FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, in an exclusive interview with Fox News Headlines 24/7 host Brett Larson, discusses the future of 5G connectivity and its benefits.
Fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology is expected to improve many aspects of technology across a number of industries.
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5G is expected to help develop artificial intelligence technology like self-driving cars and health care technology like cloud databases.
When it comes to agriculture, 5G will help farmers assess the conditions of their fields and produce like never before.
"There are a lot of different reasons for farmers to use more data to make their decisions more precise," Ash Madgavkar, founder of aerial spectral imagery company Ceres Imaging, told FOX Business. "5G is an enabler of that. It's helping the imagery to adapt to a very quickly-changing environment."
Because 5G infrastructure uses both cell towers and antennas attached to houses, buildings, telephone poles and other nearby objects, the radio waves that make up 5G wireless are smaller and deliver a faster connection, enabling technology to deliver material from video footage to other data almost instantly.
5G will help farmers cut wasteful spending on unnecessary water, pesticides and fertilizer and reduce harm on the environment through precision agriculture — or the act of assessing specific acres or even plants.
WHAT IS 5G?
Ceres Imaging has been experimenting with 5G for several years, Madgavkar said.
He explained that while he was involved in agriculture work in South America, he noticed how broad farming techniques that treat every field and plant the same way lead to inefficiency and waste, which, in turn, can have a negative impact on the environment.