The mobile operator will use a combination of technologies to prevent fires at agricultural sites and warehouses.
Orange says it will rely on its standalone 5G network which it calls “5G+” for the project. This network will enable edge computing and low latency features.
It will use information from IoT sensors, drones and autonomous robots to predict the risk of fire. Thermal anomalies will be analysed by artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the risk of a fire breaking out.
The project is being funded in part by the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation. Orange will invest €4 million, while the Ministry will contribute €1.3 million.
“This project is an example of the great potential that Edge Computing technology, supported by a 5G+ network, has in the business world,” says Joaquín Colino, B2B general director at Orange. “These two technologies allow data processing to be carried out very close to the place where it is generated, which is key in all applications that require immediate response times, such as industrial automation, security services or the development of smart cities.”