Wednesday, 08 July 2020 11:14

Software AG gets a commercial opportunity to say cheese

Software AG gets a commercial opportunity to say cheese Image by lipefontes0 from Pixabay

Australian diversified food company Bega Cheese has selected Germany's Software AG to launch an Internet-of-Things service that links the company's farmer suppliers, milk transport and storage, and processing facilities.

A statement from Software AG said the solution, known as Cumulocity, would be able to provide real-time data on milk production at farmer suppliers, including data on volume, temperature, make-up, and transport in order that costs could be cut down and traecability improved.

Bega Cheese Supply Chain general manager Adel Salman said the company was aware that IoT would provided a good solution for the company's needs.

Said he: "What we didn't have was experience in setting up IoT projects, so we started looking around for a partner who could provide us with IoT expertise, resources, industry contacts and help with government backing.

"Swinburne University of Technology with its IoT Lab and Industry 4.0 initiatives, as well as its research partnership with Software AG, was the perfect collaborator for us.

"Swinburne listened to us, identified what we needed to achieve and, together with Software AG, developed an IoT strategy with a set of solutions that met our needs."

Salman said the university had also played a big role in helping Bega apply for a research grant from the federal government's Co-operative Research Centres Projects.

Software AG's IOT chief for ANZ, Tony Drewitt, said: "We're excited to have this opportunity to work with Bega Cheese, one of Australia's largest dairy producers.

"The work Bega Cheese is doing in the milk supply chain area is revolutionary. With Cumulocity, Bega Cheese will have real-time data and insights which will allow it to enhance its supply chain productivity and competitiveness with just-in-time milk pick-up and processing requirements on a large scale."

The project will include:

  • a low-cost milk quality sensor enabled for IoT;
  • an IoT 'live' supply chain monitoring system for continuous real-time monitoring of milk supply quantity and quality, farm conditions (i.e. humidity and temperature) affecting milk production, and milk pick-up events across the supply chain;
  • a dynamic pick-up scheduling and monitoring tool that utilises sensor data reporting milk supply change events to automatically maintain optimal pick-up schedules, and pick-up events to monitor schedule and process adherence;
  • a predictive machine learning-based highly accurate forecasting tool for milk quality and quantity that exploits live and long-term historical data from sensors across the supply chain; and
  • a farmer app that provides milk forecasting together with milk quality and pick-up alerts.

Swinburne University will also develop and build new IOT sensors specifically for Bega Cheese.

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