The Connected Cow: How IoT is Moving the Agriculture Space Forward

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By Harriet Sumnall | 2Q 2019 | IN-5489


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The agriculture space is one of the enterprise verticals that is undergoing rapid digitalization and benefiting from the Internet of Things (IoT), especially since Big Data, analytics, and even Artificial Intelligence (AI) can yield significant operational improvements when tracking livestock and optimizing farms. Connected cows are a prime example of this, where cellular networks have improved farm operations significantly. Although 4G (mainly NB-IoT) is currently being deployed in the agriculture space, 5G is expected to introduce many more capabilities to help digitize it.

5G will provide higher mobile broadband speeds in the short term, but its transformative potential is far greater than higher speeds alone. 5G will allow network slicing, or network appropriation, for any number of use cases. For example, a 5G network can partition part of its resources for connecting livestock at a low cost with low data traffic while maintaining higher quality connections for smartphone users and more critical enterprise vertical applications.

The connected cow application introduce…

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