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‘Mobile has the potential to get bigger than internet’

Jul 25, 2012

The third mBillionth South Asia Award, initiated by Digital Empowerment Foundation, a Delhi based non-profit organisation recently recognised and honoured mobile/telecom innovations from across eight South Asian countries, which uses ICT tools like mobile phones and digital media for social and economic empowerment.

Nano Ganesh, a mobile application developed by Ossian Agro Automation in Pune, Maharashtra, allows farmers to monitor and switch irrigation pumps using mobile phones to water crops in remote locations. This app was one among the 56 innovators to have bagged the best mobile innovators award at a recent award ceremony.

“The system helps in remote monitoring, saves power, water and prevents soil erosion. It is designed to be robust, to perform efficiently in rural areas where power supply is erratic with open wiring,” said Santosh Ostwal, CEO, Ossian Agro Automation.

The third mBillionth South Asia Award, initiated by Digital Empowerment Foundation, a Delhi based non-profit organisation recognises and honours mobile/telecom innovations from across eight South Asian countries, which uses ICT tools like mobile phones and digital media for social and economic empowerment.

“Mobile technology has the potential to be even bigger than the internet, and the umpteen mobile innovators have already proved it", said Osama Manzar, founder-director of Digital Empowerment Foundation. He also said mBillionth is a platform to identify best practices where best innovations are recognised in 10 categories, which includes Environment, Health, Governance, Infrastructure, Education etc.

Mobile phones- both basic and smart ones using GPS, IVR and Social Media, were utilised in the different innovations that were recognised in the award ceremony.

txtWeb, an open platform, which enables developers and businesses to discover and consume internet content by making it accessible to billions of mobile phone users was another winner in the category of m-infrastructure.
"We are honored to have our work recognised as being among the best in the region", said Sanchita Dwivedi of txtWeb.

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