Handheld fieldman for pest surveillance

A device that picks up rich and insightful data from agriculture fields, which can be used by the agricultural departments to issue timely advisory to farmers on pest control -- VANDANA SHARMA

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Going forward
The company is continuously working on adding new features to the system. Chandrasekhar divulges: “Based on the feedback from end users, we are continually improving the platform. This is an ongoing process. Currently, our system is Windows-based and we are working on the Android and Linux platforms.”

He adds, “Our next version of the Fieldman device will incorporate a digital camera, using which the field officer will be able to take high-resolution pictures of the pests with geo-references. Based on this, we plan to develop a picture-search module, enhance customisation of reports and add 3G support to the device.”

“As of now there is no similar solution for pest surveillance and monitoring based on handheld devices,” says Chandrashekar. “The Fieldman system will play a crucial role in making significant contribution towards numerous government initiatives for Indian agriculture like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yogana, Technology Mission for Development of Horticulture in North-East and National Food Security Mission, which focus on achieving higher productivity and better-quality agriculture produce,” he concludes.

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The author was an executive editor at EFY

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