The Spanish Association of Telecommunications and Information Society Users (AUTELSI) has given recognition to the research work of our winery for the project of application of technologies linked to the IoT (Internet of Things), artificial intelligence and satellite technology to winegrowing.
Said project is the result of a collaboration agreement with Vodafone and its innovative ‘Sensing4Farming’ solution. Its objective is to maximise the performance and minimise the environmental impact of wine production.
The award ceremony, attended by José Moro, president of the winery, took place last Thursday at the Casino de Madrid.
The Spanish Association of Telecommunications and Information Society Users (AUTELSI) is a non-profit organisation which aims to foster, boost and promote the study, research and spread of knowledge for the development of the Information Society in our country. Their yearly awards, consolidated as the leader in the sector and granted by vote of the associates, recognise and reward the innovation and excellence of the projects carried out by public and private entities to boost telecommunications. In the fifth round of said prizes, the Association has awarded Bodegas Emilio Moro in the category of Technological Innovation for the Improvement of Productivity, for our latest project to create the winery of the future.
The award ceremony took place last Thursday 21 March at the Casino de Madrid. José Moro, our president, received the prize from Benjamí Villoslada Gil, member of the Board of Directors of AUTELSI. As José Moro said during the act:
“We are very proud to receive this recognition from the AUTELSI association, which shows that we are on the right track. Our objective is to build the winery of the future, a modern, efficient winery that is respectful to the environment.”
A PIONEERING PROJECT IN SPAIN
Tradition, innovation and social responsibility are the three values which govern this winery. Over recent years, we have introduced significant advances in our productive processes, such as the development of local yeasts extracted from our own vines, and the incorporation of drones and geolocators for intelligent vineyard management. Our latest step in this sense has been a collaboration agreement with Vodafone for the joint creation of a high-quality, sustainable winery, digitally managed through a network of sensors in the vineyards and the application of artificial intelligence, Big Data and satellite technology to the field. The purpose of all this is to maximise performance and minimise the environmental impact of wine production.
Through Vodafone’s ‘Sensing4Farming’ solution, a network of sensors will be installed in our vineyards which, together with 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, and the health of the grapevines. 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.
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.