SEAT and Telefónica unite to bring 5G and blockchain technology to the car industry
Telefónica has reached an agreement with SEAT to further promote the use of 5G and blockchain technology in the car industry.
The two European heavyweights have united as they look to drive the digitisation of the industry through the sharing of ideas and technologies.
Telefónica will become the 'strategic IT supplier' to SEAT, working in three specific areas: the shared use of insights, the application of 5G connectivity and digital transformation projects in car manufacturing.
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That includes, as an Industry 4.0 initiative, the implementation of blockchain technology that will allow manufacturers to track different areas of their supply chains.
"With this agreement, SEAT consolidates itself as a benchmark in the sector’s digitisation," said SEAT President Luca de Meo.
"Joining forces with Telefónica as a strategic partner enables us to take a major step forward in our commitment to offering mobility solutions that make lives easier for the drivers of our vehicles."
Telefónica España President Luis Miguel Gilpérez added: "New technologies are truly going to trigger a revolution in the automotive sector, and at Telefónica we want to be the leading partner in helping SEAT spearhead this new phase."
"How big data and blockchains will influence the sector, or how decisive 5G will be for the future of the autonomous and connected car are a few of the innovations that Telefónica and SEAT are going to work on together."
HCL: Helping businesses adapt for the digital age
Possessing a distinguished 44-year heritage in the sector, HCL Technologies (formerly Hindustan Computers Limited) is an Indian multinational headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
With a client base that includes half of the Fortune 500 and 650 of the Global 2000, its expertise and value as a partner for digital transformation are well recognised.
“Enterprises across industries stand at an inflection point today,” states HCL on its . “In order to thrive in the digital age, technologies such as analytics, cloud, IoT, and automation occupy centre stage.”
The HCL approach
HCL has managed to carve its renowned reputation on the basis of a highly innovative and specialised approach stemming from three key concepts:
- : inverting the “organisational pyramid”, HCL empowers front line workers to develop concepts derived from their first-hand understanding of the customer experience.
- : the sum of strong values combined with culture, HCL fosters trust, transparency, and flexibility to fulfill customers’ best interests
- : this combines ‘core services’ with ‘next-gen services’, products and platforms to create a distinctive three-layer digital enterprise
The company is focused on delivering “technology for the next decade, today,” and its reach extends across the industry spectrum, from aerospace and defense to banking, healthcare, retail and more.
Tech against COVID-19
HCL has taken the challenge of COVID-19 and met it . Working with clients and partners to ensure their needs continue to be met, it has spearheaded efforts based on empathy, an employee-first approach to operations, embracing remote working capabilities, and continuing to explore technological innovation.
This is indicative of the care and attention to detail that HCL brings to everything it does. Cited by SAP’s Nis Boy Naeve, VP of Platform Adoption Enablement, for strong contributions to its , it is, perhaps, no surprise that HCL was labeled a “knowledgeable and valuable” partnership.
Read more about SAP and HCL in the April ‘21 edition of Technology Magazine