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[liberationtech] Nano Ganesh

Yosem Companys ycompanys at gmail.com
Sun Jul 26 09:10:47 PDT 2009


Mobile Operator Tata Teleservices is testing technology that allows farmers
to use their mobile phones to remotely monitor and switch on irrigation pump
sets<http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/article/312182/indian_farmers_use_mobile_phones_control_irrigation>
in
far-flung locations. The technology, called Nano Ganesh, is being tested in
two villages in the Indian state of Gujarat. In India, where the electricity
supply is erratic, farmers often walk several kilometers to where their
irrigation pumps are located, only to find that there is no electricity
available. By dialing a code number from a mobile phone to a wireless device
attached to the pump, farmers can now remotely monitor the electricity
supply, and also switch the pump on and off. It's just the latest example of
how mobile phone technology is being employed in novel ways to solve
problems in developing nations. For example in Kenya, GSM technology has
been used to help tame marauding
elephants.<http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/222483/gsm_technology_help_tame_marauding_elephants>
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