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Adif AV Will Invest 20.5 M€ in the Deployment of the 5G Network for the Digitalisation of 10 Strategic Logistics Terminals

Adif AV Will Invest 20.5 M€ in the Deployment of the 5G Network for the Digitalisation of 10 Strategic Logistics Terminals
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21 / 01 / 2023

Adif Alta Velocidad has given a new boost to the deployment of the network to support 5G coverage in ten strategic logistics terminals, to boost their digitisation and, with it, the automation of processes and the reduction of rail freight transport costs.

The contract for the drafting of the construction project, supply, works, installation, maintenance and operation of the infrastructure of this network has been awarded 20.5 million euros to the joint venture (Unión Temporal de Empresas) made up of Nokia Spain and Tradia Telecom.

The logistics terminals where this deployment will be carried out are Vicálvaro and Villaverde (Madrid); Zaragoza Plaza; Barcelona Can Tunis and Barcelona La Llagosta; Valencia Fuente San Luis; Seville Majarabique; Vitoria Júndiz; Bilbao; and Valladolid.

The development of this infrastructure will guarantee advanced connectivity services for high-density environments, as well as the implementation of different 5G technology applications, which will enable the use of Internet of Things (IoT) networks, essential for monitoring critical assets.

In this way, the 5G infrastructure will enable the provision of advanced logistics services, with partial or total automation, and will facilitate the 'intelligent' management of goods traffic, thus speeding up transits and facilitating intermodality. Furthermore, the installation of a 5G network in rail infrastructures will promote the interconnection of the main transport nodes of the rail system efficiently, resulting in more sustainable and intelligent mobility. 

In addition to the use of the infrastructure deployed by Adif and Adif AV, the contract provides for the provision to telecommunications operators of the necessary infrastructure to make their services available in areas where their deployment would not currently be economically viable.

The proposed solution will consist of a radio system and be based on two independent radio networks. One is for Adif's self-provision of services deploying coverage in the 2,300 Mhz band throughout the terminal area, and another is for the operators' services, based on the sharing of radio access elements, which will deploy umbrella coverage throughout the terminal area in the 700 Mhz band and provide coverage in the 3,500 Mhz band in areas with high traffic density.

Aggregation and maximisation of telecommunications assets

This new infrastructure for the 5G network will join Adif and Adif AV's portfolio of telecommunications assets, currently comprising a fibre optic network of more than 24,000 km, 1,900 technical buildings and more than 700 mobile sites. Both companies are analysing their business model to consolidate their position in the telecommunications market.

The 5G network deployment project will maximise Adif and Adif AV's telecommunications assets so that, with the support of industry players (telecommunications operators, manufacturers and suppliers and other infrastructure operators), better service can be provided to citizens and companies, thus helping global technological development, as well as improving performance for the railway system.

5G in the railway of the future

5G technology will be a critical catalyst in the digitisation of the economy in the coming years. Among the use cases with the greatest potential and impact on the rail system are:

  • Advanced logistics services: it will drive smart management of logistics facilities, enabling optimisation of storage space, and increasing efficiency in the use of facilities
  • Advanced rail operations: real-time traffic management, through precise train location and constant, very low latency communication between track and train. In addition, it allows for an increased level of control over the rail infrastructure through enhanced 24/7 surveillance methods via CCTV systems, drones and wireless sensors in stations and trains
  • Railway communications: it will facilitate the connection between the train and the command centre, either as the central communication network or as a fibre backup
  • Infrastructure maintenance: it will enable maintenance through improved data analysis to detect failures before they occur. It will also open the opportunity to develop advanced tools (such as augmented reality devices) that increase the effectiveness of maintenance. Another example is the improved capability of spare parts inventory management
  • Autonomous trains: enabling the development of new forms of automated driving
  • End-user applications: positive impact on customer satisfaction and opening up new opportunities, with applications that will enable location-based information, smart parking management, new entertainment offerings, etc.

Source: Adif AV Press Releases