The 5G Open Innovation Lab (5G OI Lab), a global applied innovation ecosystem of developers, corporate enterprises, academia and government institutions, last week announced the launch of its first application development field lab for the agricultural industry. The lab has dedicated access to a 5G-capable, CBRS LTE-based network and edge computing platform fueled by technology provided by the partners of the 5G OI Lab. T-Mobile’s 5G-capable, CBRS LTE private network will provide the site with dedicated access.
Focus is on the Food Resiliency Project, an economic development initiative funded by a grant through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). It establishes a virtual and physical space for Snohomish County to bring together food growers, and distributors with technology companies to collaboratively develop new capabilities that will improve the resiliency of Snohomish County’s agriculture sector and minimize future food service disruptions for consumers and regional agribusiness.
“Every modern industry benefits from data and analytics. Agricultural sites typically lack the high-speed internet access necessary for connecting devices and generating the data growers and industry suppliers need to make real-time decisions for optimal impact,” said Jim Brisimitzis, General Partner of the 5G Open Innovation Lab. “With the support of Snohomish County and our partners, we’ve proudly built an application development field lab with two dedicated sites through which our ecosystem members, partners, academia, and industry can collaborate to experiment, test, and learn. The outcome is the development of commercial use cases by way of research and innovation that agricultural vendors like John Deere and Cargill, for example, can use today.”