1. A demonstration of centralized control of an automated guided vehicle was carried out, one of the results of the 5G EVE project, which seeks a development and interconnection of existing European sites in Spain, France, Italy and Greece to form a unique 5G end-to-end facility.
  2. The vehicle also incorporates real-time video processing technology to identify obstacles such as people or objects.
  3. 5TONIC appeals to all Spanish startups that have a 5G project to take advantage of the platform which provides them an innovation laboratory such as 5TONIC.

Madrid, 8th of October.- 5TONIC, the open research and innovation laboratory on 5G technologies founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks, has been present, thanks to Wayra, the open innovation hub of Telefónica, in the 2019 edition of the South Summit, the most important event on entrepreneurship and innovation in Spain, which took place on October 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

5G technology has played a central role in this South Summit edition, which importance has been reflected in the round table ‘5G: The next generation of wireless technology’. 5TONIC has been present in this debate thanks to the interventions of Juan Carlos García, Director of Technology and Architecture of Telefónica; and Mario Buritica, Business Development Manager for EMEA at Intel, a company member of the laboratory.

The two participants have pointed out that 5G technology is an innovation vehicle for entrepreneurs around the world, and they both have underlined the very important role that 5TONIC has in the development of this innovation, as a support space for technological startups. The debate was also joined by Félix González Quesada, Senior Vice President Business Development at Fractus Antennas; Luis Olivera, CEO at Aircisión, who presented the vision of the startup world in two different geographical environments such as Spain and the Netherlands; and Federico Ruiz, Director of the Spain’s 5G National Observatory, which has shown the vision of the Public Administrations.

Within the event, 5TONIC has carried out a demonstration of the 5G EVE project, which supports 5G use cases for the industry with complex requirements. The project, in which Telefónica, Ericsson, Carlos III University of Madrid and ASTI also participate, includes as one of its results the development of an automated guided vehicle (AGV) in which the control thereof is taken out of the vehicle and centralize thanks to the wireless connectivity provided by 5G. The developed system also incorporates real-time video processing technology to identify obstacles such as people or objects. In addition, it has a performance panel with the main KPIs that provide the user with real-time information of the main network and application parameters.

The demo relies on the 5G infrastructure including Radio and Core enabled by Ericsson at 5TONIC lab and uses ASTI’s commercial AGVs, that due to its size and weight remain at 5TONIC Lab in Leganés, Madrid. AGVs play a significant role in the logistics of modern factories, and their performance can be optimized taking advantage of the wireless connectivity provided by 5G.

"The 5G digital product transformation will create immense business opportunities, both for consolidated SMEs and for new start-ups. There will be a huge global market for services and integrated 5G products for the industry as a whole, but also for games, autonomous vehicles, healthcare, energy, security, etc. In short, in all the sectors of activity," said Arturo Azcorra, Vice President of 5TONIC.


About 5TONIC

5TONIC was founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks Institute with a clear vision to create an open research and innovation ecosystem laboratory in which industry and academia come together to boost technology and business innovative ventures. The laboratory promotes joint project development, joint entrepreneurial ventures, discussion fora, events and conference sites, all in an international environment of the highest impact. 5TONIC serves to show the capabilities and interoperation of pre-commercial 5G equipment, services and applications, by leading global companies in the 5G arena. The laboratory was recently awarded Digital Innovation Hub status by the European Commission.