Microsoft and Cojengo bring vet-grade tools to farmers in Africa
VetAfrica employs an image-based interface, instead of text, and allows farmers to quickly diagnose livestock illness, after which it suggests appropriate treatment. It uses Microsoft Azure cloud to both gather and deliver relevant data. That also makes it possible for vets and animal health workers to check for patterns in diseases and monitor for any type of epidemics. Due to the farmer's way of usage, often using pre-paid cards and spending time out of mobile coverage, the app was developed to work offline and only sync when appropriate.
VetAfrica is still in its early days and Cojengo is being optimistic for its future, based on postive early feedback from farmers and vets. If the app is more widely adopted, the developer intends to bring it to Windows 8, as well as outline plans to develop a full suite of health and agriculture apps.
source: OnWindows via WMPoweruser