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A remote control to end farmer woes in remote areas

Thursday, 24 October 2013 - 12:38pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
Bangalore-based Vinfinet Technologies develops a device that enables farmers to control irrigation pumps remotely.

There is some good news for farmers who walk miles during in the dead of the night just to switch on irrigation pumps  when the power come on. Now, with a device developed by a Bangalore-based firm, they can be spared of the toil.

The device, mobile motor controller, has been developed by the chairman and CEO of Bangalore-based Vinfinet Technologies, Vijay Bhaskar Reddy. It all began during a visit to his native village. Reddy saw his brother waking up at night to go to the farm to switch on the pump at night.

”I asked my brother whether there was no option. He told me that no one cared for farmers in rural areas. That’s when I thought of coming out with a solution for this problem. I did a market survey in Hyderabad and North Karnataka and I felt it is necessary,’’ said Vijay Bhaskar Reddy.

According to him, the key issues faced by an average farmer with irrigation water pumps is water wastage, traveling long distances through difficult terrains just to operate the pumps, encountering snakes and other dangers creatures en route, erratic power supply, motor/starter damage and fuel.

”Most farmers are not aware when their respective electricity supply companies provide power for irrigation pump sets. There is no guarantee on the quality of the power either. Our product, the mobile motor controller, provides a solution for these problems,’’ he said.

The device can easily be accessed by farmers and is easy to install and use. ”Farmer can have all the necessary information through this device. A farmer can not only turn on and off the pump set but also prevent dry run of the water pump set to avoid motor repairs, thus saving money. An Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) in local languages helps in making selections for switching the motor on or off. Farmers also receive voice alerts for faulty power supply, motor not starting, lack of water in the well/bore, and attempt of device/motor theft. So far, we sold 3,100 units in Hyderabad and North Karnataka,’’ he said.

Presently, mobile motor controller comes in two variants — single motor controller and multi motor controller. There are two sub-variants of each as well — Yuvaraj, priced at Rs 3,500, and Samrat, priced at Rs 6,000, for single motor controller and three motors controller, priced at Rs 7,500, and five motors controller priced at Rs 9,000 for multi-motor controller.

”The prices are quoted for 10HP starters. We provide up to 20HP and the quote can be given on request,’’ he said.

For more details, email vijay@vinfinet.com or visit www.vinfinet.com


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