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HPE to set up IoT agricultural centre in India

Steve Rogerson
August 1, 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is launching a centre of excellence (CoE) in India to skill students in IoT-based agriculture.
The memorandum of understanding with Agastya International Foundation aims to set up a fully-equipped CoE at the Agastya’s campus in Gudipalli, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, focused on skilling students in emerging technologies to develop their knowledge in the areas of IoT and computer programming.
The facility will provide students with access to IT that is at the leading edge of technology innovation in the agricultural sector to achieve higher food production from finite land resources.
“Technology can play a vital role in addressing rapidly-evolving global needs related to food and agriculture,” said Som Satsangi, managing director of HPE in India. “Being a purpose-driven organisation, we are leveraging previously untapped resources to reveal new solutions for such social and environmental challenges. The launch of this CoE in partnership with Agastya International Foundation will train the youth of our country on the technology to improve yield, productivity and sustainability across the entire agricultural ecosystem.”
For student enrolment, Agastya will identify and select underprivileged, undergraduate computer science or engineering students around Gudipalli, Chittoor district. Under the guidance of IoT experts from HPE, these students will have the opportunity to work with soil fertility experts on agriculture-related projects. The HPE training for these students, in the areas of IoT and computer programming, also aims to improve their employment prospects.
“Food security is among the most critical issues facing society today, making it crucial for industry, technology, academia and government to come together and solve such global challenges,” said Ramji Raghavan, founder and chairman of Agastya International Foundation. “We are happy to partner with HPE to setup this CoE, which demonstrates our commitment to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and instil confidence in our youth so they can leverage technology to achieve real change for society.”
The computing infrastructure deployed at the CoE features HPE’s intelligent edge products including the Edgeline EL300 converged edge system, OT link platform and EL4000 converged edge system. The CoE will also provide access to Microsoft Azure Cloud services.
Expertise and incubation support for the CoE will be provided by HPE’s Pointnext global customer centre in Bengaluru, which delivers technical services to more than 50 countries in areas of product support, remote infrastructure management services, consulting services, and big data, analytics and IoT services.
“To achieve a sustainable future, we will require disruptive transformation across every industry including agriculture,” said Sanjay Mujoo, vice president for HPE Pointnext services. “Digital agriculture has the potential to accelerate the productivity of food systems while cutting farming inputs. Through this CoE, we aim to provide the students with the requisite IoT training enabling them to find innovations to boost yields and reduce waste.”