Big Data news and updates
From hurricanes to mosquitoes
We collaborated with UNICEF Innovation on the Magic Box project in Colombia to develop an easy-to-use interface that connects surveillance data and uses our technically sophisticated modeling machinery to make epidemic forecasts. Pedro Antonio de Alarcon, Director of the Big Data area for Social Good and Sports Analytics of LUCA, underlines that “our objective is to model the spread of the Zika virus with human mobility patterns that can be obtained from anonymized and aggregated mobile data”.
12 great professionals respond
These twelve professionals of the technological sector have made a name as referents in the computing landscape. In this article they shared their trajectory and how they got to where they are. Among them, Richard Benjamins, Ambassador of Big Data and IA of Telefónica, shares his vision on the shortage of technical people with a profile in Artificial Intelligence, and the need to know how to use them in a responsible manner, and the study of various fields of application such as medicine, government or energy, for example.
How Telefónica is helping other businesses utilise Big Data
An interview with Elena Gil about the differential value of LUCA, the data unit of Telefonica, and the objective of helping businesses understand how Big Data can help them. The use of big data and artificial intelligence is already revolutionising all sectors, “in general, businesses are very open to collaborating on big data topics because they find themselves very lost. Some only want us to assist them in the beginning and others want us to take them through the whole process.” Moreover, she wanted to emphasise the importance of privacy, “we always use anonymised data, and the company will always put the privacy of its clients first”.
Big Data joins the squad
LUCA is the latest Movistar Team signing, and it will become one of the most important members of the team Pedro A. de Alarcón explains that “Within LUCA there is an innovative sprit and explorer of all possibilities that data offers to society. And one of the areas that interests us most is sport.” Thus, from the area of Sports Analytics at LUCA, we will be able to help improve the performance of individual cyclists and the whole team.
Telefónica goups its B2B services in Telefónica Empresas
Under the new brand “Telefónica Empresas” the telco offers an integrated solution directed at big companies and SMEs. The client businesses will have access to the capabilities, services and solutions provided by the diverse units of business within the company such as Eleven Paths, Acens and LUCA. There is also an offer directed at large companies mas well as smaller ones in the public sector.
A hyper-connected world
The internet of things is a growing trend with increased interest and progressive growth, but it´s still a long way from reaching full maturity. The key to IoT is found in data, its extraction and its value.
Andrés Padilla, Director of New IoT Business at Telefónica, says that “At Telefónica, we are extending the capacities of our IoT services, including efficiency in energy, retail, mobility, and industry… with all the potential that gives to analytical technology, in the hands of LUCA, whose experience and differential capacities in this matter reaches a global level”.
Telefónica awarded three projects for its Sustainable Innovation Initiative
Telefónica has awarded three projects in the IV edition of its Sustainable Innovation Initiative (IIS). The winning projects address the most urgent challenges for humanity according to the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations. The first winning project, Producing Right !, will be developed in Ecuador together with the BovControl startup, accelerated by Wayra Brasil, and the LUCA Big Data for Social Good team.
Movistar Team launches 2019 season with highest hopes
Men’s and women’s squads supported by Movistar announce their plans at Madrid’s Telefónica HQ to start their 40th year of activity. The brand’s Chief Data Officer, Chema Alonso, offered two demonstrations on the importance of Big Data and cognitive research in cycling, for both training planning and racing analysis. As a very illustrative example, data was shown on the intensity and speed figures reached by Alejandro Valverde in his World Championship victory in Austria last September. All information on the initiative is gathered at LUCA’s website.