First meeting of the FEM-IoT (Fostering the Emerging Market of Internet of Things) consortium


FEM-IoT is a consortium of 12 Catalan research centers with the main objective of boosting the emerging sector of the Internet of Things

FEM-IoT aims to promote transfer and research in IoT solutions and to become a laboratory platform for research and innovation in smart city infrastructure elements and all the resulting value-added services. This project also has the participation of the BSC, CTTC, the UPC, the UPF, the UOC, the URV, the CVC, EURECAT, Leitat, IREC, and CIMNE.

All the research centers participated in the first FEM-IoT General Meeting to talk about the projects and use cases being developed:

Connected street infrastructure

This project aims to define, implement, and to develop the infrastructure of the future smart city. To design a global architecture that can answer to all the needs of connectivity and services of an urban environment, the project will focus on three technological elements:

  • An ICT integrated infrastructure, multi-technological and flexible, to support the dynamic, agile, and efficient deployment of multiple services related to smart cities.
  • Low consumption IoT technologies, that are basic to connect the sensing devices deployed in the cities, and that will generate the data needed to extract smart decisions.
  • Vehicular communications, essential to integrate the future and disruptive autonomous and connected cars in the city of the future.

IoT data valorization

This project aims to provide approaches able to integrate, interconnect, and merge platforms for analyzing heterogenic data to build large-scale interoperable ecosystems, and then build new services based on these platforms:

  • This project will focus on Barcelona, controlling the energy flux (including public lighting, electric vehicles, or photovoltaic power, for example) and the mobility and intensity of the traffic.
  • At the meeting, the requirements of security and privacy on final users and industrial partners, new business models based on IoT value regarding electricity and mobility, and the architecture designing of the Big Data platform were analyzed. The goal is to develop distributed databases that can store large amounts of data.

Use cases

All the research centers exposed the state of the use cases related to the projects above, which include: a comparative study of wireless technologies, energy sources, limitations and constraints, improvement of the connected car positioning, first results and simulation in urban environments, implementation of hybrid solutions or a study of the solutions and metrics.

FEM-IoT will impact Catalonia: the use cases will be tested in Catalonia, and the main goal of this consortium is to create synergies and collaborations among them.


This project is co-financed with an investment of 1.997.659,90€ by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the framework of the FEDER Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020.