AgTech Digital Solutions Partnerships

RuralUrban Labs Partners with Hawk Networks to Build a 5G Smart Farm and HardTech Hub in Camden

RuralUrban Labs, a research and development firm emphasizing “HardTech” and the societal implications of merging rural and urban entrepreneurs, has announced a strategic partnership with Hawk Networks. They plan to create a 5G Smart Farm and a HardTech hub, using Hawk Networks’ Althea platform and KeyLTE™ to deliver state-of-the-art farm-wide connectivity. This technology will drive the testing and development of next-generation automated farm equipment and machinery, set to be rolled out across farms around Camden.

Hawk Networks developed KeyLTE™ as an innovative solution for establishing private LTE and 5G networks. It uses an edge EPC (evolved packet core) incorporated into the home router. This cost-effective solution allows farmers in Indiana to construct connectivity solutions with the simplicity of setting up a Wi-Fi network.

The collaboration involves a joint investment by Hawk Networks and RuralUrban Labs to provide high-speed broadband internet to Camden’s residents. Hawk Networks will operate as a Virtual Network Operator, supporting the deployment of a high-speed broadband network using fiber optic, fixed wireless, and CBRS LTE technologies. Hawk Networks, powered by the Althea software platform, is a virtual network services deployment leader. The Althea system offers an innovative network traffic routing and billing solution, enabling network construction and operation in communities currently lacking affordable and fast internet and mobile options.

Deborah Simpier, Founder and CEO of Hawk Networks, underscored the capacity of Althea’s technology to provide robust connectivity in a sustainable, community-driven manner. “Communities like Camden can build holistic networks with Althea,” Simper said. She also expressed eagerness to cooperate with RuralUrban Labs to enable broadband access and support AgTech innovation at Camden’s 500 Acre 5G Farm.

This partnership will allow RuralUrban Labs to expand the influence of innovative Agtech, autonomous, and artificial intelligence solutions currently being tested and deployed in Camden. These solutions include connecting 20 acres of the RuralUrban Labs “5G Farm – Carbon Sequestration Testbed”. This expansion will align with RuralUrban Labs’ mission to enhance local high school students’ educational opportunities through 21st-century internships and other socially conscious engagements.

Neil Mylet, the founder of RuralUrban Labs, commented on the partnership: “We are developing, testing, and commercializing cutting-edge revolutionary Agtech on these 500 acres of land, covered by numerous patents designed to improve farmers’ livelihoods.” He continued, stating that the collaboration with Hawk Networks, using KeyLTE™ for necessary connectivity, will allow them to concentrate on tech commercialization more comprehensively.

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