Robot farmers will require 5G, but agriculture is getting smart with IoT

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There is now an autonomous "field robot" which can pull weeds faster, and presumably more accurately, than any farm worker.
There is now an autonomous "field robot" which can pull weeds faster, and presumably more accurately, than any farm worker – at least according to Ekobot AB's "precision agriculture" tagline. The "smart" agriculture approach, which utilises artificial intelligence, automation, and high-speed connectivity, should reduce costs and improve performance of the farm. Ekobot's goal is to be able to offer practical and sustainable solutions to agricultural issues while reducing workloads with autonomous tools for vegetable farmers.

A pilot using Telia's 5G network, networked video cameras from Axis Communications, and sector know-how from agri-tech research institute RISE has demonstrated successful automation of the traditionally manual task of weeding at a farm outside the city of Västerås in Sweden.

Data collected by the robot using onboard sensors including multispectral cameras and soil probes enables it to identify weeds and remove them automatically. The recorded data can then be further stored and processed in the cloud and analyzed by farmers in the field for so-called precision farming, with instructions sent back to the robot and made available to other farm workers. The robot can also be steered remotely, using real-time data feeds which require the low latency, high bandwidth connectivity of the 5G mobile network. In addition to cost savings and precision…
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