Pioneers in applying technology linked to IoT (the Internet of Things), artificial intelligence and satellite technology to maximise performance and minimise the environmental impact of wine production.
Thanks to our work in collaboration with numerous prestigious entities and universities over recent years, we have achieved important advances in the field of viticulture, such as the development of local yeasts extracted from our own vines (which have helped us strengthen the identity of our wines), and the incorporation of drones and geolocators for intelligent vineyard management.
At Emilio Moro, we have always liked to keep one step ahead, and this time we have done it through a collaboration agreement with Vodafone, for the joint creation of a high-quality, sustainable winery, digitally managed through a network of field sensors and the application of artificial intelligence, Big Data and satellite technology to the field. The purpose is to maximise performance and minimise the environmental impact of wine production.
A PIONEERING PROJECT IN SPAIN
Through Vodafone’s ‘Sensing4Farming’ solution, a network of sensors will be installed in our vineyards which, together with the high resolution satellite images obtained in real time, will allow us to measure key environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, soil conductivity and water absorption, as well as the health and vigour of the grapevines themselves. Thanks to artificial intelligence and the application of technology based on Big Data, this data will be processed instantly and immediately sent to the winery oenologists’ and technicians’ mobile tools, so that we can know the ideal quantity of irrigation and fertiliser needed by our vines with complete precision at all times, and decide which areas need to be pruned and when to harvest.
With this project, we are creating the winery of the future: a winery that respects its surroundings. The sensors deployed on the ground will use NB-IoT connectivity by Vodafone, which allows long-life batteries or small, very low power solar panels to be used, significantly improving energy consumption in the wireless transmission of information and its spectral efficiency. The general benefits of the ‘Sensing4Farming’ solution include reduced production costs (thanks to reduced water, fertiliser and energy consumption), increased quantity and quality of production (by permitting a more selective application of the treatments) and a lower environmental impact thanks to reduced fertiliser use.
“TODAY’S INNOVATION IS TOMORROW’S TRADITION”
At the signing of the agreement, our president, José Moro, underlined: “Emilio Moro was founded more than 120 years ago, but innovation is key to our philosophy. That is why we are working with Vodafone to take advantage of the benefits of technologies such as the ‘Internet of Things’ and satellite images.” And he added: “After all, today’s innovators are those who will create tomorrow’s tradition.”