UBI-nETRICAT: Collaborative research in Unbiquitous Sensor Networks



This collaborative project develops new protocols, algorithms, configurations and adaptations which enable the optimization of the sensors network technology performance in order that the companies which develop these solutions can benefit from the technology and all its potential applications.

This project has taken into account the challenge of integrating universities, companies and public administratio in the same project, together with the participation of Korean entities which provide additional technological value.


The main objective of the UBI-nETRICAT is to develop new protocols, algorithms, configurations and/or adaptations which enable an improvement in the performance of this technology. In order to achieve this goal, we consider choosing certain application fields which enable the validation of the considered technological solutions by way of real experiments. Furthermore, these application fields also facilitate and make the transmission of these innovations into the market possible.

After analysing the reality of the Catalan industrial sector, the sensor networks technology can be applied. Consequently, it can benefit three particular sectors:

  • Agriculture: monitorization and optimization of the automatic irrigation systems.
  • Emergency Services: localization and sending of critical data for police and firemen.
  • Environmental: Monitorization of environmental parameters and alarm systems for forest areas.

The results of this project are oriented entirely towards the development of new services and products which will profit from the advantages offered by the ubiquitous sensor networks, obtaining a series of viability demonstration pilot tests at the end of the project and at intermediate milestones.

Research groups

WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells)

  • Orange
  • ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute)
  • Sensing&Control
  • IRTA
  • Bombers de la Generalitat
  • Mossos d’Esquadra
10/2008 to 09/2011
Secretaria de Telecomunicacions i Societat de la Informació
Departament d'Agricultura, Alimentació i Acció Rural
Departament d'Interior, Relacions Institucionals i Participació
2.700.000 €