Last Friday (26), the largest Brazilian university campus connected with 5G technology was inaugurated inside the Facens University Center, in Sorocaba (SP). On site, the first Center of Excellence in Technology 4.0 will operate.

The opening event featured demonstrations from companies in the technology and telecommunications sector, including Motorola, Claro, Ericsson, Embratel and Qualcomm, in addition to John Deere, specialized in machinery for agribusiness.


The inauguration was attended by President Jair Bolsonaro, in addition to the participation of the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, astronaut Marcos Pontes.

According to Pontes, investing in technology is to ensure a better quality of life for the population. “If the country wants to be competitive in the international environment, especially in terms of the return of the pandemic, we need to invest in new technologies and in the automation of systems used by companies so that they are more efficient in production,” he said. 

The event was also attended by the minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Tereza Cristina; by the Minister of Communications, Fábio Faria; and by the mayor of the city, Rodrigo Manga.  

Pioneer in innovation 

The MCTI Center of Excellence in Technology 4.0, also known as 5G Smart Campus Facens, is a pioneer in the country in the “five-fold helix” concept, which unites technology and innovation in favor of technological development, mainly through the Internet of Things (IoT), in addition to robotics. 

Integrated to the National IoT Plan and the National Strategy for Digital Transformation, the center is part of the Sorocaba Technological Park and will work on technologies integrated with 5G, replicated in large, medium and small industries, universities, technical schools, entities and organizations, in all processes, such as manufacturing, logistics, training and people development.  

Thus, the expectation is that new jobs will also be created in various sectors of the economy.

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5G in agribusiness 

To demonstrate how 5G technology helps in agribusiness, there was a demonstration of a sprayer connected to the network through a Moto G100 cell phone as signal transmitter. 

Solemnity in Sorocaba opens new doors for investments in technologies in various sectors of the Brazilian economy. Image: Neila Rocha / Agência Brasil

Process automation is an intelligent system that allows for greater precision in the application of inputs in crops, with the machine itself reading and applying the right amount of products, avoiding waste and improving yield by more than 67%. 

The delegation observed how the combination of technologies connected by the cloud is successful in the undertaking, being a great advance for the sector that corresponds to almost 30% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. 

“As everyone knows, a country that does not develop its science and technology is condemned to be enslaved by others that have the technology. Agro held our economy last year, and this technology is very welcome”, said President Jair Bolsonaro. 

The expectation is that the 5G Smart Campus Facens will foster research, projects and develop digital solutions for various segments, including automotive, industrial, smart cities, telemedicine and education. 

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