Farm-focused IT entrepreneur receives support under Rural Broadband Fund
May 9, 2011
A company using information technology to improve agricultural storage has been chosen for support from the Rural Broadband Fund, announced Innovation and Advanced Learning minister, Allan Campbell.
By Alyssa Dalton
Gorman Controls has redeveloped its flagship product, the Micro Vent Vision (MVV) Storage Monitor, which it said will help advance the agriculture community on Prince Edward Island and beyond. With these advancements, farmers can now monitor the storage conditions of their warehouses from any device with an internet connection, explained the company.
It described the new features of the system as being able to provide storage managers with increased flexibility in the monitoring and control of their climate system. Additional security functions will also be added, said Gorman Controls, including e-mail alerts and text messages sent to the owner if conditions within their facilities deteriorate beyond specified limits.
“If farmers can quickly identify any storage issues, they have the ability to act on this information and potentially save a substantial portion and maintain the quality of their produce,” it added.
“I want to congratulate Gorman Controls for their on-going efforts to service the Agriculture community of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Canada and abroad,” said Campbell. “Gorman Controls is a true example of a local company who has benefited from our ability to give Islanders across Prince Edward Island access to high speed internet.”
“This project truly demonstrates the success of bridging new and innovative technology and our rural broadband initiative,” said Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development minister Neil LeClair.
Gorman Controls also credited its completion of the product redevelopment to the Rural Broadband Fund, a program that supports projects demonstrating innovation in the information technology sector and focusing on rural economic development through the utilization of the Island wide broadband network, as described the Province and Bell Aliant.
“The assistance from the Rural Broadband Fund will help us grow our business and expand our market,” said Jim Gorman, president of Gorman Controls. “Our new product will be the most advanced and user-friendly device available on the market today.”