Three use cases based on 5G and Edge Computing have been implemented, providing low latency and real-time processing capabilities, as well as augmented reality and 3D modelling.
To this end, a dedicated private 5G network has been deployed with 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz millimetre band frequencies, as well as an Edge Computing centre.
This initiative is being developed within the framework of the first call for grants to promote 5G from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation through Red.es with ERDF funds.
Telefónica España together with Navantia, Ericsson, Cinfo and Idronia have implemented three 5G use cases for ship repair and construction at the Navantia shipyard in Ferrol, making the shipyard the first in Europe with dedicated 5G infrastructure. This initiative is being developed within the framework of the first call for grants to promote 5G from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation through Red.es with ERDF funds.
Specifically, it uses the advantages of low latency and high real-time processing capacity offered by 5G and Edge Computing combined with virtual reality with very high quality visualisations and 3D modelling. To this end, a dedicated private 5G network coverage has been deployed with frequencies in both 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz millimetre bands, as well as an Edge Computing centre at a Telefónica headquarters in A Coruña, some 60 kilometres from the shipyard. This enables the ability to run use case applications such as augmented reality in real time and with low latency.
The three use cases that have been deployed are:
As Donato Martínez Pérez de Rojas, Navantia's Director of Technologies and Digital Transformation, pointed out, "the use of 5G is one of the key technologies for the evolution towards the 4.0 shipyard, which will optimise the entire production process and which, in the case of Ferrol, will turn the shipyard into a reference in the construction of state-of-the-art frigates".
In the project, Ericsson has collaborated in the deployment of the dedicated 5G network, as well as providing one of the world's first antennas for European millimetre bands, with which download speeds of several Gbps have been achieved. Cinfo, a company specialising in video and artificial intelligence technologies, has developed virtual reality applications using Microsoft's Hololens 2 glasses, the most advanced on the market, which allow hands-free operation. Idronia, a startup that develops customised solutions in the field of digital transformation, has worked on 3D scanning streaming, which is essential for the third use case of block construction of ships.
This is a further step in Navantia's transformation project towards the Navantia 4.0 of the future, in which technologies such as IoT, big data, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and robotics play a fundamental role.
In this regard, it is worth highlighting the recent announcement of the collaboration between Telefónica Tech and Navantia to commercialise and develop cybersecurity and comprehensive technological security projects for the Defence and naval sector at national and international level. Telefónica Tech, Telefónica's digital business holding company, and Navantia will collaborate in the design, supply, configuration and implementation of cybersecurity solutions and technologies and related services, as well as in simulation, training and education. The collaboration will extend to the field of military air, land and maritime platforms during their life cycle.