i2CAT bets on the potential of intelligent connectivity at MWC Barcelona 2019

  • The research center in advanced digital technologies will take part in several 5G and mobility demonstrations
  • The i2CAT Foundation will be present at the Catalonia Pavilion, located at Congress Square 20

Barcelona, 22nd February 2019 – The i2CAT Foundation returns to the main global congress on mobile communications to showcase how the advanced digital technologies can design a smarter and more inclusive future.

With this objective, the center fosters the digital transformation of both industries and our society through its capacities in technologies and services in the fields of 5G and IoT infrastructure; mobility systems based on V2X; indoor 3D precise positioning with Visible Light Positioning, Ultra Wide Band or RFID solutions; new creation and distribution formats of immersive VR content, or AI applied to health in order to improve the experience of professionals and patients.

i2CAT’s knowledge is endorsed by 15 years of R&D activities at a European and national scale and by a reference status in the 5G technologies field. The center offers its expertise to solve technological challenges of operators and providers of telecom services, industry partners and public administration.

This year, the i2CAT Foundation will be at MWC with a space (booth 11) within the Catalonia Pavillion, located at Congress Square 20 of Fira de Barcelona Gran Via.

Connected vehicles and 5G: The live demonstrations

Besides the booth at the Catalonia Pavilion, i2CAT will actively participate in the deployment of several live demonstrations that will take place within the framework of MWC 2019.

Connected ambulance

For this edition of the congress, i2CAT has cooperated with the Government of Catalonia and the Emergency Medical System of Catalonia (SEM) to test a 5G connected ambulance that includes advanced communication tools thanks to which it can receive remote medical support over a 5G network.

The pilot test will be officially presented at the Catalonia booth inside MWC (CS20) next Monday 25th February at 11am. The event will be hosted by the president of the Government of Catalonia, Quim Torra, who will be accompanied by the Minister for Digital Policy and Public Administration, Jordi Puigneró, and the Minister of Health, Alba Vergés.

This presentation will be possible thanks to the alliance of the following actors: Vodafone – which provided a 5G base station –, IECISA, the i2CAT Foundation (in collaboration with CTTC and UPC), Juniper and Hispasat.

Connected vehicle

The streets of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat will be the scenario of the connected car and assisted driving use cases via 5G in a real environment thanks to the joint work of Telefónica, SEAT, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, ​​Ficosa, ETRA and i2CAT (with the support of CTTC and UPC).

From the 24th to the 26th of February, journalists and citizens will witness this 5G assisted driving test thanks to the (Cellular Vehicle to Everything) C-V2X and Edge Computing technologies. The car will connect in real time to different elements on its immediate surroundings, from other vehicles to traffic lights and signs, pedestrians or cyclists.

For this demonstration, the i2CAT Foundation has developed the bike’s ultra-precise location solution, based on UWB.


The European project 5GCity, coordinated by i2CAT, will be present at the center’s booth at MWC with pilot tests that demonstrate its Neutral Hosting solution, as well as a use case relating to the acquisition and production of HQ video in live events and to wireless content streaming through the 5GCity platform.

The demos will present the possibilities of 5GCity’s Neutral Host platform, which allows on demand connectivity. MWC visitors will see the performance of the innovative technology Network Slicing, which helps operators assign network resources in a flexible and dynamic way depending on specific requirements.