The evolution of wireless connectivity has allowed us to do more and more with our smartphones. What does this technology offer us beyond making it easier to stream video to your phone or tablet? What about agriculture and 5G?
Theoretically, 5G will help agriculture make better use of the internet of things, artificial intelligence and robotics. It’s all about data and how fast it can be processed. We hear more and more about connected sensors in barns, greenhouses, fields and on equipment – this is part of what’s called the internet of things where anything and everything will be collecting data and connected to the internet. The 5G-enabled sensors will be able to collect and aggregate the enormous amount of data being collected and, in real time, push it through artificial intelligence algorithms to enable complex real-time decisions.
If agriculture is to fully benefit, data must move and be processed instantaneously.
A robotic weeder is a good example. The sensors on the weeder are looking for weeds while recognizing that the crop must not be disturbed. The sensors are gathering a lot of data that needs to be processed to let the robot decide what is and isn’t a weed. A 5G connection enables the weeder to make decisions and work faster. If you think about any robot or autonomous vehicle moving at high speed, decisions have to be made instantly for safety reasons.