Car Of The Future Could Already Circulate In Matanza de Soria

In March, Cellnex, Nokia and Quobis concluded the Lean innovation project (acronym for low cost, emerging countries, architecture, network infrastructure, in English) with the installation of an antenna in Matanza de Soria that allows this small town without coverage a car of the future can circulate in an emptied Spain, without a driver, or even fly an autonomous drone with advanced data collection systems.

The project “pursues the deployment of advanced, neutral and shared mobile broadband telecommunications infrastructures in extreme rural areas without connectivity, in order to promote their sustainable economic development and facilitate their digital transformation, enabling key applications such as the transmission of data in time. real or local processing “, as explained by Cellnex in the press release distributed in March.

The two main characteristics of the antenna (in the photo) are the mobile broadband connectivity (4G and 5G) and the completely autonomous power supply using renewable energies – solar panels, a wind turbine and a large lithium battery cabinet that accumulates the energy. -, and during the barely two months of the Lean project, it demonstrated a large part of its potential in “a series of use cases in collaboration with the Bodega de La Loba [Ribera del Duero denomination of origin]”, thanks to the coverage that promptly allowed MásMóvil.

Since the innovation program ended, the antenna has been inactive, without providing service, waiting for an operator to take over a facility that could change the future of a forgotten region and serve as a precedent for other rural areas of the peninsula. Ibérica that have been emptying for decades , victims of policies that have favored the concentration of activity in large cities against healthier and more sustainable lifestyles, both from the ecological point of view and from the conciliation point of view.

An almost obligatory and urgent advance, in a world that with the coronavirus pandemic has inevitably turned towards the digitization of production, for which, given the lack of initial profitability offered by this lonely antenna for operators such as Movistar, Orange or Vodafone , It is once again “necessary for public administrations to get involved, starting with the same City Council [of San Esteban de Gormaz, of which Matanza de Soria is a district], laments Ana Carazo, the winery that tested the data collection systems related to atmospheric and earth temperature and humidity, as well as the levels of infrared and ultraviolet radiation with sensors installed in its centenary vineyards at the beginning of the year.

Waiting for European money
This oenologist is convinced of the need to connect Matanza de Soria, and of course the rest of emptied Spain , to get it out of the deep demographic crisis it is suffering, but different sources consulted by elEconomista, aware of the Lean project , agree that the administrations They would be waiting for the arrival of money from the European Union (EU) reconstruction fund – the Next Generation EU – to meet the cost of an operator covering the antenna.

“Nokia has been carrying out this type of project throughout Europe, we can not be left behind, ” insists Ana Carazo, from La Loba, who considers that the combination of digitization and the world of wine, and rural areas in general, is now irreversible. , “and crucial to compete . ”

Cellnex: “It seeks to transform the ‘white” areas, where the mobile phone dies ”
Aitor Rubio, Cellnex product strategist, directly involved in Lean , acknowledges that “from testing to commercialization” of an antenna like the one in Matanza de Soria “many steps have to be taken”, but he agrees with the winery in the potential for rural environments, specifically in “areas that we call white, where the mobile phone dies “.

This head of innovation at the largest communication tower company in Europe recalls that “the site had serious problems in obtaining the necessary energy , there was difficulty in obtaining a traditional connection, but, at the same time, it was the ideal place for it will work 100% with clean energy “, concludes Aitor Rubio, from Cellnex.

If there is something left over in emptied Spain, it is space to place solar panels or windmills such as those mounted by the Matanza de Soria antenna, thanks to which “in a place where it is very difficult to carry fiber and get energy”, today it could be have 5G, “which automatically changes the reality of companies.”

4G and 5G technology, users’ mobile access terminal equipment, and high-capacity radio link transport equipment were provided by Nokia. Quobis provided its platform to connect people to each other, people to machines, and machines to machines. Cellnex integrated the antenna into its infrastructure to allow the execution of the pilot project.

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