5G has the potential to become the «power outlet» of the 21st century
March 30, 2021 | Images: Agroscope / Adobe Stock
Agroscope is the federal competence center for agricultural research. One important branch of research is "Digital Production," in which smart farming is being further developed and implemented. Its director, Thomas Anken, explains in an interview how data, sensors and mobile communications are becoming "nuclei" for a competitive Swiss agricultural industry.
The same applies to nutrient deficits in plants, which can be detected earlier and better through sensors and image processing than with the human eye. We are still in the early stages of digitization. But with the latest technology, we can make advances that weren't possible even 10 years ago.
What role does 5G play in all this?
5G represents an opportunity and forms important basic infrastructure for rural areas. The technology has the potential to become the «power outlet» of the 21st century, so to speak. Real-time data transmission and evaluation opens up new possibilities for data-intensive applications such as the mapping of weeds or the high-resolution image recording of plant diseases. Because of the very low latency times, machines will in future be able to navigate autonomously, as we can see in the trend towards autonomous driving among private vehicles.