Innovation is one of the main tools for a company to guarantee its sustainability, efficiency and competitiveness. In our case, our continued commitment to innovation has made us the most innovative Spanish utility, and the third most innovative in Europe, according to the European Commission's classification.
You're presumably familiar with the concept of the startup, but have you heard about scale-ups? These are companies that have grown over the last three financial years at an annual rate above 20% in terms of number of employees or turnover and reaching this scale is the dream of any budding entrepreneur. Here we try to untangle the steps that need to be taken to take this great leap forward.
Drones that monitor hundreds of acres to assess the health of crops and animals, smart sensors to help in the early detection of infestations, and automatic systems that water, fertilise and fumigate each plot depending on its specific characteristics and on the weather forecast. These are just some of the virtues of smart farming - the concept that may help to eradicate hunger in an over-populated future.
Iberdrola is strongly committed to industry, innovation and infrastructure and contributes directly to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 9. The group is committed to accelerating its investments in renewable energy, digitisation and electric mobility to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation. Thus, in 2020 it will invest 10 billion euros, hire 5,000 new workers and maintain agreements with its suppliers. The company is also the third-most-innovative utility in the world.
Self-driving vehicles, augmented reality and eHealth apps are just some of the innovations that we can put to use and optimise thanks to Edge Computing, a new paradigm that relocates cloud data processing to its source, reducing latency and energy consumption. We'll give you a basic insight into the intricacies of this technology, which is linked to the IoT (Internet of Things) and the 5G network.
Educational robots enable students of all ages to become familiar with and deepen their knowledge of robotics and programming, while at the same time learning other cognitive skills. Find out how robots can help your children's education and which are the most popular among the wide range of robots available on the market.
A new wave of innovation is coming, which will not only change what we do, but who we are. The future will be defined by people who are capable of adopting new ways of working, sharing and collaborating.