5G has the potential to disrupt agriculture and industry, the world’s oldest.
Next-generation 5G networks are 100 times faster than 4G. Makes communication between devices and servers faster. It can carry more data than any other network.
A key tool that farmers are testing is technology that installs remote sensors and receives information from drones. 5G also helps automate farming processes.
Drones using 5G help improve potato production in the Netherlands. In Japan, oyster farms are using 5G sensors to monitor water temperature and salt content.
UK 5G initiative RuralFirst launched a smartphone app called Me+Moo in March. Farmers can connect and track a cow and get daily information about the animal’s health and behavior.
England Cattle are being tested with the system at the Agri-Epi Center in Somerset. The system is supported in part by UK government funding and technology company Cisco (CSCO).
Cows wear 5G-connected collars that send data to the app about everything from what they’re eating to how they’re sleeping. Farmers can see the information instantly and send it to veterinarians or nutritionists.
“Cows are healthy, They say it’s normal behavior.If they’re sick, if they’re pregnant or if they need a check-up, we give them advance notice,” says project manager Duncan Forbes.
5G evangelists say the agricultural sector is far from over. The agricultural sector is said to benefit greatly from data collection methods because it is difficult to monitor.
The technology can help turn on daily irrigation systems or help cattle graze in areas that offer the best nutrition. Improving efficiency means more production.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is trying to meet the rapid growth of the world’s population. The plants hould develop 70% more food in 2050 than it did in 2009.
“To meet that demand, farmers will need new technologies to produce more with less land,” the organization said in a report. That’s where automation comes in.
In 2017, The 5G RuralFirst project successfully planted crops without a single human stepping foot in the field. It became the world’s first agricultural success.
The tractors sowed the seeds. Drones equipped with sensors monitored the crops, and the tiny machines took samples to assess which fertilizers and pesticides to apply and where.
The project, called Hands-Free Hectare, had a successful harvest in 2018. It is currently going much further by involving 5G innovation to build accuracy and proficiency in crop splashing.
Not only does it make farming sustainable;
It also makes it easy for those who are doing it. Jonathan Gill, a researcher at Harper Adams University, revealed about the innovations.