Cybermoor is a partner in the 5G Rural Integrated Testbed (5GRIT) lead by Quickline Communications Ltd. The project brings together a consortium of 6 SMEs, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership (AONB) and 3 universities, with the aim to provide solutions for rural areas that can be used on a 5G network. The project will upgrade existing wireless networks belonging to Quickline and Broadway Partners, using TV White Space to provide a superfast service to rural communities, who due to their location, currently suffer from poor or no internet connectivity.

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5GRIT will test 5G across several applications including tourism, farming, remote broadband and drones:

  • The augmented reality (AR) tourism app will enhance the experience for tourists visiting rural areas. It will be developed with data from North Pennines AONB to provide users with information on the location in the form of visual and spoken histories, details of local events, and nature experiences such as bird watching and stargazing.
  • The precision farming service will be developed by Precision Decisions, Blue Bear Systems Ltd and Kingston University. A crop and livestock monitoring service will improve the efficiency of farms in tasks such as targeted crop spraying with fertiliser or pesticides, and monitoring animals’ location and health. Data will be collected from drones and other sensors, which will be transmitted over the 5G network for analysis and real-time (or near real-time) feedback to the farmer.
  • The broadband service aims to connect hard-to-reach customers to reliable and fast broadband. Quickline and Broadway Partners will build upon existing rural networks to test how shared spectrum radios can deliver 30Mbs broadband. This will entail extending and/or infilling extant networks and installing radio antennae on trial premises.
  • Test flying Unmanned Aerial Systems beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) will allow Blue Bear Systems Ltd to trial a new drone control system connecting to the 5G network. The benefits of the ability to fly BVLOS will be demonstrated by collecting images from farm land and could transform the future operations of drones in the UK.

 

King’s College London are providing insight from their experiences of a 5G UK project, with Lancaster University and Cybermoor carrying out monitoring and evaluation. The project aims to develop new business models to allow partners and other businesses to make the most of new opportunities from 5G.

For more information about the project visit www.5grit.co.uk or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Cybermoor on 01434 382808.