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UPC to participate in Mobile World Congress 2012

The University will use the event to showcase the activity of the 19 UPC research centres that comprise the Innovation and Technology Centre (CIT UPC) and are members of the TECNIO network. The centres generated €18 million in revenue in 2011, and have led to 86 patents and the launch of 12 spin-offs. Together they constitute one of the most important hubs for innovation and technology transfer in Catalonia.

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech (UPC) is taking part in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, taking place in Barcelona from 27 February to 1 March. In a space made available by Neàpolis at its stand in the Catalonia Pavilion (Hall 3.0 Courtyard-CY03), the Innovation and Technology Centre (CIT UPC) disseminates the research activity of the 19 UPC centres that belong to the Government of Catalonia’s TECNIO network. The research centres form one of the main hubs for innovation and technology transfer in Spain, and have a particularly significant impact in Catalonia. They are recognised for their experience in industrial research and can so far take credit for 86 patents and the launch of 12 spin-offs. In 2011, they generated a total of €18 million in business for technology transfer.

The space at the Mobile World Congress is also being used  to showcase the University’s installations and facilities for pursuing research, innovation, transfer of results, and technological progress—activities that are carried out within the framework of UPC Research and Innovation Park, with the support of the Patents and Licences Office, which will have representatives on hand to provide information on UPC technology. The Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB) is also be represented at the event. The field of mobile communications is a major research area for faculty at the ETSETB, which will take advantage of the event to make contact with collaborating companies in Spain and around the world, and to seek new industrial partners.

Representatives of the Advanced Broadband Communications Centre will be at the Tecsidel stand to present a system developed in collaboration with the firm. SCATI (advanced monitoring of traffic on the network) is a precise system for monitoring and automatic classification of massive IP traffic.  The main characteristic of SCATI is its high accuracy (even under encrypted traffic), scalability (it is applicable to high capacity links), and very low computational cost. SCATI also has reduced impact in terms of network configuration, and fully guarantees network neutrality and confidentiality of contents.

It is designed for small corporate networks and network environments with massive traffic flows at speeds exceeding 100 Gb/s. The application allows users to generate reports on internet use, information for managing security, and information for billing. The system will be presented at the Brokerage Event, within the framework of the Congress.

The i2CAT Foundation, which the University participates in, will also have a stand at the Catalonia Pavilion (Hall 3.0 Courtyard-CY03). In this case, the focus will be on presenting the latest solutions for creating smart cities and improving efficiency—systems that UPC researchers have been involved in designing.

i2CAT will communicate the results of pilot testing in these areas, including a project carried out in Sant Vicenç dels Horts in collaboration with Orange Spain and the local town council; and the Barcelona Smart City project, co-funded by the government of Catalonia, which involves the participation of researchers with the Wireless Networks Group of the UPC’s Department of Telematics Engineering. The Smart City project is being carried out in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council, Abertis, Doxa, Aventia and the AIA Group. The aim is to develop smarter ways to deliver key municipal services, including automated systems for watering parks and gardens while saving water, improved waste collection, monitoring of urban transportation systems and traffic, and lighting in parking areas.

Neàpolis, a “technology and ideas space” launched by the Vilanova i la Geltrú City Council, will present the centres it houses, including two that are affiliated with the UPC: the Technical Research Centre for Dependency Care and Autonomous Living (CETpD) and the Advanced Network Architectures Lab (CRAAX). The CETpD studies and applies electronics and telecommunications technology to improve quality of life for people with dependencies. CRAAX focuses on designing new network architectures.

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