“i-tiMOTO”, a mobile software application developed by a group of students of Informatics Institute of Technology won third place at the Motorola Inter-University Enterprise Mobility Application Software Development Competition – 2010, which was held at the School of Computing, University of Colombo, on 6th December 2010.
The project “i-tiMOTO” is a Sustainable Commercial Purpose Forest Management System aimed at achieving Environmental Sustainability. The software is a mobile application with a server side central database and has many features including
• RFID (Radio-frequency identification)/Barcode tag based monitoring and tracking system for trees
• Real-time statistics and information on plantation sites and tree population
• Analyzing and calculating functions for better forest management
• GPS-enabled and personalized field maps
• Information on pest and disease management and reporting
• Collection of data on weather conditions, such as climate maps and forecasts
• Harvest predictions and logistics management
• HR related information
• Summary report generation for strategic level managers, etc.
for better and effective Commercial Purpose Forest Management. This project will smooth the progress of solving one of the major problems in the world, which is the dwindling of valuable rain forest due to increasing human utilization of wooden products. The team “i-tiMOTO” said that this is a sensitive IT venture for achieving a sustainable environment by providing many foremost IT concepts such as GIS (Geological Information Systems), RFID (Radio-frequency identification)/Barcode tags, real time reporting systems, etc.
The project “i-tiMOTO” team consisted of Basura Ramanayake, Rumesh Aponso, Hasitha Dananjaya, Stefan Udumalagala and Samal Baddage, 2nd year students of Informatics Institute of Technology and the project was supervised by senior lecturers Mrs. Kulari Lokuge and Mr. Saman Hettiarachchi. Lead Engineer Mr. Susantha Ganithage was the mentor from Motorola for the team.
The competition was organized by Motorola Technologies Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd for the first time ever in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM). The aim of the competition was to allow undergraduates of Sri Lankan universities and colleges affiliated with them to explore and promote their innovative skills.
Forty four projects were registered for the competition from leading universities and institutions in the country and 12 were selected for the last round of the competition through a stringent judging process. The final 12 teams were given hands-on-experience at a boot camp, and mentors from Motorola equipped them with the latest Motorola terminals and trained them on the new technology.
Another project from the Informatics Institute of technology was selected for the final twelve projects, namely “iMotoDSA” – (Intelligent Digital Sales Assistant for shop floor), a mobile application for departmental stores/large grocery stores to help customer support staff on the shop floor.