IOT/AI


  

Digitising Indian Agriculture – ICT / IOT role in Agriculture – Part 2

ICT / IOT role in Indian Agriculture – Part 2 Some more applications We talked about how data alone is not going to help and we need analytics on top of the data to get actionable intelligence in our previous blog. We saw two applications of IOT / ICT , namely micro weather station and Greenhouse monitoring. We are going to talk more applications of IOT / ICT in agriculture. So continuing from where we left 3. Warehouse and Cold chain monitoring The definition of a cold-chain is A cold chain is uninterrupted series of storage, production, logistic and transport while maintaining a desired low temperature range which is necessary to preserve and maintain the shelf life of products like agriculture produce, sea food, frozen food, pharmaceutical products and medicine, chemicals and othe...

Funding opportunity for agritech startups

Okay, I have news to share. A Scottish fund house intends to invest in Indian agritech startups. They want to start with a long list who will be interviewed and assessed on various parameters. A distilled shortlist will be funded. The process may take around 6 months or less. But less chances of a less. But the fund house is massive and they invest for a long haul. So, the wait would be worth it. We are looking for names for the long list. Comment here or write to me at om@nasscom.in Please share, recommend and spread the news. We will close the long list once we have around 15 names. Thanks in advance.

Internet of Things: Designing Smart Villages

Internet Of Things ( is creating lot of buzz all over the world with companies and researchers predicting billions of devices to be connected by #2020. #IoT is practically creating next industrial revolution and India is also taking part by initiating programs like , smart cities mission (100 smart cities in India), etc. While focusing on cities is important for India to grow, prosper and create end to end service ecosystem for the citizens, we also need to focus on challenges faced by Indian villages. concept need to be designed with focus on solving grass root problems faced by villagers. As per 2011 census ~70% population of India still lives in villages. And the problems faced by these villagers goes unnoticed as the technology solutions are designed with cities in the context. #Manpre...

Digitisation of Indian Agriculture – IOT / ICT for Agriculture – Part 1

In our past blogs, we shared information on how Yuktix is playing its role in Digitisation of Indian Agriculture institutes (Here is the link to the blog). We in Yuktix come across lot of enquiries about how IOT / ICT can  play a important role in India Agriculture keeping in mind the harsh economics realities ( 80% of rural house hold have marginal landholdings of 1 hectare and just 7% hold more than 2 hectare which lead to low quarterly revenue and thus low investment in technology – Source).  We thought, it will be nice to write a blog on different applications of IOT / ICT in Agriculture and how it can make a difference. The rural-urban split of population in India is 68.84% and 31.16% and the level of urbanisation has increased from 27.81% (2001) to 31.16% (2011) which is furthe...

The Pitch – DheeYantra, regional language conversational AI

Language is probably one of the toughest challenges for modern technology and the most critical barrier to it’s propagation. A lot of interesting work is being done in the sector and we decided to take a peak into the Indian scenario. We have the Co-Founder & CEO at DheeYantra Research Labs, ‌ with us to explain how they are using AI for regional Indian language support.  How important is the role of regional languages in digital transformation? India is a country with 1.3billion population and, as of now only 12% ( ~150 million) speaks English.  More of these non-English speaking crowd can turn into netizens only if the online use of its regional languages is a reality. As per the study by KPMG & Google, by 2021, there would be 201million Hindi language internet users & ...

The Pitch: TrakitNow Smart Mosquito Density Monitoring System

We have been writing about big IT companies, such as Microsoft and Alphabet fighting mosquitoes with latest innovations. Here is the story an Indian company using IOT to fight vector borne diseases. We have the CEO of TrakitNow, ‌ with us to explain how the technology works.  How did the idea of using IOT to track mosquitoes come about? Even the most imaginative would consider the task daunting.  We started our IoT journey in Connected Vehicles vertical.   We later challenged ourselves to use IoT to improve quality of life.  With this goal, we came up with Emergency Response platform for Police, Public Transit and Cab Safety applications.  In early 2016, we approached MoUD to present our applications and see the fit in Smart cities strategy.  As part of these discussions, we were informed ...

The Pitch: RespirON Inhaler, Smart Asthma Management

Problem According to AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology), there are around 300 million asthma patients and 65 million COPD patients all around the world and an estimated 250,000 deaths attributed to asthma and 3 million deaths attributed to COPD, cumulatively more than 5% of global deaths are attributed to Asthma and COPD.  Before we discuss the problems faced by asthma and COPD patients, a quick look at some facts can be helpful : 3rd main reason for emergency department visits. Costs ₹480 billion annually in India. Almost 90% of COPD deaths occur in low-income and middle-income households.   Many of these deaths occur because of the mismanagement of asthma. According to WHO, Asthma cannot be cured, but could be controlled. RespirON aims to help asthma and COPD pa...

Zero food waste is the new buzz word. By-products are the new profitable products.

#AgriVeda @AgriVeda Food waste has huge potential for value-added ingredients. Traditionally waste products are seen as a bad thing in terms of sustainability and environmental impact along with high costs for removal or treatment. New technologies are opening up big potential for the extraction of value-added ingredients from food production and processing wastes. The idea of extracting valuable ingredients from waste products and processing by-products is not a new one but new extraction technologies and increasing demand for natural ingredients could open up new avenues for extracting value-added ingredients. Food wastes are today considered as a cheap source of valuable components Exploitation of the entire plant tissue could have economic benefits to producers and a beneficial impact ...

Nikka – microinsurance as a service platform

Though Nikka has a Indian founder in Ayesha Khanna, the services are not yet available in India. It is currently being tasted in Pakistan and will launch in Bangladesh and Philippines. Here is how it works, let us know if there is a similar offering in India.  The Nikka platform relies on hyperspectral and microwave imaging to identify issues such as pest infestations or underwatered soil areas. If the system detects a pest infestation in a neighboring town, a participating farmer will receive a text message alert. He’ll then call an appointed number and receive voice instructions on how to protect his own crops. Or, if the infestation has already reached his fields, the system will direct him to the infected areas so he can move quickly to mitigate the damage.   More about Nikka here.