Experts at Kingston University are set to explore how 5G technology could provide farmers with a view of their fields from above as part of a £2.1m Government funded project.
Kingston University’s Robot Vision team will be exploring how drones could harness 5G technology to carry out real time video monitoring and surveillance on farms as part of the 5GRIT research project.
The new research into 5G tech could pave the way for a new era of ‘smart’ farming that would allow intelligent drones to monitor crops and livestock.
The work, which involves several other organisations, is part of a £2.1m government-funded project called the 5G Rural Integrated Testbed (5GRIT).
The nine-partner initiative is trialling innovative uses of 5G across a range of rural applications, from agriculture to tourism as well as connecting poorly-served communities.
A total of £25m has been awarded to six 5G projects across the UK as part of the government’s digital strategy, which aims to keep Britain at the forefront of connectivity through driving forward innovations and opportunities over the coming years with 5G.
Professor Remagnino, working on the project at Kingston University, said: “There would be a number of benefits to employing intelligent drones for this work, particularly on large-scale farms. Normally when you’re talking about 5G you think about its use in video streaming to portable devices such as phones and tablets, but there are so many other possible applications.”
Currently, flying a drone over farmland for several hours at a time would require huge amounts of processing power to be on board.
However, as a way to find a solution to that, the Kingston University team will be looking at how 5G could be used to provide consistent, high-speed connectivity, allowing drones to carry out monitoring for prolonged periods.