Tech giant Microsoft India is working to lower the cost of employing internet of things (IoT) in agricultural farms by low-price sensors and lessening the use of other types of equipment, an official senior of the company informed.
The company is working with the Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra (GKVK), which is being advanced under Project FarmBeats which is a part of the University of Agricultural Sciences. Bengaluru is testing various such solutions.
The Managing Director of Microsoft Research India Sriram Rajamani said, “It turns out that a lot of the cost that goes into the building of sensor box, can actually reduce the cost as we don’t need that many parts. Part of the reason why those parts are expensive is that these things fail so people will have to put more expensive sensors. What we found is we can detect the failures using software and that way can use low-cost sensors and when they fail, the software can detect when they fail and we can detect the failures using software and that way can use low-cost sensors and when they fail, the software can detect when they fail and we can ask them to replace it”.
Even, the company is deploying helium gas-based balloons fitted with a camera to capture pictures of the farm and also detect heat signatures to understand the sowing pattern that will be conducive to the soil.
Rajamani said, “As farm holdings are very small here in India, we cannot use drones to map our farms. Hence, we wanted to make the method cost-effective and developed this model a year ago and are pilot testing it”.
With the use of intelligent sensors, the company aims to increase the yield and help farmers use expert methods adopted by agronomists.