Scottish 5G centre shows off innovation

Written by Ruaraidh Gilmour on 21 June 2022 in News

Bank of England chief impressed by tech development

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The Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, was encouraged by 5G tech on a visit to the S5GConnect hub in Dumfries.  

Bailey was welcomed by The Crichton Trust and partners from Dumfries and Galloway College, the University of Glasgow, and The Scotland 5G Centre.

The visit to the national innovation hub was part of the governor’s tour of the south of Scotland.  

Bailey met with members of the Crichton Trust and the Scotland 5G Centre. Along with the bank’s Agent for Scotland, Will Dowson. The governor discussed the role that technologies play in enhancing the impact rural communities, like Dumfries and Galloway, can have on the wider economy.  

One of the examples the Scotland 5G centre has cited is the use of drones in farming, wherein 5G connectivity allows multiple sensors to be linked to the cows and their environment. In this specific case, the 42 hectares of grazing fields were analysed by the drone camera, measuring the quantity of grass available and the quality of the grass feed.  

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Data collected from cows at the farm from sensors monitored the cow's movement, eating, milking, and resting in real-time. The information created a clear picture on each cow’s life, wellbeing, diet, and milk production.

As a result of the technology being implemented, milk production increased by 20%.

Bailey said: “I was delighted to see some innovative uses of 5G technology being developed in Hubs like the one in Dumfries. The potential improvements for how we live, and work should have positive impacts for businesses and households, particularly in rural parts of the economy.”

Paul Coffey, chief executive of The Scotland 5G Centre said: "We were pleased to host the Bank of England Governor visit to witness first-hand what the Crichton Centre and our Scotland 5GConnect hub at Dumfries has to offer. 5G provides huge transformational benefits to industries and working practices and adopting advanced connectivity, augmented through 5G network capabilities, unlocks growth and innovation, and allows processes and outcomes to be re-imagined by using industrial automation, AI video applications, drones, and IoT (Internet of Things) sensing technologies.

"Importantly, advanced connectivity enables choice. The place of work no longer needs to be the office. People will have access to a work environment, regardless of location, removing physical barriers and association of a job. This has a tremendous advantage, not just at a personal level, but also to the economy as we lessen the impact such as the Covid-19 pandemic and rebuild a sustainable economy."


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Ruaraidh Gilmour is a reporter at PublicTechnology sister publication Holyrood, where this story first appeared. He tweets as @Ruaraidh0.


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