MSSRF unveils fishermen-friendly mobile phone

MSSRF unveils fishermen-friendly mobile phone
PTI
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First Published: Sat, Mar 07 2009. 12 32 PM IST
Updated: Sat, Mar 07 2009. 12 32 PM IST
Puducherry: A fishermen-friendly mobile facility which would provide vital informations like height of sea waves and weather report has been launched here for the first time in the country.
The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) manning the Village Resource Centre (VRC) at a bio-village here launched the icon-based mobile facility.
Agricultural scientist Professor M S Swaminathan, founder of the MSSRF, with the support of Prof Bruce Alberts, Department of Biochemistry and Biosciences, University of California (USA), launched the mobile phone which would furnish informations including weather reports, local news, potential fishing zone and market price to the fishermen.
VRC sources told PTI that the pilot project was the first in the country and used a software developed by ‘Qualcomm´.
The information being provided in English by the Hyderbad-based Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) to the VRC would be translated into the regional language for the onward communication to the fishermen, the sources said.
The mobile phones with the software facility were supplied to the fishermen by the foundation on an experimental basis and 12 fishermen had been provided the service in the initial phase.
Alberts, also the chief editor of a science magazine, visited the bio village council attached to the VRC and interacted with its members. The council functionaries would promote natural resources and conserve them in the village. They would also develop micro enterprises in the villages, the foundation said.
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First Published: Sat, Mar 07 2009. 12 32 PM IST