Federal agencies, both civilian and military, are seeing opportunities to expand their mission to serve the public through the application of new technologies. Leading the way: Unlocking the potential of 5G to power leading-edge IoT applications. Many agencies now have multiple sensors and edge computing devices that need blazing fast, low-latency, stable connections, particularly if they are in remote or hard-to-reach locations.
For instance, the Department of Agriculture is looking at ways to use edge computing to provide very granular information on farm fields – moisture levels, soil quality, and weed invasions, to name a few – that enable farmers to tailor their efforts and increase their yields. Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation sees 5G as central to intelligent transportation systems and automated vehicles, something that many states are interested in. For the Department of Defense, improving connectivity holds the key to everything from improved information sharing and gathering to improving recruitment and boosting morale.