Vodafone demonstrates how 5G will benefit the industry

Vodafone switched on its 5G network in seven cities across the UK this week, at a launch event which demonstrated how the technology could be used in food production.

5G will help support the adoption of many new technologies such as artificial intelligence, IoT and robotics, with many industries – from food an beverage to financial services, entertainment and media to health – set to benefit.

There is growing anticipation for 5G within the business community. 60% of start-ups believe that 5G will help them compete against more established rivals. A recent Vodafone report revealed that more than half (56%) expect it to change the way they operate their business while 54% are more excited by 5G than any other new enterprise technology. A fifth (20%) think that 5G represents the single biggest opportunity of all current and developing technologies.

Anne Sheehan, business director of Vodafone UK said: “5G is a game-changer for the economy and UK businesses. We are committed to helping our customers take advantage of this technology by making it widely available in the UK and through roaming. We want to help UK businesses become global leaders and 5G will play an important role in achieving that aim.”

A range of demonstrations at the lunch event in London highlighted potential uses of 5G and IoT. They include:

  • Vertical farming for future food production: LettUs Grow show-cased its aeroponic technology and farm management software for indoor and vertical farms. Its products and services deliver higher crop yields and reduce environmental impact as they use 95% less water than traditional agriculture methods.
  • Connected coffee machine: powered by Internet of Things (IoT) technology, the connected coffee machine lets users know at a glance if stocks are running low. It also indicates if there is a problem that needs fixing, and how much energy it is using.
  • Improving the quality of wine with IoT: Vodafone has worked with Spanish wine producer Bodegas Emilio Moro to create a connected vineyard. Combining Narrow Band Internet of Things technology with satellite imagery and climatic sensor stations, the vineyard can manage its crops more effectively, while preserving winemaking traditions.

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