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Prof. Dr. Thomas HerlitziusProfessorship for Agricultural Systems Engineering Technical University Dresden
Prof. Dr. Thomas Herlitzius
5G Agricultural Test Site and Digital Test Region in Saxony
With the emergence of 5G the novel use cases are targeted, such as industrial automation, autonomous vehicles, e-health, and the Internet of Things, which leads to highly heterogeneous wireless networks.
For agricultural production, 5G is a crucial technology enabler for robotization of machine systems and knowledge based farming also called Farming 4.0 or Smart Farming. Agriculture needs its own ad-hoc radio network solutions to efficiently provide coverage and manage data transfer. Local cloud installation and data hubs enable privacy and flexibility of agricultural-ad-hoc networks. The synergy of mobile radio and the local can eventually solve the problem of broken communication links as known from today and allows and drives farmers to take full control of their farm relevant data including the machine data.
The possibilities seem unimaginably great today and the potential has started to be realised. Germany has currently a pole position in rollout of 5G and the tactile Internet for agriculture.
The presentation explains the potential for agriculture production chains as well as for rural areas and the open challenges and road maps in implementing 5G technology in the field.