The company has connected several shepherds' huts in Castilla y León to the Internet via satellite in order to modernise their facilities and encourage the implementation of more efficient livestock management models
With Ovinnova, Eurona seeks to dignify the shepherd's profession, providing modern means and more comforts to their infrastructures to increase the attractiveness of the profession
Eurona, the expert in connectivity services and solutions for disconnected rural areas, is using satellite Internet to promote an innovative transhumance model - what it has called e-trashumance - in its bid to revitalise rural areas and tackle the pressing problem of depopulation, which threatens more than 40% of Spanish municipalities.
Bearing in mind that one of the many reasons for the decline of transhumance has been the deterioration and poor condition of pastoral infrastructures in mountain passes: often without electricity, running water, access to mobile coverage and Internet, the company has teamed up with the Ovinnova group - a multi-sector consortium co-financed by the Ministry of Agriculture and the EU through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - to improve these infrastructures by providing them with Internet connection and thus contribute to increasing the competitiveness of shepherding in strategic provinces for this activity, such as León and Palencia.
In this way, Eurona has installed satellite Internet in different shepherds' huts located in mountain passes with the aim of modernising shepherding facilities and enabling more efficient livestock management models to be applied, as well as optimising technical and logistical assistance, thus promoting transhumance and the sustainable conservation of mountain habitats.
This measure therefore seeks to dignify the profession of shepherds, providing modern means and more comfort to their facilities in order to increase the attractiveness of the profession and even stimulate the arrival of young professionals who want to carry out this work and revitalise these areas.
The company thus contributes to boosting the potential of activities that can be an economic revulsive for Empty Spain, such as transhumance, which for centuries has been key to the conservation of extensive livestock farming, and an incentive to attract new settlers to the countryside.
And this is not the first time. Eurona already has extensive experience in connecting agri-food farms, from farms such as the ones it is connecting in Ireland in order to facilitate the empowerment of the countryside and guarantee the future of the sector in the country. Or livestock farms such as the one in Mediana del Voltoya in Ávila with more than 130 cattle wearing sensorised collars that allow the status and location of the animals to be monitored at all times via satellite. Also farms such as Florette in Alicante, from where crop management data is transmitted in real time.
Eurona believes that the magnitude of the demographic challenge requires not only the administrations but also the private sector and society as a whole to do their part to put an end to depopulation. Thus, the company has opted for satellite technology to bring Internet to places hitherto devoid of telecommunications infrastructure, offering an immediate and viable connectivity solution.
Eurona is convinced that the ultra-fast Internet connection has a tractor impact on the economic activity of rural areas, allowing, among other things, the creation of a new business fabric linked to sustainability and the digital transformation of rural businesses, generating employment, fixing population and evolving towards a more egalitarian and just society.
According to Fernando Ojeda, CEO of Eurona, "the seasonal migration of livestock to graze pastures has been an activity of great economic, cultural and ecological value for centuries. With the advent of the Internet, we can now contribute to changing the livestock business model by helping to preserve the economy of rural areas and also their biodiversity.