Turkey is blessed with favorable geographical conditions, with 27% of arable land, the 3rd largest in Europe, and high volumes of fresh water resources. This has enabled Turkey to be one of the few countries in the world that is self sufficient in food production. In 2009, agriculture accounted for 29.5% of employment in the country and Turkey is considered to be one of the leading countries in the world in the field of food and agriculture, being the world leader in the production of dried figs, hazelnuts, sultanas/raisins and dried apricots.

Farmers in Turkey rely on transformers to generate electricity on farms and to power irrigation systems that provide water to their crops. In recent times, farmers were experiencing a widespread problem of transfomer theft. The thieves steal parts of the transformer or in some instances, the entire transformer, strip it down and sell it for cash. To replace a transformer, a farmer might take a financial loss of up to 10,000 Euros. However, in most instances, the loss is much greater. In the town of Kahramanmaras Elbistan, 2 transformers used to irrigate the land were stolen. The incident left thousands of acres of land dehydrated , affecting the crops growing in the area. Replacement of the transformers would take days and the dying crops would affect the livelihood of the villagers.

Turkcell, Turkey’s leading telecommunication company embarked on a journey to utilize M2M/IoT technology to solve the problem of transformer theft for Turkish farmers.

Join Metin Nuroglu, Mobile Device Expert at Turkcell as he shares the casestudy of utilising M2M/IoT technology for theft prevention of transformers for Turkish farmers during the 8th edition of the Asia IoT Business Platform which will take place this 26-27 May in Bangkok.