Research project to explore 5G use in greenhouse industry

The suitability of 5G wireless technology used in the commercial greenhouse industry will be explored as part of a project involving the University of Windsor, TELUS, and the Horticultural Technology Centre and Academy (HORTECA) in Kingsville. The project will be conducted at the academy’s two-acre research greenhouse in Ruthven using TELUS’s latest 5G technology.

“In agriculture, the greenhouse industry is like New York,” said Saber Miresmailli, a co-founder of HORTECA and founder/CEO of the agricultural technology firm Ecoation. “If you can make it work there, you can make it anywhere.

“If it works in the sauna of a greenhouse with the density of plants, it most certainly transfers to work outside and scaling up. We’ve picked the hardest part to try and succeed.”

The study will focus on the economics, benefits, and challenges of using wireless networks in greenhouse environments to control pests, prevent disease outbreaks, improve crop density, forecast yields, increase labor efficiency, and decrease production loss.


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