SmartCatalonia promotes alliances between ICT companies and the utilities sector


The Catalan clusters for IoT and drones met with representatives from the utilities sector to exchange experiences and success stories

The SmartCatalonia strategy of the Secretariat for Digital Policies, in collaboration with Mobile World Capital Barcelona, is exploring the possibilities that ICTs offer to the utilities sector. Last June 5th, members of the IoT Catalan Alliance and Catalonia Smart Drones, SmartCatalonia’s technological clusters, presented innovative use cases to optimize water management processes or inspection of electrical infrastructures, among others. The occasion also served as a meeting point between companies that offer these services and industry representatives.

The Director General of Innovation and Digital Economy, Daniel Marco, opened the event emphasizing the key role of the IoT and Drones clusters in the transformation towards the Utilities 4.0 model thanks to the implementation of new services and business models. The director of Innovation Business Development at the i2CAT Foundation, Rosa Paradell, shared interesting insights and forecasts for utilities sector, highlighting that, by 2023, 75% of critical assets will be connected and will benefit from predictive maintenance.

MDrone and DeepSolutions, companies affiliated with Catalonia Smart Drones, showed real cases of unmanned aerial vehicles application to optimize the inspection of infrastructures through sensors, photogrammetry and data analysis. These use cases facilitate service management, reduce operative expenses and improve the safety of workers. For its part, several companies of the IoT Catalan Alliance such as EAInnova, AllWize, Atlantis IT, Digital Smart Group, SMILICS Technologies, and INLOC Robotics showed that the Internet of Things is paramount in the current revolution of the utilities sector.

The SmartCatalonia initiatives

The IoT Catalan Alliance and Catalonia Smart Drones are Catalan clusters promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya which develop and implement technological solutions based on the Internet of Things and drones. Its main objectives are to foster collaboration between companies, technology centers and other entities, publicize the advantages and opportunities of these new technologies, conduct technological surveillance to detect opportunities, participate in fairs to publicize the solutions of its members at an international scale, and carry out activities that dynamize both sectors in Catalonia.