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  1. 1. Report 2010 Network Investigation and Innovation
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  3. 3. Report 2010 Network Investigation and Innovation
  4. 4. 1. Presentation 5. PlatformsIndex 4 26 2. Introduction 6 5.1 Network Platform (NetCAT) 27 5.2 Audiovisual Platform and Services 27 3. Organisational Structure 8 (MediaCAT) 3.1 The Board 9 3.2 The Delegates Committee 10 6. Areas, Clusters and Units 28 3.3 Management and Personnel 10 6.1 Research Area 29 3.4 Clusters 11 TARIFA 29 4. Main Activities 12 6.2 Innovation Area 30 4.1 Research 13 Networking Technologies Cluster 30 4.2 Innovation 15 GEYSERS 32 4.3 Financing with Competitive Funds and 16 MANTYCHORE 33 Billing of Services BONFIRE 34 OFELIA 35 4.4 Technology Transfer 17 RAISME 36 4.5 International Collaboration and 22 RINA 37 Presence LAMBDACAT 38 4.6 Participation in Initiatives aimed at Promoting 23 SUPPORT TECHNOLOGIES CTTI 39 Technological Development in Catalonia GÉANT 3 39 4.7 Promotional and Dissemination Activities 24 NOVI 40 4.8 i2CAT in the Media 25 SILVIA 402 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  6. 6. 1. Presentationi2CATTeam. In the background, from left to right: Xavier Peiró, Sebastià Sallent, Artur Serra. In the first term,from left to right:: Joan Manel Martín, Sergi Figuerola, Flaminio Minerva, Josep Maria Colomé, Albert Vidal. In the left side, from left to right and from front to rear: Arianna Mazzeo, Sergi Fernández, Jordi Colobrans, David González, Guillermo Enero, Marta Serrabou, Mercè López, Oriol Solé, Javier López, Cela Velayos, Ale-jandro Chuang, Josep Maria Silvestre, Carlos Baez, Jordi Jofre, Alfredo Gutiérrez, Xavier Sánchez, Alberto J. López, Ismael Mateos, Trang Cao Minh, Martín Germán, Josep Paradells, Janina Garrigós, Soraya Estévez, Tomeu Coll, Antonio Santoyo, Joan Carles Castro, Alberto Carreiras. In the right side, from left to right andfrom front to rear: Rocío Segura, Evelyn Torras, Laura Herrera, Esther López, Susana Otero, David Roldán, Leonardo Bergesio, Pau Minoves, Vicent Borja, Javier Gálvez, Eliseo Catalan, Antoni Boix, Josep Benavent, Sergi Marí, Josep Pons, Eduard Grasa, Joan Antoni Garcia, Jordi Ferrer, Carme Dengra, Isart Canyameres, Carles Bock, Cristina Cervelló, Jaume Benseny, Víctor Jiménez, Boris Bellalta.
  7. 7. PresentationThis year, following the trend of 2008, has been The boost of technology transfer has been one of i2CAT’s pleted in collaboration with the Hospital de la Santa Creu marked by the economic crisis, a factor that has been focuses for this year, together with the enhancement i Sant Pau, with funds of the Plan Avanza, and is aimed more acute in some West European economies. This of the results of the research and innovation projects, at creating a knowledge centre in which scientists, en-economic environment has become noticeable in the as well as the remarkably increase of the agreements gineers, carers, medical staff and users will be able to capacity of the companies to invest in innovation for the implementation of the projects and the results participate. This centre, located in the hospital, will de-projects, in the availability of competitive funds in transfer with companies, carrying out two new patents velop projects which promote the ICT implementation in order to promote innovation and research activities and supporting the creation of a technological-based the field of health, with the objective of improving the and finally, in the investment capacity of the public spin-off which focuses its activity on the development provision of services as well as reducing its cost. administration. In spite of this context, i2CAT Foun- of network audiovisual products and services.dation has experienced a very positive development The promotion of research and innovation in the field of throughout 2010, and has increased its activity re- We want to continue along the path which we embarked the ICT, together with the technology transfer in busi-garding the previous year by more than 10%, with a in 2009, especially during this year 2011, by way of di- nesses, is the decisive commitment of i2CAT. Its encour-significant raise of the carried out projects and the recting i2CAT towards the development of products and agement must be one of the cornerstones which provide collaborations with companies. services that can be transferred to companies and which our country a positive economy evolution as well as an can contribute to the creation of economic activity. increase of the internationalization of the companies. During this period of time, i2CAT has decisively boosted the development of international projects and, espe- The different areas, clusters and departments of the cially, the Europe-wide projects, with the involvement of Foundation, all of them aimed at innovating in the ad-companies and entities both national and international. vanced Internet technologies, have boosted their ac-This challenge has enabled the initiation, during 2010, tivity in the field of infrastructure and media, network of 15 European research and innovation projects, all of virtualization, access optical networks, P2P, sensor them funded with community financing. networks, high definition and 3D services, Living Labs and new network and open innovation models, as well Regarding the field of basic research, the activities have as in the application of Internet technologies in the field been focused on the development of the TARIFA project, of health, dependency, education, culture, tourism and which deals with the new architectures of the Future industry. At the same time, new development channels Internet. The project, driven and managed by i2CAT, is have been opened regarding the application of Internet being carried out with the joint work of the research for energy efficiency and the green IT.groups of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Uni-versitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat Ramon Llull, and The promotion of ICT and Internet implementation in Carles Flamerich Castellsthe collaboration and support of the telecommunica- the field of health has resulted in the development of President of the Boardtions sector. the i2Health Sant Pau project. This project is being com- 5 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  8. 8. This year more than a hundred innovation projects have The most important milestones of 2010 are as2. Introduction been either fully or partially completed in conjunction follows: with a variety of both Catalan and international compa- The adaptation of members of the Board along with nies and organizations. Furthermore, the Audiovisual the modification of the representatives of the Juni- units and the Ubiquitous Networks have been established per Networks company, the Ajuntament de Barcelo- to further integrate the university research groups, the na (Barcelona City Council), and of the representa- assets and the potential of i2CAT’s own resources. In or- The i2CAT Foundation has substantially increased its tives of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. der to continue with the guideline set back in 2009, which activities throughout 2010, developing or starting an was to maintain the boost of the technology transfer by The development of the TARIFA project, which aims important number of research and innovation projects way of enhancing the value of i2CAT’s developments, the to redesign the new architectures of the Future In- in spite of the economic crisis. In this respect, it is IGLOR company has been created, with the objective of ternet, in collaboration with university groups of the worth highlighting the significant number of projects encouraging the technological development of Catalonia Universitat Politècnica, Universitat Ramon Llull and that have received European funding, the won projects and promoting the generation of economic activity. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. of the new calls of the Ministry of Science and Innova- tion, the important participation in the national calls of In the field of research, the TARIFA project (The Atomic The continuation of ETRICAT research projects re- Inforegió and the significant increase of commissioned Redesign of Internet of the Future Architecture), which garding sensor and mobility networks, in collabora- projects by the companies. started at the end of 2009, continues to be implement- tion with the Research Centre of Korea (ETRI) and ed, and there has been continual contribution to those with the participation of both Spanish and Korean projects related to sensor networks. companies.6 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  9. 9. Introduction The promotion of innovation in the local area combined Information Society, which deals with the implementa- tion in order to achieve an increase of the social impact with the development of different projects with city tion of the Anella Logística and the Anella Audiovisual . of the projects as well as a wider knowledge among the councils and local organizations (Rubí, Viladecans, Cor- companies of the sector. The development, together with the Hospital de Sant Pau, nellà, Vilanova i la Geltrú). of the SELENE project, which aim is to create a centre of ex- The development of the Anella Cultural Iberoamericana The development of 102 innovation projects with differ- cellence for the application of the ICT in the field of health. and the promotion of the creation of the Anella Cultural ent companies and entities of the Public Administration. Europea which will enable the exchange of information A notable increase of the level of participation in Eu- and cultural events on both European and international A notable increase of the actions of the Department of ropean projects, especially on the part of the Network level, following the model carried out in Catalonia with Technology Transfer under the impulse of the creation Technologies cluster, reaching 15 development projects the Anella Cultural. of the IGLOR company, the implementation of com- at the end of 2010. mercial agreements with companies and the apprecia- An increase of the provisions of the network and The continuation of collaboration and participation in the in- tion of the research activities. media platforms, in order to focus their activity on ternational forums regarding both standardisation and R+D supporting research and innovation projects. The management of the Anella Industrial whilst incor- platforms on both European and national level (IEEE, ISO). porating 25 companies, among those which stand out A notable increase of the funding from European, The promotion of dissemination activities in develop- the company SEAT and Nissan. The study, carried out to- state and national competitive funds, and the consoli- ing projects and the results from research and innova- gether with the Department of Telecommunications and dation of revenues coming from service charges. 7 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  10. 10. 3. Organizational StructureThe Delegates Committee, from left to right: Carles Salvadó, Gonçal Bonhom-me, Lluís Comellas, Artur Serra, Josep Mañach, Daniel Marco, Xavier Peiró, Jo-sep Casanovas, Xavier Castillo, Xavier Buxeda, Oriol Alcoba, Sebastià Sallent, Joan Rodríguez, Joan Batlle.
  11. 11. Organizational Structure 3.1 THE BOARDJosep Casanovas Secretaria de Telecomunicacions i Societat President of the de la InformacióDelegates Committee Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya ACC1Ó Universitat Pompeu Fabra Universitat Ramon Llull Tradia TelecomSebastià Sallent Orange Business ServicesDirector Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals Mediapro Cromosoma Alcatel FujitsuXavier Peiró Servei Català de la Salut During 2010 there hasn’t been any incorporation within Executive Director Vodafone the Board and modifications have been made regard- ing the representatives of the Juniper Networks, the Cisco Systems Ajuntament de Barcelona (Barcelona City Council) and Centre de Telecomunicacions i Tecnologies the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. de la Informació Interoute Iberia With the aim of encouraging the participation of new com-Artur Serra panies in the Foundation, the management has maintained Ayuntamiento de Barcelona discussions with a variety of companies in order to analyse Direction Assistant Juniper Networks the possibility of their incorporation in the Board. 9 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  12. 12. Organizational Structure Eight engineers to support the Network Technologies Clus- 3.2 DELEGATES COMMITTEE 3.3 MANAGEMENT AND PERSONNEL ter as well as the different European and national projects granted in 2010. The government agency of the Foundation is the Del- The main change in the organizational structure and person- 3 engineers to support the new projects of the Health Cluster. egates Committee which, having been delegated by the nel of the Foundation during 2010 has been the creation of Two engineers for the development of the Ubiquitous and Sen- Board, carries out the ordinary administration func- research and innovation units both in the audiovisual field as sors Network Unit projects. tions of the organization and monitors the activities well as in the sensors and ubiquitous networks field. These Two engineers for the development of the Audiovisual Unit developed by the Management of the Foundation. two units are set with the resources of the university research projects. groups and the i2CAT innovation clusters, giving shape to a One engineer for the SELENE project with the Hospital de Sant Pau. The committee has actively participated in the analy- homogeneous group with a unified management. The aim of sis and definition of the main action guidelines, most these units is to increase the efficiency of the innovation and One engineer for the Romanic-Cellers project. prominently amongst those are: research activities, taking advantage of the synergies and the One engineer to support the projects with Orange. complementarities of the existing resources of both entities. In order to continue with i2CAT’ guidelines set in its creation, The definition of attractor projects proposed to the In order to maintain a response to the evolution of the there has been a continual drive in the collaboration with Administration. activity and the development of projects carried out or university research groups and, therefore, the number of commenced under the name of the Foundation throughout researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the Monitoring of projects currently being carried out 2010, more people have been contracted for project devel- Universitat Ramon Llull and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra The approval of the main acts in the field of tech- opment, specifically: collaborating with the Foundation has increased slightly. nology transfer. The definition of strategic lines for 2011. Evolution of the i2CAT Foundation Research Personnel Guidelines and the definition of the 2011 budget project. 80 TOTAL: 93 TOTAL: 103 TOTAL: 107 TOTAL: 117 70 72 73 72 72 This Committee meets approximately twice a month 60 and is currently chaired by the vice-rector of the Uni- 50 versitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Mr. Josep Casanovas 40 45 Garcia. 30 35 30 I2CAT’S OWN 20 PERSONNEL 21 10 COLLABORATION PERSONNEL 2007 2008 2009 201010 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  13. 13. Organizational Structure To continue encouraging and promoting the implan- To enhance the Network Technologies Cluster, pro- 3.4 CLUSTERS tation and use of collaborative tools in order to im- viding it with the human and technical resources prove the management and coordination of projects needed in order to absorb the activity increase en-In the field of clusters and new units, the most impor- carried out by both i2CAT’s own personnel and dif- tailed by the new European projects.tant activities have been the following: ferent research groups. The adaptation of the organization of the Audiovisu- The implementation of new units of the Audiovi- Remarkable enhancing of activities in the area of al Unit and the Health and Dependency Cluster, and sual and Ubiquitous Networks in order to improve wireless technology owing to the start of new proj- the improvement of their work areas. the collaboration of i2CAT with university research ects on both a national and international scale. groups. In this respect, more integrated structures have been generated in order to enable a wider col- The creation of Internet areas applied to energetic ef- laboration and facilitate the increase of the relation- ficiency and Internet applied to culture and tourism, in ships with the companies. order to encourage i2CAT’s actions in these two fields. ThE BOARD ThE DElEgATES COMMITTEE EXECUTIvE TEChNICAl ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE MANAgEMENT EhEAlTh AND NETwORk TEChNOlOgy AUDIOvISUAl EDUCATIONAl INDUSTRy RESEARCh EDEPENDENCy TEChNOlOgIES TRANSFER UNIT ClUSTER ClUSTER AREA ClUSTER ClUSTER AREA TEChNOlOgICAl PlATFORM 11 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  14. 14. 4. Main ActivitiesResearch group, from left to right: Boris Bellalta, Xavier Sánchez, Trang Cao Minh, Alfredo Gutiérrez, Josep Paradells, Sebastià Sallent, Albert Vidal, Cristina Cervelló, Martín Germán, Albert J. González, Ramon Martin De Pozuelo.
  15. 15. Main Activities al regarding the basic architecture for the Future Internet. Wireless Networks Group (XSF-ENTEL) of the UPC, 4.1 RESEARCH This architecture is based on roles in which each network ele- lead by Josep Paradells. ment can perform with a different role depending on the ser- Media Group of BAMPLA (MEDIAENTEL) of the UPC, Throughout 2010, the Research Area has been focused vices requested and other boundary conditions. This can be lead by Jesús Alcober.on two projects: TARIFA and ETRICAT. The TARIFA project, achieved on the basis of a series of basic low-level services which is focused on the Future Internet, started in 2009 composition. When this project finishes in 2011, a validation Network Technologies and Strategies Group (NeTS) of and will continue for two years. It hopes to obtain research will be made on the different aspects of the architecture, the UPC, lead by Miquel Oliver.results in half that time which can be transferred to differ- especially the following ones: the composition and discover- Multimedia Technologies Group (GTM) of the URL, ent clusters of the i2CAT Foundation, becoming a source in ing of the services, the management and autoconfiguration when changes are made in the network, the scalable address- lead by Gabriel Fernàndez.order to generate new ideas regarding innovation project. The ETRICAT project, carried out in collaboration with the ing schemes and its socioeconomic impact. Advanced Network Architectures Group (ANA) of the ETRI Korean research centre, is focused on the sensor net- UPC, lead by Xavier Masip. As follows are the research groups which participated:works technologies and the mobility in wireless networks. Entel Optical Networks Group (GXO-BAMPLA) of the Collaborative Design of ICT Systems Group (COLS) of TARIFA PROJECT: The Atomic Redesign UPC, lead by Cristina Cervelló. the UPC, lead by Josep M. Monguet. of the Internet Future ArchitectureThe TARIFA project will provide a new approach regarding the Future Internet, focused on an architectural redesign and a role-based paradigm, consisting of non-divisible or atomic functions.The project will be developed taking into account two main use cases: on the one hand, an evolutionary use case which will prove that the new design of the Future Internet architecture is backwards compatible with the current Internet by building a service or functionality similar to the existing solutions with our approach. On the other hand, a revolutionary use case, which will prove that the project is actually solving the problems that the current Internet cannot solve in an efficient manner.During its beginning and throughout 2010, this project has developed its scientific base by carrying out a deep study of similar initiatives at a global level, as well as making a propos- 13 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  16. 16. Main Activities ETRICAT PROJECT Simultaneously, i2CAT has also been empowering this Two doctoral theses. technology over the last few years, and this has allowed 15 final University dissertations. The ETRICAT project came about as a result of the col- us to achieve a high level of expertise in this area. A contribution to international communication stan- laboration initiatives between i2CAT and ETRI, which is On the other hand, with respect to mobility in wireless dards. the main public research institution in the information technology sector of South Korea. access networks, this collaboration between ETRI and Two pending patents. i2CAT has allowed research into aspects relative to Three training programmes at international confer- In reality, ETRICAT has taken place in the context of mobile users who access broadband Internet via dif- ences. projects derived from this collaboration at a research ferent access technologies with the aim that the com- level in conjunction with Korea. Further to this, a collec- munication is neither interrupted nor diminished. The development burst switch network node proto- tion of innovation projects has been generated which types validated with field tests. aim to deliver two technologies to the market; sensor OBJECTIvES OBTAINED FROM The development of services composition algorithms networks and mobility in wireless networks. RESEARCh for new architectures of the Future Internet. To sum up, the principal research objectives which Accomplishment of a group of development tools for Over the last few years, both i2Cat and ETRI have been were fulfilled during 2010 are the following: the integration of applications in the sensors net- working on research material in the field of USN (Ubiq- works. uitous Sensor Networks). The Korean Government has identified this as one of the key technologies of the fu- 45 publications in journals and international con- The generation of clean state protocols and architec- ture and has defined a special plan for its promotion. gresses. tures for the development of the Future Internet. 8 innovation projects derived directly from the re- search project. Around 11 innovation proposals currently being ap- plied for.14 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  17. 17. Main Activities Among those activities carried out, the following are from other departments of the Generalitat de Catalunya, 4.2 INNOVATION worth mentioning: such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior and the Cultural and Audiovisuals Media De-2010 has seen further expansion of activities and innovation partment, and from city councils. 24 innovation projects were carried out and finalised. 78 projects in the European scope. In that respect, the i2CAT are still in progress in comparison to 64 last year. However, 18 university research groups and more than 70 companies and Foundation has made a great effort at every level to increase 23 projects are in the analysis phase during this period. organizations have collaborated in the innovation projects. the number of projects and activities supported by European The total number of in progress by units, clusters and ar-funds, from the VII Framework Programme to other tools of Among projects accomplished or in progress, The i2Health eas are the following ones; 12 in Network Technologies, 6 support for innovation and research, achieving 15 projects in SantPau project must be noted. This project’s aim is to in Ubiquitous Technologies, 23 in Audiovisual, 19 in Health this field. develop a centre of excellence for the application of the and Dependency, 8 in Education, 5 in Industry and 5 in Tech- ICT and, specifically, the Internet in the field of health and nology Transfer. The number of projects completed in different clusters has medical assistance. Another objective of the project is the had a positive evolution and has increased the collaboration Regarding the type of funding; 7 national, 16 state and 15 development of 7 new European projects of the Network with companies and other public entities and organizations European competitive funds have been obtained. It must Technologies Cluster as well as the Culturalive project un-which would like to develop innovation projects. also be noted that i2CAT obtained important financing der the name of the Audiovisual.Participation in innovation projects TOTAL: 79 TOTAL: 95 TOTAL: 119 TOTAL: 1259080 7870 6460 4950 4340 28 27 2830 23 24 23 1820 13 Finished projects 10 Projects in execution 0 Projects under study 2007 2008 2009 2010 15 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  18. 18. Main Activities With respect to the participation in competitive calls, the relation of projects in progress with funds of differ- 4.3 FINANCING WITH It is worth mentioning that 30% of the obtained funds ent calls at a national, state and European level are the COMPETITIVE FUNDS AND were achieved in 2009 calls and, in 2010 calls the per- following: BILLING OF SERVICES centage of subsidised projects out of the total present- ed projects in a European scope improved substantially. National Funds, calls of ACC1Ó: 4 ZIG-VIC, VALFUS, MIVAL and M2I.CAT In this last exercise, even though this year the com- In relation to the billing of services, there has been a National Funds, call INFOREgIÓ: 3 petitive calls have not been as successful as other significant increase with respect to last year. The total SILVIA, MEDCAT and BARCELONA CIUTAT years and as the economic crisis has made the con- billing reached that of €1,224,935, which represents a INTEL·LIGENT tracting of services difficult on the part of the com- raise of 25% from the previous period. panies, the i2CAT Foundation has experienced a no- State Funds, calls from the Ministry of Indus- table increase regarding the funding obtained with The increase of the billing of services to companies and try, Tourism and Trade (Plan Avanza): 13 competitive funds, and has also consolidated the entities is mainly due to the selling activities carried out TRAÇABILITAT RFID, INESSH, SELENE, CV e-LEAR, revenues coming from the billing of services. by the responsible for the clusters, units and technology CIBER, NUSSIA, HIPERMED SALUT, SISTEMMA, transfer, and also due to the participation in projects as ARENA LIFE, FURIA 3, HIPERMED, PCAI CENTRES During 2010, proposals have been made to different subcontractors instead of participating as a collabora- CONEIXEMENT and PORTAL INDUSTRIAL calls in the national, state and European scope. The tive member. funding obtained for projects due to be completed State Funds, calls from the Ministry of Sci- in this last year (for those applications made in the ence and Innovation (INNPACTO): 2 years 2009 and 2010) has reached a total sum of Projects developed EFFICITY and CLOUD DESTINATION €1,244,144, which represents a 43.9% increase with with competitive funds European Funds, vII Framework Programme: respect to those obtained in 2009. 15 GÉANT3, GEYSER, BONFIRE, RAISME, 40 The funds obtained in each call have been as follows: 35 MANTICHORE, OFELIA, NOVI, HELP4MOOD, LIFE 35 2.0 CIP, FEARLESS, WINNOVATE, FOTORALLY ES, 30 28 22 23 INDICATE, LINKED HERITAGE and VISIONAIR European Union, Framework Programme : €571,487 25 State, Avanza and INNPACTO : €463,161 20 CENIT Programme, CDTI (Ministry of Science 15 and Innovation): 4 National, ACC1Ó and Inforegió : €209,496 10 VISION, I3MEDIA, INREDIS, SEGUR@ 5 2007 2008 2009 201016 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  19. 19. Main Activities Aiming to promote the collaboration and the technol- On-demand R+D+i services 4.4 TECHNOLOGY ogy transfer, as well as to provide solutions for the Integration and adaptation of technologies TRANSFER needs of companies, i2CAT offers the following ser- vices: Implementation of prototypes and pilot tests Joan Manel Martín Execution of tailor-made developments Commercialization and licensing of technologies Development of technological studies and feasibil- Appraisal of the R+D+i results ity tests.The mission of the Technology Transfer Area is to transform the knowledge and the ICT technologies IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) licensing Management of R+D+i projectsdeveloped at i2CAT into products and services which provide added value to the market and which improve Prototype licensing Deployment of Advanced Internet Infrastructuresthe competitiveness of the companies. Agreements of product codevelopment (Open In- novation) Access to experimental platformsThe key in order that this knowledge arrives immedi- Creation of technology-based companies (spin-off) Deployment of pilot tests. ately to the market lies in the technological coopera-tion with the companies, establishing collaborations in which the company would contribute to the market vision whereas i2CAT would contribute to the techno- Activities developed in 2010logical knowledge, with the following objectives: To relate technologies with market opportunities. To turn R+D+i technologies and results into added value for the companies. To increase the development of applications and technologies oriented towards the needs of the market. To adapt and apply technologies in new market segments. 17 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  20. 20. Main Activities ucts based on UHDoIP technology and applied in the fields EVALUATION OF RESULTS PROTECTION OF THE R+D+I RESULTS of audiovisual production and telemedicine. EvAli2CAT project Patent application The IP-AVDelivery product is a modular system which en- The EVALi2cat project has been finished during 2010. Its The 18th June, 2010 the patent application for the inven- ables to carry out all the functions of the current audiovi- aim was the revision and the initial evaluation of the accu- tion ”Encapsulation Method and data de-encapsulation in sual production platforms through an IP infrastructure. The mulated know-how of i2CAT in the field of ICT technolo- OBS optical networks” was registered at the Spanish Pat- product is provided with modules for capturing, commuting, gies and the Future Internet, so as to bring it closer to the ent and Trade Mark Office (SPTO). Deeds shared between mixing, distributing and displaying any kind of audiovisual market in the best possible way. In order to achieve this i2CAT and UPC. content in real time and from any location provided with goal, KIMbcn has evaluated five i2CAT’s technologies/ an IP network connection. By integrating the whole audio- projects taking into account technological and commer- visual production in the IP world, the current investments COMMERCIALIZATION in cabling and dedicated architectures are avoided, more cial feasibility criteria. flexibility is achieved and it opens up the possibility of new The five evaluated technologies/projects have been the services to come such as the remote multi-execution of live Spin-off creation following: Trilogy/P2P, MANTICORE, Ultra-High Defini- sport events or the real time production of audiovisual con- tion, Hospisegur (WSN applied in the field of health) and During the first semester of 2010 the first spin-off of tent among the different local networks of the production. SANTE (telerehabilitation). The second phase has been i2CAT has been created, IGLOR Soluciones Audiovisu- the elaboration of a road-book for the two highest poten- ales Avanzadas, S.L., with the objective of commercial- The IP-Vision product is an advanced and optimized vid- tial technologies: MANTICORE and Ultra-High Definition izing UHDoIP (Ultra-High Definition over IP) technology, eoconference system for telemedicine applications. Its (UHD). one of the software developments in which i2CAT has provisions regarding high definition, low lag time and high been working for more than 4 years and which enables to capacity to widen the field of vision enable to establish a The conclusion of the study was that the UHD technology transfer audiovisual content in real time with very high completely interactive and immersed environment, which was the most mature technology and with greater short- definition (up to 4K) and a low lag time over IP networks. is essential to successfully develop certain telemedicine term potential when accessing the market, even though The use of this technology opens up the possibility of the services, such as remote surgical interventions or patient the appropriate products and use cases should still have development of new interactive products and services diagnosis in emergency situations. to be identified. In this respect, we went for the creation applied to many sectors. I2CAT has transferred exclu- of a spin-off with the objective of commercializing the sively to IGLOR the exploitation rights of the UHDoIP At the moment, IGLOR is in its tutelary phase; it basically aforementioned UHD technology. technology. carries out the development of the appreciation tasks of the UHDoIP technology and begins making contacts within The project has been subsidized through an appreciation The IGLOR activity will be focused on the development and the market in order to start to commercialize the defined fund named VALCON 2009 (ACC1Ó). commercialization of new audiovisual services and prod- products throughout 2011.18 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  21. 21. Main Activities Commercialization agreement IP-AvMIXER of the viewCAT application APPRECIATION OF TECHNOLOGIES The aim of IP-AVMIXER project is to develop a commer-ViewCAT is a web application of collaborative work which The appreciation activities are designed to cover the neces- cial pre-product which implements the functions of a allows for the creation of videoconferences sessions be- sary technological development to convert a technology, a switching matrix and an audiovisual content mixer in IP tween numerous users, as well as chatting and sharing the result of a R+D project or an academic prototype into a com- environments. It will be carried out taking into account presentation of documents simultaneously. ViewCAT, mercial pre-product which must meet a previously detected the appreciation of the UHDoIP (Ultra-High Definition which has been developed in the Health and Depen- need or market opportunity. over IP) technology, developed by i2CAT, which allows for dency cluster, stands out for its usability as clients will the transmission over IP networks of high definition au-not have to install any kind of software and it totally diovisual contents in real time. adapts to the users needs. i2CAT has transferred a exploitation license of the ViewCAT platform to Pulso Ediciones, with the objec-tive of commercializing ViewCAT within the health sec-tor and especially, among the medical professionals collective, taking advantage of their experience and relation with numerous medical associations. Commercialization framework agreement with kIMbcnI2CAT signed a collaboration framework agreement with KIMBcn last September (2010), in order to promote the commercialization of both the knowledge and the avail-able technologies of i2CAT. KIMbcn, which contributes to a global vision of the market and the correlation ca-pacity with all the agents of the innovation system, will carry out performances in order to disseminate i2CAT technologies and promote its commercialization within the market through a license, a technological collabora-tion or creation of a new technology-based company. 19 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  22. 22. Main Activities The innovation degree of the IP-AVMIXER project is the The development of this project, due to be finished in The remote control system will be based on a mo- development of a system which allows for the integration 2012, is partially funded by a subsidy obtained in the bile device which will allow for controlling different and adaptation of the audiovisual contents (entrances/ competitive call VALOR 2010 (AGAUR/ACC1Ó). home elements (wireless sensors/actuators with Zig- exits with standard audiovisual interfaces) in order to bee/802.15.4 protocol) through a graphic interface de- carry out its transmission over IP networks, and with the SENSORDROID veloped over an open operating system (Android). guarantee of quality, delay and lag time requirements that a kind of audiovisual traffic needs in real time. Now- The SENSORDROID project is aimed at proving tech- The innovation degree of this project is based on the adays, the market does not offer any possible solution nical and commercial feasibility of an ubiquitous and integration of both commercial sensors/actuators that which provides this kind of service and functionalities. mobile domotics management platform, based on currently exist and future sensor nodes which will incor- commercial mobile phones, which enables the indoor porate ZigBee in the same management system (the mo- The solution is oriented towards the needs of the au- and outdoor interaction with electrical appliances bile phone, which will be the universal remote control). diovisual production companies and the television provided with minimum electronic intelligence (for in- channels (local, national, etc.). At present, contact has stance, the TV, the fridge or the air conditioning) and The knowledge of wireless sensors networks as well as already been made with a company of the sector which with other generic home elements (such as doors and the development of mobile applications that i2CAT has could be interested in commercializing the resultant blinds). acquired during the execution of various R+D projects product. in the last five years will be taken into account in this project. The development of this project, due to be finished in 2012, is partially funded by a subsidy obtained in the competitive call VALOR 2010 (AGAUR/ACC1Ó).20 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  23. 23. Main Activities Signed agreements aimed to the implementation ON-DEMAND R+D+I NETWORKING AND DISSEMINATION of innovation and research projects SERVICES AND PRODUCTS The aim of these activities is to establish a more direct and continual relationship with the agents who take 120 Feasibility study to offer multiline ToIP part in the Catalan innovation system: 108 services to companies with gPON con- 100 94 nectivity Associations of Information Technology Companies Support centres for the creation of companies. 80 73 Research/technology centres Orange is deploying a new high capacity optical fiber infra- 62 Dissemination entities 60structure (GPON) in industrial areas of Catalonia, with the Technological Parks (Network APTE), and enterprise objective of offering new telephony and Internet access incubators. 40solutions to companies. i2CAT takes part in this project by Transfer System Agents providing its knowledge in telephony systems over IP (ToIP) 20 Technological consultanciesas well as in advanced optical networks, in order to study the feasibility to offer multiline services and IP Trunking services Patent Agencies 0in environments with GPON connectivity. Legal assessors specialised in transfer contracts 2007 2008 2009 2010 As follows are the networking activities in which i2CAT has participated during 2010: Companies collaborating on the projects Conference on R+D+i in the field of ICT and Health in Catalonia (Barcelona) 72 70i2CAT is responsible for carrying out the interopera- The Day of the Entrepreneur 2010 (Barcelona) 70 68 68 67bility tests with different devices of clients, as well as Connect-EU conferences (Barcelona) 66for analyzing the functionality degree and the quality SIMO Network Brokerage Event (Madrid) 64and security provisions in order to define the solution 62 61and the most suitable parametrization. BCN Techworking with ICT companies from Japan (Barcelona) 60 58 ICT Networking ACC1Ó (Barcelona)The commercialization of these services for compa- 56nies by Orange is due to be started during 2011. Open Innovation Innobaix Workshop (Viladecans) 2007 2008 2009 2010 21 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  24. 24. Main Activities Participation in the European PPP initiative about International projects 4.5 INTERNATIONAL the Future Internet. COLLABORATION AND PRESENCE Development of the Anella Cultural Iberoamericana 16 (Latin American Cultural Ring), together with Span- 15 ish and Latin American entities. 14 There has been continual reinforcement of the bonds Participation in the European platforms NEM, Mobil- with organisms and both European and International ity, es.Internet, Foton21 and Living Labs, and in those 12 research groups in order to: on an international scale, GLIF and CINEGRID. 10 Amplify the relationship with international research Participation in the FIREweek 2010 conference, centres by way of establishing cooperation agree- coordinated by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, or- 8 8 ments for knowledge and experience transfer, and for ganizing the session on “New borders in the Future the development of joint projects. Internet”. 6 6 Increase the level of participation in both European Collaboration in the organization of the 1st Summer 5 research projects and membership in research and School of Living Labs, held in Paris in August. 4 standardisation committees. Integration in the ENOL General Assembly (Euro- Exchange of human resources and research personnel 2 pean network of Living Labs). in the framework of European support programmes. Active participation in the GLIF Plenary Session, held in Geneva during October. 2007 2008 2009 2010 The following are examples of the most important milestones attained in 2010 in the field of collabora- Participation in the different standardization orga- tion and international presence: nizations (IETF, IEEE, ISO, CONTINUA, HL). Collaboration in different forums concerning the Participation in the congress of French competitive e-infrastructures and its possible support to the clusters, held in Paris last January. world of culture. Seminar on Regions and Living Labs, held in Brus- Participation in the ISO/IEC JTC of Future Networks sels last January. and the creation of a national group via AENOR. Participation in the NEM (Network Electronic Me- dia) General Assembly.22 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  25. 25. Main Activities New actions in the framework of the Anella Cultural Evolution of the publications carried out 4.6 PARTICIPATION IN (Cultural Ring) in collaboration with the Departament INITIATIVES AIMED AT de Cultura and the CCCB in order to encourage the PROMOTING TECHNOLOGICAL dissemination of cultural events through broadband 50 DEVELOPMENT networks. 45 IN CATALONIA Active participation in the plan, led by the 45 43 Conselleria de Governació and Administracions Públiques. 40One of the cornerstones of i2CAT’s strategy has al-ways been the cooperation with different bodies of Active participation in the Inforegió call in collabora- 35the Generalitat (the governing body of Catalonia) and tion with different companies from the Catalan ICT with other organizations in our country. The intention sector. 30was to create strategies in order to reinforce research, Continuing collaboration with the CTTI in order to de- 26innovation and the industrial sector based on the evo- fine the innovation needs in the telecommunication 25lution and the new Internet generation. service of different entities and departments of the 21 Catalan Government. 20The following form part of the most important action Development of Cultural Heritage digitalisation proj-points fulfilled during 2010: 15 ects with the Departament de Cultura i Mitjans Au- diovisuals. Development of projects regarding the sectorial rings 10 (Industrial, Logistics, Audiovisual and Cultural) in col- Collaboration with the Sant Pau and the Santa Creu laboration with the Secretaria de Telecomunicacions Hospitals in the development of an ICT knowledge 5 i Societat de la Informació and different companies centre applicable to health. of the entailed sectors. 0 Development of innovation projects together with 2007 2008 2009 2010 Collaboration with the Departament d’Agricultura different city councils (Rubí, Cornellà, Viladecans). i d’Interior in the development of projects for the application of sensor networks in agricultural and Collaboration with the Consorci d’Acció Social and emergency environments. the Taula del Tercer Sector in order to create the BENESTIC Foundation, with the objective of intro- ducing the ICT in the field of social services. 23 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  26. 26. Main Activities Presentation of the Indicate project in the framework Collaboration in the Future Internet Architecture 4.7 PROMOTIONAL AND of the Infrastructures for the Cultural Heritage semi- (FIArch) Open Workshop, held in Brussels (Octo- DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES nar, held in Brussels (October). ber). Inauguration of the Anella Cultural Iberoamericana Publication of a book on the sensors networks, to- The Foundation has carried out a number of different (Latin American Cultural Ring) with the interconnec- gether with Vodafone and Fundació Vodafone (No- activities during 2010 in order for the dissemination of tion of cultural centres of Catalonia, Colombia, Bra- vember). the goals and the results of the innovation and research zil, Chile and Argentina. Presentation of the working group on the CTN 71/ projects, in addition to round table meetings introduc- Network presentation of the Casals project togeth- GT 7 sensors networks of the Spanish mirror of the ing different aspects of Internet technology. er with the Departament de Governació I Adminis- ISO, of which i2CAT Foundation holds the Secretaria The most prominent activities are as follows: tracion Públiques and Fundació Vodafone, held in AENOR , held in Madrid Igualada (November). Participation in the plenary meeting of the IEEE in Participation in the General Assembly of the European Participation in the IV forum of CAVE network which the framework of the 802.21 and 15 Committee, Network of Living Labs, held in Paris (September). includes the audiovisual clusters network of Spain, held in Dallas (November). Participation in the Culture Heritage and Perform- held in Caceres (November). ing Arts seminar, held in Daegon (South Korea).24 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  27. 27. Main Activities 4.8 i2CAT IN THE MEDIAHere are some of the appearances made by the i2CAT Foundation in the media: Tv3 DIARIO MÉDICO BTv 20 MINUTOS El ECONOMISTA COMPUTINg.ES lA vANgUARDIA COMUNICACIONES hOy 25 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0
  28. 28. 5. Platforms In this respect, the following actions have been carried out: Updating of the network platform, by stabilizing the connectivity of the 10G bandwidth in just an other service and turning it into a usual resource for experi- vicent Borja mental projects. Improvement of the transport network technologies at an optical level in order to receive new connectiv- ity paradigms which will multiply by ten the current capacity of the network. Design and development of new tools in order to im- David gonzález prove the communication and efficiency when using platforms and tools in the projects, a way of approach- ing the experimentation technology to researchers. Throughout 2010 the technological platforms have Research of new models of virtualization technologies started to experience an evolution in order to be adapt- applied to the concept of the Infrastructure as a Ser- ed to the new research paradigms. These changes have vice (IaaS). been oriented to improve the experience in favour of researchers, optimizing the resources, tools and ser- Following the guidelines set throughout 2009, the tech- vices offered by NetCAT and MediaCAT. nological platform of i2CAT Foundation has continued this way in order to improve the experience of research- ers and projects, by way of adapting to new models and needs emerging from the current economic environment and the trends of the research itself. 26 R E P O RT 2 0 1 0