The german mobile operator has installed a private network in pharmaceutical company Bayer’s research greenhouse.
The site, which Bayer uses to research insecticides is located in Monheim am Rhein in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Vodafone says its private network covers an area of 11,000 square metres.
The network will be used by Bayer to test new technologies more quickly and efficiently. The company is interested in fully autonomous robots, AI and other new methods of data collection and analysis. The network will use 5G standalone technology, which Vodafone calls 5G+.
“Innovation and the digitization of agriculture and our own processes are core elements of the strategy at Bayer. The early use and piloting of new technologies and applications together with our partners provide the basis for this,” said Sascha Israel, head of the Digital Transformation and IT department for Bayer’s Crop Science division.