Virtual assistant Akeira helps farmers boost productivity3 min read . Updated: 09 Mar 2015, 12:30 AM IST
The service works with any mobile phone and has been piloted in Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Karnataka since 2014
Veeramani Kuppuswamy, a farmer in Kovilpatti in the coastal district of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu wants to know whether he needs to cover his young cotton saplings, so he calls Akeira, a virtual assistant on his mobile phone. Akeira is similar to Siri, a virtual assistant available on iPhones. Akeira realizes that the farmer wants to know whether it will rain or not and immediately responds with a yes in Tamil. This virtual assistant can be used in any basic mobile phone.
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