✔ Smart farming is heading in the direction of 5G, necessitating high bandwidth and low latency for farming equipment such as autonomous farming tractors.
✔ The RUTM50 is an FCC-certified 5G router perfect for deployment in this sector, meeting the strict needs of smart farming tractors with ultra-high cellular speeds of up to 3.4 Gbps and a wide range or network reliability features.
✔ The GNSS capabilities of the RUTM50 allow for more efficient tractor fleet management for smart farms, and are further enhanced by its NTRIP support.
The challenge – smart farming and the world of tomorrow
Without a doubt, the future of agriculture is smart. In a nutshell, smart farming is the application of IoT, AI, and automation in the agriculture sector. Its global market size was $13.06 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow to $14.69 billion in 2023, at a CAGR of 12.5%. Clearly, this growth will only increase in the coming years.
A major factor of this growth is the exponential adoption of 5G technology for IoT in agriculture. This technology provides the high bandwidth and low latency necessary for real-time communication between smart equipment, such as farming tractors, and the 5G network. In turn, these allow a greater number of tractors to operate autonomously across a wide coverage area, while also making any remote operations simple, reliable, and secure.
These aren’t theoretical ideas of innovation, but very real IoT systems enhancing the yields and efficiency of smart farms all over North America this very moment – all while reducing operational costs. If your farm hasn’t made the jump to 5G yet, it’s bound to be outcompeted sooner rather than later.
Of course, at the core of this infrastructure is a heart of connectivity that keeps all smart equipment connected and data flowing seamlessly. The choice of networking device is a critical one, and Teltonika Networks has the perfect device for the job: the RUTM50 5G router.
The solution – the RUTM50 5G router
RUTM50 is an FCC-certified 5G cellular router tailor-made for the North American market. It features ultra-high cellular speeds of up to 3.4 Gbps and supports both SA and NSA 5G architectures.
Once installed inside the tractor’s cab or on its roof, this 5G router connects to the farming tractor’s main controller via an Ethernet connection. The controller is then connected to a wide range of smart devices that enable the tractor to operate autonomously with peak efficiency.
Among those devices are hydraulic and electric actuators for powering and controlling the plow, crop sprayers, and other parts of the tractor; soil and weather sensors for assessing environmental conditions out in the field; and devices for detecting obstacles and avoiding collision, including GNSS and INS systems, radar and lidar systems, ultrasonic sensors, and a camera.
Using all of these devices, the tractor creates a model of its environment and plans a safe and efficient path to follow autonomously. If manual planning or operation is needed for any reason, such as unexpected hardware failure, the RUTM50’s Wi-Fi capabilities allow for seamless remote operation. By facilitating communication between tractors, the RUTM50 enables more efficient fleet management. You can even enhance this communication using a dedicated 5G MIMO antenna.
Of course, to truly manage your fleet of smart farming tractors with peak efficiency, you want to take advantage of this 5G router’s GNSS capabilities. This is where its NTRIP support shines the brightest, as it allows for higher precision of GNSS data.
The connectivity of this holistic IoT system must be maintained at all times, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity is a must. This is why this 5G router comes with auto-failover, backup WAN, and other switching scenarios for ensuring uninterrupted connectivity. Even in areas where 5G isn’t fully-supported, the RUTM50 is backward-compatible with 4G, and will simply switch to LTE Cat 19 to ensure stable connectivity.
All of these features are housed in a compact and sturdy aluminum casing weighing only 519 grams. This housing offers resistance to vibrations and extreme temperatures between -40 °C to 75 °C, making it ideal for environmental conditions synonymous with agriculture. Last but not least, this 5G router is easily installed thanks to its DIN rail mounting, which is possible on both sides of the device.
All in all, the RUTM50 delivers the connectivity autonomous farming tractors need and helps elevate smart farming to the competitive environment of tomorrow.