. The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation was recently initiated by the European Commission in order to develop and support the dialogue and interaction among the Internet of Things (IoT) various players. The overall goal of the establishment of the AlOTI is the creation of a dynamic European IoT ecosystem to unleash the potentials of the IoT.