i2CAT demonstrates the applications and possibilities of 5G at MWC 2019


The research center in advanced digital technologies took part in several successful 5G live tests that corroborated the advances that the technology will bring to mobility, health or network management.

 The i2CAT Foundation exposed its capabilities as one of the main driving forces of the digital transformation of our society and industry during MWC Barcelona 2019. This year’s congress, which took place from 25th to 28th February, revolved around 5G and the technologies that will design a smarter future, like AI, IoT or V2X.

The activities in which i2CAT took part during MWC 2019 were covered by more than 100 media and reinforced the center’s position in the Catalan and European innovation ecosystem.

At its booth, i2CAT demonstrated a pilot test of the European project 5GCity, showcasing how the Neutral Hosting solution helps operators assign network resources in a flexible and dynamic way depending on specific requirements. Visitors experienced the use case relating to the acquisition and production of HQ video in live events and to wireless content streaming through the 5GCity platform.

During the MWC week, the center’s team took part in several live demonstrations that sparked the interest of media from around the world. The Government of Catalonia presented the Emergency Medical System of Catalonia (SEM) 5G connected ambulance pilot in its pavilion at Congress Square 20. The vehicle includes advanced communication tools thanks to which it can receive remote medical support over a 5G network in real time with no delay. i2CAT, in collaboration with CTTC and UPC, was part of a team formed by Vodafone, IECISA, Juniper and Hispasat.

Outside the exhibition and conference center, the nearby streets were the scenario of the connected car and assisted driving use cases via 5G in a real environment, a project by Telefónica, SEAT, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, ​​Ficosa, ETRA and i2CAT (with the support of CTTC and UPC). Journalists were able to board the car and see how it connected in real time to different elements on its immediate surroundings, from other vehicles to traffic lights and signs, pedestrians or cyclists.