Centre of Excellence in IoT in Agriculture in Guwahati
‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is a term used to denote the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity in a setting that enable these inter-connected objects to collect and exchange data. IoT is based on the interconnection of computing devices embedded in everyday objects through the Internet. This inter-connection of smart devices will enable such devices to send and receive data over the Internet.
IoT has a potential to contribute significantly towards innovating farming methods and meeting the challenges of rural areas of India. It may be noted that agriculture (including related areas such as horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, plantations, sericulture, storage and marketing of produce from such activities etc.) provides most of the livelihood avenues for the rural population of the country. In the national context, most of the benefits of the growth of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) such as output and employment have remained confined to the urban areas. The application of IoT can help in addressing the needs of rural India in several aspects including improving the productivity, incomes and sustainability of farming. Appendix-1 furnishes the pertinent details.
The present proposal seeks to establish a Centre of Entrepreneurship in Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Guwahati, with the facility focusing upon IoT applications for the agriculture sector. This Centre will primarily help the start-ups working in the above area to use the available facilities to implement their innovations. In addition; support services like mentoring, workshops and seminars, as well as other types of support from Partners will be provided to the start-ups registered with the facility.