Agricultural Information Flow System Based on IVRS and Mobile The agriculture sector in India is much neglected. Despite having more than 60% of the population depending on agriculture, a number of the policies in place are not delivering adequately to the deserving and for years investments are declining. Focusing specifically on agricultural extension work, experts have estimated in India there is only one field worker available for every 12 villages. With overwhelming dependence on the weather and the growing unpredictability of the same, the need for expert advice is growing but its availability is not likely to increase in the near future. SafalKHETI is an application that helps provide farmers with answer to queries regarding problems they are facing with farming. SafalKHETI has three basic components, an application to capture farmer profiles; an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) to allow farmers to call in their queries and receive their replies; and a mobile application that allows Service Providers (SP) to use mobile phones have Symbian OS, camera and audio recording facility, to capture upto six images and an associated voice recording in the form of a Short Dialogue Strip (SDS). The SDS is uploaded onto a web server using the GPRS available from GSM mobile service providers from the farmers field or wherever network coverage is available. An integration application allows the user of SafalKHETI to integrate the mobile, the IVRS and the farmer profile application to provide access to the Agricultural Expert to hear the IVRS query, view the SDS query, record appropriate response, both verbal and visual, and deliver the advice to the farmer who made the query. Thus SafalKHETI is an application that uses all the capabilities of computers, the Internet, mobiles, mobile communication services and IVRS telephony technologies to provide meaningful service to farmers at their farms.
Web-based Application to Manage Scattered Operations of a Rural Employment Exchange (REX) Unemployment has been acknowledged to be a major contributing factor to rural poverty. Providing access to employment opportunities has been recognized as a sustainable livelihood intervention in rural societies. The challenge is however to manage the operations across large areas so beneficiaries do not have to face too much inconvenience accessing the service. The organization running the rural employment exchange can manage the scattered operations caused by prospective employers being in the towns and cities and the targeted beneficiaries i.e. prospective employees in rural areas by the utilizing SafalREX. Being a web-based application, SafalREX allows data entry from any location provided there is access to the Internet. Thus the dealings with prospective employers could be handled by a central office and the dealings with prospective employees could be handled by a branch office or a franchisee, or even a CSC. There are four modules to the application. The Administration module deals with the organization and specifically the offices, the personnel and defining of access. The Profiles module deals with the prospective employers, the vacancies, the candidates and policy level issues relating to fees. The Transaction module handles the fee collection from prospective employers and candidates, and handles the transactions relating to matching candidates to vacancies and tracking the scheduling of interviews, the selection of employees and dropouts. The Reports module prepares various levels of reports along user determined parameters.
Web-based Application to Manage Scattered Operations of Rural Tourism Venture There has been an emergence of a new type of tourism that entails visiting rural settings to experience and live a relaxed and healthy lifestyle. This trend has been strengthened by a growing interest in heritage, culture and environmental consciousness. This has neatly dovetailed as a sustainable livelihood intervention for rural societies. The challenge for managing a rural tourism intervention is in integrating scattered operations. SafalRT provides automated MIS for rural tourism operations. Being a web-based application, SafalRT allows data entry from any location provided there is access to the Internet. Thus the dealings with Service Providers and Collaborators could be handled by a central office and the recording of transactions could be handled by a branch office or a franchisee, or even a CSC. The Administration module deals with the organization and specifically the offices, the personnel and defining of access. It also defines the various packages to be offered to tourists. The Collaborators module captures profiles of service providers and of partner organizations, and captures details of the agreements with all associates. The Location module relates to territories and locations of various services. The Transactions module captures bookings, cancellation; details of services availed and fee collection. The Reports module prepares various levels of reports along user determined parameters.