The 5G Rural Integrated Testbed (5GRIT) is a partnership of SMEs and Universities building a 5G testbed to develop and test innovative solutions for rural areas. It was one of six DCMS funded projects to keep Britain at the forefront of connectivity. by accelerating the deployment of next generation digital infrastructure and driving forward new 5G business opportunities.
The 5GRIT partners have designed and tested amazing new services – previously not possible due to poor internet connections, including developing business cases trialling with rural businesses and residents.
It is all about testing connectivity across tourism, farming, remote broadband and interface with airborne 5G technology via drones. An augmented reality tourism app developed an enhanced experience for tourists visiting rural areas like the North Pennines.
A precision farming service was development for crop and livestock monitoring. 5GRIT was pleased to be able to display the drone footage at the Alston Sheep Show. The footage captured by flying over a local sheep farm demonstrates the 5GRIT livestock monitoring service that will assist farmers in counting and locating their flock.