5G and bees
The benefits of 5G do not stop there. The network could also have environmental impacts when used in smart agriculture.
David Houghton, general manager of Asset Tracking Solutions at NimbeLink, tells CNN how 5G and the Internet of Things can help protect honeybees, and in turn the world’s food supply.
“Beehives are valuable and as such they are in demand, so hive keepers need to protect them. So, they use asset trackers to essentially monitor the health of the hive,” he says.
NimbeLink, in partnership with The Bee Corp, has developed a hive tracking and management system by which essential data such as temperature, humidity, movement and location is collected by sensors and can then be transmitted back for analysis.
Of course, just as we get our heads around what 5G can do, scientists are already working on the next big thing.
“5G is good but 6G is better,” says Ari Pouttu, a science professor at the University of Oulu, Finland.
Expected to roll out in 2030, 6G will be a development beyond the smartphone. “Let’s throw the smartphones away and think about how humans interact with infrastructure,” says Poutto. “You can have smart surfaces with electronics in them, smart glasses so you can have devices everywhere.”
So, stay tuned.