Questions raised about reliance of satellite technology for farming
The British satellite Inmarsat I-4 F1, which provides services for East Asia and the Pacific regions, is back in operation after an outage on Sunday.
The incident is prompting farmers and industry groups to examine their backup systems for the technology they are using.
Inmarsat said the outage resulted in the temporary loss of services from the satellite, and the company immediately instigated its recovery procedures.
In Australia, one of the consequences of the outage was some farmers using the service lost access to the GPS services used in precision farming for sowing crops, fertilising and spraying.
The farmers had to resort to pre-technology methods to continue planting or spraying.