Friday, 27 August 2021 10:46

TPG Telecom’s 5G network powers 4K video streams to support farmers


A smart-farming trial project will deploy TPG Telecom’s 5G technology to deliver benefits and efficiencies to the agricultural sector.

The project, funded by the Australian Government’s 5G Innovation Initiative, will harness TPG Telecom’s 5G network to enable multiple high quality 4K video streams to count sheep at a livestock exchange, automating the process and removing human error.

TPG Telecom has partnered with Nokia, University Technology of Sydney, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to conduct the 12-month trial at the Bendigo Regional Livestock Exchange in Victoria.

TPG Telecom general manager wireless and transmission networks Yago Lopez claims the 5G links will provide greater capacity and reliability for data processing, which has the potential to save many hours of manual labour per year.

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“The 5G wireless and edge computing technologies will be used to count sheep by providing fast downlink and uplink rates and increased capacity, which is needed to support multiple high quality video feeds,” Lopez says.

“These video streams of sheep counts will be uploaded on site and relayed through our 5G network, which will process the counting on site and feed the data in real time back to farmers on a tablet or mobile device,” he adds.

TPG Telecom also recently opened an Innovation Lab in Sydney to drive product and technology innovation, including network virtualisation and emerging 5G applications for industry.

TPG Telecom has also fast-tracked its 5G rollout, with 100 new 5G sites now being built every month. The completion of the 5G standalone core later will cover 85% of the population in ten of the largest cities and regions by the end of the year.

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