Fallbeispiel: Wetterwarnung und Handel per SMS

Crop field in East Africa with little plants in rows

Besser ernten und handeln

Der digitale Beratungsservice von agriBORA sendet Wettervorhersagen und landwirtschaftliche Anbauhinweise. Als Kommunikationsplattform zwischen Anbau und Handel unterstützt die agriBORA-App die Lebensmittelversorgung in Ostafrika. So verhilft die App Kleinbauern dazu, Ihre Feldbewirtschaftung am Wetter zu orientieren oder vor Schädlingsplagen zu schützen und ihre Erträge zu  steigern. Das Offshore-Team von L-One entwickelt das Frontend der App, für die Darstellung von Informationen und ihrer Eingabe. Per SMS verschickt die App Nachrichten und dient entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette zwischen Anbau und Vertrieb dem Austausch von Nachrichten, vom Warnhinweis bis zur Absatzunterstützung. 

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Der Kenianer Kizito Odhiambo lebt seit 10 Jahren in Deutschland, wo er studiert und das Start-up agriBora gegründet hat. Dazu ist er Global Learning Facilitator im Netzwerk Bildung trifft Entwicklung.

What it was developed
With the agriBora app, Kenyan Kizito Odhiambo has devised a digital tool for smallholders and farmers in Kenya. The conditions there cannot be compared with those in Europe. The app enables the farmers to exchange ideas with one another and distributes very helpful and sometimes necessary warning notices for cultivating the fields, for example about approaching storms. Providing customers with agricultural data – forecasts, weather data, cultivation recommendations – is one component. The tool is also a sales platform. Farmers have a direct line to cooperatives, wholesalers, seed and fertilizer manufacturers.

The app includes free and paid service offers. It also handles the cashless processing over the phone. Communication takes place via integrated voice messages and SMS in English, Swahili and other national languages ​​such as Luo and Luyha. 

From the start there was a clear division of labor. L-One took over the frontend development, agriBORA the backend.

" Our solution was not well visualized  and not easy to grasp for the customer . We are not the experts for this and we also do not have the manpower.  We are  glad  the L-One the surface for us implemented "

Kizito Odhiambo, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von agriBORA

Challenges
The time factor is the greatest challenge for us  – we have to be able to  react quickly. Another challenge is  funding. L-One enables us  to save time, to react quickly and agilely and, thanks to its flexible  design and “start-up understanding”, it can  offer a solution for our budget.

Field view from Satelite
Die agriBORA-App informiert Landwirte per Textnachricht in englisch oder mehreren Landessprachen über nahende Unwetter oder Schädlingsplagen.

Working with the L-One team in Damascus
Since the time for development was short, Kizito Odhiambo initially had concerns: “ Thanks to the same tools that are used for communication, the onboarding worked well and the teamwork went from the start to uncomplicated. All in all, it worked better than expected. “

Market in East Africa
Das Ziel der agriBORA-App ist die Optimierung von Ernten und Verbesserung der Kommunikation in Landwirtschaft und Handel.

"L-Ones Offshore Team supports us with the frontend development. Advantage: The time and cost savings. And even more important: we can concentrate on our core competencies. «

Kizito Odhiambo, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von agriBORA

Results, plans for the future         
agriBORA gain a time advantage. The employees can concentrate on what they understand: time for the customer, the product idea and the programming in the backend environment. The implementation of the area visible to the users of our web applications, the front end, is implemented by L-One. “We simply lacked the manpower for the front end. The front end that we now have speaks to and contributes solutions that we would never have been able to implement, ”concludes Kitzito Odhiambo.

In connection with agriBORA’s growth, the cooperation with L-One will soon be expanded. That is, the number of working hours and the number of employees on the offshore team are increased.

Wide case studies and more about L-One

Fallbeispiel: Mobile App für Precision Farming

Solorrow Karte auf Terminal Projekt L-One Systems

Feldbewirtschaftung für Morgen

Das Offshore Team von L-One unterstützt das Startup Solorrow schon von Beginn an bei der Entwicklung der Precision-Farming-App Solorrow. Entwickelt werden sowohl das Frontend (App side) als auch das Backend, das satellitengestützt landwirtschaftliche Felder erfasst, die Biomasseverteilung analysiert und darstellt. Die Solorrow-App ermöglicht Landwirten eine teilflächenspezifische Bewirtschaftung der Anbauflächen durch differenzierte Feldpotenzialkarten. Dadurch kann der optimale Saat- und Düngemitteleinsatz berechnet werden. Zonen die über Jahre hinweg ein geringeres Wachstumspotenzial aufweisen können identifiziert werden, genau wie Zonen mit durchschnittlich höherem Biomassewachstum.

Maehdrescher auf Feld
Die automatische Erkennung von Feldgrenzen steuert die Solorrow-App ebenso wie die Bestimmung von individuellen Feldpotenzialen

What the L-One team has developed
The Solorrow app can be downloaded as a SaaS application on tablets or smartphones. It does not require any additional software to get started and enables farmers to get started quickly and easily with precision farming.

Responsible for software development right from the start, the L-One team, together with the Solorrow team, found an agile, innovative form of project cooperation that is still transparent, flexible and creative despite the spatial distance.

»Some content appears“ lost in translation ”. If this happens, the developers in the offshore team make complicated issues understandable even for non-developers. «

Laura Stephan, Produktmanagerin, Solorrow GmbH

Challenges
There is no employee with an IT background working in the operational team at Solorrow. 

Laura Stephan regrets that you don’t get to know each other personally: “It’s a shame for me. I attach great importance to a good interpersonal basis. However, this is compensated for by regular calls, in which the content is not exclusively about business, but also discusses intercultural content. This helps me to better understand the background and working methods. “

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Das Solorrow Team im Messeeinsatz für die Precision-Farming-App

The cooperation with the L-One teams in Darmstadt and Damascus

The collaboration is mainly organized via Trello and as a Scrum process with weekly sprints. Communication in daily collaboration takes place via Slack. In addition, there are weekly jour-fixe appointments for meetings and sprint planning.

The process is very structured, but ad-hoc inquiries are also possible, answered quickly and short-term decisions can be implemented. The developers at L-One are reliable, professional and act independently and largely proactive.

Der Solorrow-Fahrmodus gestattet die teilflächenspezifische Feldbearbeitung per Applikationskarte auf dem Tablet

Results, plans for the future         
In November 2019, the Solorrow team won the Hessian founder award. The jury was won over by the uncomplicated use of the app, which allows farmers to analyze the yield potential of their fields with just a few clicks. Solorrow plans to develop an additional web interface for the app with the L-One offshore team.

» The cooperation with L-One in the development of the Solorrow app is professional and agile. Despite the physical distance, I know that our software is always in good hands. «

Laura Stephan, Produktmanagerin, Solorrow GmbH