Private 5G
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Private 5G and agriculture: the digital age

From crop drones to insect detection and real-time livestock tracking, revolutionary private 5G will change farming and agriculture forever. Let’s say for example, that you want to use drone camera footage to help identify concentrated areas of weeds? Or locate and monitor valuable livestock via geolocation services? With private 5G, you can.

Using cellular technology to create a dedicated network with unified connectivity, a private 5G network functions much like a scaled-down version of a public mobile data network. But it’s for your own private use.

Welcome to farming of the future. Coined ‘smart’ farming or agritech, private 5G is transforming agriculture as we know it, allowing more and more farmers to adopt new technologies and compete with the global market. In fact, having access to this game-changing new digital connectivity will be paramount for the rural economy and its communities to thrive.

How? Well, not only is secure and reliable outdoor data coverage essential for the health and safety of farm workers, but it can also revolutionise and improve operations via connected and autonomous farm machinery. Allowing you to gain better control over the process of raising livestock and growing crops, making farming more predictable and improving its efficiency. A win-win.

While other mobile networks may offer a slow, unreliable solution via irregular coverage and security, private 5G’s high bandwidth, low latency and support for a vast number of sensors communicating simultaneously is ideal for farms. Driving the benefits of IoT in shaping agriculture, private 5G also brings:

  • Better data management – think about it. How efficient would it be if you could collate your weather conditions, crop growth and cattle health data and use it to track the progress of your business?
  • Better quality control – yes, via automation, you can maintain higher standards of crop quality and growth capacity.
  • Better cost management – with the ability to see any anomalies in crop growth or livestock health, you can mitigate the risks of loss.
  • Better business efficiency – via smart devices, you can automate multiple processes such as pest control and fertilising.

Sound good? That’s why you need private 5G – and it’s not as difficult as you might think.

Private 5G: the solution for digital farming

In fact, this is the reason we have partnered up with Nokia, to bring an easy solution that solves the inadequacies of existing mobile and network capabilities. Designed to accelerate your digital transformation, Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) is a high-performance, end-to-end, secure and simple private wireless network platform that’s easy to install.

Equipped with plug-and-play 5G connectivity, Nokia’s DAC is cost-effective and secure, making private wireless networking, remote operations, IoT, analytics and automation effortless and easily accessible.

With Ofcom recently reporting that outdoor geographic coverage of digital services across the UK is as low as 66%, it’s no surprise that 4 in 10 NFU members still don’t have enough adequate coverage to run a modern-day farming business. With private 5G, you can be one step ahead. And all you need to do is call us on 0333 344 4417or email ivor.nicholls@uctel.co.uk to get started.