SEECS Team won Mobilink Super Engineer Competition 2012
Mahtab Rasheed, Majid Hussain, Muhammad Saeed Anwar and Usman Ali students of NUST SEECS stood fist in Mobilink Super Engineers Competition 2012. They are awarded the title of "Mobilink Super Engineers of 2012"
Mobilink Super Engineer Competition is a national level contest for engineering universities in which each team works on a real life engineering project. The winning team will be awarded with guaranteed internship leading to a job if successful. This year, Mobilink team had approached top engineering universities like NUST, FAST-NUCES, CASE, GIKI, UET, NED and LUMS in their Super Engineer Campus Drives. Only projects from NUST, GIKI, NED and CASE were nominated for the final round. Each team given five weeks to work on their ideas after nomination for the final Round.
Final Face Off of the competition held on 12th July at Marriot Islamabad. Teams from NUST, NED and CASE presented their project to the Mobilink technical jury. NUST team presented their project "Improvement in Agricultural Information Flow using Web Enabled Mobile Phone Networks" supervised by Dr.Hammad Qureshi along with Dr.Qasim Sheikh and Dr.Kashif Rajpoot. NUST project stood first in the competition. Last time this competition was won by GIKI. Mobilink Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Mr. Amir Hayat was the chief guest of the ceremony.
Pakistan is an agrarian economy and 70% of the economy depends upon it. Pakistan loses 30-40% of its crops annually because of the lack of awareness amongst the farmers and use of out-dated techniques.
Information flow remains one of the most important challenges that impede the progress of the farmers towards a more efficient and cost effective farming. Information about weather, seeds, diseases and their solutions etc. is some of the information needed by the farmers. Government agencies and seed companies provide this information. However, they are unable to reach all farmers. So, the main problem is the communication gap that exists between the providers of information and the farmer. TV and radio programs are available for the farmer but require him/her to follow a schedule which is not very convenient as farmers have to spend long hours working on field. Therefore it is important that required information is made available to the farmer on demand. Mobile phones offer a mechanism to solve the problem as Pakistan has a very developed cellular network with up to 67% penetration.
Our solution is mobile phones based SMS in Urdu. Periodic broadcast of information about different crops and pest attack warnings would be sent through SMS. Moreover, farmers can query specific information from the system and the information would be provided through SMS in Urdu. So the farmer will be able to get the information needed as and when required. This mobile phone based system would help reduce costs and make life easier for the farmer as he would not be required to travel to towns where information may be obtained which often requires traveling for hours if not days.