The low Earth orbit satellite systems that are now emerging are expected to revolutionize the internet and help rural families and farmers looking for remote internet.

Satellites to change rural internet delivery

Low earth satellites help solve latency issues of earlier satellites

Reading Time: 2 minutes Elon Musk’s Starlink low Earth orbit (LEO) network has been awarded US$885 million over 10 years to build rural internet access in the United States. This amounts to an almost billion-dollar vote of confidence in a service that is at the preliminary consumer testing stage. Why it matters: Better quality internet will help drive more […] Read more

Ottawa research farm focuses on technology

Ottawa research farm focuses on technology

Invest Ottawa aims to link agriculture with national capital tech sector

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new innovation cluster on a former research farm in Nepean, Ont., is expected to boost artificial intelligence (AI) and remote-sensing technology to Canada’s farmers. “I’m not even a farmer, and I’m really excited about it,” said Michael Tremblay, chief executive officer of Invest Ottawa. Why it matters: Having access to made-in-Canada offerings of data […] Read more

Resettled farmer Stanford Mandizha holds a maize cob grown on his six hectare farm near Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, July 26, 2017.

Satellite data brings farming advice to remote areas of Zimbabwe

When roads are bad and extension agents few, technology can help get farmers the information they need

Reading Time: 4 minutes Thomson Reuters Foundation – Deep in rural western Zimbabwe, where paved roads are nonexistent, Japhet Ngwenya used to spend every season worrying that the people who advise him on how to protect his crops from dry spells and pest invasions would not be able to reach him. Ngwenya’s farm — in Ntabazinduna, 40 km north […] Read more