The 5G technology as we know it has the capabilities to transform and future-proof different kinds of industries all over the world. One industry, in particular, hasn’t been in the spotlight when it comes to its connection with 5G technology. Now, it’s time to take this industry to the center stage, which is the food industry and its production.


Food production will always remain a heated topic due to the ever-growing population of people worldwide. Food needs to be produced at a much higher rate and become sustainable to keep the world fed. It has been an issue for decades, but worry not, as the all-powerful 5G technology will be able to produce smart farming technologies. Creating drones, autonomous agricultural vehicles, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT devices that leverage fast and high-capacity private and public 5G networks, ultimately increasing food production rate and making them sustainable for the future.


Drones Usage

People have been using drones for quite some time now, whether for work or personal purposes; no one can deny that this piece of equipment is a valuable and innovative invention. With the arrival of the 5G technology, drones would be boosted tenfold, especially regarding their utility. Drones operating using the 5G network would drastically improve productivity by helping to carry out time and tasks on large farms and properties. Indeed, drones have already been used in agriculture, but incorporating 5G into said drones will enable them to fly beyond our visual sight and become fully autonomous. This is possible due to the 5G’s high-speed and ultra-reliable connectivity, as drones would automatically transmit high definition images and videos, including thermal and topographical pictures, to keep an eye on and identify livestock and pests. Taking drones utilization to the next level is possible by using AI along with it. AI can operate drones by acting on commands that experts from miles away control. This would enable agribusinesses to analyze field conditions accurately, distribute seeds and sprays equally, and manage the crops and livestock without pushing the employees’ workload. The term “it goes hand in hand” couldn’t be more accurate regarding drones and the 5G networks.


Autonomous Equipment

Farming is a field that relies heavily on the latest equipment to produce quality food productions. Integrating the 5G technology into this equipment is the next step in creating a smart farming system. The 5G connectivity will allow farmers to operate driverless machineries, such as tractors and harvesters. Furthermore, this automatic agriculture equipment would communicate with each other in real-time. The 5G ultra-low latency capabilities made it possible for this equipment to use the cloud for its operation. It may seem like there is no further need for employees to work in agriculture, but the truth is that autonomous equipment will relieve the workload of said employees and designate them as expert consultants, rather than working under various weathers to ensure the success of the crops. Autonomy is the key to sustaining food production for many years to come.


Livestock and Food Management

Livestock and food management is the last but certainly not a minor aspect of food production that will be affected by the 5G technology. It will become more than a possibility to monitor the animals in real-time with precision livestock farming (PLF) that utilizes animal tags, sensors, and cameras. 5G’s excellent connectivity allows farmers to monitor the animal’s life pattern, feed availability, environment, and general behavior to detect whether the animals are healthy or sick. This process will ensure that the livestock will live a healthy and long life and become good quality food. With the livestock taken care of, the next and final step is the food management that comes from this very livestock. Using the 5G networks, food producers will connect to multiple IoT devices and monitor the supply chain, all the way from its processing stage to storage and delivery. This system will drastically improve the traceability of all the goods whilst reducing the risk of contamination, food poisoning, and wastes, as the 5G network will provide instant, reliable data and analysis. Truly a new age of reliability and convenience of food production management, provided by the 5G technology.


In Conclusion

The 5G network is a revolutionary invention that is ready to transform how the food production industry functions and the benefits it produces are truly irreplaceable.

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