Powered by the use of Goolge Satellite Maps, CropBuddy allows users to post alerts of any crop related disease occurring in a specific region using images and locations (longitude and latitude). CropBuddy displays the exact location and quadrant on a map where the disease has infected crops and is spreading, in addition to the details such as images, symptoms, or the specific dates a disease has occurred. The application will then immediately alert any registered farmer or user located in the same region, through an SMS alert using Twilio SMS services on IBM's Bluemix cloud platform. Using NASA's data, CropBuddy also provides useful insights such as weather predictions. This helps keep the community informed while also educating users how to stop the disease from spreading.
CropBuddy also allows users to post questions and receive replies from others who have experienced similar issues, as well as view well researched articles posted by other users enabling them to gather more knowledge about specific crops and diseases. CropBuddy users can also rate, comment or even request to edit any information posted on the application.
Our project aims to gather crowd source information from articles posted on CropBuddy by researchers, farmers, or students, empowering others to acquire the same knowledge and necessary tools for prevention.