The use of drones to aerially inspect farms and crops can be simplified with LTE-connected drones.
Short range technologies are ineffective for the vast size of some farms and crop fields, and this application requires the low power, wide area capabilities of LTE. LTE-connected drones can not only monitor crop growth or areas of variability via still image or video surveillance, but they can be programmed to collect and transmit data from sensors to detect humidity, temperature, the presence of pests, or other conditions. If the type of data to be transmitted is simple, such as low resolution images to detect crop variability, narrowband LTE technology can be used, such as Sequans Monarch LTE-M technology, but if high resolution video is needed, perhaps to detect the emergence of young plants, Sequans Cassiopeia LTE Cat 6 technology can be used.
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