Iowa Network Services Inc. and an Oklahoma-based supplier of video surveillance and business applications are teaming up to deliver what they call “smart-farm technology,” which they say will improve farm operations and increase safety and security in rural Iowa, all through the use of smartphones and tablet computers.

Farmers can monitor the temperature and humidity inside their grain bins, make certain that $500,000 combines are safe and secure in the equipment shed and check activity on the 160-acre field that is located three miles or farther from the homestead.

All that is required is a broadband connection for the smartphone or tablet.

The smart-farm technology is part of Iowa Network Services’ goal to spread broadband access across rural Iowa through its participation in IowaLinkedUp, a coalition made up of the Iowa Telecommunications Association the Rural Iowa Independent Telephone Association.

The company has joined forces with Clear2there, which is based in Oklahoma City and provides a range of technology-based services for home and business customers.