GE ECG machine, Mac I, is a low-cost portable unit that addresses the growing cardio-vascular disease burden. It was developed by GE Engineers in India.
Does not use electricity and helps doctors provide low cost treatment to patients in rural India.
The $100 computer (One Laptop Per Child)
Revolutionizing access to education globally.
Providing information to medical personnel in remote villages.
This system allows farmers to accurately monitor soil moisture levels.
Soil Moisture Detection System – comprised of sensor probes, mesh of low power wireless networks.
Every node is connected to soil moisture probes that gather information at 10 cm, 20 cm, and 30 cm depths below the surface to report the soil moisture within the rooting zone of the crops.
The hourly measurements are stored in the nodes, These are sent to the coordinator of the wireless network, and then the collected information is transferred via GPRS on a daily basis to a remote office.
C.K. Prahalad in his book, “ The Fortune at the Bottom at the Pyramid” summarizes three points to serving the rural consumers.
There is an untapped market for the large MNCs at the BOP.
(Bottom of Pyramid)
In contrast to conventional wisdom, the MNCs can make profit by focusing on the BOP market; and
3. While gaining profit by selling to the poor, the MNCs can bring prosperity for them.
Providing Broadband Internet in Rural areas is still a challenge due to terrain.
The solution is to channel the broadband internet on the electricity supply so that networking is carried out on power mains. Distribution of internet data on the power lines is called as HomePlug or Broadband over Power lines (BPL).
At the community level, farmers that produce dedicated energy crops can grow their incomes and grow their own supply of affordable and reliable energy.