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BT collaborates on the use of robotics, IoT to automate agriculture

U.K. operator BT said it delivered a robotics platform and management system as part of a project to explore the use of IoT and robotics in smart agriculture. In a release, BT said that the main aim of the initiative is to drive automation, increase efficiency and improve environmental sustainability in agriculture.

The carrier also noted that the project aims to illustrate how a fleet of robots with various roles can interact and cooperate to form a robust supply chain operation.

BT said that the carrier and its partners demonstrated a vision of the future of fruit farming, where robotics, powered only by renewable energy sources, will assist farmers by carrying out physical farm processes such as picking and packing fruit, as well as treating crops for pests and disease.

“By bringing together robotics and IoT, the project consortium has shown how key agricultural processes can be optimized through improving forecasting accuracy, increasing farm productivity, reducing farm labor, and reducing fruit waste and fungicide use,” BT said.

“We’re welcoming BT’s interest and support to help provide solutions that advance agricultural robotics in the U.K. Connectivity plays a key part in advancing automation and precision agriculture and enabling increased food production with fewer resources,” said Anne Dingstad, CEO of Saga Robotics.

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