Mobile Innovations – GreenPhone and Nano Ganesh

Following Indian innovations have been selected for Forum Nokia’s Calling All Innovators Contest.

Pune based Ossian Agro Automation

Termed Nano Ganesh, this application enables farmers to check availability of power to their irrigation systems.

A modem along with this application on their mobile phones allows farmers to check availability of power to their irrigation systems. The remote access eliminates the need to travel, sometimes long distances in inclement weather, to check the power and turn on/off the pumps.

“..developed a mobile modem, which controls the starter of the pump set. The modem along with a mobile phone, which interfaces a 440 volt system, is attached to the starter panel of the pumpset.

On the deployment of the system, a pre-set code is given to the farmer to switch on/off the pumpset. In order to switch on the set a farmer has to call up the number of the mobile phone attached in the starter panel. One can confirm the availability of the power in the pumpset by a long beep sound, which will be signaled from the receiving end during the call Followed by the confirmation of availability of the power, the caller has to dial a preset code provided for the user to switch on the pump set.
Once the code is dialed the user has to confirm his function by a feedback tone and then cut the call. For switching off the pumpset, the same process has to be repeated and a different preset code is entered to switch off the pumpset.
To make the phones easily accessible to the farmer community, Santosh deployed basic phones like Nokia 1100. The modem is also available with a theft proof inbuilt device called ‘Nano Ganesh Hanuman’, whereby its installation will also ensure alert in case of theft attempt near the pump area related to pumpset cable, panel or pump itself. “- source

Priced between Rs.560 and Rs.1700, about 5,000 farmers are using the application.


An ecofriendly software application, developed by New Delhi-based Mobimonster 2.0, GreenPhone allows one to save on the phone’s battery and charger life.
Greenphone alerts you to several power consumption modules of your phone so that you can remove the charger or shut down the unwanted services to preserve power and in turn help saving the environment.

Greenphone has advanced algorithms that help the software quickly get call back from the device when the battery is “optimally” charged, Bluetooth, WLAN are active and there is no data transfer and when the backlight is not in use, Greenphone shuts it down.  Greenphone aims to alert the user by means of SMS so that you know when the phone is using resources which are not required.

The firm allows users to download the application free for trial, but charges $15 for constant use. [via]

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