Telefnica SA: Telefnica showcases eight 5G pilot use cases in Mlaga
Telefónica, as part of the 5G Andalusia Pilots project by Red.es, successfully executed 8 of 23 use cases aimed at exploring and identifying applications of 5G technology in the city of Malaga. Specifically, eight different use cases have been developed for Malaga Police and University of Malaga in sectors such as security, smart cities and education. This initiative aims to stimulate the deployment of 5G networks and is one of the cornerstones of the Digital Spain 2025 strategy.
Together with the Malaga Police, a more efficient management of urban mobility has been sought and, to this end, five use cases have been developed. Two of them are linked to 5G video transmissions with the police control center; on the one hand, the local police control center monitors, through the use of thirty fixed cameras, urban mobility in the city, and now it has been improved with a mobile camera connected by 5G to the Telefónica network that can be placed anywhere in the city and instantly receive the image in the control center, facilitating urban management tasks.
On the other hand, at the police control center, the images from the police CCTV cameras are broadcast 24 hours a day, but you had to be physically present to view them. Now, police officers will be able to connect via 5G from anywhere and anytime to view and control any of the cameras displayed at the control center. This allows the deployed police officers to simultaneously have the same audiovisual information as the police officers in the control center, which allows better coordination of the police officers.
Two more of the use cases have been applied to crowd and traffic control services using artificial intelligence (AI) video analytics. Thanks to the thirty fixed cameras and 5G mobile cameras deployed in Malaga, using AI, it is possible to monitor the occupation of public spaces in the city by automatically counting in real time how many people occupy the space and how many cross it without the need to mobilize cash.
Finally, Telefónica deployed a private 5G voice and video communications network allowing police officers to communicate with each other based on the latest 3GPP MCX standards. Police officers can use 5G mobiles to communicate with each other using the Walkie Talkie mode (Push to talk) or establish communications between groups of users, but with the security guarantees of their own private network.
University of Malaga: the future of education thanks to 5G
Telefónica works with teachers from the University of Malaga (UMA) to develop advanced educational technological tools that use virtual reality and the virtualization of physical devices. With these proposals, they will offer their students immersive educational experiences and remote access to laboratory equipment with a user experience as if they were physically working with this equipment inside university laboratories, facilitating access to distance of students from educational resources in the current pandemic situation and improve the educational experience with the application of the latest technologies.
One of three 5G-based use cases that have been completed with the Virtual Education Service and UMA’s Institute of Technology and Software Engineering involved using a virtual world to facilitate online teaching between students and teachers where they can interact and where the teacher can use audiovisual resources to teach his subjects. The computer system used is Opensimulator, which allows the interaction of avatars in a virtual 3D world.
Telefónica has provided 5G access to a virtualized environment through which students can perform lab practices remotely, facilitating access to equipment that, due to its high cost, makes it impossible to physically equip dozens of units . This virtualized environment will have, on the one hand, the programming environments used in the course to run the programs developed to access the instrument and consult the radio parameters of the private 5G deployment available in the laboratory. And another project offered to students is remote access to a spectrum analyzer via a 5G connection. Using 5G in both of these use cases provides independent, flexible, and configurable access to the instruments available in the lab.
Finally, a service was launched to access lab PCs through the 5G network using the University’s virtual campus. Thus, students can access a virtualized PC in the UMA laboratories from their workspace to carry out their practical work as if they were in front of their own computer. This avoids the concentration of students in a physical space to be able to do their practical work, since they can do it with direct access and without delay from anywhere on campus with the coverage of the 5G network that Telefónica has deployed in the building. Ada Byron, on the campus of the University of Malaga.
David del Val, CEO of Telefónica R+D, said: “The projects carried out in Malaga have helped us demonstrate that the application of 5G technology represents a qualitative leap for companies and public administrations and shows that it is necessary to continue to seek and invest in innovation so that the country and its companies continue to advance technologically”.
For these projects, Telefónica collaborates with Intel, Wiwynn, which provides EP100 servers for Edge Computing; Neuratum, which provides video analytics solutions with artificial intelligence; and Nemergent, which provides its critical communications solution MCX. In addition, these use cases have been developed within the framework of the 5G Andalusia pilot, promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation through Red.es and co-financed with Feder funds.