China turns to 5G smart farms to boost tomato crops
Agritech is revolutionising the world of food production, and growers around the planet are examining how they can improve areas such as efficiency, yield, distribution, and production using 5G technology.
This is especially true in China, which is currently investing heavily in a number of 5G use cases. And according to The South China Morning Post, the country’s tomato industry is turning to technology, via a newly-opened smart greenhouse at the Wuzhen International Internet Agriculture Expo Park.
The greenhouse, which includes 2,800 plants, across 18 varieties, uses 5G to control and modify areas such as temperature, humidity, plant feeding, and - according to reports - even the music that gets played in the facility.
“We are all exploring 5G applications at the present time as there is not much 5G equipment available yet,” Zhao Yu, who runs the smart farm programme at Daoji Agriculture, told the Post. “5G networks are faster and more accurate – with 4G, the system froze frequently and we needed to wait for the analysis. 5G gives us the result immediately.”
The trial has been made possible thanks to sensors linked to a 5G network, which is operated by China Mobile, one of China’s largest telecommunication companies.