Chinese vendor ZTE has worked with Dutch telecom operator KPN to successfully complete a test of the first 5G application for precision agriculture on an experimental farm in the Dutch province of Drenthe.
According to ZTE, the precision test was carried out in cooperation with the Province of Drenthe, Wageningen University & Research, Dronehub GAE Foundation, Agrifac and Innovation Veenkoloniën.
The 5G test used a camera drone to make accurate images of a potato cultivation field. Afterwards, through a 5G mobile connection, these images were processed and sent to an agricultural machine, which could then dose the potato crop very precisely on a real-time basis.
Rcrwireless.com quoted Tom Poelhekken, CTO at KPN as saying: “Agriculture is expected to be one of the most important fields of 5G applications. Thanks to 5G technology, precision agriculture is becoming more accessible to agricultural companies, and basically, they can respond instantly to developments on land. Not only will this save the costs of the farmers on their crop protection, which also benefits the environment, but it is to be expected that this will also increase the profits on their land because they will have more real-time direct control over their crops.”