This company from the Diggia Group has developed and managed this R&D project in the city of Cáceres. The main objective is the deployment of a private 5G network and the development of use cases that enable the generation of intelligent services for various applications.

Cáceres, Spain – Gamma Solutions has concluded the development of a 5G-SA technology pilot project that explores the possibilities offered by this technology in different strategic verticals of the company. This has been Gamma’s first 5G project, the innovation business line of the Diggia Group, which already has two other projects that follow on from this one, one in Spain and another in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The term 5G not only refers to a specific radio access technology but rather to a wide range of new services in different sectors enabled by mobile communications. 5G technology has a multitude of cross-cutting applications that Gamma Solutions is exploring for commercial exploitation: tourism, autonomous driving for functions such as teleassistance, cyber-physical communication, or management of electrical power grids for energy savings and supply assurance. The characteristics of 5G are classified into the categories of Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC), and Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC).

This pilot project includes several use cases, including: High-Quality Immersive Teletraining in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Automatic Control of Smart Grids, High-Quality Immersive Tourist Experience, Remote Control of Electric Vehicles, and Autonomous Fleet Driving of Electric Vehicles.

The first use case is high-quality immersive teletraining in minimally invasive surgery. By developing a mixed reality training platform supported by 5G technology, the aim is to optimize the learning curve for medical students and residents. Thanks to this platform, they will have access to high-quality video materials and interactive 3D holograms, as well as real-time access to training sessions or live surgeries carried out at the Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Center through an interactive 360º high-resolution view.

The second use case is the automatic control of smart grids. To achieve this, a 5G-supported smart grid has been deployed at the Cáceres Campus of the University of Extremadura. This smart grid is capable of analyzing customer behavior in real time and intelligently adapting the necessary resources to meet supply demand with maximum security.

In the tourism field, an interactive mixed reality tourist application has been developed in an emblematic area of the Monumental City of Cáceres. This application uses geolocation to provide interactive and educational information about the monuments surrounding the user. This improves the tourist offer according to the needs and expectations of our increasingly technological and hyperconnected society.

On the other hand, the successful development of a remote control system for electric vehicles has been completed. This system uses 5G communications to transfer the management of electric vehicles to a control center, where a “virtual driver” is capable of remotely controlling the vehicle. This system will provide all the information that would be obtained if the vehicle were driven on-site, as well as the information captured by a set of sensors deployed in the test scenario.

Finally, an autonomous fleet driving system for electric vehicles has been implemented. This sustainable transportation system relies on 5G technology to advance autonomous driving towards a system in which an artificial intelligence center processes the information captured by both the electric vehicles’ sensors and the environmental sensors. This provides global information about the context in which each vehicle is located and subsequently sends movement commands to enable each vehicle to autonomously reach its destination.

The 5G-SA pilot project is one of the major initiatives of the Diggia Group in its commitment to R&D&i, where the entity has invested its own resources to transform the University Campus of Cáceres and the city center into a hyperconnected space capable of hosting large-scale projects. The capabilities developed in this project will allow for the exploration of new paths of technological development and the customization of each 5G solution to the specific needs and requirements of each client.

Thanks to this project, the city of Cáceres has become a hyperconnected base for the development of large-scale technological innovation projects. The foundations have been laid for the realization of future technological innovation projects using a private 5G network in strategic sectors at the national level. Additionally, expertise in 5G technology has been acquired, positioning Gamma Solutions among the leading entities specialized in 5G technology. This project also helps promote R&D&i in Extremadura, as well as company-university collaboration and knowledge transfer. Lastly, it has boosted quality employment and technological development in Extremadura through the generation of direct and indirect jobs for graduates in the ICT sector.

The Extremadura 5G Pilot Project is part of the pilot projects of the National 5G Plan through two co-financed calls with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), driven by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation through the Public Business Entity The Cáceres project is the only one in this plan led by an independent company outside of the major telecommunications operators.

“We are pleased to lead this 5G technology pilot project, which demonstrates our commitment to innovation and cutting-edge technology,” said Carmen Barrantes, project manager. “We hope that this project can contribute to the technological development of these types of applications. In the Diggia Group, we firmly believe in the commercial viability of this technology and we are already working on similar projects as a continuation of this one.”