Network Investigation and Innovation
1 Presentation 04
2 Introduction 06
3 Organisational Structure 08
The Board 09
The Delegates Committee 10
Management and Personnel 10
4 Main Activities in 2009 12
Financing with Competitive Funds and Billing of Services 18
Technology Transfer 19
International Collaboration and Presence 22
Participation in Initiatives aimed at Promoting Technological Development in Catalonia 23
Promotional and Dissemination Activities 23
i2CAT in the Media 25
5 Platforms 26
Network Platform (NetCAT) 28
Audio-visual Platform and Services (MediaCAT) 29
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6 Projects 30
RESEARCH AREA 31
TARIFA 31 ETRICAT-INTERIOR 34 SANVI-SENS 37
UBI-nETRICAT 32 ETRICAT-ORANGE 35 INREDIS 38
ETRICAT-AGRICULTURA 33 WiNNOVATE 36 RESOGECO 39
INNOVATION AREA 40
Networking Technologies Cluster
FEDERICA 40 PHOSPHORUS 43 PIT-CAT 46
ARGIA 41 PAIS 44 HPDMNET 46
IAAS FRAMEWORK 41 CHRONOS 45 GÉANT3 47
MANTICORE II 42 SUPPORT TECHNOLOGIES CTTI 45 DYI 47
HDVIPER 48 DRMSOLUTION NG 53 FOTORALLY EURO SLAM 56
DIGITAL DE TALENT FACTORY 49 VISION 53 ANIMAC 2010 56
PAT.MAPA 50 ANELLA CULTURAL 2009 54 CULTURALIVE 57
FURIA 3 51 PORTAL ANELLA CULTURAL 54 ANTONI TÀPIES KNOWLEDGE CENTRE 57
INFOPOINTS.NET 52 LINGUAMÓN AUDIOVISUAL 55 i3MEDIA 58
VEP 52 NEW DTT TECHNOLOGIES 55 ARENALIFE 58
Health and Dependency Cluster
SELENE 59 AFA-CONNECT ALZHEIMER 61 CIBER 63
CATALAN TELE-ICTUS NETWORK 59 AGEDA 61 RFID TRACEABILITY 63
ONLINE CARERS 60 CONTINUA HEALTH ALLIANCE 62 FOS 64
LIVINGLAB4CARERS 60 VIEWCAT 62 ZIG-VIC 64
Educational and Industry Cluster
OPERATIONAL PHASE ANELLA INDUSTRIAL 65 CITILAB E-LEARNING CLUSTER 68 EDUCATERRA II 69
CALCULONDEMANDONPYME 66 IP-LEIRIA 68
ANELLA LOGÍSTICA 67 IDAT (VILADECANS) 69
7 i2CAT by the Numbers 70
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i2CAT Team, from left to right:
First row: Josep Lluís Ferrer, Albert Vidal, Susana Otero, Carme Dengra, Pau Minoves, David González, Flaminio Minerva, Xavier Peiró, Sebastià Sallent, Antonio Santoyo, Janina Garrigós, Francisco Javier Igle-
sias and Pedro Lorente. Second row: Carlos Baez, Víctor Jiménez, Joan Manel Martín, Xavier Barrera, Sergi Figuerola, Ricardo Torres, Javier Gálvez, Joan Antoni Garcia, Eliseo Catalán, Sergi Marí, Josep Maria
Colomé, Jaume Benseny, Javier López, Oriol Solé, Jordi Ferrer, Guillermo Enero, Albert Domingo, Marc Clos, Isart Canyameres, Daniel Rodríguez, Jordi Cofre, Jordi Casals, Josep Pons and Vicent Borja.
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2009 has been a difficult year in which 2010 has doubled from that of the previous The creation of the Area Technology Transfer
the economic crisis has had an impor- period, having benefited from an important and Product Commercialisation has allowed
tant impact on a worldwide scale on the economic donation made by the European for the results of the projects to be focussed
activities of many companies and also on Union. on the necessities of companies and has
the Delegates the possibilities of investment from public This joint works with research groups from facilitated the added value of developments
Committee administration. In this general context, the the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, with the completion of new patents, the
i2CAT Foundation has continued intense the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the signing of new commercialisation deals with
development of its research, development Universitat Ramon Llull, who collaborate companies and the promotion of support
and innovation in the area of IT and that closely on various projects and activities for the creation of new companies starting
of the Internet of the future, promoting implemented by the i2CAT Foundation, has with the technology developed by i2CAT.
Artur Serra the collaboration with companies and allowed for the launch of the “Tarifa” project, We hope that, in collaboration with the
Direction Assistant continuing to boost a model of open inno- a new research project about the future research centres, the government and
vation which allows for user involvement internet in which companies from both the the Catalan IT business sector, the i2CAT
and participation in the development of telecommunications and audiovisual sector Foundation will continue to push forward
projects. are involved. research and collaborative innovation with
Throughout the year, i2CAT has maintained The various research and innovation acti- the goal of contributing to the creation,
its focus on the local task of collabora- vities being developed in the fields of knowledge transfer and promotion of the
Xavier Peiró tion with companies and with the Catalan infrastructure and media, network virtualisa- development of the country’s IT sector.
Executive Director government, however at the same time it has tion, access optical networks, the application
dedicatedly stimulated the development of of internet technologies in the fields of health
international projects and in particular those and dependency, the P2P, sensor networks,
in the European field by way of involving high definition and 3D services, LivingLabs
companies and both national and interna- and new networked open innovation models
tional entities. allows for the consolidation of i2CAT as a
Sebastià Sallent This important effort has begun to produce centre highly specialised in internet tech-
Director results in the number of internationally nology alongside local companies, and with
awarded projects in 2009. Furthermore the a high degree of internationalisation based
Jordi Bosch i Garcia
number of those which will commence in on an important component; research. President of the Board
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The i2CAT Foundation has maintained
an active position during 2009 by way
of an important number of research
and innovation projects in spite of
the economic crisis and the freezing
of competitive state funding granted
by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism
Presentation of the initiative “The Future
Internet in Catalonia”, organized by i2CAT
and attended by Government authorities,
the universities and the sector-related
May 4th 2009
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This year more than 50 innovation projects of secretary and vice secretary, complying • The development of 53 innovation projects • The important amplification of dissemi-
have been either completely or partially with the newly established “Law of Foun- with different companies and entities of nation activities in developing projects
completed in conjunction with a variety of dations” approved by the Parliament of the Public Administration. and the results from research and inno-
both Catalan and international companies Catalonia. vation.
and organisations. Furthermore the Depart- • The creation of the Department of
ment of Technology Transfer has established • The completion of the TRILOGY research Technology Transfer with the goal of • The promotion and encouragement of
to promote the appreciation of research project (2007-2009), based on five different encouraging a commercial agreement initiatives aimed at the deployment of a
results and to encourage relationships with work areas (high-definition media services, with companies and the appreciation of broadband network for the exchange of
the business world, increasing the pledge network management, access and trans- the research activities. information and cultural events on both a
made by i2CAT to contribute to the techno- port optical technologies, mobility and European and international level, following
logical development of Catalonia. sensors, and high capacity P2P architec- • The commercial deployment of the Anella the model carried out by Catalonia with
tures) and the beginning of the new “Tarifa” Industrial (Industrial Ring) in the automo- the Anella Cultural (Cultural Ring).
In the field of research, the TRILOGY research project which aims to redesign the tive industry whilst incorporating more
project has been completed, having been new architectures of the future internet. than eight companies, among those which • The arrangement of network and media
developed during 2007, 2008 and 2009; stand out the company SEAT. platforms in order to focus their activity on
a new project by the name of Tarifa (The • The continuation of research projects UBI- su pporting research and innovation pro-
Atomic Redesign of Internet of the Future nETRICAT and MOB-ETRICAT regarding
• A notable increase of the level of partici- jects.
Architecture) has commenced, and there sensor and mobility networks, in collabo- pation in European projects, such as the
has been continual contribution to those ration with the Research Centre of Korea achievement of a new project in the field • Promoting the Industry Rings of broad-
projects related to sensor networks. (ETRI) and with the participation of both of network technologies (Geyser) and one band infrastructure that allows for the
Spanish and Korean companies. further in the field of Health and Depen- sector revitalisation (Anella Industrial, Anella
The most important milestones are as dency (Help4mood). Cultural...).
follows: • The promotion of innovation in the local
area combined with the development of • The continuation of collaboration and parti- • Balancing the financial sources of the
• The adaptation of members of the Board different projects with city councils and local cipation in international forums regarding Foundation whilst increasing funding from
along with the incorporation of the Juniper organisations (Sabadell, Lleida, Viladecans, both standardisation and R+D platforms competitive funds and by way of billing of
Networks company and of the positions Cornellà, Sant Vicenç dels Horts...). on both European and national level. services.
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3 Organisational Structure
The Delegates Committee, from left to right:
First row: Sebastià Sallent (i2CAT), Josep Casanovas (UPC), Gonçal Bonhomme (Orange) and Xavier Peiró (i2CAT). Second row: Xavier Buixeda (Fujitsu), Artur Serra (i2CAT), Silvia Blanco (AETIC) and José Luis Jorge
(Alcatel). Third row: Joan Tolosa (Fujitsu), Joan Rodríguez (CISCO Systems), Fco. Javier Marcos (Abertis), Miquel Oliver (UPF) and Carles Salvadó (Departament d’Universitats, Recerca i Societat de la Informació).
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3.1 THE BOARD
There has been a unique change
within the Board during 2009, The organisations represented and which form part of the Board of the organisation, With the aim of encouraging the participa-
namely the incorporation of the as of the 31st of December 2009, are as follows: tion of new companies in the Foundation,
the management has maintained discus-
Juniper Networks company as
• Secretaria de Telecomunicacions i Societat • Servei Català de la Salut sions with a variety of companies in order to
a member of the Board of the
de la Informació • Vodafone España, S.A. analyse the possibility of their incorporation
• Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya • Cisco Systems, S.A. in the Board. Amongst those which stand
• CIDEM, ACC1Ó • Centre de Telecomunicacions i Tecnolo- out are:
• Universitat Pompeu Fabra gies de la Informació de la Generalitat de
• Universitat Ramon Llull Catalunya • Transmode Systems
• Tradia (Abertis Telecom) • Interoute Iberia, S.A. • Siemens Networks
• Orange Business Services • Cromosoma, S.A.
• Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovi- • Ajuntament de Barcelona
suals • Juniper Networks
• Alcatel España, S.A.
• Fujitsu España Services, S.A.
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3.2 THE DELEGATES COMMITTEE
The government agency of the Founda- • The definition of attractor projects This Committee meets approximately
tion is the Delegates Committee which, proposed to the Administration. twice a month and is currently chaired EVOLUTION OF THE i2CAT
FOUNDATION RESEARCH PERSONNEL
having been delegated by the Board, • Monitoring of projects currently being by the vice-rector of the Universitat
carries out the administrational duties of carried out Politècnica de Catalunya, Mr. Josep
the organisation and monitors the activi- • The approval of the main acts in the field Casanovas Garcia. The vice-president is
ties developed by the Management of the of technology transfer. the managing director of the Societat de
Foundation. • The definition of strategic lines for 2010. la Informació del Departament de Gover- 2006
The committee has actively participated • Guidelines and the definition of the 2010 nació i Administracions Públiques, Mr.
in the analysis and definition of the budget project. Josuè Sallent.
main action guidelines, most prominently TOTAL 93
amongst those are: 2007
3.3 MANAGEMENT AND PERSONNEL
The main change in the organisational • 1 person as coordinator and responsible ment de Cultura de la Generalitat de
structure and personnel of the Founda- for the Area of Technology Transfer. Catalunya (Department of Culture of 73
tion during 2009 has been the creation • 1 person for the Audiovisual Cluster Catalonia).
of the Department of Technology Transfer projects.
alongside the incorporation of the person • 2 people for the Health and Dependency Even so, there has been a continual drive 35
responsible for this task during May 2009. Cluster in collaboration with research groups 72
In order to maintain a response to • 1 person for the development of the and the number of researchers collabo-
the evolution of the activity and the Winnovate project. rating with the Foundation has increased
development of projects carried out • 1 person for the development of the new slightly. 20 40 60 80
under the name of the Foundation, Network Technologies Cluster projects.
I2CAT`s OWN COLLABORATION
nine people have been contracted for • 1 person for the execution of the Pat. PERSONNEL PERSONNEL
project development, specifically: mapa project alongside the Departa-
1 REPORT 2009
In the field of clusters, the most impor- both the staff of i2CAT and of the different projects and in the introduction of 12 Telecomunicacions i Societat de la
tant activities have been the following: research groups. new proposals along with the launch Informació (Secretary of Telecommu-
• Remarkable enhancing of activities in of two new projects; one in the field of nications and Information Society),
• The improvement of the organisation the area of wireless technology owing networks (Geyser) and the other in the obtaining three projects in the fields of
of five clusters, creating coordination to the start of new projects on both a field of Health and Dependency (Help- health, networks and culture.
platforms and promoting a variety of national and international scale. 4mood).
interlinking projects with the participa- • The improvement of the organisation • The launch of new Education Cluster Similarly to comments made in the previous
tion of staff from different areas. of the Network Technologies Cluster, projects in collaboration with the Citilab paragraphs, the organisational structure
• The implementation of collaborative tools determining the person responsible for of Cornellà. of the Foundation has been modified
in order to improve management and each area of the activity. • The active participation in the Inforegió during 2009. The following diagram can
coordination of projects undertaken by • A boost in the participation in European call promoted by the Secretaria de help appreciate the changes:
THE DELEGATES COMMITTEE
ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT
EDUCATION INDUSTRY RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY
CLUSTER HEALTH CLUSTER TECHNOLOGIES
CLUSTER CLUSTER AREA TRANSFER
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4 Main Activities In 2009
Research Group, from left to right and from top to bottom: Albert Vidal (coordinator), Sebastià Sallent, Xavier Sánchez, Ramón Martín de Pozuelo, Oriol Madriles, Eduardo Huerta, Fran-
cesc Pinyol, Martín Germán, Alberto de Cela, Yury Jiménez, Cristina Cervelló, Xavier Masip, Josep Paradells, Josep Maria Monguet, Jesús Alcober and Alfredo Gutiérrez.
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The TRILOGY project, which began in 2007, has been completed this year. Furthermore, the TARIFA project has since begun and will continue for two years. It hopes to obtain research
results in half that time which can be transferred to different clusters of the i2CAT Foundation, becoming a source in order to generate new project ideas.
TRILOGY PROJECT: fuTuRe Internet technoLOGY
The TRILOGY project has been a multidisci- As follows are the research groups which the Universitat Politècnica de Cata- lead by Rosa M. Martín of the Universitat
plinary core research project aimed at three participated: lunya. Politècnica de Catalunya.
specific area; optical networks, P2P audiovisual • Optical communications group (GCO), • Wireless Networks group (XSF-Entel), • Media Group of BAMPLA (MEDIAENTEL),
services and sensor networks. These three lead by Gabriel Junyent of the Universitat lead by Josep Paradells of the Universitat lead by Jesús Alcober of the Universitat
areas aim to simultaneously study, starting Politècnica de Catalunya. Politècnica de Catalunya. Politècnica de Catalunya.
from the physical layers until the service layers • Entel Optical Networks group (GXO- • Calculation Laboratory of the Faculty of • Network Technologies and Strategies
of the future or new generation Internet. BAMPLA), lead by Cristina Cervelló of Computer Science of Barcelona (LC-FIB), Group (NeTS) of the Universitat Pompeu
This project has generated results with Fabra, lead by Miquel Oliver.
respect to both the most core research • Audiovisual and Multimedia Technologies
and that of articles published in journals Group (TAM) of the Universitat Ramon
and congresses, to even the most applied Llull, lead by Gabriel Fernández.
research and closer to the innovation such
a prototype and demo creation. This project is double-faceted. Firstly it is
The final duration of the project was 19 a research project in that for each thing
months, from October 2007 until April which is proposed, evaluated, designed
2009. The total budget assigned to the and implemented, new solutions to the
completion of this project was €506,000. A problem currently exist on the internet.
total of 59 researchers from seven research Secondly, it hopes that the solutions will
groups from the three participating univer- overlap with the reality of the Catalan busi-
sities took part in the project. ness sector.
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The project has been completed along • A network prototype with implemented • Routing Controller: the necessary modi- • Five articles published in journals and inter-
three distinguishable R+D action lines, solutions. fications and extensions for the route national conferences.
thus obtaining the following milestones • An OBS network simulator based on Java. calculations with FAs have been com- • Two contributions to ETF standards
in each: With regards to circuit commutation pleted. • Prototype software with the integration of
completely optical networks: • Link Resource Manager: the necessary all the modules developed.
• Ten articles published in journals and inter- modifications of the maintenance and • Simulators in order to evaluate the MDC/
national conferences. management of information of the FAs has SVC codification systems.
• A software module used to monitor client been completed. PT3.- Sensor Networks
traffic. • OSPF-TE: A series of extensions to the • Three articles published in journals and
• An interface between software modules protocol have been studied and imple- international conferences.
used for monitoring purposes and a mented by way of providing it with both • Two training programmes at international
PT1.- Optical networks GMPLS control plan. maintenance and FA related information conferences.
In the scope of burst switch networks • Connection Controller: the necessary exchange capacities. • One contribution to ETF standards.
• Seven articles published in international modifications have been applied for the PT2.- Audiovisual P2P • Four derived innovation projects.
journals and conferences. management of the creation and mainte- • Two chapters of in books published about • The application of four innovation pro-
• A patent which is currently being processed. nance of the FAs. SIP signalling. posals.
TARIFA PROJECT: The Atomic Redesign of the Internet Future Architecture
The TARIFA project aims to place a new • Composition of services: study and propose define and design a reliable network the objective of obtaining a better routing
focus on the future internet, in rede- solutions in order that the supply of services infrastructure which is both scalable and scalability, taking into consideration the
signing the architecture and role based for the future internet by way of service robust, based on the principles of automatic separation between the IP address of end
paradigm with indivisible or atomic func- composition offers the provision of adapted management. This allows for an adequate point locators and routing locators and the
tions. and personalised services which deal with response to the network conditions in overcoming of the challenges which this
high dynamic and heterogeneous environ- different scenarios. Thus it will be able to solution presents.
TARIFA will provide new concepts for ments (centred particularly on Future Media guarantee the flow of data to the user. • Social-economic impact: design innovative
future derived projects in the following Internet and current Internet. • New routing and directional paradigms for business models that can be exploited in
three core areas: • Management of an autonomous network:
the future Internet: provide solutions with the context of future Internet.
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users who access broadband internet via With this goal in mind, different parallel
different access technologies with the aim application tasks have been created
that the communication is neither inter- with the collaboration of the following
rupted nor diminished. companies:
• Monitoring and automatic control of irri-
Research with an industrial perspective gation systems (ADTEL).
This project is conceived from start to • An alarm and monitoring system of
finish with the intention of combining woodland zones (NADIR).
scientific interest from the field of research • Localisation and transmission of data for the
with the application viability of real, current emergency services (Sensing&Control).
The ETRICAT project came about as a result Over the last few years, both i2CAT and or future market needs. • Universal remote control to allow the mutual
of the collaboration initiatives between ETRI have been working on research operation of household items. (Orange).
i2CAT and ETRI, which is the main public material in the field of USN (Ubiquitous
research institution in the information tech- Sensor Networks). The Korean Govern-
nology sector of South Korea. ment has identified this as one of the key
technologies of the future and has defined
In reality, ETRICAT has taken place in the a special plan for its promotion. Simulta-
context of projects derived from this colla- neously, i2CAT has also been empowering
boration at a research level in conjunction this technology over the last few years, and
with Korea. this has allowed us to achieve a high level
Further to this, a collection of innovation of expertise in this area.
projects has been generated which aim On the other hand, with respect to mobility
to deliver two technologies to the market; in wireless access networks, this collabora-
sensor networks and mobility in wireless tion between ETRI and i2CAT has allowed
networks. research into aspects relative to mobile
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OBJECTIVES OBTAINED FROM RESEARCH
To sum up, the principal research • A contribution to international commu- OBS network simulator based on video retransmission system through
objectives which were fulfilled during nication standards. Java. the P2P network.
2009 are the following: • A pending patent. • Monitoring software and a circuit • Around six innovation projects derived
• 43 publications in journals and interna- • Two training programmes at interna- commuted network GMPLS control directly from the research project.
tional congresses. tional conferences. plan. • Around ten innovation proposals cur-
• A doctoral thesis. • The development burst switch • Prototype software with the integra- rently being applied for.
• 16 final University dissertations. network node prototypes and an tion of all modules developed for a live
PARTICIPATION IN INNOVATION PROJECTS
40 43 FINISHED PROJECTS
30 PROJECTS IN EXECUTION
29 28 28
20 24 23 PROJECTS UNDER STUDY
2006 2007 2008 2009
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2009 has seen further expansion of activi- sual, 21 in Health and Dependency, 12 in and FEDERICA in the Network Technolo- VEP, COLLABS, FES, WINNOVATE,
ties and innovation projects in the European Education and 4 in Industry. gies cluster. GÉANT3, GEYSER, HELP4MOOD.
scope. In that respect, the i2CAT Founda- • Regarding the type of funding; 10 With respect to the participation in • CENIT Programme, CDTI (Ministry of
tion has made a great effort at every level to national, 25 state and 8 European competitive calls, the relation of projects Science and Innovation): 4. VISION,
increase the number of projects and activi- competitive funds have been obtained. It which have received support are the I3MEDIA, INREDIS, SEGUR@.
ties supported by European funds, from the must also be noted that i2CAT obtained following:
VII Framework Programme to other tools of important financing from other depart- • National Funds, calls of ACC1Ó: 7.
support for innovation and research. ments of the Generalitat de Catalunya, VKM, NUSIS 2, DREAMS, ZIG-VIC,
SIGNED AGREEMENTS AIMED TO THE
The number of projects completed in such as Cultura i Mitjans Audiovisuals MANTICORE II, F2TV, EVALi2CAT. IMPLEMENTATION OF INNOVATION
different clusters has had a positive evolu- (Cultural and Audiovisual Media), and • National Funds, call INFOREGIÓ: 3. AND RESEARCH PROJECTS
tion and has increased the collaboration from city councils. PAIS, GEDMED, CULTURE LIFE.
with companies and other public entities • 16 university research groups and more • State Funds, calls from the Ministry
and organisations who would like to develop than 62 companies and organisations have of Industry, Tourism and Trade (Plan
innovation projects. collaborated in the innovation projects. Avanza): 25. DREAMS, DRM SOLU- 94
Moreover, more than 67 researchers and TIONS, INFOPOINTS LIVE, MEDIA
Among those activities carried out, the senior assistants have participated, which MANAGER, ENIGMA 3, UAMN, LINK- 73
following are worth mentioning: has led to the dedication of more than 40 CARE, INFOPOINTS.NET, HDVIPER, 62
• 27 innovation projects were carried out people per month. AGEDA, LIVINGLAB4CARERS, FURIA
and finalised. 64 are still in progress in in • Among projects accomplished, the 3, DRMSOLUTION NG, SELENE,
comparison to 49 last year. However, 28 HDVIPER project must be noted, CALCULONDEMAND, NETTINGSO- 20
projects are in the analysis phase during considered to be one of the best Celtic LACE, CIBER, RFID PE, INCLUSO,
this period. projects of 2009. Also, the Help4mood RESOGECO, CCFAT, ARENALIFE,
2006 2007 2008 2009
• Regarding clusters; the number of projects project, which is the first European project IOWA, SEMPRE, FDTALENTS.
developed in each has balanced out; 20 in the Health and Dependency cluster, • European Funds, VI/VII Frame-
in Network Technologies, 21 in Audiovi- and the European projects Phosphorus work Programme: 8. FEDERICA,
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4.3 FINANCING WITH COMPETITIVE FUNDS AND BILLING OF SERVICES
Regardless of the difficulties in 2009, In relation to the billing of services, there • The promotion of work in collabora- • The promotion of attractor projects in the
known as the year central to the economic has also been a moderate decrease tion with companies and international different clusters, highlighting the Health
crisis, the financing of the i2CAT Foun- owing to the delayed launch of projects laboratories, highlighting the actions and Dependency project Selene, which
dation through competitive funds and which were already defined such as the accomplished with Juniper and Cisco. is being developed with the Hospital de
the billing of services has maintained cases of F2TV with Sony, and GÉANT3 • An increase in projects working with Sant Pau and hopes to achieve an IT
reasonable figures. with Red.es. As a result, the total billing subcontractors in order to develop knowledge centre applicable to health.
reached that of €1,006,997.95, a fall of new products and services.
During this period, proposals have been 7.4% from the previous period.
made to different calls in the national,
state and European scope. The funding With the goal of obtaining an increase PROJECTS DEVELOPED WITH COMPETITIVE FUNDS
obtained for projects due to be completed in income from competitive funds and
in this last year (for those applications from billing services in 2010, a series 30
made in the years 2008 and 2009) has of measures was developed in 2009, of 28
reached a total sum of €866,401.60, which it is worth pointing out: 25
which represents a 5.6% decrease with • The presentation of 15 proposals of 22
respect to those obtained in 2008. European projects to different calls
related to Information Technology, and
The funds obtained in each call have especially future Internet. Currently
been as follows: seven of those projects have been 10
• European Union : €279,671 • An increase in the relationship between 5
• State : €414,444 companies from the Catalan Informa-
• National : €184,941 tion Technology Sector, defining new
projects to present to the new Plan 2006 2007 2008 2009
Avanza, ACC1Ó and Inforegió calls.
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4.4 TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
The Technology Transfer Area is respon- • To promote the creation of new compa-
sible for the following activities: nies based on technology (spin-off).
• The evaluation of existing know-how of • To upgrade the relationship with Catalan
i2CAT, obtained by way of the execution companies, with the aim of transferring
of different research and innovation pro- knowledge and available technologies
jects as part of the clusters. in addition to identifying the new needs
• To identify the knowledge and tech- of companies to which i2CAT could
nologies that provide more commercial contribute its own experience and colla-
potential. borative development know-how (Open
• To define intellectual and industrial pro- Innovation).
perty protection strategies (patents).
• To increase development of value
Aiming to promote an improvement in the completed within the different clusters of the enhancement projects that allow for
competitiveness of Catalan companies, the i2CAT Foundation and thus encouraging the obtaining of pre-commercial results
Technology Transfer and Commercialisation the transfer of connections and technolo- bringing them closer to the market.
of Products Area was created in 2009. This gies alongside the industry sector. • To define commercialisation strategies
will enhance the value of developments (analysis of the market, business models).
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ACTIVITIES DEVELOPED IN 2009
Evaluation of results Protection of the R+D+i results Appreciation of technologies Commercialisation
Launch of the EVALi2CAT project • Writing of the patent application for the • Coordination and introduction of seven • Collaborative work and videoconferen-
• Objective: evaluate of the i2CAT know- invention “Encapsulation Method and project proposals to the VALTEC cing web application (ViewCAT):
how. data de-encapsulation in OBS optical (ACC1Ó) appreciation funds call: - Dissemination of the ViewCAT appli-
• Participants: i2CAT, KIM BCN. networks”. Deeds shared between - Projects: MANTICORE II, CooLab, SAN- cation at the Revitalisation of Social
• Project subsidised by an appreciation i2CAT and UPC. TÉ, SAM, LambdaCatOS, SmartCast, Internet conference, organised by the
fund VALCON (ACC1Ó). • Research in the state of the art in patent BeeoMedic. Telecommunications and Society of
databases with respect to multimedia - Obtaining of subsidies for the MANTI- Information Secretary.
Phase 1: Analysis of the technological stream congestion control procedures, CORE II project. - Contact with different companies in order
and commercial potential of five technolo- with the aim of evaluating the feasibility • Collaborative work and videoconferen- to evaluate the options for integration or
gies/projects developed by i2CAT: of applying for a patent for a inven- cing web application (ViewCAT): commercialisation of the application.
tion carried out within the Audiovisual - Development of the 1.1 ViewCAT ver- • Definition of the model for the creation of
- TRILOGY/P2P Cluster. sion (pre-commercialised version). spin-offs promoted by i2CAT.
- MANTICORE • Inscription if a software module developed - Implementation of the ViewCAT v1.1 - Relationship framework between
- Ultra-High Definition within the Health and Dependency Cluster platform to MediaCAT for the i2CAT’s created spin-offs and i2CAT.
- Hospisegur (WSN applied to the field - to the Intellectual Property Register. personnel’s internal usage. - Model for the technology hand-off
of health) contract to the spin-offs.
- SANTÉ (remote rehabilitation) • Evaluation of the first spin-off proposal.
• Technological base: Quality HD-SDI multi-
Phase 2: Elaboration of a road-book for media transmission without compression
the two best positioned technologies, on IP networks.
where possible strategies to be followed • Writing of the Business Plan.
will be analysed in order to evaluate and • Valuation of the technology to be handed
commercialise these technologies. over.
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Networking and dissemination
The aim of these activities is to establish a • Technological Parks (Network APTE), and COMPANIES COLLABORATING ON THE PROJECTS
more direct and continual relationship with enterprise incubators.
the agents who form part of the Catalan • Transfer System Agents 75
innovation system: • Technological consultancies
• Associations of Information Technology • Patent Agencies 60 67 68
Companies • Legal assessors specialised in transfer
• Support centres for the creation of compa- contracts 45
• Research/technology centres 30
• Dissemination entities
2006 2007 2008 2009
ASSESSMENT MENTORING INCUBATION EXPANSION
PHASE PHASE PHASE PHASE
SERVICES AND ADVISING
ROYALTIES ON PROFITS
ROYALTIES ON SALE OF SHARES
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4.5 INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND PRESENCE
There has been continual reinforcement • Collaboration with the IEEE 802.21 stan- • Presentation of media projects to the
of the bonds with organisms and both dardisation committee and participation University of Essex’s Laboratory of
European and International research in the Plenary Meeting. Networked Media.
groups in order to: • Integration in the HL-7 Communication • Presentation of the Anella Cultural
• Amplify the relationship with inter- Protocol’s standardisation platform for (Cultural Ring) at the European networks
national research centres by way of E-Health Systems. conference Minerva.
establishing co operational agreements • Participation in the Celtic Event 2009, • Participation in the ISO/IEC JTC of
for know-ledge and experience transfer, held in Paris. “Future Networks” and the creation of a
and for the development of joint pro- • Cooperation agreement with the CRC national group via AENOR.
jects. Canada for the development of projects
• Increase the level of participation in in the field of Green IT.
both European research projects and • Participation in the European platforms INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
membership in research and standardi- NEM, Mobility, es.Internet, Foton21 and
sation committees. Living Labs, and in those on an interna-
• Exchange of human resources and tional scale, GLIF and CINEGRID.
research personnel in the framework of • Participation in the Future Internet
European support programmes. Assemblies, held in Prague and Stock- 6
The following are examples of the most • Introduction of e-learning projects such
important milestones attained in 2009 as Hort Digital to the annual EDEN
in the field of collaboration and interna- conference.
Phosphorus stand detail at TNC 2009 tional presence: • Accomplishment of a workshop with the
congress, Malaga. • Participation in the Academic Research Engineering, Design and Development 2006 2007 2008 2009
Vodafone Workshop, held in England. division of SONY Europe.
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4.6 PARTICIPATION IN INITIATIVES AIMED AT PROMOTING TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT IN CATALONIA
One of the cornerstones of i2CAT’s • Development of the Anella Industrial work with the Information Technology of an IT knowledge centre applicable to
strategy has always been the cooperation Project in collaboration with the STSI centre dependent on ACC1Ó. health.
with different bodies of the Generalitat and different Catalan companies from • Continuing collaboration with the CTTI • Development of innovation projects
(the governing body of Catalonia) and with the automotive sector. in order to define the innovation needs together with different city councils
other organisations in our country. The • Active participation in the TIC.cat plan, in the telecommunication service of (Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Cornellà, Vila-
intention was to create strategies in order led by the Conselleria de Governació i different entities and departments of decans and Sabadell).
to reinforce research, innovation and the Administracions Públiques. the Catalan Government.
industrial sector based on the evolution • Active participation in the Inforegió call • Development of Cultural Heritage
and the new internet generation. in collaboration with different companies digitalisation projects with the Departa-
EVOLUTION OF THE PUBLICATIONS
from the Catalan Information Technology ment de Cultura i Mitjans Audiovisuals.
The following form part of the most sector. • Collaboration with the Sant Pau and the
important action points fulfilled: • Establishment of collaboration frame- Santa Creu Hospitals in the development
4.7 PROMOTIONAL AND DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES
The Foundation has carried out a number • Presentation of the Bufalvent project in plan proposals regarding the Future
of different activities during 2009 in order for Manresa.13th of January. Internet. 26th of March. 26
the dissemination of the goals and the results • Execution of many different acts of the • Presentation of the research activity
of the innovation and research projects, in Anella Cultural during February. completed in the TRILOGY project. 6th 10
addition to round table meetings introducing • Presentation of the Cuidadors en Xarxa of May.
different aspects of internet technology. (Carers in the network) project and its • Experimental transmission of Live HD –
2006 2007 2008 2009
consequent dissemination in the Catalan 3D imagines between the Liceu Opera
The most prominent activities are as Local Television Network. 12th of February. House and the Universitat Pompeu
follows: • Presentation of the results of the action Fabra. 19th of May.
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• Participation in the Catalan Audiovisual ICTON’09 (Portugal) and GRIDNET (Athens)
Market in Granollers, with a stand and congresses .September.
presentation of a high definition MCU. 27th • Presentation of the Anella Industrial project
to 28th of May. to 30 new companies of the automotive
• Participation in a meeting of audiovi- industry. 30th of September.
sual clusters from different autonomous • Demonstration of the possibilities of the
communities. June. Anella Cultural project by way of transmis-
• Conference on the topic of “The Tele- sion of a Korean dance between Daejeon
communication Service Operator and (Korea) and the Citilab Cornellà. 6th, 13th
his contribution to improved energy effi- and 20th of October.
ciency.”, organised jointly with Vodafone. • Retransmission of the “Up-to-date Trade”
9th of July. conference via the Anella Cultural , organised
• Conference on “The Deployment of remote by the Trade Management of the Generalitat
medicine services in a clinical environ- de Catalunya. 2nd of November.
ment”, organised jointed with the Hospital • Participation in the Aslan fair in Barcelona,
Clínic. 14th of July. with a shared stand with STSI and BDigital.
• Signing of the Anella Industrial agreement 3rd and 4th of November.
with SEAT in the presence of councillors from • Exhibition of the Anella Cultural project
Governació i Administracions Públiques i by the General Management of Spanish
d’Innovació, Universitats i Empresa (Governing Libraries. November.
and Public Administration and Innova- • Completion of a book about sensor networks
tion, Universities and Companies). 23rd of alongside Vodafone which was edited by
September. the Vodafone Foundation. November.
• Presentation of the FEDERICA project at a • Presentation of the SeniorLab project in a
conference regarding EU-BR collaboration, joint effort with Citilab and Diputació de
Presentation of the Continua project, held on November 17th at Luxemburg, and
organised by the EC in Brazil. September. Barcelona (Barcelona Regional Council). the HDVIPER project which took place on October 9th 2009 at Citilab Cornellà.
• Participation in the ECOC’09 (Vienna), November.
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4.8 i2CAT IN THE MEDIA
Here are some of the appearances made by the i2CAT Foundation in the media:
DIARIO MÉDICO AVUI EL PUNT COMPUTERWORLD
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Vicent Borja working at the NetCAT platform of the Foundation.
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Throughout 2009 the resources and Moreover, the i2CAT Foundation’s tech-
experimental services technological plat- nological platform has begun a change
forms NetCAT and MediaCAT have been of vision regarding its growth and deve-
increasingly improving their services and lopment, benefiting the researchers
Vicent Borja added value. In particular, the following and projects which are currently being
actions stand out: developed. This aims to improve the added
• Improvement of the connectivity with the value provided by the Foundation’s own
most important research networks with a resources, services and work lines.
bandwidth from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps for
• Introduction and actualisation of the
David González transport network technologies, both on
an optical and electrical level, thus main-
taining the NetCAT network platform with
the state of the art in this field.
• Deployment of new services in order to
improve the security and financing of the
platform as a support tool to the research
projects developed by the i2CAT Foun-
• Actualisation and improvement of the
virtualisation technologies with new cloud
Photo detail of the MediaCAT plat-
form at Castelldefels Mediterranean
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5.1 NETWORK PLATFORM (NetCAT)
Used and/or available technologies
• IP, Metro-Ethernet, MPLS & GMPLS,
ROADM, UCLP, DWDM, SDH, OBS.
Improvements throughout 2009
• Establishment of a new connection which
reaches Amsterdam for experimental pro-
jects aiming bandwidth up to 10 Gbps
alongside the European Research Network
• Deployment of an optical network with
three nodes in a ring configuration, based
on ROADM with transparent lambdas.
• Actualisation and configuration of network
routers in order to improve the capacity,
stability and tolerance to network service
• Improvement and actualisation of secu-
rity and of network configuration and
management dynamic services.
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5.2 AUDIO-VISUAL PLATFORM AND SERVICES (MediaCAT)
- Research and implementation of soft-
ware solutions in order to improve
and facilitate the development of
- Improvement of internal communica-
tion between different work groups
within the i2CAT Foundation.
- Development of a central storage
point and exchange of knowledge and
results, allowing for a central “know
how” and avoiding wasting effort on
problems which have already been
solved, therefore reducing the reso-
• Design and implementation of a comple-
tely automated backup service with
different policies focussed on the type,
importance and update frequency
of the information which needs to be
Used and/or available technologies: Improvements in 2009 - Creation of a directory for people secured.
• HTML5, FLASH, virtualisation, software • Design, creation and implementation of linked to the i2CAT Foundation • Improvement of infrastructures and of
engineering, Open Source Software, HD, the EINES project (Research Manage- merging contact information. services.
SIP, MPEG-x, LAMP, Web 3.0, VoIP, H.323, ment Tools). - Distributed authentication by means • Improvement of the virtualisation plat-
web-conferencing, P2P, Web Services, The following objectives have been of a unique register and single sign-on form with the integration of new cloud
Media over IP, streaming, backups. achieved: to all services. computing concepts.
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The Cluster Heads, from left to right: Flaminio Minerva (Audio-visual), Joan Manel Martín (Technology Transfer), Sergi Figuerola (Network Technologies), Ricardo Torres (Education), Josep Maria
Colomé (eHealth and eDependence) and Albert Vidal (Research Area).
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(The Atomic Redesign of the
General description and goals tionality similar to the existing solutions study of solutions in order to improve three
Internet Future Architecture)
The current internet architecture is getting with our approach; and a revolutionary important shortcomings of the current
more and more complex and includes a case which will show that the project is, internet: energy efficiency, heterogeneity
PERSON IN CHARGE series of patches used to solve different in reality, a solution to problems which of information and the coexistence of
unknown factors which have came about in cannot be solved in an efficient way by networks.
the forty years of its existence. New compu- the current internet. • The socioeconomic impact of the pro-
BUDGET tation services and paradigms require new • The core technical advances of the posed solution will be developed
ways of interaction. The new characteris- programme will serve to validate the profoundly by the project, such as the
tics (authentication, context awareness, the improvements of this new approach, definition of new management models
DURATION discovery of flawless services, and compo- which will take three aspects into account: which must be studied intensely by stake-
01/07/2009 - 31/06/2011 sition, etc.) and clean solutions to problems the context of the service composition, holders in the value chain of this new
which have already been identified make a the autonomous management of the proposal.
redesign necessary. network, routing, and the management • As a final objective, the project will evaluate,
i2CAT TARIFA provides a new approach to the of names and address in a scalable way. validate and demonstrate the results in an
future internet with a redesign of the • The project will take into consideration the integrated environment.
architecture, and based on a paradigm of
i2CAT, Wireless Network Group (WNG) undividable or atomic functions.
from the UPC (Universitat Polytècnica de
Catalunya), MediaENTEL from the UPC,
Innovation and research elements
Grup de Xarxes Òptiques (GXO) de la UPC,
• The project will be developed with the
Grup de Disseny Col·laboratiu de Siste-
mes a les TIC (COLS) de la UPC, Network consideration of two principal cases of
Technologies and Strategies (NeTS) de use: the evolutionary use case, which will
la UPF, Grup de Tecnologies Multimèdia demonstrate that the new architectural
(GTM) de la URL de La Salle, Advanced design of the future internet is compa-
Network Architectures (ANA) de la UPC tible with that of the current internet, and
with the aim of building a service or func-
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General description and goals After analysing the reality of the Catalan Other important aspects
(Collaborative research in Ubiquitous
This collaborative project develops new industrial sector, the sensor networks This project has taken into account the
protocols, algorithms, configurations and technology can be applied. Consequent- challenge of integrating universities, com-
adaptations which enable the optimi- ly, it can benefit three particular sectors: panies and public administration in the
PERSON IN CHARGE
sation of the technology performance of • Agriculture: Monitoring and optimisation same project, together with the participa-
Albert Vidal sensor networks in order that the com- of the automatic irrigation systems. tion of Korean entities which provide ad-
RESEARCH GROUP panies which develop these solutions can • Emergency Services: localisation and ditional technological value.
benefit from the technology and all its po- transmission of critical data for police
WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells)
tential applications. and fire fighters.
BUDGET • Environmental: Monitoring of environ-
2.700.000 € Innovation and research elements mental parameters and alarm systems
The main objective of the UBI-nETRICAT for woodland areas.
is to develop new protocols, algorithms,
01/10/2008 - 30/09/2011 configurations and/or adaptations which Industrial and/or social benefits
FINANCING enable an improvement in the perfor- The results of this project are oriented en-
mance of this technology. In order to tirely towards the development of new ser-
STSI; Orange; Agriculture Departement
of Generalitat de Catalunya; Interior
achieve this goal, we consider choosing vices and products which will profit from
Department of Generalitat de Catalunya; certain application fields which enable the the advantages offered by the ubiquitous
Department of Environment of Genera- validation of the considered technologi- sensor networks, obtaining a series of via-
litat de Catalunya; CDTI KSI (Korea and cal solutions by way of real experiments. bility demonstration pilot tests at the end of
Furthermore, these application fields also the project and at intermediate milestones.
PARTICIPANTS facilitate and make the transmission of
these innovations into the market pos-
Orange, ETRI (Electronics and Tele-
communications Research Institute), sible.
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