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Growers in Russia and Hungary can now access vital information related to Syngenta products, crops, seeds, best practices and more through Growers app even when they are working in remote fields where the availability of Internet is limited.

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Growers in Russia and Hungary can now access vital information related to Syngenta products, crops, seeds, best practices and more through Growers app even when they are working in remote fields where the availability of Internet is limited.

CONTEXT

A global biotechnology company formed from the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca agrochemicals, Syngenta specializes in producing agrochemicals like crop protection products and seeds. They help farmers overcome challenges related to the production of premium crops such as the effects of extreme weather conditions, diseases, pests, weeds, etc. and also device ways that can ensure optimum utilization of natural resources. They had a vital knowledge-base for growers that could be accessed through their website but they wanted to go a step ahead and develop a mobile app to increase Syngenta's engagement and reach to the crop growers in Russia and Hungary by providing Syngenta products and other vital information in the app in both online and offline mode.

They discussed this requirement with [x]cube team and instantly received affirmation on creating an app that makes Syngenta database accessible even in zero internet connectivity zone. We, at [x]cube, with our proven excellence in mobile and web app development, set out on the task of creating an app by leveraging the best technology to deliver a simplified solution to the complexity involved in the deliverable.

 

 

THE PROBLEM

If the growers needed to access any information related to Syngenta product, the seeds or the how-to of any process while on their field, they would have to connect to the internet and read it on Syngenta website. The information was available only on the website and hence it created dependency on the availability of network. Often, growers work in remote fields with little or no connectivity, thereby making the Syngenta knowledge base inaccessible.


CHALLENGES

The idea was to have an app that fetched all the information available online and make it available in offline mode. This potentially involved creating a server a server that fetches data and keeps the app data in sync with the website. Another aspect was to come up with an approach that can easily be accommodated for other countries with minimal development effort.


SOLUTIONS

We created a Global server that fetches data from Drupal CMS and in order for the app data to be in sync with the website, the Global server runs daily jobs which fetches any new data on the website and makes it available in the app via content update. The growers also received the latest news and events from Syngenta through the app. The Growers app would update itself whenever connected to the internet and load the content even when offline. The technologies used were Native Xamarin-iOS and Android, and DotNet.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Different categories: The app categorizes information related to products, sales representatives, crops, weather, etc. Growers can select any category based on the information that they need.
  • Offline access: The application does not require a permanent connection to the Internet. Data is updated automatically when accessing the network.
  • Weather forecast: Weather forecast is available for up to four days when offline.
  • Time of the day suggestion: The app reads local weather data and suggests the best time of the day to use a particular product or perform an activity.

THE RESULT

The result was a convenient and fast application for agronomists and agricultural producers, available offline. The app witnessed large number of downloads in Russia alone. Growers are now able to access any information based on their needs, at their convenience.

 



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