UK researchers are exploring the possibility of using 5G enabled drones to monitor farm livestock and crops here in the UK. The established RoViT group from Kingston University are looking at how drones could carry out video monitoring and surveillance on Britain’s farmlands across the agricultural industry.
Due to the acreage of the farming industry, the manpower needed on a regular basis can be daunting and time consuming not to mention the expense. During many months of trial`s the team can now put their findings to the UK`s farmers after getting approval and financial backing from the British government.
The UK government has allocated £2.1m towards the 5G project after seeing the trial results and potential benefits. A total of £25m has been reserved for 6 5G projects throughout the UK as part of the Digital Strategy scheme to keep Britain and the agricultural industry at the forefront of this new 5G technology which is set to become the industry standard in the very near future, with potential speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second.
The Rovit group are looking to promote the eye in the sky for farmers and the agricultural market, which would help protect and monitor livestock and crops throughout the country using drones hopefully putting an end to poaching, cattle rustling, vandalism and any agricultural problems that occur.
By using this new type of technology farmers can react quicker to these problems and difficulties that arise during a normal working day. A problem that can take hours to find could be resolved within a fraction of the time, cutting down on potential disasters, which is vitally important when especially dealing with livestock.
Financially maintaining drones can be very cost effective as the majority of models use electronic motors alongside thrust and miniature bearings, companies such as Bearingtech specialise in these type of bearings.
Using drones to monitor farmland for hours at a time currently requires a huge amount of on-board processing power, with 5G it will make the process much easier, allowing the drone to be off loaded from an embedded system to something that could be done on a very powerful server in real time, which could be a barn or storage facility, a central location or even an off site venue.
With the uncertainty of the Brexit outcome looming ever closer, the future of farming is under the spotlight once again. If using drones can increase the productivity and reduce problems, then the technology could be here to stay and one day become as vital as the tractor and plough once were.
The future for Britain`s farmers looks healthy albeit from the sky.