Smart Farming Depends On A More Dynamic and Secure Network?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, smart agriculture could make it possible to ensure our system’s resilience to climate change, but also increase agricultural productivity and income.
In fact, the speed, reliability, scalability of networks and the IoT have fueled the fourth, so-called intelligent agricultural revolution, spanning the entire food supply chain. 5G networks and their great connectivity thus make it possible to boost the agricultural sector and accelerate improvements in the supply chain by increasing farmers’ capacity to act. According to the United Nations, the world population could reach 11 billion people in 2100: unfortunately, the earth does not have enough arable land to support that many people. The agricultural sector and the entire food supply chain will be subject to systemic changes that will benefit from the support of technology from production to sale. 5G-enabled advances in IoT sensors, now available at the push of a button, are the next step in refining the supply chain process. With 5G, any compatible tool can be linked to food and report its status, temperature, safety level, humidity level and other related factors in real time. This is a safety improvement that could be used as a basis for product traceability, recalls or for any other purpose, be it a harvesting etc
This is a security improvement that could serve as the basis for product traceability in the context of recalls or for any other purpose, be it a crop, an entire manufacturing period, the granularity of a warehouse or even a specific delivery vehicle. In reality, if 5G-enabled IoT sensors are used on farms, it would be possible to narrow down the products in question from an entire farm to an acre or a row. The European Union ensures food traceability with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the National Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Safety (ANSES) covers France and its regulatory networks allow them for apps for crop monitoring by drones or use of autonomous vehicles. One can also collect, aggregate, and share data from thousands of transactional or triggered IoT sensors in real time, just in time to perform regular tasks like planting, watering, or harvesting. You also have the option to use this data to build predictive analysis models to make a number of targeted performance or sustainability improvements. In short, 5G could foster the emergence of lean agriculture. This is both a gain in efficiency in real time. It also needs less water, feed, energy and fuel, to name a few.
In Short Smart farming requires the use of a secure network that provides visibility all the way to the edge.