Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo

Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo SA (TID) is the innovation company of the Telefónica Group. Founded in 1988. It contributes to the Group’s competitiveness and modernity through technological innovation. To achieve this aim the company applies new ideas, concepts and practices in addition to developing advanced products and services, It is the largest private R&D centre in Spain as regards activity and resources, and is the most active company in Europe in terms of European research projects in the ICT sector. Over the last few years, within the global market TID has grown to become a network of centres of technological excellence that stretches far beyond the Spanish borders. At the same time, it is working for the companies in the Telefónica Group in the rest of Europe, America and Asia. In addition to the numerous technical awards it has won since its foundation, the company received the Principe Felipe Award for Business Excellence in 2002.

TID staff has a long experience in new network architectures and is involved in several internal initiatives and collaboration projects related to them. The team also has a long experience in participating and contributing to standards organisations and open source initiatives, currently reflected by the instrumental position played in the creation and the leadership in the ETSI NFV ISG, the ETSI OSM OSG, and the position of the TID staff within the Open Daylight project. Finally, our direct connection with a global organization providing Internet services at all levels will ease the collection of knowledge from additional experts, as well as the assessment and evaluation of results in (next-to) real environments.

TID cooperates with ASTI, an international company founded in 1982 in Burgos, Spain, which is involved in engineering and development of made to measure solutions for logistics. ASTI activity goes from the project analysis in material handling and internal logistics to the development, manufacture and starting up of the designed solutions, as well as all the maintenance along the installation life. The developed solutions by ASTI have contributed to achieve significant cost savings as well as significant quality improvements in its customers’ supplies, among them there are leading multinational companies from sectors as diverse as food and beverage, aeronautics, automotive, pharmacy, metal wiring, cosmetics, hospital or banking. AGV systems are the core of ASTI solutions.

ASTI is one of the core vertical participants in the 5TONIC lab and has run several experiments and validation campaigns to improve the communication abilities of its AGVs towards the factories, improving the security, performance and reliability. Their involvement with TID will consolidate these experiments, enhance the demonstration for Industry 4.0 scenario and contribute to a better understanding of new target applications. The number of PMs allocated to ASTI activities can be found in Section 4.2.