Apps for smart glasses and data transmission using light, news of i2cat at the MWC

i2CAT will be present again at the Mobile World Congress, which will take place from 2 to 5 March 2015 at the Fira Gran Via de Barcelona. This year the Foundation will present its advances in mobility, particularly in the area of industrial applications for smart glasses, applications for smart cities and data transmission to a cellphone using light.

The first demonstration of this technology center will allow, through a virtual agent, to keep an eye around the stand, thanks to an application developed for the Moverio smart glasses of Epson. This will be a test of the possibilities that I2CAT and Epson brings to national and international business community in augmented reality applications and mixed reality for smart glasses in the industrial field. The Foundation has recently signed an agreement with the multinational to situate in Catalonia the Moverio Competence Centre, open to all companies and developers who want to work in this field. Despite the center was launched last January, there are many companies that already want to join it, such as T-Systems, Droiders, Zerintia LTC Group, Labs4Glass or Solutions Increases.

Moreover, i2CAT, in collaboration with Xona (a strategic consultancy based in the US and Singapore) and two Catalan institutions (Barkeno and Outsight), is promoting the creation of a hub technology in Barcelona (Barcelona Validation Lab) that will allow the testing and validation of new solutions and products for start-ups, within the Urban Lab project of the City Council of Barcelona, following a model based on the experience of Silicon Valley. As example, in the stand will be shown a demo organized by I2CAT jointly with Network 42 (a start-up based in San Francisco), which consists of a management system to analyze the quality and service level (SLA's) of a Smart City infrastructure. The prototype displayed will use information obtained from the sensor platform of the city of Barcelona called Sentilo.

Finally, i2CAT will demonstrate one of the future technologies that universities around the world are beginning to value as an alternative to WiFi, especially in interior locations, and that I2CAT is doing research since years with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. It is called the VLC system (visual light communication) or wireless communication using visible light with a radio spectrum tens of times larger than the radio frequency (used by WiFi and 3G / 4G / 5G), which can get overloaded with the Internet of Things. In addition, the system is not a real danger to health, it can be isolated to avoid interferences and it can be easily implemented because LED lights can become transmitters and smartphones, receivers.

This is what will be shown on the stand of I2CAT at the MWC: with a commercial LED light and a Raspberry Pi, which will turn on and off the LED light at a speed imperceptible to the human eye, a message will be sent and captured by a camera of an Android smartphone (in this case, a Nexus 5), and it will decode the message by displaying it on the mobile screen. This technology will allow use cases, for example, an application for navigation assistance for blind people in buildings (light will inform about the barriers in the room, which will be detected by phone through voice messages) or navigation assistance in museums (a light next to paintings will give people information about them, allowing at the same time a user's precise location).

It is also important to highlight that another European project, T-NOVA, will be shown in the i2CAT stand with a demo. It allows the virtualization of network resources and that users can access on demand. T-NOVA will be also present at the stand of the European Commission as an example of innovative projects funded by this organization within the topic of the next generation networks (5G).

To see all these demonstrations, you will find I2CAT at the Mobile World Congress:
Hall App Planet - Hall 8.1 Stand K48

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