Indian Farmers Use SMS to Turn Irrigation Pumps On & Off
The 'Nano Ganesh' is an ingenious GSM Mobile-based system that transforms a mobile phone into a 'remote control' for rural farmers.
The ‘Nano Ganesh’ is an ingenious GSM Mobile-based system that transforms a mobile phone into a ‘remote control’ for rural farmers to dramatically improve their quality of life by remotely controlling and monitoring their irrigation pumps.
In some parts of India, farmers have to walk several miles to turn on the irrigation pumps that water their fields. In addition, because the electrical supply in rural areas is erratic, farmers make this trek in the middle of the night (often the only time that electricity is available) only to find that there is no electricity at the pump. The dangers with these midnight treks have resulted in the hiring of workers specifically to walk the long distances to turn the pumps off and on.