John Deere, a provider of services for the agriculture and construction sectors, said it has obtained 5G licenses in five counties in Iowa and Illinois as part of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) 3.5 GHz spectrum. With the licenses, the company will be able to boost its mobile networks by providing access to 5G in its manufacturing facilities in North America.
The ceilings of facilities contain miles of embedded Ethernet cables connecting Wi-Fi drop points, with limited flexibility for set up and upgrades. Deere explained that 5G will enable private LTE networks and allow the company to design a more flexible, nimble and connected facility. This will enable new possibilities for the manufacturing process, including edge computing, analytics and autonomous devices, plus smart applications like real-time location systems, asset tracking, inventory management, wearables, building automation, and robotics for operational cost savings.
John Deere will implement 5G at its manufacturing facilities in the county of Rock Island in Illinois, and in Scott County, Dubuque, Polk County and Black Hawk County in Iowa. Rollout will take place in 2022.