In Canada, Bell MTS contributed $500,000 to the University of Manitoba’s Front and Centre campaign to launch the Bell MTS Innovations in Agriculture Program. The program will provide students with opportunities to develop Internet of Things technologies for application in agriculture and food services.
IoT refers to the real-time exchange of data between physical things. By connecting the physical world through fiber and wireless broadband networks using sensors and other measuring and operational devices, IoT is transforming the way we live and work. IoT applications can help improve the production of food resources through managing the location and performance of farm machinery, remote analysis of soil samples, field conditions, seeding rate and crop health and the monitoring of storage and processing operations.
The funding will advance student, faculty and public understanding of the potential for advanced communications in agriculture with mentorships, research funding and access to new co-operative education opportunities.