The Spanish Association for Telecommunications users and the Information Society (AUTELSI) gives recognition to the winery from Valladolid for its innovative work in its project for the application of technology to the vineyard linked to IoT (Internet of Things), artificial intelligence and satellite technology.
Given project, the result of a collaboration agreement with Vodafone and its innovative solution ‘ Sensing4Farming ‘ aims to maximize performance and minimize the environmental impact of wine production.
The Spanish Association for Telecommunications users and the Information Society (AUTELSI) is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and develop issues related to the technology of Information and communication. These annual awards, consolidated as a reference in the sector and granted by the votes of the members, recognize and reward the innovation and excellence of projects carried out by public and private entities in order to boost telecommunications. In its latest edition, the Association has awarded, in the category of technological innovation for the improvement of productivity, the winery Bodegas Emilio Moro for its latest project to create the winery of the future. The awards ceremony will take place on March 21st in El Casino de Madrid.
Tradition, innovation and social responsibility are the three values that govern Emilio Moro, one of the most prestigious and dynamic wineries in our country that, in the last few years, has introduced into its productive processes important advances, such as the development of native yeasts extracted from their own vineyards (which have allowed it to reinforce the identity of their wines) or the incorporation of drones and geolocators for the intelligent management of the vineyard. The last step taken in this regard has been the signing of a Collaboration Agreement with Vodafone for the joint creation of a high quality, sustainable and digitally managed winery through the placement of a network of sensors in the vineyards and the application of artificial intelligence, Big Data and satellite technology in the field. All this in order to maximize performance and minimize the environmental impact of wine production.
A pioneering project in Spain
Through Vodafone’s ‘ Sensing4Farming ‘ solution, a network of sensors will be installed in the vineyards of Emilio which, together with satellite images obtained in high resolution and in real time, will allow the winery to measure key environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, soil conductivity and water absorption, or the health of the vines. Thanks to the artificial intelligence and the application of technologies based on BIG data, this data will be processed instantly and sent immediately to the mobile apps of the enologist and technicians in the winery, in such a way that they will be able to know with absolute precision the ideal amount of irrigation and fertilizer their vines require at each moment.
The sensors deployed in the field will also use a Vodafone NB-IoT connectivity, which allows to use long-life batteries or small solar panels with very low power, significantly improving energy consumption in the wireless transmission of information and its spectral efficiency. Therefore, the general benefits of the ‘Sensing4Farming’ solution include reducing production costs (due to the reduced consumption of water, fertilizers and energy), Increasing the quantity and quality of production (By allowing more selective application of treatments) and lower environmental impact Due to the reduced use of fertilizers.
In José Moro words, President of Bodegas Emilio Moro, «We are very proud to receive recognition from the prestigious association AUTELSI, as this indicates that we are on the right track. Our goal is to build the winery of the future, an efficient, modern and environmentally-friendly winery.